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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)

The 2018 federal budget tabled Tuesday lays the foundation for a national pharmacare program in 2019. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says it is “not acceptable” some Canadians don’t have access to prescription drugs.

Dellen Millard and Mark Smich will spend at least 25 years behind bars for the murder of Laura Babcock, on top of the 25 years each received for killing a Hamilton man. Babcock’s dad called the two men “horrible specimens of humanity.”

The mayor of La Loche, Saskatchewan, says a ruling to sentence a young gunman who killed four people in 2016 as an adult is “the right decision.” Robert St. Pierre says lessons must be learned from the tragedy.

The chief of Tina Fontaine’s home community says Sagkeeng First Nation will be “hurting” after a man was found not guilty Thursday in the teen’s death in 2014. A jury in Winnipeg acquitted Raymond Cormier of second-degree murder.

In a 2014 police interrogation video shown to court in February, Raymond Cormier told investigators about the last time he saw Tina Fontaine. Cormier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Indigenous girl’s death. 

An attorney linked to former Trump campaign official Rick Gates admitted Tuesday he lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators. An Associated Press reporter says Mueller is sending a clear message that he won't tolerate lying. 

Nikolas Cruz, the man accused of shooting and killing 17 at a Florida high school was back in court Monday for a status hearing. 

Canada’s big-city mayors say they discussed sharing in the revenues from legalized cannabis in a Thursday meeting with Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says cities shouldn’t be “on the hook” for legalization’s costs.

Lawyers for two men found guilty of murdering three Alberta family members say their sentences of life without eligibility of parole for 25 years are “fair.” The Crown had sought extra time in prison for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank.

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