Ontario government cuts ties with WE Charity amid controversy

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The Ontario government says it will not renew an existing contract with WE Charity amid a controversy that has sparked a conflict of interest investigation against the premier.The decision, which was confirmed in a statement to Global News on Friday afternoon, said the Education Department “had been ordered not to renew the contract with WE and to investigate spending on it. day”.

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“We are deeply concerned and troubled by the allegations against WE,” the statement read. “It’s taxpayers’ money. The hard workers of this province deserve to know that their money pays off, and these allegations raise serious questions.










Trudeau grilled on due diligence for WE controversy


Trudeau grilled on due diligence for WE controversy

The Ontario government, however, did not specify which series of allegations it was referring to in its statement.

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WE had previously been chosen to offer a $ 912 million student grant program, but the deal was scrapped amid criticism of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family ties to the group.










Trudeau’s testimony on the WE Charity controversy


Trudeau’s testimony on the WE Charity controversy

Revelations of new ties between the family of Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the charity have prompted further criticism over the grant’s treatment.

Speaking during his testimony before the House of Commons Finance Committee on Thursday, Trudeau expressed regret because he did not recuse himself from the decision to award the sole-source contract to WE.

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In a House of Commons finance committee hearing on Tuesday, WE Charity founders Craig and Marc Kielburger described the decision to administer the federal student service bursary program as “a favor we were doing to help Canada”.

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The Ontario government also did not specify which contract it was not going to renew with the charity.

WE Charity has been tasked with administering WE Schools, a “one-year, $ 250,000 education program that aims to nurture empathy and compassion in students” by “engaging students and teachers in action. local and global through classroom and after-school programs and resources, ”according to a June 18 statement detailing recently announced mental health initiatives for Ontario students.










The finance committee grills Trudeau during the testimony of WE Charity


The finance committee grills Trudeau during the testimony of WE Charity

The charity says on its website that it first launched “service learning programs” in 1999, when it helped support the rollout of the 40-year community service requirement. Ontario hours for high school graduation.

The charity’s website also cites a partnership with the Toronto District School Board to develop a program to train “youth and equip educators and students on service learning” as well as programs supported by 3,200 Ontario schools.

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A total of 7,000 schools and groups are also “actively engaged” in programming, according to the charity.

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Tax documents also revealed that the charity donated more than US $ 600,000 to several US political consultancies – one of which was linked to the Republican Party and specializing in “combative media training.”

U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax returns for the fiscal year ending August 2019 showed that the charity paid three businesses a total of US $ 605,853, including US $ 130,000 to Firehouse Strategies – the latter was founded in 2016 by prominent members of Republican. Presidential campaign of Senator Marco Rubio.

With files from Sean Boynton, Amanda Connolly and Andrew Russell

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