The Government of Canada acknowledges that communications on this topic were unclear in the first days after the CERB was launched.
"This includes both the CERB webpages, and the information provided to call centre agents. We regret that this lack of consistent clarity led some self-employed individuals to mistakenly apply to the CERB despite being ineligible," The CRA said.
What's more, Marc Brière, the national president for the Union of Taxation Employees, told CBC News that those government workers were given the wrong information on the CERB eligibility.
They then passed on those instructions to Canadians seeking the $2,000 monthly financial support.
"At the beginning, when people were phoning, unfortunately, there was a mistake made," Brière said.
"The agents were provided with their ... guidelines to answer questions and it referred to gross income. That's what some of them have told Canadians when they were calling."
And as it stands, the CRA dished out 441,000 letters to Canadians who they believe did not meet the requirements for the benefit.
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As of May 8, 2021, over $1 million worth of COVID-19 fines has been processed by ICBC. Meanwhile, only $172,825 of those tickets have been paid according to a press release from the province of B.C. This accounts for only 14% of the total.
So, as seen in the data, people aren't exactly jumping to pay their COVID-19 fines in British Columbia. As a result, the province proposed new legislation on Wednesday, May 12 that would result in people with unpaid COVID-19 fines being unable to renew their B.C. driver's licence or vehicle license.
"That small minority of persons who have been fined for violating the rules in place to protect us all are going to be held accountable for the debt they owe," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "We've already moved up the deadline for sending unpaid COVID-19 fines to collections. Now, we're going to refuse to issue offenders a driver's licence or vehicle licence if they still won't take their tickets seriously and pay up."
If passed, these new rules will start in July and they will apply to all outstanding fines issued under the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
"People with outstanding fines will receive notice of the RTI from ICBC ahead of their driver's licence expiry and vehicle license renewal," said the press release.
"It's looking positive to be able to open schools towards the end of May if the rate of COVID continues to come down in our community."
Etches also mentioned that a regional approach might be the best option when it comes to reopening schools across the province.
"What am I encouraged by, is the conversations about being able to open schools is happening and that is something where I think the regional approach is a valid way to go," she stated. "That's the first step, we need to get schools open and then we need to take a look at other measures that could be relaxed."
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New arrivals hit the Bath & Body Works website and the fragrances sound marvellous. If only we could smell them through the computer.
While the Canadian commerce website is currently under construction (no word yet on launch date), you can still buy stuff from the US site and pay $9.99 for shipping. The other option is to go to an actual store if your province or city isn't under lockdown right now.
Some of the smells you can expect to find at Bath & Body Works include Cool Cucumber Mist, Midsummer Dream (a lovely blend of salted pear, nectarine and seaside lily), Berry Waffle Cone and Tiki Beach (warm vanilla musk with toasted coconut). Wow!