Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner Mike Cabana and Assistant Commander for Ontario, Jennifer Strach speak during a press conference at the RCMP National Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario August 11, 2016. AFP / Lars Hagberg
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