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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)

Mike Duffy’s lawyer says the senator’s $7.8-million lawsuit against the RCMP and the Senate is about how Duffy was treated in the wake of his acquittal on criminal charges last year.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel says a January tweet by the prime minister with the hashtag “#WelcomeToCanada” helped set off a crisis in which more than 10,000 people have been arrested this year for illegally crossing the border.

Toronto is opening an interim safe-injection site as the city grapples with a string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths. Toronto's medical officer of health says the interim site is a response to a need in the community.

Justin Trudeau is urging trust in Canada’s immigration system as thousands of asylum seekers continue to cross the border. On Sunday the prime minister said Canada remains “welcoming,” but added that laws will be enforced.

The federal ombudsman for victims of crime says wider eligibility criteria is among changes needed to a fund for parents of missing or murdered children. Sue O’Sullivan says she’s optimistic Ottawa will adopt her recommendations.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal on Tuesday in Washington ahead of the start of the NAFTA negotiations on Wednesday.

Demonstrators gathered near the U.S. consulate in Toronto Monday, to stand against racism after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A car plowed through counter-protesters at the Saturday rally, killing one woman.  

An Ontario pastor jailed for over two years in North Korea thanked Canadians for their prayers and love as he returned to his Mississauga congregation on Sunday. Hyeon Soo Lim said he is happy to be with his family again.

Derek Saretzky has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years, for killing two adults and a toddler. The crown prosecutor praised the Lethbridge, Alberta community for how it dealt with the case.

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