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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)

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose praised the party for changing its “tone” after its electoral loss in 2015. Ambrose gave a farewell speech to the Tory caucus Wednesday, as the party prepares to elect a new leader.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is promising to make any necessary changes to the RCMP following three federal reviews. The reports call for greater civilian oversight and better implementation of mental health programs.

Canada is closer to requiring sexual assault training for would-be federal judges, after the House of Commons voted Monday to fast-track passage of a bill introduced by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

 

Dozens of countries have been hit with a huge cyberextortion attack that locked up computers and held users' files for ransom at hospitals, companies and government agencies. 

Four men have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2012 shooting of John Raposo in Toronto. Raposo was shot on a crowded cafe patio as soccer fans gathered to watch a Euro Cup game.

The parents of an Ontario firefighting student who died in 2015 during a training exercise say they hope an inquiry into Adam Brunt’s death yields stricter regulations for private training companies.

 

Police say a Hamilton man is fighting for his life after being shot during a home invasion in the Ontario city. A neighbour says the victim’s wife told her she was beaten after five men came in looking for a safe.     

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says demand for properties in Toronto’s hot housing market is being driven more by speculators or investors, than by people buying a home for themselves.

 

Receiving a large refund every year could mean you’re having more income tax taken from your paycheque than necessary. Reporter Craig Wong explains how to reduce the amount deducted.

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