Tuesday, June 15, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“Were it not for their tireless commitment to my constituents and my portfolio, I would not have received this honour.”
- MP Ted Menzies  
- on winning “Hardest   
Working Parliamentarian”   


The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon at the Blairmore Legion on Wednesday, June 9. The event was catered by Ben Wong Restaurant, and featured three guest speakers –– Brian Gallant for the Sinister 7 race, Amanda Herman for Service Canada, and Gordon Lundy for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.
Gallant said that last year, some business owners on main street Blairmore complained that they were not prepared for the large number of people who were here for the Sinister 7 ultra marathon. A total of 360 racers took part last year, along with family and friends here to support them.
This year, said Gallant, they have 660 registered racers, which will make downtown Blairmore even busier during the July 9 to 11 event. He advised downtown Blairmore businesses to make sure they have staff and stock on hand for the Sinister 7 weekend.
"We're really pleased with how it's growing," said Gallant, adding that hotels throughout the area are already booked full for the event. He said that they expect the number of participants to grow even more next year.
Amanda Herman, with Service Canada, spoke about employment insurance benefits that can be accessed by self-employed individuals. By paying premiums into the program, she said, the self-employed can receive maternity, parental, sickness, and compassionate care benefits.
Herman said that the premiums are based on annual income. Anyone receiving benefits from the program are eligible for 55 percent of their average weekly earnings per week, up to a maximum of $457 per week.
She said that the program is designed to give some form of income protection to self-employed people. Anyone participating in the program must pay premiums for 12 months before being able to collect benefits, and once someone collects benefits they must continue to pay premiums for as long as they remain self-employed.
... see the June 15 issue of the Pas Herald for the full story.
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