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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.

First Nations to have greater role in parks

BANFF, Alta.—Federal Environment minister Catherine McKenna is supporting a greater role for First Nations in creating new protected areas and managing the ones Canada already has.

Speaking Friday at a parks conference in Banff, Alta., McKenna said indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada meets its international goal of conserving 17 percent of its land by 2020.

Man. premier wants federal help

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to respond to Manitoba's call for help in dealing with an influx of asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

Pallister said he wrote to Trudeau more than a week ago to ask for money for housing, welfare, language training, legal aid, and other services for border-crossers.