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Former Toronto top cop leads Liberals on legalizing marijuana: Top Stories

Bill Blair, a former police chief of Toronto, has been named by Justin Trudeau's government to be in charge of their plan to legalize marijuana. This is one of our top stories worth your time this morning.

Here are some of the top stories from Hamilton and beyond

Bill Blair, a former police chief of Toronto, has been named by Justin Trudeau's government to be in charge of their plan to legalize marijuana. And, the CBC's fifth estate has discovered that crucial pieces of the evidence used to convict Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman of sexually assaulting young boys at a private school in Indonesia are seriously flawed. These are two of our top stories worth your time this morning. 

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Sex assault evidence used against Neil Bantleman seriously flawed, fifth estate finds

Crucial pieces of the evidence used to convict Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman of sexually assaulting young boys at a private school in Indonesia are seriously flawed, an investigation by the fifth estate has found.

"The things running through your head are: I'm Canadian, I'm a teacher, I'm going into a prison in Indonesia. Is this is a movie? Is this a nightmare?" Bantleman told the investigative program in Jakarta, in his first television interview.

Discarded goldfish are taking over Hamilton's harbour

Have you ever dumped your goldfish in Hamilton Harbour? Here's the bad news: it's been breeding. Researchers at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) have counted as many as two million large and small goldfish this year, fish that are likely descendants of people dropping unwanted pets in the water.

Now there are so many that they're throwing another wrench into attempts to rehabilitate the bay.

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Ex-police chief Bill Blair to handle Liberals' pot legalization file

As the Liberal government gets to work on its campaign pledge to legalize marijuana, the former police chief of Toronto will be taking a lead role.

Last month, Bill Blair was named as one of two parliamentary secretaries to the minister of justice. Sources tell CBC News he's been assigned to handle the pot file. 

Bargains at Winners not always what they appear

When Jennifer Johnston went shopping for a pair of pants at Winners in Whitby, Ont., she thought she'd found a good deal. The pants were on sale for $29.99, with a "compare at" price of $80, or more than 60 per cent off.

But next to the tag she discovered another tag with the manufacturer's suggested retail price: $29.99, the same amount that Winners was charging.

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