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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)

The families of five young people killed in a Calgary mass stabbing in 2014 were allowed to give tributes to their loved ones in court Tuesday. The defence lawyer for Matthew de Grood says the tributes were very moving.

The Liberals have introduced a bill to extend human rights protections to transgender Canadians. Ten-year-old Charlie Rickert, who was bullied after declaring she was a girl, says she feels "much safer" now.

Matthew de Grood's lawyer says his client's past mental state will be "explored" at his trial. De Grood, who pleaded not guilty to five first-degree murder counts, admitted to the 2014 stabbings in an agreed statement of facts read in court Monday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the move to create an electoral reform committee, saying Canadians expect him to follow through on his campaign promise. The Opposition is pushing for a referendum on the issue.

An ex-CBC employee who accused Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault spoke out Wednesday after the charge was withdrawn. The former CBC radio star apologized in court for his behaviour toward Kathryn Borel, and signed a peace bond.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says former Liberal caucus member Kim Craitor was asked to resign following an independent investigation into workplace sexual harassment complaints in 2013.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina Monday over House Bill 2 -- a law that forces transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth gender.  

The federal auditor general says Veterans Affairs has failed to control costs in its program to provide medical marijuana to injured ex-soldiers. Michael Ferguson says the cost per veteran has risen sharply since 2013.
Abdullah Almalki, a Canadian who was tortured in Syria, says the government should cancel controversial intelligence sharing directives that could lead to torture. On Monday the Liberals signed a key UN anti-torture agreement.
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