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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.

Lakes warming up fast

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—A new report says temperatures in the world’s lakes are rising more than in the oceans or the atmosphere, which could worsen problems such as algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive.

The study combined satellite and ground measurements of 235 lakes over the past 25 years.