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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)

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the government’s tax plan punishes small businesses to cover what he calls “out-of-control spending.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nothing in the plan targets middle-class business owners.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A Toronto-area police officer has pleaded guilty to assault after siccing his police dog on a man who was lying down. Video shows the dog biting the suspect while Const. Michael Partridge kicks and hits him.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is defending proposed Liberal income-tax reforms affecting entrepreneurs. Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre called for hearings on the changes, which he says would hurt middle-class Canadians.

Going back to school mid-career can bring particular financial considerations that younger students may not face. Money coach Melanie Buffel outlines some things to think about for current or future mature students.     

The family of a Calgary gas station worker who was run over and killed trying to stop a fuel theft reacted Wednesday to an 11-year sentence given to a man in the case. Joshua Cody Mitchell was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Maryam Rashidi.

Toronto’s Air Canada Centre will become Scotiabank Arena next July, after the bank obtained naming rights for the home of the Raptors and Maple Leafs. Here’s a look at the 20-year deal worth $800 million.

As Ontario reports a 19 per cent rise in opioid-related deaths in 2016, the province is announcing a further $222 million to combat the crisis. Health Minister Eric Hoskins calls the funding increase “unprecedented.”

Seamus O’Regan says he’ll “relish” the Veterans Affairs portfolio, after the prime minister named him to cabinet on Monday. The rookie MP, who was treated for alcoholism in 2015, thanked Justin Trudeau for his confidence.

An RESP can help parents save for their children’s schooling costs, but what if your kid doesn’t end up going to college or university? A certified financial planner outlines options for avoiding penalties.  

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