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Ottawa has confirmed the death of Canadian mining executive Kirk Woodman in Burkina Faso. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is working on the investigation with authorities in the west African country. (The Canadian Press)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is taking steps designed to cool off the booming real estate market in cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Homebuyers purchasing houses over $500,000 will be required to put down a larger down payment.

Learn how police conduct roadside tests for alcohol in Ontario in this timely legal video.

The trial of Mike Duffy saw the senator begin testifying in his defence on Tuesday. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

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.

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