WE charity to stop running student coronavirus volunteer program after backlash – National

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OTTAWA – Minister of Youth Bardish Chagger says the WE organization will not manage the $ 900 million federal program to pay students and new graduates to volunteer this summer.In a statement this morning, Chagger says it is a “mutually agreed decision.”

Since the charity founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger was announced as program manager last week, the sole source agreement has been criticized for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s close ties to the group.

Trudeau and Chagger have repeatedly said that the recommendation to use WE for work came from the public service, not politicians.

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The volunteer program must pay up to $ 5,000 for the tuition fees of participants who make the maximum of 500 hours of volunteer work and is intended for students who cannot find work this summer due to the COVID pandemic- 19.

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Chagger’s statement says that volunteers who have already signed up should not be adversely affected, and WE Charity will reimburse money already received from the federal government.

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