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The New Democrats say the Liberals’ federal budget doesn’t do enough to ensure equal pay for men and women. On Tuesday, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef responded saying the NDP report contains “inaccuracies and omissions.”

As the year's end closes in, tax experts note there are some credits and benefits only available until Dec. 31. Canadian Press business reporter David Hodges explains four tips to avoid missing out when 2017 arrives.

Closing arguments were made Wednesday in the Nova Scotia indecency trial of pastor Brent Hawkes. The crown attorney says he asked the judge to look at the parts of witness accounts that coincide rather than their contradictions.

Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan has introduced a bill that would allow journalists to refuse to disclose information that would identify a source. Carignan says the media's role as a tool for whistleblowers must be protected.

 

A Crown attorney in the trial of Brent Hawkes says testimony on the fallibility of memory could aid the prosecution. The Toronto pastor has pleaded not guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault in allegations stemming from the '70s.     

Health Minister Jane Philpott says she's open to making a formal declaration that the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency. Philpott is co-chairing a two-day summit in Ottawa on drug addiction.

The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal faces new charges related to the alleged sexual assault of three boys over 30 years ago. The lawyer for Gordon Stuckless says a guilty plea is "on the table."

A Crown attorney in the trial of pastor Brent Hawkes, who has pleaded not guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault charges, says the allegations date from the 1970s, before sexual assault was an available charge.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says a move to double a land transfer tax rebate will help first-time homebuyers enter the market. The province's Tory finance critic calls the announcement by the Liberals a "distraction."

U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released. But skeptics question its effectiveness and criticize the aggressive marketing to prisons. 

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