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Tough penalties for drug-impaired driving

TORONTO—Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday there will be zero tolerance for youths aged 21 and under, novice drivers, and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system.

PM sticks to tax plans despite better economy

OTTAWA—The Liberal government will go ahead with controversial tax reforms despite clear new evidence the economy is rebounding, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

The Finance Department said the federal government ran a smaller deficit than the $23 billion that was forecast in the spring budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an actual deficit of $17.8 billion.

U.S. cellphone searches worrying to privacy czar

OTTAWA—Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cellphones, computers, and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar says.

Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons' committee yesterday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under American law.