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Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, Nov. 5, 2017.The federal government is reimbursing a record number of veterans for medical marijuana, with new figures showing Ottawa shelled out more than $150 million in the last fiscal year alone – more than double the amount just three years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Ottawa on track to spend $200M per year on cannabis for veterans

Compensation for medical cannabis began in 2008 and has skyrocketed since

Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, Nov. 5, 2017.The federal government is reimbursing a record number of veterans for medical marijuana, with new figures showing Ottawa shelled out more than $150 million in the last fiscal year alone – more than double the amount just three years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber shakes hands with Jean Charest and Scott Aitchison following the debate, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber shakes hands with Jean Charest and Scott Aitchison following the debate, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of advanced education, after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. The Alberta government has upped the ante in its fight with Athabasca University, directing the online-oriented school to get busy making sure more staff work in the small northern town or risk losing millions of dollars in funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Athabasca University president calls Alberta on-site staffing demand backward, ruinous

The president of Athabasca University says the Alberta government’s demand that the…

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of advanced education, after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. The Alberta government has upped the ante in its fight with Athabasca University, directing the online-oriented school to get busy making sure more staff work in the small northern town or risk losing millions of dollars in funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Keep your patio, balcony or backyard comfortable without creating a fire hazard.
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Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks under a fire ban due to high risk of wildfire

A fire ban is now in place in three mountain parks in…

Keep your patio, balcony or backyard comfortable without creating a fire hazard.
(Photo contributed)
FILE -Florida Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau (11) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. Matthew Tkachuk is being traded to the Florida Panthers, part of a blockbuster that sends Jonathan Huberdeau to the Calgary Flames in a swap of players who are each coming off the best season of their careers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night, July 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Jonathan Huberdeau gets $84M, 8-year extension with the Flames

The Calgary Flames and recently acquired forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to…

FILE -Florida Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau (11) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. Matthew Tkachuk is being traded to the Florida Panthers, part of a blockbuster that sends Jonathan Huberdeau to the Calgary Flames in a swap of players who are each coming off the best season of their careers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night, July 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
FILE - Protesting farmers block a draw bridge at a lock in the Princess Margriet canal, preventing all ship traffic from passing in Gaarkeuken, northern Netherlands, Monday, July 4, 2022. Representatives of Dutch farmers were meeting Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other Cabinet ministers to discuss the government's nitrogen emissions reduction goals that have sparked disruptive protests in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Farmers’ group: Talks with Dutch govt delivered ‘too little’

The leader of the Netherlands’ top agricultural lobby group said that a…

FILE - Protesting farmers block a draw bridge at a lock in the Princess Margriet canal, preventing all ship traffic from passing in Gaarkeuken, northern Netherlands, Monday, July 4, 2022. Representatives of Dutch farmers were meeting Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other Cabinet ministers to discuss the government's nitrogen emissions reduction goals that have sparked disruptive protests in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Mikyla Grant-Mentis skates during Hockey Canada's National Women’s Program selection camp in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Women’s hockey players fear financial fallout of frozen Hockey Canada funding

The federal government suspending Hockey Canada’s funding because of problems distant to…

Mikyla Grant-Mentis skates during Hockey Canada's National Women’s Program selection camp in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The new CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. says the oil and gas giant is ready to stop studying its workplace safety problem and start implementing solutions instead. A group separator on a Suncor MacKay River site in the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Suncor must stop diagnosing and start executing workplace safety changes: Interim CEO

The new interim CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. says the oil and…

The new CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. says the oil and gas giant is ready to stop studying its workplace safety problem and start implementing solutions instead. A group separator on a Suncor MacKay River site in the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Government to use regulation to ban handgun imports in two weeks

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says Canada plans to temporarily ban the…

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Stacks of lumber are seen at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Lower than expected U.S. penalties on softwood lumber exports from Canada are doing little to temper the dismay of the federal government in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ottawa to challenge lower but ‘baseless’ U.S. duties on softwood lumber, says Ng

Lower than expected U.S. penalties on softwood lumber exports from Canada are…

Stacks of lumber are seen at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Lower than expected U.S. penalties on softwood lumber exports from Canada are doing little to temper the dismay of the federal government in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Yulia Kovaliv speaks at an event to announce 600 internships for Ukrainian students affected by the Russian invasion in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Conservatives warn Canada is fuelling Putin’s war machine by returning turbines

Conservative MPs have accused the Liberal government of fuelling Vladimir Putin’s war…

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Yulia Kovaliv speaks at an event to announce 600 internships for Ukrainian students affected by the Russian invasion in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Conservative Leadership candidate Jean Charest answers questions from reporters after the third debate of the 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Charest compared opponents who didn't show up to federal Conservatives' last debate of the race to a fish not wanting to swim.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Jean Charest got his final debate audience, but will the support he seeks follow?

Jean Charest compared opponents who didn’t show up to the federal Conservatives’…

Conservative Leadership candidate Jean Charest answers questions from reporters after the third debate of the 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Charest compared opponents who didn't show up to federal Conservatives' last debate of the race to a fish not wanting to swim.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Jason Nixon, Finance Minister and Rimbey- Rocky Mountain House- Sundre MLA announced that Alberta ended the 2021-22 fiscal year with $3.9 billion surplus, instead of the $18.2 billion deficit that was expected. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

The Alberta government is tightening the rules around employee bonuses in light…

Jason Nixon, Finance Minister and Rimbey- Rocky Mountain House- Sundre MLA announced that Alberta ended the 2021-22 fiscal year with $3.9 billion surplus, instead of the $18.2 billion deficit that was expected. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
History will be made today at a 204-year-old rowing race in St. John's as four women's teams tackle a course that has historically been reserved for men. A female rowing team watches a race during the Royal St. John's Regatta at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's N.L., on Thursday, August 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Women to row same distance as men for first time in 204-year-old St. John’s regatta

Four crews of women rowers will make history on Thursday morning in…

History will be made today at a 204-year-old rowing race in St. John's as four women's teams tackle a course that has historically been reserved for men. A female rowing team watches a race during the Royal St. John's Regatta at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's N.L., on Thursday, August 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during their appeals trial in Calgary, on March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal by parents who have faced two trials in son’s death

The Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear an appeal in a high-profile…

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during their appeals trial in Calgary, on March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to limit travel throughout the province as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta NDP slams UCP, ex-finance minister for big COVID-19 bonus to health chief

Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says the United Conservative Party government, particularly…

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to limit travel throughout the province as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
One of the melting hailstones that came down on vehicles south of Innisfail on Hwy 2 on Monday evening. (Contributed photo).

Hail as big as tennis balls, softballs and eggs fell in Alberta: Environment Canada

Matt Berry was driving home after golfing Monday evening when cloudy skies…

One of the melting hailstones that came down on vehicles south of Innisfail on Hwy 2 on Monday evening. (Contributed photo).
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of advanced education, after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. The Alberta government has upped the ante in its fight with Athabasca University, directing the online-oriented school to get busy making sure more staff work in the small northern town or risk losing millions of dollars in funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta ups ante in mandate fight with Athabasca University, threatens funding cut

The Alberta government has upped the ante in its fight with Athabasca…

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of advanced education, after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. The Alberta government has upped the ante in its fight with Athabasca University, directing the online-oriented school to get busy making sure more staff work in the small northern town or risk losing millions of dollars in funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Man arrested after breaking into Calgary Municipal Building and setting fires

A man was arrested after someone broke into the Calgary Municipal Building…

Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party's last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Three out of five Conservative candidates to appear tonight for final party debate

No audience, no podiums and appearances from only three out of the…

Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party's last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz