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Provinces agree legal pot must be competitive with black market: Bill Blair

Provinces agree legal pot must be competitive with black market: Bill Blair

MONTREAL — There is an overwhelming national consensus that legal marijuana must be priced, taxed and made available competitively with the black market, the man tasked with leading the drug's legalization in Canada said Monday.
Canada urges calm in response to Trump's NAFTA threats as talks continue

Canada urges calm in response to Trump's NAFTA threats as talks continue

VANCOUVER — Canada's international trade minister is urging calm in response to renewed threats from Donald Trump to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the U.S. president described Sunday as the "worst trade deal ever made.
Trudeau splits Indigenous affairs, names personal friend to veterans affairs

Trudeau splits Indigenous affairs, names personal friend to veterans affairs

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a mid-mandate mini-shuffle Monday to shore up his cabinet in two areas where his government has fallen far short of his soaring campaign rhetoric: veterans and Indigenous affairs.
Solitary confinement violates charter right to life, liberty, security: lawyer

Solitary confinement violates charter right to life, liberty, security: lawyer

VANCOUVER — Solitary confinement is a cruel and inhumane punishment with "truly horrific" consequences including severe psychological harm and suicide, a lawyer said Monday in arguing the law allowing the practice in Canada must be struck down.
Bennett, Philpott tag team Indigenous file as feds look to dissolve department

Bennett, Philpott tag team Indigenous file as feds look to dissolve department

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced he is preparing for a significant shift in his government's handling of the Indigenous Affairs file — a plan designed to lead to the dissolution of the department itself.

'So random:' Man arrested after teen stabbed in bathroom of Manitoba church

WINKLER, Man. — Police in southern Manitoba were at a loss Monday as they tried to determine why a 15-year-old girl was repeatedly stabbed inside the women's washroom at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church shortly after the weekly service had ended.

B.C. premier, forests minister, tours several wildfires, including Kelowna

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — British Columbia's premier spent Monday touring some communities affected by this year's unprecedented wildfire season, promising financial assistance but cautioning it will take more than cheques to help with the recovery.

Toromont beefing up with $1.02-billion purchase of Hewitt heavy equipment business

MONTREAL — Toromont Industries sees the $1.02-billion purchase of rival heavy equipment supplier Hewitt Group as a way to take advantage of government infrastructure spending and a recovery of metal prices.
Gasoline future prices jump in Harvey's wake due to refinery disruptions

Gasoline future prices jump in Harvey's wake due to refinery disruptions

CALGARY — Canadian gasoline prices are expected to rise this week after widespread flooding from tropical storm Harvey forced many refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast to shut down.

New collective agreements blamed for slowdown in resolving pay problems

OTTAWA — Repairing the federal government's public service pay system is a top priority, the newly minted minister responsible for the Phoenix payroll service insisted Monday, just hours after her department revealed that a backlog of problem pay fil