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NDP wants hydro bill to be tabled Monday

TORONTO—Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the Liberal government to table legislation for its hydro bill reduction plan on Monday, saying it's short on details and “warrants one heck of an explanation.”

The legislature is not sitting this week for March Break, but Horwath said Ontarians need to see the planned legislation as soon as possible.

New rules for drone use set

OTTAWA—The federal government is bringing in strict measures and fines for anyone who flies a drone too close to an airport or plane.

Transport minister Marc Garneau today unveiled restrictions to curb the number of incidents in which recreational drones have come too close to planes, which has more than tripled since 2014.

Storm packing punch

TORONTO—A major winter storm has settled into the southern Ontario region, stretching from Windsor all the way to the Quebec border.

Environment Canada says the storm already has left some areas coping with up to 20 cm of snow—with more on the way.

Hamilton, Burlington, and the Niagara region appear to have been the hardest hit so far.

Premier says Manitoba not intimidated by feds

WINNIPEG—Manitoba is not worried about being the last province standing in a health-funding dispute with Ottawa and will not be rushed into accepting any deals, Premier Brian Pallister said yesterday.

“We're standing alone. I'm not afraid of that and I'm not anything but proud of the fact we're willing to do that,” Pallister told reporters.

Alberta looks to prevent donating blood for profit

EDMONTON—Alberta is taking steps to prevent donors from selling their blood and plasma for a profit.

The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced yesterday in the legislature by Health minister Sarah Hoffman.

“Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” Hoffman said.

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.

Wright still subject of an ethics probe

OTTAWA—Almost a full year after Sen. Mike Duffy was acquitted on 31 charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust, the man who paid him $90,000 remains under investigation by the federal ethics watchdog.

Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has revealed she continues to examine the conduct of Nigel Wright, former prime minister Stephen Harper's one-time chief of staff.