Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

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(Senate-Meredith)

"Good riddance" is how Conservative Senator Denise Batters responded to the news that her disgraced colleague Don Meredith is resigning from the upper chamber.

A Senate vote had been expected as early as tomorrow on whether to expel Meredith, after the Senate ethics committee recommended he be removed from his post after admitting to a sexual relationship with a teenaged girl.

In a statement, Meredith says he recognizes that the Senate is more important than his "moral failings," and he has decided to move forward with his life. (15)

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(WEA-Cda-Flooding) (Audio: P04)

The massive flooding across Canada is being blamed on heavy rains and melting snowpack, but Canada's environment minister says the disaster serves as an example of how communities need to better prepare for the effects of climate change.

Catherine McKenna says in the future, Canadians need to be ready for more floods, droughts and other extreme weather events.

She says she will be working with provinces and municipalities to prepare their building plans for the future.

Recent flooding has forced nearly two thousand people from their homes in Quebec. (15)

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(Labour-Worker-Rights)

The Liberal government says it plans to ratify an international treaty that affirms the labour rights of workers.

Canada has resisted joining the International Labour Organization treaty for 68 years, along with about two other dozen countries, including the U-S and Mexico.

In the past, Ottawa has said the freedom of assembly and association is protected well enough under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

But a 2015 Privy Council Office briefing note argues that joining the treaty would enable Canada to better work towards protecting workers' rights around the world. …

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