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The Trudeau government is putting aside millions in new money for a national centre that works to protect children from online sexual exploitation.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection will receive 4.1-million dollars over five years, and more money thereafter.

The registered charity says victims of childhood sexual abuse often suffer even more distress over the fact video or pictures of the crimes are circulating in cyberspace.

Part of the new funding will allow the centre to develop and maintain Arachnid, an automated crawler that detects online child sex-abuse images and videos, and can help ensure prompt removal. (2)

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A rookie member of the Nova Scotia legislature is the fourth candidate -- and first woman -- to enter the province's Progressive Conservative leadership race.

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin announced her candidacy in Amherst yesterday, joining fellow caucus members Tim Houston and John Lohr, and Cape Breton Mayor Cecil Clarke in the run for the party's top job.

Party officials checked records as far back as the 1940s and believe Smith-McCrossin, a registered nurse, is the Tories' first female leadership candidate.

The job opened up two weeks ago when Jamie Baillie quit earlier than planned amid an allegation of inappropriate behaviour. (2)

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(Ont-Opposition)

Ontario's former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown has broken his silence since his late-night news conference last month where he denied allegations of sexual misconduct then resigned hours later.

Brown posted a brief message on Twitter yesterday, saying -- quote -- "the truth will come out.''

He adds while he applauds the hashtag-MeToo movement for calling out sexual harassment and assault, false allegations "undermine that good work.''

Brown has vehemently denied the allegations made to C-T-V by two women purportedly dating back to his time as a Conservative Member of Parliament. …

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