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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)

Former Progressive Conservative legislator Randy Hillier says he has taken his concerns about alleged unregistered lobbying by friends and advisors of Premier Doug Ford to the province's integrity watchdog. Hillier says he has spoken with Ontario's Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake about his the allegations and says he raised them with Ford prior to his ejection from the party caucus earlier this month. Government House Leader Todd Smith says the allegations levelled by Hillier have no basis in fact. (The Canadian Press)

The last legal restrictions on Omar Khadr were lifted when an Alberta judge ruled that a war crimes sentence for the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has expired. Khadr and his lawyer Nathan Whitling spoke briefly to reporters outside the Edmonton courthouse where the ruling was handed down Monday morning. (The Canadian Press)

A truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary had pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He stood quietly and looked ahead at the judge as he was sentenced Friday. Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that she approached the sentence knowing ‘nothing can turn back the clock.’ She also noted that Sidhu's remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors, but added she had to consider the number of people who died or were severely injured and face lifelong challenges. Sidhu barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team's bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured. (The Canadian Press)

The Opposition parties are redoubling their efforts to get more transparency over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, following a bombshell interview former federal Treasury Board president Jane Philpott gave to Maclean's magazine. In the interview, Philpott says she had concerns before the controversy became public in January, but that she has been prevented from discussing them, alleging efforts by the Prime Minister’s Office to “shut down the story.” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry into the matter is needed now more than ever. (The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the House of Commons justice committee heard all there is to know about the SNC-Lavalin affair. The opposition parties are demanding further meetings and hearings on the allegations of political interference levelled by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. (The Canadian Press)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announces the federal budget, and highlights different initiatives that the new budget will fund. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh react to the announcement. (The Canadian Press)

Conservative MPs Candice Bergen and Pierre Poilievre and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh say Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick's resignation Monday only raises new questions about the SNC-Lavalin affair. (The Canadian Press)

Social media sites are facing backlash after failing to contain the spread of a video of an attack on two New Zealand mosques. The shootings at the two Christchurch mosques left 49 people dead and injured dozens more. The man who allegedly carried out the shootings reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack on a Facebook livestream. Both YouTube owner Google and Twitter also say they're working to remove video of the shootings from their sites. Officials are criticizing the tech giants once again for reacting too slowly to harmful content. Legal analysts say sharing the video will only inspire more mass shootings in the future. (The Canadian Press)

Monty Noyes, 66, says his part-time job delivering takeout orders for SkipTheDishes is a source of joy for him that makes it worthwhile even when snowstorms strike in Winnipeg. Noyes is part of a growing trend in Canada of people who retire from their careers but reject decades of idleness and keep working to enrich their lives or stretch their fixed incomes. (The Canadian Press)

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