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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)

An all-party committee is recommending Ottawa design a proportional voting system and hold a referendum on it. NDP MP Nathan Cullen says despite Liberal reservations, the report provides a "path forward" on electoral reform.

The federal disabilities minister says a planned accessibility bill will aim to be more proactive in preventing discrimination than current laws. Carla Qualtrough says some "enforcement mechanism" will be included.

The youngest-ever member of Ontario's legislature says he opposes a new law giving all parents equal status because it replaces "mother" and "father" with "parent." When questioned, Sam Oosterhoff said he is "absolutely not" a homophobe.

A Statistics Canada survey has found 960 military personnel say they were sexually assaulted in the past year. Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says Canadian Forces members not reporting assaults is a "huge concern."

As the year's end closes in, tax experts note there are some credits and benefits only available until Dec. 31. Canadian Press business reporter David Hodges explains four tips to avoid missing out when 2017 arrives.

Closing arguments were made Wednesday in the Nova Scotia indecency trial of pastor Brent Hawkes. The crown attorney says he asked the judge to look at the parts of witness accounts that coincide rather than their contradictions.

Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan has introduced a bill that would allow journalists to refuse to disclose information that would identify a source. Carignan says the media's role as a tool for whistleblowers must be protected.

 

A Crown attorney in the trial of Brent Hawkes says testimony on the fallibility of memory could aid the prosecution. The Toronto pastor has pleaded not guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault in allegations stemming from the '70s.     

Health Minister Jane Philpott says she's open to making a formal declaration that the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency. Philpott is co-chairing a two-day summit in Ottawa on drug addiction.

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