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EI whistleblower suspended without pay

Vancouver - Canada government employment insurance investigator Sylvie Therrien has been suspended without pay after leaking confidential documents to Montreal newspaper LeDevoir earlier this year.

Thousands protest changes to Canadian EI benefits

Ottawa - Thousands protested in the province of Quebec, in the Canadian capital Ottawa, and also in the Province of New Brunswick against the changes made by the Conservative government to Canada's Employment Insurance (EI) program.

Canadian Human Resources Minister details new EI measures, rules

Ottawa - The Canadian federal government's Human Resources Minister announced new Employment Insurance (EI) measures Thursday at a press conference in Ottawa. The overhaul will establish three criteria for job hunters.

Canadian Finance Minister: There is no such thing as a bad job

Ottawa - Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told a phalanx of reporters Monday that this country needs workers and there is no such thing as a bad job. This comes as the Conservatives are attempting to reform Employment Insurance.

Op-Ed: Understanding those marginalized by Canada's EI system Special

Toronto - I recently spoke with former York University researcher Lee Berkowitz on the ways in which Canada's current system of distributing employment insurance marginalizes and excludes more than we may realize. The following is my Q & A with Lee.

Reform needed to modernize Employment Insurance Special

Toronto - A recent report released by the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation is calling for massive reforms in the government assistance program for unemployed workers.

Report finds Canada's EI system unjust

Toronto - The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, a Toronto-based think tank, has released a study blasting Canada's Employment Insurance system as a "hangover for handling interregional problems," and in dire need of reform.

Self-employed in Canada now eligible for Employment Insurance

Self-employed workers can now register for the Employment Insurance plan in order to qualify for parental, maternity, sickness and compassionate care benefits.

More Canadians receive employment insurance benefits in June

Statistics Canada reports in June, 816,600 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. This is up 5.1% (+39,500) from previous month.

Canada falls behind OECD partners in support for unemployed

A study comparing unemployment benefits among countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that Canada offers some of the worst support out of the 30 nations that make up the OECD's membership.

Toronto rally for EI reform draws over 2,000

Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP party, attended a June 13th rally to lend his support to calls from labour for Employment Insurance reform. It was estimated that over 2,000 people attended the Toronto event.

Statistics Canada: EI Beneficiaries Climb by 104,000

Since the most recent low recorded in February 2008, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has climbed by 104,000, or 22.8%.

Green Party: EI Best Way to Stimulate the Economy

The Conservative government ignored the plight of laid-off workers and the advice of economic experts when it failed to increase access to employment insurance in last week’s budget.

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