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Disgraced senator's pension sparks ire

OTTAWA—The Liberal government is blaming its Conservative predecessor for the fact Don Meredith will be able to collect an annual pension now that the disgraced Ontario senator formally has resigned his seat in the upper chamber.

Meredith's resignation became official yesterday afternoon after it arrived at Rideau Hall, putting an end to his time in the Senate.

Security upgraded at passport offices

OTTAWA—The federal government quietly has been making changes to passport offices in a bid to improve security and address concerns that the facilities could be easy targets for a terrorist attack.

Civil servants in passport and other government offices for years have faced bomb threats, and hostility from individuals who are disgruntled, drunk, or suffering mental illnesses.