GOOD TUESDAY MORNING, OTTAWA
The rules seem quite liberal. If you were working up anytime in the past year making the princely sum of $5,000 but haven’t worked since March 11, you should qualify.
But the choice of the Government to limit assistance to workers rather than cut a cheque to all Canadians has left millions with no support at all. Anyone who has taken on any paid work whatsoever will be denied. Students who plan to take on post-study jobs are left out, as well.
Artists and musicians generally live lives of feast and famine but some benefit from a regular, tiny royalty cheque. And that may be enough to disqualify them.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau said during his daily news conference that he understood that there were wide gaps in coverage and that they would be fixed, in particular people who work fewer than 10 hours per week and home care workers who would be better off financially if they stayed home.
To help widen the support, a letter to your MP wouldn’t go amiss. You could always send an email but you have time, and letter writing is such a lost art.
We’ll see you tomorrow. — Martha and Darren
Weather: Mainly sunny with a high of 13°
There have been 370 cases of COVID 19 in Ottawa and six deaths.
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