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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)

Justin Trudeau is apologizing after the federal ethics commissioner found the prime minister broke conflict of interest rules when he vacationed at an island owned by the Aga Khan. Trudeau says he'll take “all precautions” in the future.

Marijuana activists Jodie and Marc Emery must pay $195,000 and spend two years on probation after pleading guilty to drug-related charges. Jodie Emery expressed frustration that her record may exclude her from the legal pot industry.

Quebec jurist Richard Wagner has taken over as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, after Beverley McLachlin retired Friday. Wagner was sworn in at a ceremony at Rideau Hall Monday.

Laura Babcock’s father, Clayton Babcock, says the first-degree murder conviction of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich in the death of his daughter does not ease the pain of her loss. The two men were automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

 

The Bank of Canada governor says if the use of physical money diminishes, it makes sense for central banks to create their own version of Bitcoin. Stephen Poloz says there is “no urgency” for the bank to create a digital currency.

The federal government is tweaking proposed tax changes for small-business owners distributing earnings among family members. Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre is calling the revisions a “cobweb of complicated rules.”

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considered Richard Wagner’s bilingualism when appointing the 60-year-old as the Supreme Court of Canada’s next chief justice.

Ottawa has agreed to give the provinces and territories 75 per cent of tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the deal will be reviewed again in two years.

Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted on 37 sex-related charges against teenage trainees. The Crown prosecutor says the sentence is in line with what they asked for.

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