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Indigenous leaders question Quebec’s commitment to feds’ new framework

OTTAWA — First Nations leaders are welcoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to revamp the federal government’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, but some Quebec chiefs fear their province’s obstructionist approach to self-determination could hinder the process. Self-governance requires access to lands and resources, which falls under provincial jurisdiction, and Indigenous leaders have serious concerns about the …

Justice minister defends saying Canada ‘must do better’ in wake of Boushie trial

OTTAWA— Jody Wilson-Raybould doubled down Tuesday on her controversial reaction to the Colten Boushie verdict, saying a federal justice minister should be responsive to Canadians who speak out and protest perceived injustices in the legal system. Boushie’s violent 2016 death and the acquittal of the man who killed him continued to reverberate on Parliament Hill …

Boushie’s family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

OTTAWA — The grieving relatives of a First Nations man whose accused killer was acquitted by a Saskatchewan jury are meeting federal ministers to take what they call a first step in the long road to reforming Canada’s justice system. On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 …

Details trickle out about cultural exemptions in Pacific Rim trade deal

OTTAWA – Canada’s heritage minister is shedding light on some of the details contained in the new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the federal government agreed to last week. The revised deal, officially known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, is the first time a Canadian trade deal has included cultural exemptions that …

Final phase of MDMA assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Ed Thompson remembers the helplessness he felt each of the thousands of times his twin daughters would turn blue and go lifeless in his arms. The young girls suffered from acute breath-holding spells, an involuntary condition that causes children to pass out, in their case up to 40 times a day. “Having your …

Solitary confinement rules struck down by B.C. judge as unconstitutional

VANCOUVER—Forcing federal inmates into solitary confinement for indefinite periods is unconstitutional because it puts them at significant risk of psychological harm and suicide, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled. But Justice Peter Leask suspended his decision Wednesday for 12 months to give the government time to draft new legislation, which he said must …

Crown wants convictions for B.C. pair earlier accused of terror related crimes

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia judge was wrong to throw out findings of guilt against a pair of accused terrorist sympathizers who planted what they thought were pressure-cooker bombs on the lawn of the provincial legislature, the Crown says. In documents filed in B.C.’s Court of Appeal, the Crown says Justice Catherine Bruce of the …

B.C. cities mixed about revamping ban on self service gas stations

VANCOUVER — Councillors in two Vancouver-area cities that have long banned self-service gas stations have mixed views on whether the time has come to allow residents to top up their own tanks. Richmond has barred do-it-yourself fill ups since 1966 while Coquitlam has had a similar policy in place since 1959, despite repeated efforts by …

Big pharma snub, placebo snag to blame for lack of medical pot research: experts

VANCOUVER — A disinterested pharmaceutical industry and the conundrum of finding a convincing placebo are just two reasons experts say there has been little quality research into medicinal marijuana. A growing number of Canadians are turning to medical cannabis despite questions about its risks and effectiveness as a health product. Marijuana’s unconventional journey onto the …

Clinton says Dem’s surprise win in Alabama a ‘turning point’ against Trump

VANCOUVER — Hillary Clinton says the Democratic party’s surprise win in Alabama during Tuesday’s senate race in the United States marks a “turning point” for Americans who are opposed to President Donald Trump. Clinton told a crowd of more than 5,000 people gathered in Vancouver on Wednesday that the Democrats’ electoral upset in the heart …

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