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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)

A Toronto activist has been found not guilty of mischief after giving water to pigs headed to slaughter last year. After the ruling Thursday, Anita Krajnc said that social movements mean going outside of “our comfort zone.”

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan avoided giving an explanation Wednesday for why he overstated his role in a 2006 Afghanistan battle. Sajjan says he is focused on meeting the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces.

A senator says the upper house is “leaning towards” accepting a Senate Ethics Committee recommendation to expel Sen. Don Meredith. Sen. Fabian Manning says Meredith’s sexual relationship with a teen is a “very serious issue.”

Former drug addict Christie recalls the intense draw of the powerful opioid fentanyl. Now in recovery from the addiction that nearly took her life, the 35-year-old says she is in a much better place.

Experts say discreetly leaving inheritance money to someone can be tricky. Toronto estate lawyer Edward Olkovich says large amounts of money taken from a bank account could raise suspicion among loved ones.

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump both say a phone call they had Wednesday helped convince the U.S. president to renegotiate rather than scrap NAFTA. The prime minister says he told Trump killing the deal would cause “pain” for families.

Toronto Fire Services rescued a stranded woman Wednesday after she climbed a construction crane and slid down a large pulley device at the top. Firefighter Rob Wonfor says he has “no idea” how she got up there.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Ottawa will push Donald Trump’s administration to cancel “unfair” duties on Canadian softwood imports. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair accused the Liberals of being unprepared for the U.S. move.

Edmonton police have charged the father of a 19-month-old boy and the man’s girlfriend with second-degree murder in the death of the toddler, found dead outside a church last week. Police say a motive has not been determined.

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