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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)

Tom Mulcair says the Liberal government is sending confusing "signals" on its planned marijuana law reforms. The NDP leader says no one should get a criminal record for pot possession for personal use.

 
 

Jennifer Neville-Lake says she is "glad" she could read a statement in court to the drunk driver who caused the death of her three kids and father. Marco Muzzo pleaded guilty to impaired driving in the 2015 crash in Vaughan, Ontario.

 
 

A lawyer in a federal court case says "hopefully" the government won't appeal a decision striking down rules barring medical marijuana users from growing pot. Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa will review the ruling.

Durham police say eight people received "minor injuries" in a stabbing incident at a high school east of Toronto. Sgt. Bill Calder says two staff members held down a female student until police arrived and took her into custody.

 
 

Premier Christy Clark says B.C. will look to introduce legislation to prevent serial killer Robert Pickton profiting from a memoir purportedly written by him. Clark says the province has asked Amazon to stop carrying the book.

 
 

A Halifax lawyer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2011 blasted Nova Scotia's legal system for not being racially diverse after the charges against him were withdrawn. Lyle Howe says there are systemic problems in the courts.

 
 

The federal government says it is providing consular service to a Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea. The Liberals say they will continue their assistance until the matter is resolved.

The indigenous affairs minister says the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women is bigger than 1,200 women. Carolyn Bennett says survivors of violence must also be considered in a national inquiry into the problem.

 
 

Newly released video shows Saint John, New Brunswick police accusing Dennis Oland of murder, hours after his father's body was discovered in 2011. The judge released the footage Thursday, when Oland was sentenced to life in prison.

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