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03/28/2015 - 12:40
March 28, 2015 - Cherry Hill, Nova Scotia The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore ¿ St. Margaret's, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest almost $3.5 million over the next two years in harbour improvement projects at four harbours in Nova Scotia. Projects being funded today will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for harbour users and local fishermen.
03/28/2015 - 09:26
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: "Canada condemns the attacks targeting the Makka al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia.
03/28/2015 - 09:25
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced that the Government of Canada will not renew its requirement for Canadian National Railway (CN) Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) to transport minimum volumes of grain by rail after the current Order in Council expires on March 28, 2015
03/28/2015 - 09:23
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: "Canada looks to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the UN to be a strong and impartial proponent for improved human rights globally.

Parents with critically ill children to be eligible for EI

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Chilliwack- Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack Fraser-Canyon announced the Government's intention to move forward with a new Employment Insurance (EI) special benefit for parents to take time off work to care for their critically ill or injured children.

"It's a recognition of both the emotional and financial burdens faced by parents in dealing with a sick child and will help them cope with one of the most difficult challenges any parent will face," said Strahl.

Parents who must take time off work to care for a child who has a life-threatening illness or injury would be able to apply for up to 35 weeks of this new EI special benefit.

The special benefit is part of the Government of Canada's continued action to help parents balance work and family responsibilities. Other EI measures include: expanding eligibility for compassionate care benefits; allowing self-employed workers to opt into the EI program to receive maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, as well as this new special benefit; and improving access to EI parental benefits for military and foster families.

The new EI special benefit for parents of critically ill children is expected to be available in June 2013 and will help an estimated 6 000 families per year.

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