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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)

The prime minister says current marijuana laws remain in place until new legislation is ratified. Justin Trudeau made the comments after being asked about cannabis shops that opened in Montreal Thursday.

Former heroin user John Lenec became addicted to the opioid during a 35-year struggle with substance abuse. The Vancouver resident describes the mental and physical toll of going through withdrawal from the drug.

A lawyer for the families of the Charleston, SC church shooting victims says survivor Felicia Sanders didn't believe gunman Dylann Roof 'could be so evil' until she saw his taped confession. Roof was convicted of all 33 counts on Thursday.

The federal Conservatives say a task force recommendation that legal recreational marijuana be available to Canadians aged 18 years or older goes against scientific opinions about the risks of the drug for young people.

A Halifax prison video of a vicious beating was shown at the trial of the inmate found guilty of the assault. Canada's prison watchdog says annual assaults committed by inmates against each other have jumped 93 per cent in a decade.

Final arguments are concluding in the trial of a Calgary woman who treated her son with natural remedies before he died of a strep infection. Tamara Lovett's police interrogation video and 911 call were played during the trial.

The sister of the first Canadian woman to grace a banknote's face is lauding Viola Desmond's courage. Desmond, who will appear on the $10 bill in 2018, was arrested in 1946 for sitting in the whites-only section of a movie theatre.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet laid flowers at the Centennial Flame in Ottawa Tuesday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, in which 14 women were gunned down.

The Almeda County district attorney says murder charges are possible in the warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people in Oakland, California. 

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