$2B in federal funding aims to help schools reopen safely as COVID-19 numbers climb

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John Feldsted
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$2B in federal funding aims to help schools reopen safely as COVID-19 numbers climb

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Money earmarked to improve air ventilation, boost sanitation and buy protective equipment

Kathleen Harris
CBC News
Aug 26, 2020

With less than two weeks to go before most schools are set to welcome back students for the fall term, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more than $2 billion in funding to help provinces and territories re-open their schools and economies safely.

The announcement comes as some provinces are reporting increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The funding is meant to allow provinces and territories to work with local school boards to implement measures to protect students and staff from COVID-19. The money can be used to help adapt learning spaces, improve air ventilation, increase hand sanitation and hygiene and buy extra personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies.

Trudeau also announced an extra $112 million for First Nations communities to ensure a safe return to school on reserves.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudea ... 636_104913

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The arrogance, dishonesty and cynicism are palpable.

• The federal government does not have 2 ¢ let alone $2 billion to fund this program. The increased debt is unneeded and unwise. The children returning to school will spend their entire working lives paying off the Trudeau-dollar debt.

• Education is a provincial jurisdiction. The feds insist on expanding their reach into local affairs while they ignore their constitutional duties and obligations.

• Trudeau prorogued parliament and cannot get the funding approved for this program until the end of September if his government survives a confidence vote. This announcement is a cynical attempt to show he cares when he does not.

• The announcement is pandering to parents with no underlying substance or urgency. Federal funds cannot arrive in school districts until after children are on their Christmas break. That is not helping schools to reopen; it is posturing for improvement of a badly tarnished image.

The consistent barrage of announcements is all show with no substance. We deserve better governance than a pratfall of clowns selling itself like breakfast cereal. We don’t have a Prime Minister - we are stuck with a carnival pitchman.

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Re: $2B in federal funding aims to help schools reopen safely as COVID-19 numbers climb

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I agree with everything you say but look at it from a different perspective. Suppose you are a parent worried about sending your children back to school. It doesn't matter if your concern is unreasonable, it's real to you. Who are you most likely to vote for.

Trudeau, who promises gobs of money to make schools as safe as they can be made or Trump who threatens to withhold education funds from states that don't reopen schools quickly. That is the main reason Trump continues to bleed suburban women support. Also, Trudeau isn't interfering in provincial decisions, Trump is.

John Feldsted
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Re: $2B in federal funding aims to help schools reopen safely as COVID-19 numbers climb

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Trudeau is providing an illusion of making children safe that he cannot fulfill.

When those anxious parents demand that the principal use federal funds to improve ventilation, he is stuck with the problem of illusionary support, not Trudeau. There is no excuse for that behaviour.

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