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June 18, 2018 10:55 PM Marijuana bill goes back to Senate after House rejects 13 amendments

OTTAWA — The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis is on its way back to the Senate. The House of Commons has voted 205-82 to reject 13 amendments passed by the upper house, including one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose. Senators will now have to decide whether 7

June 13, 2018 10:22 PM Senate spares impaired immigrant drivers from ‘sledgehammer’ penalty

“If any of these permanent residents break the law in terms of drunk driving, then they should pay the price, like any other Canadian, because we cannot afford to jeopardize the lives of innocent people on the streets,” said Senator Ratna Omidvar, one of 47 senators who voted in majority for the amendment Tuesday evening. “But I don’t believe that permanent 7

June 8, 2018 3:43 PM Toronto stock index down as shares of cannabis producers decline

Canada’s main stock index is down moderately, with shares of two cannabis producers among the biggest losers. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 38.56 points to 16,154.22, after 90 minutes of trading. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 5.69 points to 25,235.72. The S&P 500 index was down 2.32 points to 2,768.05 and the Nasdaq 7

June 7, 2018 9:53 PM Senate prepares to vote on pot legalization bill tonight

OTTAWA—Senators are giving their final pitches for and against legalizing marijuana as they prepare to vote tonight on the Trudeau government’s landmark legislation to lift Canada’s 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis. Bill C-45 appears likely to pass, despite the resolute opposition of the 32 Conservative senators and uneasiness among some independent 17

June 1, 2018 3:52 PM Family doctor, professor, Trudeau's new appointee to the Senate

Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia fled apartheid in Zimbabwe to settle in rural Newfoundland and Labrador Community leader, family doctor and university professor Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia has been appointed independent Senator to fill a vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment today after a recommendation from the independent 61

May 30, 2018 8:40 PM Trump reportedly asked Jeff Sessions to reverse Russia probe recusal, drawing scrutiny from Mueller

President Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russia probe last spring in a conversation that is reportedly under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. The incident reportedly occurred in March 2017 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, shortly after Sessions stepped aside amid reports that he had twice 12

May 21, 2018 3:48 PM U.S. issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

Requirements include foreign-policy overhaul and cessation of all uranium enrichment The United States issued a steep list of demands on Monday to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran doesn't change course. Drawing sharp contrasts 30

April 27, 2018 7:18 PM GOP-led House panel officially clears Trump in Russia probe

The committee’s Republicans didn’t let the President’s campaign completely off the hook, citing “poor judgment” for taking a June 2016 meeting with Russian operatives. The report’s conclusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who accused their Republican colleagues of playing “defence counsel” for the White House throughout the investigation 14

April 10, 2018 5:19 PM More young voters showing Democratic energy for U.S. midterms: poll

At this point in the 2014 election, midway through Obama’s second term, 28 per cent of Democrats and 31 per cent of Republicans indicated that they would “definitely” be voting, while 35 per cent of Democrats and 41 per cent of Republicans held a similar interest in voting in the spring of 2010. In that election, Republicans took control of the House 15

April 5, 2018 9:59 PM Conservative senators trying to 'undermine' Canada's relationship with U.S.: Harder

'The senators who undertook this visit do not speak for Canada' Three Conservative senators who travelled to the U.S. to speak with federal government officials about Canada's plans to legalize recreational marijuana use are trying to undermine the relationship between Ottawa and Washington, says the federal Liberals' representative in the Senate 18