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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)

Justin Trudeau was questioned over his response to an 11-year-old girl’s claim that a man cut her hijab, which police are now calling untrue. The prime minister says it's important to remind people Canada defends religious freedoms.

A Toronto-area man has been charged in connection with the sale of billions of stolen personal identities through the website Leakedsource.com. RCMP Staff Sgt. Maurizio Rosa says some Canadians could be affected.

More than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral in Victoria on Friday for two sisters who were found dead on Christmas Day. Family friends of six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry say the sisters were “joyful, happy girls.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is “hoping for the best” in the sixth round of NAFTA talks, but is prepared for a U.S. withdrawal from the trade deal. Montreal will host the negotiations Jan. 23 to 28.

Protesters rallied Wednesday at several Tim Hortons locations against cuts some outlets made to employee breaks and benefits after Ontario’s minimum wage hike. Toronto demonstrators explain why they don’t support a boycott.  

Liberal MPs denied an opposition bid to summon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to an ethics committee over his dealings with the Aga Khan. Opposition MPs are accusing the Liberal members on the committee of toeing the party line.

Many medical cannabis users are worried about what will happen when recreational pot becomes legal next year. Mandy McKnight, whose nine-year-old son uses cannabis oil to treat seizures, says she’s concerned about the proposed excise tax.     

Hannah Miller says conditions at Soulpepper Theatre are unsafe for actors. Miller is is among four actresses alleging they were sexually assaulted by the theatre’s artistic director Albert Schultz. The claims are unproven in court.

It was a race against the cluck as California Highway Patrol officers scrambled to rescue nearly 20 chickens that ran through highway lanes near Los Angeles. 

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