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Centre Block renovation to take until at least 2030 to complete, cost up to $5B

The massive ongoing renovation of Parliament Hill, centred on revitalizing and reworking Centre Block as the crown jewel of Canadian democracy, is expected to take until at least 2030 and cost up to $5 billion to complete. On Thursday federal officials leading the renovation project released the final design, scope, and anticipated timelines for completing the project.

The ground in front of Parliament Hill's Centre Block is excavated for the building of the new welcome centre, seen during a media tour of Centre Block renovations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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A healthcare worker gets ready to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Pool Photo via AP)
People receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto on Tuesday May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
People wait to receive vaccine for COVID-19 outside a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Mother putting a face mask on her daughter. (August de Richelieu/ Pexels)

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Don Martin: How to win the next election: It's the reopening, stupid.

Many Canadian politicians are oh-so-deserving of an electoral spanking for actions that introduced, spread, slowed and then revived COVID-19 across the country, writes Don Martin in his exclusive column for CTVNews.ca, adding that with the third wave becoming a ripple, a road back to popularity and power has opened up for incumbent political leaders.

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Signal detected: Are we alone in the endless abyss of space?

If aliens are sending us signals, are we set up to detect them? Dan Riskin speaks with planetary scientists, radio astronomers, and computer scientists who explain how the search for ET has ramped up in the last few decades. But if they're successful, is there a way to predict what alien creatures might look like?

A sign advertises state route 375 as the Extraterrestrial Highway, in Crystal Springs, Nev., July 22, 2019

The trans woman taking on the doomsday church

W5 investigates a controversial Christian sect that has divided the small town of Aylmer, Ont. The Church of God Restoration and its fervent pastor have made headlines for their "anti-lockdown" rhetoric, causing turmoil in the once-sleepy town.