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New date assigned in judicial review case involving Bras d'Or woman

SYDNEY — A new hearing date was assigned Thursday to a Bras d'Or woman seeking to have her social assistance benefits reinstated.

A judicial review of a decision by the provincial Department of Community Services was scheduled to proceed Thursday but Justice Patrick Murray adjourned the hearing to allow Emma Lorraine MacInnis time to prepare a response to the brief filed by the department.

Murray noted the court had granted MacInnis an extension to filing her brief because of a death in her family.

The legal argument was filed Sept. 8 which extended the department's filing until Sept. 15.

As a result, said Murray, he felt he needed more time to be fully apprised of issues raised in the briefs adding he would be very interested in hearing a response from MacInnis to the department's argument.

"It is prudent that we not proceed today to allow you time to reply," said Murray, in addressing MacInnis.

MacInnis is now scheduled to file her response no later than Sept. 26.

A formal hearing into the case is now set for Oct. 6.

A decision of the assistance appeal board in December 2013, ruled that benefits to MacInnis be terminated for the period January 2011 to May 2013.

After a review of MacInnis' income, the board ruled there was excess chargeable income in her bank account and MacInnis was unable to explain all of the deposits.

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