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Ontario will begin reopening its economy on Wednesday by gradually transition­ing regions back to a colour-coded restrictio­ns system. A stay-at-home order will remain in place for communitie­s until they move over to the tiered system. The province is also bringing in an “emergency brake” it can use to move regions back into lockdown if cases spike. Here's a breakdown of the plan:

Feb. 10: The regions of Hastings Prince Edward; Kingston Frontenac and Lennox and Addington; and Renfrew County and District will enter the “green” category of the restrictio­ns system. That will allow non-essential retailers to open, restaurant­s to offer indoor dining, and personal care services to open.

Feb. 16: The province's remaining public health units will transition to the colour-coded restrictio­ns system, except for three hot spots in the Greater Toronto Area. The category regions are placed in will depend on case rates at the time.

Feb. 22: The hot spots of Toronto, Peel Region and York Region are expected to transition back to the colour-coded restrictio­ns system, though the province said any sudden increase in cases could delay that plan.

A 33-year-old Ottawa man was scheduled to appear in court Monday after being arrested and charged with arson in connection with what police say was a fire at the Canada Revenue Agency's headquarte­rs. The Ottawa Police Service says the fire in the historic Connaught building a few blocks from Parliament Hill started early Sunday morning before it was extinguish­ed by the sprinkler system. CRA spokeswoma­n Sylvie Branch says no one was injured but that the building did suffer a broken window along with smoke and water damage. Daniel Joseph Groulx is in custody pending a bail hearing after being arrested and charged with one count each of arson, possession of an incendiary material and mischief to property.

Senators have agreed to put a bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying to a final vote by Feb. 17. That would leave just over a week for the House of Commons to deal with any amendments approved by the Senate before the thrice-extended court-imposed deadline of Feb. 26. Several senators have signalled they will propose substantia­l amendments to the bill, intended to bring the law into compliance with a 2019 Quebec Superior Court ruling that struck down a provision allowing assisted dying only for those who are nearing the natural ends of their lives. An amended version of the bill would have to go back to the House of Commons for MPs to decide whether to accept or reject the amendments before shipping it back to the Senate.

A Quebec man is facing weapons charges after the RCMP found about 10 homemade bombs as well as firearms, ammunition and weapons at his home. RCMP say in a news release 47-year-old Karl Maheux of Ancienne-Lorette was arrested Friday and is facing charges of possession of prohibited devices without a licence and careless storage of a restricted weapon. Officers searched Maheux's Quebec City-area home after the Canada Border Services Agency intercepte­d a package containing a silencer. The news release said RCMP officers found about 10 homemade bombs, chemicals including potassium nitrate, firearms, silencers, ammunition and prohibited weapons, including brass knuckles. Police say explosives experts had to be called in, and several residences were evacuated to ensure public safety. Ancienne-Lorette is a suburb of Quebec City, next to Jean Lesage Airport. The police said Maheux appeared in court Sunday by video conference and was released with conditions pending his next court appearance on March 19.

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