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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)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is adjusting tax proposals to allow $50,000 of passive income investment to be sheltered annually, meaning only three per cent of privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes.

Amanda Lindhout shares insight into how recently rescued hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman might aid their recovery. Lindhout’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, recounts her daughter’s 2008 abduction in her book, "One Day Closer."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to cut taxes for small businesses, after outrage from entrepreneurs over controversial tax-reform proposals. Tory Leader Andrew Scheer says the new measure is motivated by politics.

Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says his Taliban-linked kidnappers murdered his infant daughter and raped his wife Caitlan Coleman while they were in captivity. The rescued family of five arrived in Canada Friday.

The government is expressing relief after the release of Canadian Joshua Boyle and his family, who were held hostage in Afghanistan for years. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the family’s ordeal has been “unspeakable.”

The prime minister says he’s still optimistic on NAFTA, but is acknowledging the challenges the deal’s renegotiation faces. After meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday, Justin Trudeau said Canada is “ready for anything.”

In video shown at the trial of Basil Borutski, the man accused of first-degree murder in the 2015 deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley tells a police interviewer he would take back their killings if he could.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has announced a deal to provide up to $750 million in compensation to survivors of the ‘60s Scoop. The agreement also includes $50 million to establish a foundation for healing.

 

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says as of Oct. 11, permanent residents can apply for citizenship after three years in Canada instead of the existing four-year requirement.

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