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PM Trudeau announces new SCOC justices selection process

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Liberal government will change the manner in which a Supreme Court justice is selected.

As part of the new process, Trudeau says former prime minister Kim Campbell will chair a new “independent and non-partisan advisory board” to recommend candidates for the high court.

Toronto cop granted bail

TORONTO—A Toronto police officer sentenced to six years for gunning down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago has been granted bail while he appeals the conviction.

The appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, said in her decision that Cst. James Forcillo poses no risk to the public “as there is no risk that he would commit further offences.”

Cap-and-trade cost being hidden in bills

TORONTO—Ontario consumers won’t see a separate line item on their natural gas bills showing the cost of the Liberal government’s cap-and-trade plan to fight climate change.

The Ontario Energy Board has decided charges related to the cost of the program, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will be included in the “delivery” line charge on natural gas bills.

Enforcement of labour laws a ‘serious problem’

TORONTO—An expert panel has found a “serious problem” with enforcement of employment standards across Ontario.

“We conclude there are too many people in too many workplaces who do not receive their basic rights,” said the special advisers appointed to do the first review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act since the 1990s.

Province wants more Canadian books in schools

TORONTO—Ontario will incorporate the work of more Canadian authors into school curricula as part of a new provincial culture strategy unveiled last week by Tourism and Culture minister Eleanor McMahon.

“We’re going to get more books by Canadian authors into the hands of our school-age children,” McMahon announced at the Art Gallery of Ontario.