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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)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he introduced a motion Monday to lower income taxes for middle earners to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent. Morneau says about nine million Canadians will benefit from the tax cut each year.

Women's and aboriginal rights groups are calling for more funding from the Trudeau government to help end violence against women. It comes on the 26th anniversary of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique shootings, where 14 women were killed.

A South African appeals court has convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court's conviction of the double-ampule Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013.

Ottawa is setting up an advisory board to fill the empty seats in the Senate with independent senators. Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says the new process should restore public faith in the upper chamber.

A new Canadian from Israel took the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen, then formally recanted it in Toronto on Monday. Dror Bar-Natan says having to swear allegiance to royalty in 2015 is similar to "hazing."

If you drink heavily at night, you maybe caught in the morning's RIDE program. The Ontario RIDE program is often in the morning instead of at midnight. Police tactics have changed in recent years. It used to be that officers would set up around midnight to catch people on the way home. Now, there are RIDE programs first thing in the morning to stop and test drivers who have crashed at a buddy's home, and leave at 8 am, thinking they are sober. It is hard not to sympathize a little bit with those who have had the good sense not to leave from the party at 2 am after a night of drinking. The problem is that people have no idea of how long alcohol stays in their system.

Vancouver police say a man left with a brain injury after being sucker-punched is a victim of what they are calling "one-punch incidents." A police spokesman says 10 such attacks this year include three that led to deaths.

 
 

The RCMP commissioner says child exploitation is among online crimes that present the need for police to have warrantless access to Internet subscriber information. Bob Paulson spoke at a security conference Wednesday in Ottawa.

 
 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada will produce economic and social benefits. In a speech at Canada House in London following his visit with the Queen, Trudeau underlined the importance of diversity.

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