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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)

Marijuana activist Marc Emery says he expects he and his wife Jodie will be “triumphant” in fighting drug-related charges. Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince” and “Princess of Pot” made a brief court appearance Friday in Toronto.

Ontario’s government has unveiled a suite of measures aimed at making housing more affordable. Premier Kathleen Wynne says a planned foreign buyer tax is targeting real estate speculators in Toronto and the surrounding area.

Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says he expects to have constructive trade talks with the Trump administration despite the president questioning Canada’s practices in the dairy industry.

The federal and Ontario finance ministers and Toronto’s mayor are agreeing, after meeting Tuesday, that more data is needed on the city’s hot housing market. Federal Finance minister Bill Morneau says the meetings will continue.

In hot urban real estate markets, high prices are pushing some house-hunters to the suburbs. But two Toronto realtors say the costs of living far from the city should be weighed against lower house prices.

Health Minister Jane Philpott says protecting kids is “at the centre” of the Liberals’ new legal-marijuana regime. The much-anticipated legislation unveiled Thursday would make it against the law to sell cannabis to youth under 18.

New federal legislation to legalize marijuana would include allowing police to test drivers’ saliva for drugs. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says three new offenses related to driving while on drugs would also be added.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai says those who kill in the name of Islam do not share her Muslim faith. In a Wednesday address to Parliament, Yousafzai praised Canadians for standing together in the face of terrorism.

Lawyers for a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails say he is “very disappointed” his bail was denied. Karim Baratov was arrested under the Extradition Act last month and is due back in Hamilton court on May 26.

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