Ontario school boards urged to spend air quality funding by Thanksgiving

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TORONTO — School boards need to pick up the pace of air quality improvements as schools reopen this fall, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday, urging them not to move “on government time” as they rush to spend millions in funding allocated earlier this week.

Ford’s remarks came just days after the province told school boards they should spend $50 million by Thanksgiving to upgrade air quality in schools in an effort to bolster COVID-19 safety measures.

School boards, opposition politicians and school repair advocates said the government timeline will be difficult to meet.

But Ford said Friday that the money is there, boards need to move now as students return to the classroom in weeks.

“Everything is immediate nowadays with this pandemic,” Ford said. “We can’t wait, we can’t go on government time and dawdle along. We’ve got to go on lightning speed

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