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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)

Montreal police kept two opposing protest groups apart on Saturday as supporters and critics of a Parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia clashed in duelling demonstrations.

BlackBerry’s chief operating officer says the technology firm has transformed completely from a smartphone maker to a software company. Marty Beard says educating the public about the move away from hardware is a big challenge.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says May’s 17-per-cent cut to hydro rates shares the load among residents more fairly. Wynne admits the immediate savings will cost ratepayers more in the long run.

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary faces a $10,000 fine for skipping Tuesday’s debate in Edmonton. O’Leary says he was unhappy with the format and is asking for his money back if his suggested format is used at the next debate.

Protesters wrote chalk messages and argued with a few Donald Trump supporters outside Tuesday’s grand opening of the Trump Tower in Vancouver. The U.S. president’s eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr., attended the ribbon cutting inside.

Term length is important to consider when shopping around for the best deal on your mortgage. Frank Napolitano of Mortgage Brokers Ottawa explains why most people opt for a five-year mortgage.

A lawyer says two New Brunswick police constables hope to return to work after a manslaughter case against them was thrown out. Mathieu Boudreau and Patrick Bulger were charged in the 2015 death of businessman Michel Vienneau.

A cross-border investigation has netted the seizure of 11,500 pills containing fentanyl -- among other drugs, firearms and cash. Ontario police say people should be aware recreational drugs may be mixed with the deadly opioid.

The prime minister is defending a proposed bill on expanding border preclearance. Justin Trudeau says being cleared for entry into the U.S. while in Canada protects travellers under the charter.

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