Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Ont-School-Job-Action)(Audio:01)

Hundreds of Ontario elementary and high schools will be open this morning, and hundreds of thousands of students are expected in class as usual.

A strike set to begin at midnight by 55-thousand education workers -- including custodians, early childhood educators and clerical staff -- has been averted.

After a weekend of intense negotiating and just hours before the strike deadline, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce (LEH'-chay) announced the government and the bargaining unit for the Canadian Union of Public Employees reached a tentative contract agreement.

At least two-dozen school boards were prepared to close schools to ensure student safety.

The union says it was able to secure modest wage hikes and maintain its sick-leave plan, but won't say more until members vote on the deal. (1)

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(FedElxn-Campaign)

Only two federal party leaders spent Sunday on the hustings, while the other four crammed for tonight's critical English-language leaders' debate in Gatineau, Quebec.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visited a conservative-friendly area outside Belleville, Ontario, where he planted trees to highlight his environmental plan.

He then took aim at the Conservatives for not releasing their election platform, and likened the delay to that of Ontario Premier Doug Ford last year.

Trudeau said Scheer is keeping his full platform and its costing a secret.

He noted Doug Ford did the same thing -- quote -- "and then turned around and cut health care, cut education, cut services for people who need it.''

Scheer has said only that the Conservative platform will be unveiled "with plenty of time for Canadians to make decisions." (1)

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(FedElxn-Campaign-Singh)

N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh was also on the hustings Sunday, attending an Ottawa farmers' market with one of his party's most respected elder statesmen. …

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