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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.

Pressure mounting on senator to resign

OTTAWA—The chorus of voices calling on Sen. Don Meredith to resign in the wake of a damning ethics probe into his sexual relationship with a 16-year-old is growing, along with expectations that a vote on his future should take place before the end of the month.

The question is whether the Senate has the right to boot one of its own—something it has never done.

Civil servants love 'sit-stand' desks

OTTAWA—It seems some federal workers don't want to be caught sitting down on the job.

A pilot project in one government department has found public servants really like their sit-stand desks—so much so, some reported anxiety about being moved to a new position or assignment that would make them give up the chance to spend some or all of the day on their feet.