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New EI benefit; Proposed accessibility legislation in manitoba

New EI benefit

Ottawa — the federal government is proposing a new employment insurance benefit for parents who take time off work to care for their critically ill or injured children. Parents or legal guardians could apply for up to 35 weeks of the benefit, which may be combined with other benefits or shared between parents.

Proposed accessibility legislation in manitoba

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s new Accessibility Advisory Council has delivered its initial recommendations for legislation and standards to help identify, remove and prevent barriers faced by people with disabilities. The recommendations call for: a process to develop achievable goals; accessibility standards; no effect on guarantees contained in human rights codes; and regular reviews of progress made. Comments are welcome until Oct. 21.

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