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Veterans Affairs could clear application backlog in a year if it hired hundreds: PBO

OTTAWA - The parliamentary budget office says Veterans Affairs Canada can clear its backlog of disability benefit applications in a year if it hires nearly 400 more people.

The number of pending applications for benefits had reached almost 50,000 by the end of March, up from about 21,000 in March 2017.

COVID-19 cases linked to GTA wedding events grows to 23

TORONTO–Public health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases linked to a single wedding that took place recently in the Greater Toronto Area has grown.

The York Region Public Health Unit says 23 people have now tested positive for the virus, up from 11 earlier reported cases that have been linked to the wedding and three related gatherings.

Neurologist who admitted to dozens of sexual assaults to face sentencing hearing

CALGARY–Several women are expected to speak in court today about a retired Calgary neurologist who sexually assaulted them.

Keith Hoyte pleaded guilty in January to assaulting 28 female patients over three decades.

Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood says about 20 victims are expected to attend Hoyte’s sentencing hearing.

Dolly Parton among virtual TV festival stars

LOS ANGELES - Dolly Parton, Cate Blanchett and Justin Bieber are part of the virtual edition of the Paley Center's annual festival celebrating TV programs and their makers.

PaleyFest LA, responding to pandemic restrictions, taped socially distanced discussions with stars and producers that began streaming free this week on the Paley Center's YouTube channel.