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Transgender judge appointed

WINNIPEG—Manitoba’s attorney general says his province is ready for its first transgender judge—and possibly the first transgender judge in Canada.

Gord Mackintosh appointed Kael McKenzie to the provincial court last week.

McKenzie has been a Crown attorney in Manitoba for five years, and also practised family, commercial, and civil law before that.

Duffy trial finale set

OTTAWA—Closing arguments in the trial of Sen. Mike Duffy will be heard Feb. 22-March 4.

Judge Charles Vaillancourt said he wants to see written submissions from the Crown and the defence in advance.

He hopes that will focus their arguments and perhaps reduce the two weeks set aside for the wrap-up.