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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau defended Friday employing WE Charity to administer a $900-million federal student aid program, despite the group’s ties to the prime minister and his wife. Trudeau said the decision to use WE was made by the non-partisan public service, not by him. WE will administer the Canada Student Service Grant that provides eligible students with up to $5,000 for volunteer work with non-profit organizations helping to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government said Friday it has allocated $19.5 million to cover administrative costs. Of that amount, $5 million is for non-profits to provide volunteer jobs for students, including $300,000 for accessibility supports.