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.
In a must win game in Ottawa, the IceDogs relied on a team effort in a 5-4 nail biter victory over the 67's. Dan Singer, Johnny Corneil and Ondrej Machala all chipped in with two points apiece.
The IceDogs took it down to the wire,coming up short 3-2 in Kingston. Aaron Haydon's 8th and Akil Thomas' 20th helped to make it close.
Ondrej Machala scored a goal an added two assists as the IceDogs, on short rest, beat a rested Sudbury Wolves Squad 5-4. With the win, the Dogs end the weekend up north where they began, in 7th place of the OHL's Eastern Conference.