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Feds pledge $350M aid to help charitable groups

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government plans to provide $350 million to Canada's charities sector, which has seen a severe drop in donations because of COVID-19.

Charities have seen a severe drop in donations since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, with donors hurting financially themselves and an inability to hold fundraising events.

Ontario reports 551 new COVID cases

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 551 new COVID-19 cases today, and 38 new deaths.

The new provincial total of 11,735 cases is a 4.9 per cent increase over Monday's total, which is the lowest growth rate in weeks.

That comes a day after new provincial modelling suggests the community spread in Ontario is in the peak period, though cases in long-term care homes are rising.

Ford announces $20 million for vaccine research as COVID-19 cases top 10,000 across the province

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford has announced $20 million in funding for Ontario researchers trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19, as cases of the virus climbed passed the 10,000 mark in the province on Saturday.

There were 485 new cases announced by health officials today and 36 more deaths, bringing the toll to 514.

Deal struck with secondary union

TORONTO — Ontario has reached a tentative deal with the final major teachers' union without a contract.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and the government announced the tentative agreement today.

Union president Harvey Bischof says the teachers did not get everything they wanted in the agreement, but the deal will provide stability in the province's schools.

Trump hosts call with Trudeau and G7 leaders

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders are being hosted today by an impatient American president far more anxious than they appear to be to ease restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump is leading a teleconference today with his counterparts because the U.S. holds the rotating chair of the G7 this year.