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Province reports 77 more cases, one death from COVID-19

People spend the late summer morning in Tom Campbell’s Hill Nature Park with the view of downtown Calgary in the background on Tuesday August 25, 2020. Photo by Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia

Another 77 cases of COVID-19 and one additional death were reported in Alberta on Tuesday, as the federal government announced it was providing additional funding to support schools as children return home in September.

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Federal government to give provinces $ 2 billion to strengthen safe reopening of schools this fall

A collage of messages hangs on the fence at Haysbro Elementary School in southwest Calgary on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Photo par Brendan Miller / Postmedia

OTTAWA – The federal government is giving an additional $ 2 billion to provinces and territories to help ensure that children can safely return to school next month.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to make the announcement Wednesday at a school in Toronto.

The money is in addition to the $ 19 billion Trudeau has already pledged to provinces and territories to help them cope with the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their economies and health care systems.

He briefed prime ministers on his plan during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details before the announcement, confirmed certain details to The Canadian Press.

Funding should be allocated based on the number of students from each province and territory.

Education is a provincial jurisdiction and the sources said Trudeau would fully respect that. The provinces and territories will be able to spend the money however they see fit to strengthen their efforts so that schools can reopen this fall in the safest possible way.

Schools have been closed across the country since COVID-19 began sweeping the country in mid-March.

– The Canadian Press

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