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By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

Female cannabis users come out of the shadows as legalization looms

TORONTO — Carol Francey waxes nostalgic when she thinks back to the first time she tried pot.

The year was 1966, the place was Toronto’s hippie-packed Yorkville neighbourhood, and she was 17-and-a-half-years-old.

The Victoria resident has been using pot ever since, she says some 52 years. And for most of that time, she did it in secret.

Allergy advocate says time for answers amid another EpiPen shortage

TORONTO — Repeated shortages of the life-saving EpiPen has “moved from an inconvenience to a concern,” says Food Allergy Canada.

The national advocacy group was among those alarmed by yet another announcement from Pfizer that its epinephrine auto-injector is in short supply, with executive director Jennifer Gerdts saying the latest shortfall comes just when it’s needed most.

The royal wedding coronation of Jessica Mulroney

TORONTO — Amid the flurry of pre-wedding excitement for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, an unexpected coronation has taken place that of Toronto tastemaker Jessica Mulroney.

The Montreal-bred socialite and brand strategist has been a frequent mention in a swath of international gossip stories musing on every breathless detail of the royal union.

The royal wedding coronation of Jessica Mulroney

TORONTO — Amid the flurry of pre-wedding excitement for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, an unexpected coronation has taken place that of Toronto tastemaker Jessica Mulroney.

The Montreal-bred socialite and brand strategist has been a frequent mention in a swath of international gossip stories musing on every breathless detail of the royal union.

Poverty related to lower breastfeeding rates: study

TORONTO — A new study suggests mothers who can’t afford enough food are more likely to stop breastfeeding before other moms, even though nearly all begin at a similar rate.

University of Toronto researchers don’t delve into the reasons why, but conclude that financially vulnerable women struggle significantly more to breastfeed and need more government support.

Quebec co-op celebrates camembert win over France at world championship

TORONTO — A Quebec co-operative is savouring sweet victories at the World Championship Cheese Contest, including a win for best camembert that has left a bitter taste in France.

Agropur’s smooth Camembert L’Extra, made in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., edged out the French dairy group Lactalis, which placed second with its entry, made in Belmont, Wisc.