Region asks Ottawa for changes to EI
Niagara's Regional Chair has fired off a letter to Canada's Minister of Employment asking Ottawa to make changes to employment insurance requirements.
The move follows a council resolution last week to ask the federal government for a new category of EI benefits for families who are searching for missing loved ones.
Council unanimously backed the resolution after the father of Ashley Simpson, who disappeared last spring from BC, told Niagara’s regional council the emotional and financial toll of searching for his daughter has devastated his his family.
He left his job to search for his daughter and hoped to collect EI, but was told searching for his daughter wasn't a good enough reason to quit his job.
Ottawa provides EI benefits to those with missing children if the disappearance is crime related.
Simpson's case did not fall within those parameters, although he did win on an appeal. However he was unable to leave the province to help search for her, as he was told he needed to be looking for work.
First star Oliver Castleman scored a goal and added three assists as the IceDogs topped the Mississauga Steelheads 6-3 at the Meridian Centre. On a night of firsts, Philip Tomasino scored his first in the OHL and Elijah Roberts netted his first in a Niagara uniform.
IceDogs first year forward Philip Tomasino has been selected to represent Canada at the World Under 17 Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John B.C. A total of 66 CHL players will be divided into three teams wearing Canada's colours from November 5-11.
Trailing 4-1 after one, the IceDogs scored three unanswered in the second then held off a furious Erie attack in the third before falling 5-4 in overtime. The Dogs picked up a possible 7 of 8 points, completing a string of four consecutive road games.