Feds looking into EI case of cancer-stricken Tweed woman
Kristy Thrasher-Emigh (AMBER VAN WORT, QMI Agency)
The Sun gets action for a new mom with a severe form of cancer who was denied employment insurance benefits.
Kristy Thrasher-Emigh, 35, who is in the middle of chemotherapy for breast cancer while raising a 16-month-old daughter, is fighting to receive 15 weeks of benefit that she feels she is entitled to but that Ottawa has denied.
“Nobody really has answers for me,” the Tweed woman told Michele Mandel in the Toronto Sun’s front-page story Tuesday.
Now the federal government is apparently looking for them.
“(Employment Minister Jason Kenney) is reviewing the circumstances of this case,” Julie Vaux, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told the Sun Tuesday.
A source said Kenney was interested in looking into the process surrounding the rule that an applicant needs 600 hours of work to qualify. Thrasher-Emigh had just 400 hours after her maternity but felt if she had been hurt on the job she would then qualify.
Kenney’s office assured it was taking the file seriously.
Kenney spokesman Alexandra Fortier said: “(Vaux) is right — we are reviewing this case on an urgent basis.”