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NAN says government refusing to provide aid for safe school reopening plan

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - An Ontario First Nations group says the federal government is failing to facilitate a safe back-to-school plan for its nearly 9,000 elementary and secondary school students.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says Ottawa has “ignored urgent requests” for supplies and funding to insulate NAN schools against COVID-19.

Indigenous boy needing health care was discriminated against: adjudicator

WINNIPEG - A human rights adjudicator has ruled that the Manitoba government discriminated against a disabled Indigenous boy by not providing adequate health care.

The province has been ordered to pay the boy and his mother $42,500.

The case centres on Alfred (Dewey) Pruden, who was 16 years old when his human rights complaint was heard last year.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns

OTTAWA - The only finance minister to serve under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suddenly resigned Monday night, saying someone else should guide the country through a long and bumpy economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Morneau said he had considered leaving his role as finance minister for some time, adding that he never intended to run for a third term as an MP.

Ontario records 33 new COVID cases, removes duplicates

TORONTO - Ontario is reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 today - the lowest daily case count in months - but the province's health minister attributes part of the drop to “routine data clean-up.”

Christine Elliott says Toronto Public Health removed 21 cases, including some duplicates, from its total.

She says an additional 75 cases have been resolved.