Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-Executive-Pay)

Salaries for Ontario Power Generation executives are expected to increase by up to eight million dollars over the next few years, as the province lifts a public-sector wage freeze.

Transit agency Metrolinx is also proposing to boost its C-E-O's pay by as much as 118-thousand dollars, to a maximum of 479-thousand 500 dollars.

They are two of the public sector agencies posting proposals for new executive compensation packages under guidelines that came into force in September.

The government sent colleges back to the drawing board after concerns were raised about the salary comparators that they were using for proposals to boost their presidents' salaries by up to 50 per cent. (The Canadian Press)

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(Toronto-Pastor-Trial)

Prominent Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes says he's looking forward to going home and serving his church and community after a Nova Scotia judge found him not guilty of gross indecency and indecent assault.

Outside the courthouse, Hawkes thanked his supporters, his family and the judge for his decision in the case, which involved allegations stemming from events in the 1970s.

Provincial court Judge Alan Tufts said there were significant inconsistencies in the testimony of the witnesses, particularly that of the complainant, who did not speak as he left the courthouse.

Hawkes -- who had categorically denied the allegations -- has been senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for 38 years. (The Canadian Press)

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(Juror-Support)

A new support program from the province will allow jurors to get counselling after they sit on a trial or coroner's inquest.

Under the new program, jurors who feel they need counselling can get it in person, over the phone, by video-conference or by email, in English or French.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says jurors play an important role in the justice system, but some trials can be traumatic and jurors should have the proper support.

Previously, the province would cover costs of counselling for jurors only when a judge made a specific order for it. …

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