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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)

A number of victims of violent crime rallied in Ottawa Monday, marking the 10th anniversary of Tori Stafford's disappearance in southwestern Ontario and calling for changes to Canada's justice and corrections systems. A couple dozen people stood in a wind-blown freezing rain storm at the foot of the Peace Tower, demanding more rights for victims and their families. Victoria Stafford was eight years old when, on April 8, 2009, she went missing while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ont. (The Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him over his assertion the prime minister politically interfered in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.  (The Canadian Press)

A youth charged with terrorism-related offences has been released under strict conditions following a bail hearing in Kingston, Ont. A Canadian police investigation sparked by a tip from the FBI culminated in his arrest in January. Police said at the time that the youth had plotted a terrorist attack but had not chosen a specific target. Defence lawyer Simon Borys says the youth, who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is pleased with the decision.  (The Canadian Press)

Former cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould say they stood up for what was right in the SNC-Lavalin affair and they’re disappointed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threw them out of the federal Liberal caucus Tuesday evening. (The Canadian Press)

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have both been kicked out of the Liberal caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement moments after their fellow government MPs had gathered on Parliament Hill for an emergency meeting to determine their future with the party.

Ontario's recreational cannabis stores open for business as of April 1, but fewer than half of the government-licensed outlets were ready. The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., the only store in Toronto ready to go, had customers lining up starting the night before. (The Canadian Press)

Conservative MPs on the House of Commons agriculture committee failed in their attempt to persuade the Liberal majority to compel Trade Minster Jim Carr, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to testify. (The Canadian Press)

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined advocacy organizations and citizens in denouncing the Quebec government's secularism legislation. Singh says it turns religious minorities into second-class citizens. The bill tabled today would ban the wearing of religious symbols for many public sector employees, including teachers, prosecutors, judges and police officers. Still, Singh says he always feels welcomed in Quebec, and doesn't expect that to change in the upcoming federal election. (The Canadian Press)

The owner of the transport truck involved in the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash has admitted he did not follow provincial and federal safety rules. A lawyer for Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking pleaded guilty on his behalf in a Calgary court this morning to five charges. (The Canadian Press)

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