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Justice system report card dubs Ontario 'most improved,' as B.C., Quebec slide

The justice system has seen a slight drop in crime rates and a boost in legal aid funding relative to a year ago, but these improvements have been overshadowed by an increase in costs, lengthier court delays and the persistent over-representation of Indigenous people in prison, new research has found.

Lancet series calls on Canada for concrete action on Indigenous, global health

Canada's appalling record on Indigenous health is undermining its efforts to be a global health leader, according to the Lancet, a medical journal.

Crown wants convictions for B.C. pair earlier accused of terror-related crimes

In documents filed in B.C.'s Court of Appeal, the Crown says the B.C. Supreme Court had no basis to conclude the RCMP manipulated John Nuttall and Amanda Korody into plotting to kill dozens of innocent people and first responders on Canada Day in 2013.

Big pharma snub, placebo snag to blame for lack of medical pot research: experts

A disinterested pharmaceutical industry and the conundrum of finding a convincing placebo are just two reasons experts say there has been little quality research into medicinal marijuana.

Research lacking on medical pot, ample evidence of harms: doctors' groups

There is little to no research to support the supposed benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family doctors' associations across Canada are telling their members.

Horgan pushes Trudeau to help foot $750-million wildfire bill

Premier John Horgan says he and Justin Trudeau are "besties," but that didn't stop him for applying some pressure on the prime minister Thursday to squeeze more money out of Ottawa for British Columbia.

'Dangling the carrot' of freedom for Allan Schoenborn hinders psychotic treatment: Crown

Presenting outings as possibility for Allan Schoenborn gives 'false hope,' review board told

B.C. municipalities eager for finance reform breakthrough under new government

A years-long crusade to get big money out of British Columbia's municipal elections may finally make headway now that a new provincial government is overhauling its own reputation as the campaign finance ne'er-do-well of the western world.

NDP leadership candidates face off in final official debate in Vancouver

With just little more than a week before voting begins, the four people vying to take the helm of the federal NDP squared off Sunday afternoon in the campaign's final official debate.

NDP can't afford to break key fundraising promise: experts

Details have been scarce about how the NDP plan to get big money out of politics — one of its key election promises.

ICBC is 'on the path to insolvency' and there's no clear fix

British Columbia's once-celebrated public auto insurer has become a financial train wreck, its critics say as studies into the beleaguered Crown corporation call for dramatic rate hikes and drastic structural changes to save it from ruin.

High school? Colorado outfit offers niche program for marijuana sommeliers

A marijuana aficionado in Colorado has launched a program he hopes will make the title of cannabis interpener as familiar as wine sommelier, cheesemonger and chocolatier.

B.C. father who killed his 3 children doesn't meet high-risk test: lawyer

Crown has asked the court to designate Allan Schoenborn a high-risk accused, which would bar him from receiving escorted outings into the community and extend the time between his review board hearings.

Crown argues child killer Allan Schoenborn too much of a threat for escorted outings

The brutal nature of the crimes committed by a man who stabbed his daughter to death and smothered his two sons means he poses too much of a threat to be allowed escorted outings into the community

B.C. is using taxpayer money to outlast plaintiffs in health care trial, critic claims

But the federal government is blaming the delay on the plaintiffs.