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Today in Ottawa: Senate suspensions, drugs in sport and benefits of beer

11/05/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
OTTAWA - A vote is expected today on a government motion to suspend three senators without pay over the alleged misspending of tax dollars.

The motion would paint Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau with the same brush.

Critics, including some Conservatives, say the Senate is rushing to judgment and that the three should be given individual hearings.

If that's not enough of a Senate fix, the public law group of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law is hosting a panel discussion on Senate reform.

And there's always question period in the House of Commons, where the prime minister is sure to be asked about the latest twists and turns in the Senate saga.

Combating drugs in sport will be in the spotlight as Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees announce support for the anti-doping work of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

A report being released today by Pierre Daigle, the National Defence ombudsman, will look at the well-being of Canadian military families.

Food Banks Canada will release its annual report on hunger and food bank use.

Interim Environment commissioner Neil Maxwell will deliver his latest fall report to Parliament, followed by reaction from the NDP.

Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch will make an announcement at Ottawa's main police station about cyber and sexual violence against women.

And topping off the events for the day, John Sleeman, founder and chair of Sleeman Breweries, will speak to the Economic Club of Canada about the role of beer in Canada's economy.