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Cities get the cold shoulder with EI announcement

The government's October 12 announcement that they will extend two EI pilot projects for eight more months ("Best 14 Weeks" and "40 per cent Allowable Earnings") is welcome news for the many workers who find themselves in precarious employment. The government should move quickly to make them permanent features of the EI Act.

But at the same time, too many workers are being left out in the cold.

People who live in Canada's most populous urban centres are being shut out from the five-week EI extension also announced by the federal government on October 12. For those who are laid off, the cancellation of the five week extension could add up to a loss of $2,285.

This is no small matter. The vast majority of Canadians live in large urban centres.


New jobs at EI centres not about helping the public service but saving face, says union

Photo: flickr/Vitor Lima

People waiting for employment insurance (EI) benefits may get their questions answered sooner than before, as the federal government has promised to add around 400 new public servants in order to deal with a high number of complaints.

On Tuesday, Minister of Employment Jason Kenney confirmed to The Globe and Mail plans to bolster Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) with more staff as nearly 10,000 Canadians complained about poor service, unanswered phone calls and long waiting times for EI inquiries.


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Jobless but not broken: Youth workers gather to talk unemployment

"Who here has worked two or more jobs at the same time?" asked Roxanne Dubois, a staff member at Unifor and former Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) chair, to over 30 people, most under 30 years old, in a conference room at Ryerson University.

Almost every single person raised his or her hand. "And who here is in an union?" Significantly fewer people raised their hand. "And who works evenings and weekend?" she asked finally. Again, almost every hand went up. She, nor anyone else attending the Youth Un(der)employment Forum -- a day long event to discuss youth unemployment -- seemed surprised by the result.


Photo: Dave McLean/flickr
| September 3, 2013
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