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Government of Canada introduces legislation to support students in need

Support for unemployed students may be coming in the near future.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, introduced legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), which would provide income support to post-secondary students who lost work opportunities due to COVID-19.

Ford unveils guiding principles to reopen province after virus

TORONTO — yesterday, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces.

Kenney visits Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he toured the damage caused by flooding in Fort McMurray and the province is ready to help.

He and Environment Minister Jason Nixon went to northern Alberta on Monday afternoon.

The city's entire downtown is under an evacuation order due to high water caused by spring ice breakup on the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers.

Elementary teachers ratify deal

TORONTO — Ontario's elementary teachers have ratified their new contract with the provincial government.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says 97 per cent of its teacher members voted in favour of the three-year deal.

It will see teachers get salary increases of one per cent a year for three years, and four per cent annual increases to benefits.

Saskatchewan may reopen some businesses in May

REGINA—Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says some businesses that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic could reopen next month.

In a televised address from the legislature Wednesday, a first for a Saskatchewan Party premier, Moe announced that his government has a five-phase plan to allow some businesses and services to open their doors.