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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)

Calgary woman Tamara Lovett has been sentenced to three years in prison, after being found guilty in the death of her son by not seeking medical attention for his strep infection. A prosecutor in the case says the sentence is fair.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley praised Nebraska’s decision on Monday to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to run through the state. But federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May called the decision disappointing.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling on colleges to return “immediately” to the bargaining table after striking faculty rejected a contract offer Thursday. The union says the colleges are dragging out the process.

Angelina Jolie says a lack of political will is hindering the fight against sexual violence in warzones. The actress and UN Refugee Agency special envoy addressed a United Nations conference in Vancouver.

A Calgary hearing is trying to determine if allowing former judge Robin Camp to practise law would bring the profession into disrepute. Camp resigned after asking a sexual assault complainant why she didn’t keep her knees together.

Liberal MP Bill Blair says a proposed federal pot tax will keep the price low enough to compete with the black market. Ottawa is proposing an excise tax of $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of the retail price, in addition to sales taxes.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Thursday that as of Dec. 3, parental leave can be spread over 18 months instead of a year. Duclos says the extended period will not increase the total value of benefits.

WARNING: Contains profanities. Video showing Mark Smich rapping is among evidence shown at the first-degree murder trial of the Ontario man, who is accused with Dellen Millard of killing Laura Babcock in 2012. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Manitoba has unveiled its plan for the sale of marijuana once the drug becomes legal in July 2018. Premier Brian Pallister says the sale of pot exclusively through private retailers is the best way to eliminate the black market.

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