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Security boosts rankle some Senators as they adapt to new building

By Charelle Evelyn      

It will ‘inevitably take some time to settle into a new building with advanced technology and security features,’ says the office of Senate Speaker George Furey.

Hill passes get a good workout in the new Senate of Canada Building. They're needed to open doors at almost every turn, not just the building entrance, pictured. In the first week, only those issued by the Senate, which excludes those handed out to Parliamentary Press Gallery members, actually opened doors. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The new Senate of Canada Building may be an “architectural gem,” but there were still a few lumps of coal to be sifted out last week as Senators returned from their winter break to the Upper Chamber’s new temporary home.

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