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First virtual vote in the Commons marked by delays, technical glitches, goofs by MPs

First virtual vote in the Commons marked by delays, technical glitches, goofs by MPs

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament have completed their first-ever virtual vote in the House of Commons, a historic occasion marked by numerous technical glitches, lengthy delays and cameo appearances by some of their kids and even a family dog.
Montreal restaurateurs 'in shock' after provincial government orders 28-day closure

Montreal restaurateurs 'in shock' after provincial government orders 28-day closure

Montreal restaurateurs say they don't understand why the provincial government is ordering their businesses to close even though there have been no COVID-19 outbreaks tied to the city's famed restaurant industry.
Complaints from Access to Information users more than doubled last year: info czar

Complaints from Access to Information users more than doubled last year: info czar

OTTAWA — Dissatisfied users of the Access to Information Act lodged over 6,000 new complaints last year — more than double the number in the previous year, a federal watchdog says.
Letter sent by new Tory leader Erin O'Toole mirrors text on rival MacKay's website

Letter sent by new Tory leader Erin O'Toole mirrors text on rival MacKay's website

OTTAWA — A fundraising letter sent by new Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole to party members contains passages identical to sections of his rival Peter MacKay's campaign website.
Former Conservative MP Rob Anders facing multiple charges of evading taxes

Former Conservative MP Rob Anders facing multiple charges of evading taxes

OTTAWA — Former Conservative MP Rob Anders has been charged with tax evasion, as well as other Income Tax Act offences dating back to his years as a parliamentarian.

Ontario court again extends stay of proceedings for three tobacco giants

TORONTO — An Ontario court again extended an order suspending legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies on Tuesday as they continue work towards a settlement with their creditors.
Ottawa unveils guidelines, deal for rapid COVID-19 tests as calls for approval mount

Ottawa unveils guidelines, deal for rapid COVID-19 tests as calls for approval mount

OTTAWA — The Liberal government pushed back against criticism over a lack of rapid tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday as it unveiled a deal to buy millions of such devices from a U.S. company — whenever Health Canada approves them.
Union demands permanent hires to solve backlog in veterans' benefit applications

Union demands permanent hires to solve backlog in veterans' benefit applications

OTTAWA — The union representing employees at Veterans Affairs Canada says the department should hire more permanent staff to deal with the backlog of veterans waiting for services and benefits.
Jury in Matthew Raymond murder trial shown images from crime scene in 2018

Jury in Matthew Raymond murder trial shown images from crime scene in 2018

FREDERICTON — The jury in the Matthew Raymond murder trial in Fredericton was shown detailed and sometimes graphic pictures of the crime scene Tuesday.
Deficit on track to hit $330 billion with COVID effects lasting years, says PBO

Deficit on track to hit $330 billion with COVID effects lasting years, says PBO

OTTAWA — The COVID-19 pandemic will leave a lasting scar on the Canadian economy that could produce permanent deficits, the parliamentary budget officer says in a report estimating this year's shortfall at $328.5 billion.