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Cannabis has promise for opioid use

OTTAWA—Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids—powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

Dr. Mark Ware, a globally-recognized researcher and the vice-chair of the federal government's task force on legalizing marijuana, says a legal framework for cannabis will help to facilitate further research.

Pair contesting assisted-dying laws

MONTREAL—Nicole Gladu wants to die at home, surrounded by friends, with a glass of rose champagne in one hand and a canape of foie gras in the other.

And now the former journalist and trade unionist, who slowly is being robbed of her ability to function because of complications from childhood polio, is fighting the Quebec and Canadian governments for that chance.

RCMP should handle teens' deaths: Angus

OTTAWA—Ontario MP Charlie Angus is urging the public safety minister to launch an RCMP investigation into the deaths of two indigenous teenagers in Thunder Bay.

In a letter to Ralph Goodale released yesterday, Angus said 70 First Nations' leaders also have asked the Mounties to take a closer look at what happened to 17-year-old Tammy Keeash and 14-year-old Josiah Begg.

Military has expanded footprint in Ukraine

OTTAWA—The military quietly has expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere—except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Asylum claim backlog could reach 11 years

OTTAWA—A increase in asylum claims in Canada eventually could mean a staggering 11-year wait for a hearing and $2.97 billion in federal social supports for claimants in the meantime, an internal government analysis has concluded.

The Immigration and Refugee Board already is trying to whittle down its current backlog, but received no new money in the latest federal budget.