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Health warnings, plain covers for pot packs under proposed regs

OTTAWA— Health Canada offered hints Tuesday about the government’s plans for legal pot, including, plain packaging and stern, stark health warnings like those found on tobacco products. The department released a set of proposed regulations that, among other things, would limit colours and graphics on cannabis packs and establish a system to trace pot through …

Grassy Narrows seeks treatment centre so residents don’t die away from reserve

OTTAWA— Chief Simon Fobister doesn’t have to imagine the grief and anguish and pain that decades of slow-motion mercury poisoning have wrought on the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation. After all, he’s one of them. Fobister and a number of his family members are among the vast majority of Grassy Narrows First Nation residents …

Confront mercury crisis on northern Ontario First Nation, chief urges Trudeau

OTTAWA — Ontario took another step Tuesday on the long road towards cleaning up mercury contamination upstream from the Grassy Narrows First Nation — a community that also wants the federal Liberal government to help generations of residents deal with the toxic aftermath. Chief Simon Fobister cheered the Ontario government for a fiscal update that …

Federal government changes course on sex discrimination legislation

OTTAWA— The federal government has decided to change course on its proposed legislation to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. The government’s point man in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, told the upper chamber Tuesday that the government is offering to make a change that would restore full legal status to First Nations women …

Federal Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex discrimination bill

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment of legislation on sex-based discrimination under the Indian Act. Advocates have joined forces with two Aboriginal senators — Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas — in an awareness campaign that kicked off this …

NDP aims to unlock suburban ridings under Jagmeet Singh’s leadership

OTTAWA — An energetic Jagmeet Singh came running on to a campaign-style set up in Ottawa on Sunday and later gave a window into how he sees himself as NDP leader — something equivalent to a high-risk stock. Singh, a 38-year-old Ontario provincial politician named federal party leader on Oct. 1, is preparing to embark …

NDP aims to unlock suburban ridings under Jagmeet Singh’s leadership

OTTAWA — An energetic Jagmeet Singh came running on to a campaign-style set up in Ottawa on Sunday and later gave a window into how he sees himself as NDP leader — something equivalent to a high-risk stock. Singh, a 38-year-old Ontario provincial politician named federal party leader on Oct. 1, is preparing to embark …

NDP aims to fight fire with fire with young, charismatic Jagmeet Singh as leader

OTTAWA — He’s young, hip and brimming with charisma, a likable rookie with an eye for style and a robust following on social media who wants to be Canada’s next prime minister. Sound familiar? If Jagmeet Singh’s bona fides offer an echo of Justin Trudeau’s at-times-unlikely journey to the top job in Canadian politics, that’s no …

Opposition parties grill government over plans to legalize cannabis by July 2018

OTTAWA — Three Liberal cabinet ministers came under fire Tuesday by opposition parties concerned about sweeping implications of federal pot plans set to take effect next summer. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor testified at a Commons committee Tuesday night on the government’s proposed cannabis bill. …

Philpott looks to bring Indigenous health delivery to new department

OTTAWA — Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her new department will likely include the delivery of health services for First Nations and Inuit — an area previously under her watch at Health Canada. Philpott said consultations and legislation will be required for the creation of her new ministry, but she said the …

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