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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)

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the new security measures the federal government has imposed on certain Canada-bound flights are “evidence-based.” The Liberals made the announcement Tuesday but have provided few details.

Video of a man being dragged out of his seat on a United Airlines flight has sparked social media uproar. The airline insisted the flight was over-booked and that it had no choice but to contact authorities when the man refused to leave. 

 

Experts say purchasing knock-off merchandise online can have serious consequences, including identity theft. Toronto lawyer Lorne Lipkus outlines ways to avoid buying counterfeit goods online.

A woman whose husband died after using cocaine laced with fentanyl says it’s “ridiculous” to have to wait months for results of tests for the opioid. Jody McLennan’s husband Oghenovo Avwunufe died in February at the age of 25.

NDP MP Murray Rankin is accusing the prime minister of trying to “unilaterally” change parliamentary procedure to benefit the Liberals. Justin Trudeau says the changes are meant to improve the “working atmosphere” of Parliament.

A coalition of B.C. advocacy groups is criticizing the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Coalition member Fay Blaney says there hasn’t been enough outreach to the affected families.

A pilot who was drunk and appeared to pass out in the cockpit of a Sunwing Airlines plane before takeoff has been sentenced to eight months behind bars. The Crown prosecutor says she’s pleased with Miroslav Gronych’s sentence.

The prime minister is standing by his government’s $372.5-million loan to Bombardier as a way of “ensuring good long-term jobs.” The aerospace giant’s senior executives saw their compensation rise by nearly 50 per cent last year.

In a Thursday roundtable, Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary initially seemed unfamiliar with Sen. Lynn Beyak’s controversial comments on residential schools. O’Leary later said if elected he’d ask the Tory senator to apologize.

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