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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)

Liberal MP Bill Blair says a proposed federal pot tax will keep the price low enough to compete with the black market. Ottawa is proposing an excise tax of $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of the retail price, in addition to sales taxes.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Thursday that as of Dec. 3, parental leave can be spread over 18 months instead of a year. Duclos says the extended period will not increase the total value of benefits.

WARNING: Contains profanities. Video showing Mark Smich rapping is among evidence shown at the first-degree murder trial of the Ontario man, who is accused with Dellen Millard of killing Laura Babcock in 2012. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Manitoba has unveiled its plan for the sale of marijuana once the drug becomes legal in July 2018. Premier Brian Pallister says the sale of pot exclusively through private retailers is the best way to eliminate the black market.

Alberta man Oscar Arfmann has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Const. John Davidson in Abbotsford, B.C. Police are calling on anyone with photos or video of Monday’s incident to contact the authorities.

Parents and kids who have endured airport delays because a young person’s name matches one on a no-fly list are asking politicians to resolve the issue. Heather Harder says her family doesn’t fly internationally because of the problem.

The new leader of the federal NDP says his party would decriminalize all drugs, not just marijuana. Jagmeet Singh addressed delegates at the BC New Democrat convention in Victoria on Saturday.

Ontario has introduced legislation to regulate the sale of marijuana once the drug becomes legal in July 2018. The bill includes fines of up to $250,000 and up to two years in jail for individuals who illegally sell cannabis.

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