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  • Union Wants EI Benefits Extended to Harvesters Affected by Ice

    The FFAW says EI benefits need to be extended for fish harvesters who are unable to get out fishing due to heavy ice conditions.

    President Keith Sullivan says persistent ice in some areas of the province will cause hardship for many families and government must step up to assist.

    EI benefits will run out for many next week, leaving people without any income for at least the next few weeks until ice conditions improve.

    Ottawa set aside $7.9-million in ice compensation back in 2007.

    The crab season in areas 3K, 3L and 2J are currently open, but the union says hundreds of boats are unable to get out due to ice.

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