Tuesday, April 20

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Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

National, News
ESCUMINAC, N.B. – Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance pilot project that provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits. Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, made the announcement today at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B. Duclos says up to five more weeks will be provided to eligible workers in seasonal industries in 13 regions throughout Canada. Those economic regions include central Quebec, eastern and western Nova Scotia, Madawaska–Charlotte in New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, excluding St. John’s, N.L. An estimated 51,500 workers will benefit from the extra weeks of employment insurance. The federal government says it will also provide up to $41 million over two years to
Montreal cyclists upset after being banned from cemetery atop Mount Royal

Montreal cyclists upset after being banned from cemetery atop Mount Royal

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MONTREAL – The historic cemetery atop Montreal’s Mount Royal offers a tranquil space for the dead to rest — but management says the living aren’t being granted the same courtesy thanks to speeding cyclists who are soon to lose their privileges. The 166-year-old non-profit that manages the cemetery recently announced it would ban bicycles from the picturesque spot as of Aug. 1., citing “flagrant disregard of the safety of pedestrians and of the character of the cemetery” by certain cyclists who use the sacred ground for “high speed training and other agressive sports.” In a statement on its website, cemetery management said it had sought to avoid a ban by repeatedly bringing up its concerns with cycling groups. “We regret that these efforts have been unsuccessful and that we