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Five dogs were a big hit on Parliament Hill as veterinarians lobbied for legal changes that would allow them to prescribe medical cannabis for animals. They stood outside the main doors of West Block, capturing the oohs and ahs of politicians and staff as they emerged after question period Wednesday. (The Canadian Press)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he had “zero influence” in the hiring of his family friend, Ronald Taverner, as the Ontario Provincial Police commissioner. Opposition parties are calling for an independent investigation into the appointment. (The Canadian Press)

Calgary Stampeders receiver DeVaris Daniels speaks to reporters prior to testifying at the trial of Nelson Lugela in Calgary. Lugela is charged in the shooting death of Stamps player Mylan Hicks in 2016.  (The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday in Buenos Aires he learned of Liberal MP Raj Grewal's gambling problem just over a week ago, but his office had no information that an RCMP investigation was connected to the issue.  (The Canadian Press)

The foreign affairs minister has announced sanctions on 17 Saudi Arabian nationals linked to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s actions carry “real weight” in the world.  (The Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons Wednesday, over whether there's a link between carbon tax plans and the announced closure of the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario. (The Canadian Press)

Unifor president Jerry Dias says “bold leadership” is needed to dissuade General Motors from carrying out a plan to close its Oshawa, Ontario, plant. The union chief met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the issue on Tuesday. (The Canadian Press)

A former Toronto police officer who stole and ate a marijuana-laced chocolate bar seized in a raid, received a nine-month conditional sentence on Monday. Vittorio Dominelli’s lawyer said they had hoped for a discharge. (The Canadian Press)

Suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was back in court Friday fighting for access to documents he says are “fundamental” to his defence. Norman was charged last March with breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets. (The Canadian Press)

“what we need to do” to lure investment dollars to Canada. Opposition parties denounced the plan announced in Wednesday’s fall economic statement. (The Canadian Press)

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