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Gemma Karstens-Smith

First Nations hope for economic high from pot

VANCOUVER—Canada's marijuana industry is expanding rapidly and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities.

Phil Fontaine, an indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the last year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth, and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring.

Shelter plays mom to moose calves

After months of bottle-feedings and curfews, a pair of moose calves rescued in northern British Columbia are thriving and giving hope for other orphaned wildlife in the region.

Roy Rea, an instructor at the University of Northern British Columbia, says the male and female calves were only days old when they were discovered near Prince George in late May.

Tri-coastal ship voyage nears end

VANCOUVER—When a massive ice-breaker arrives in Victoria's harbour this week, it will mark the end of a 150-day-long journey exploring Canada's coastline, communities, and future.

The trip from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage coincides with Canada's 150th birthday celebrations—but celebrations are just the beginning, said Geoff Green, expedition leader for Canada C3.

Universal drug coverage could save billions: study

VANCOUVER—New research suggests that providing universal coverage for more than 100 prescription medications could save Canadians as much as $3 billion per year.

A paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal today says providing all Canadians access to 117 essential medications would cover gaps that currently exist in health-care programs across the country.