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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)

 

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wanted to take the witness stand Wednesday to be as “open as possible” at a bribery trial involving a former top adviser and a Liberal fundraiser.

RCMP Const. Frank Deschenes was remembered Wednesday as a “quality colleague,” dedicated to helping those in need. The Nova Scotia Mountie was killed Tuesday after his cruiser was struck by a utility van in New Brunswick.

The foreign affairs minister is acknowledging the “terrible ordeal” Canadians went through in Caribbean islands hit by hurricane Irma. Chrystia Freeland says the government is open to improving after criticism of evacuation efforts.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is accusing the government of using its marijuana policy to distract from two trials involving senior Liberals. The attorney general says the plan is to meet the federal legalization deadline.

Andrew Scheer says he will vote against the Liberal government’s bill to legalize marijuana. The Conservative leader says he shares concerns with those who say the recommended minimum purchasing age of 18 is “far too young.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the government’s tax plan punishes small businesses to cover what he calls “out-of-control spending.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nothing in the plan targets middle-class business owners.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A Toronto-area police officer has pleaded guilty to assault after siccing his police dog on a man who was lying down. Video shows the dog biting the suspect while Const. Michael Partridge kicks and hits him.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is defending proposed Liberal income-tax reforms affecting entrepreneurs. Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre called for hearings on the changes, which he says would hurt middle-class Canadians.

Going back to school mid-career can bring particular financial considerations that younger students may not face. Money coach Melanie Buffel outlines some things to think about for current or future mature students.     

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