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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)

 
 

Former media personality Jian Ghomeshi is due back in court Thursday as a judge will deliver a decision on the sexual assault and overcoming resistance by choking charges against him. Reporter Diana Mehta looks back at the trial.

Special arbitrator Ian Binnie has halved the amount owed by 14 senators over questionable expense claims. Ian Binnie says his report doesn't exonerate abuse, but looks at new ways of "controlling potential abuse."

 
 

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has passed away at the age of 46 after a battle with cancer. The illness forced him to withdraw from his 2014 bid for re-election as mayor, but he won a seat on city council despite his notoriety.

 
 

An explosion tore through a Brussels, Belgium Metro station on Tuesday, shortly after the blasts at the Brussels airport. More than a dozen deaths and many injuries are reported.

The chief of a Manitoba reserve where an 11-year-old girl was killed, says the laying of a first-degree murder charge brings some relief to the Garden Hill First Nation. The RCMP have charged a 15-year-old boy in Teresa Robinson's death.

A terminally ill 81-year-old who had his application for a doctor-assisted death granted by an Ontario judge on Thursday, says he can now "die with dignity," according to a statement read by the man's lawyer.

The lawyer for a man charged with stabbing and wounding two soldiers at a Toronto military recruitment centre says his client seems "very scared" and "very unhappy." Ayanle Hassan Ali made a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

 
 

An elderly woman known as the Internet Black Widow is due to be released from prison on conditions that include reporting relationships to police. Melissa Ann Shepard served time for spiking her husband's coffee with tranquilizers.

 
 

If you've just topped up your RRSP contributions and are looking forward to spending the ensuing tax refund, experts say you might want to think twice. Investment advisors caution against squandering the money right away.

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