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New autism supports for schools

TORONTO—School boards will get additional money to support students with autism, Ontario's education minister announced yesterday, as hundreds of kids soon may enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.

Autism and education advocates said the announcement does little to address a problem of the government's own making and attempts to turn teachers into therapists.

Sexual assault charge laid

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont.—A 26-year-old man whose four-year stint in solitary confinement sparked a public debate on the practice in Ontario jails has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

The OPP said Adam Capay is charged with one count of sexual assault with a weapon in relation to the alleged incident on March 6.

Time is on man's hands

Every spring and fall, John Scott climbs up clock towers across Toronto to change time.

“The keymaster, the time master—I've been called a lot of titles,” says the 61-year-old.

“Never the time lord, though.”

Scott began maintaining and servicing clocks 35 years ago as an apprentice for his uncle, C. Arthur Scott, at Hamilton-based Scotiabell.

Province mulling single-use plastics ban

TORONTO—Ontario is weighing a ban on single-use plastics as part of a broader strategy to send less waste to landfills.

Nearly a tonne of waste per person in Ontario is generated each year and the rate at which that waste is diverted away from landfills—through recycling and composting, for example—has stalled around 30 percent for the past 15 years.

Police nab wig thief

Vancouver police say they've made an arrest in the theft of 150 expensive wigs, including at least 15 meant for young cancer patients.

Police say 52-year-old Martin Weigelt has been charged after a break-in and theft from a specialty wig store on Vancouver's west side late last summer.

Couple missing after flight

Search crews are looking for a couple who went missing earlier this week after heading to Kapuskasing, Ont., by helicopter.

Provincial police said Nicole Blais and Jody Blais, 47 and 49, were last seen leaving Sudbury, Ont., around 6:45 p.m. on Monday.

Police say the pair never arrived at the hangar near Kapuskasing where they were scheduled to land that night.