Families of federal

Independent senators have been given a budget of 722,000 to build a new caucus from the ground up and hire staff to help them carry out their duties as members of the Red Chamber, Cbc News has learned . An electronic petition in Parliament calls on Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to explore more effective alternatives . Families of federal inmates are urging Canada s prison system to end the use of drug scanning devices they say are faulty and unreliable .