Extended EI program balloons to almost 1.3 billion dollars
The federal government is trying to figure out how the budget for its extended employment insurance program ballooned from just over $827-million to nearly $1.3 billion..
The program unveiled last year was designed to help support workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates.
The Liberals had calculated that about 235 thousand people would use extra weeks of employment insurance benefits between April of 2016 and March of 2019.
But as of last week, Employment and Social Development Canada said it had more than 317-thousand claimants
Three goals in the first 2:35 of the game propelled the IceDogs to a 5-2 exhibition win in Kitchener. Stephen Dhillon was outstanding in goal as Billy Burke's Dogs faced a large number of shorthanded situations.
Ondrej Machala scored two goals and added an assist as the IceDogs dropped a 7-5 decision to the Kitchener Rangers. The third game of the pre-season was played before a great crowd at the Fleming Centre in Beamsville.
Two first period goals in under a minute were not enough as Barrie held off the IceDogs 4-2 Thursday night. Drew Hunter and Andrew Bruder both scored their first goals in the opening twenty.