Expect periods of snow in Ottawa Friday, with a wind chill of -12C in the morning. It will be cloudy, with the temperature rising near zero later in the day, says Environment Canada.

Auditor General says federal government failed to protect foreign farm workers

Auditor General Karen Hogan said Canadian employment inspectors failed to properly enforce new pandemic regulations. CBC has the full story

Nearly half of Canadians lack confidence in government’s cybersecurity

Nearly half of Canadians lack confidence in the security of websites for Elections Canada, the CRA and others, CTV reports.

Global population set to decline for first time in centuries

In the coming decades, the human population is forecast to drop for the first time since the days of the Black Plague, The National Post reports.

Minister calls decision to remove Quebec teacher for hijab ‘cowardly’

Canadian politicians are speaking out against the reassignment of a West Quebec teacher who wore a hijab in the classroom. “It’s cowardly,” said Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, who is also a Montreal-area MP. “This type of discrimination isn’t reflective of the Quebec society I want to live in.”The law that forced her removal, Bill 21, is being called into question, Global News reports.

Towing company’s annual toy drive raises more than 1,000 gifts

The Ottawa Citizen reports a Carleton Place tow company’s toy drive raised over 1,000 gifts for those in-need. The gifts will be donated to Family and Children’s services of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville.