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The prime minister has appointed Bill Blair to the new portfolio of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction in a cabinet shuffle. Justin Trudeau says strong voices are needed to face what he sees as Conservative fearmongering. (The Canadian Press)

Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon says former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, though he says an initial evaluation found Boyle is fit to stand trial. Boyle is facing a string of assault charges.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she was “shaken” on learning of sexual misconduct allegations against Patrick Brown, who resigned as PC leader. Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath both praised the “bravery” of Brown’s accusers. 

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says he "categorically" denies allegations made against him but for which he provided no details. Brown made a brief, late-night statement Wednesday.  

The brother of a teenager killed by a stray bullet in Vancouver on Jan. 13 says his family is still in shock and his death has left a void. Vancouver police say gang violence is the worst it’s been in a decade.

A vendor at a downtown Vancouver pot pop-up market says illegally selling cannabis-infused edibles is about harm reduction. Vancouver police have been cracking down on the open-air marijuana marketplace.

David Livingston, who served as former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff, has been found guilty of destroying documents related to two scrapped gas plants. Livingston's lawyer says he’s hoping for a non-custodial sentence.

Toronto police have charged 66-year-old Bruce McArthur with first-degree murder in the disappearances of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman from the city’s gay village last year. Police say they are still looking for the bodies.

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law permitting federal prisons to place inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the practice hinders prisoners' rehabilitation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday in Vancouver, ahead of an international gathering to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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