Former Q host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped his $55-million lawsuit against the CBC. “The parties have reached a settlement; the lawsuit has been withdrawn but it still needs to be formalized through a court order,” said Chuck Thompson, spokesperson for the CBC. Under the terms of the settlement, Ghomeshi will have to reimburse the CBC for $18,000 in legal costs. The Toronto police are currently investigating allegations of sexual violence made against Ghomeshi: there has been no word from Ghomeshi since he said he would “meet these allegations directly.”
“The ongoing concerns at the TDSB are putting public confidence at risk—not just in Toronto but across the province. As minister, I have no choice but to act.”
—Education Minister Liz Sandals, explaining in a statement why the provincial government will be bringing in education consultant Margaret Wilson to undertake an independent review of the Toronto District School Board. The announcement follows months of growing tensions and controversy at the board. Relations between the director of education, Donna Quan, and a number of trustees have become strained, as the latter fault the board for a lack of transparency; Quan has been unwilling to provide a copy of her employment contract, making it impossible for trustees to review her performance in the role. And last week, it was reported that Quan had received a boost in pay from former TDSB chair Chris Bolton—despite the fact that provincial legislation makes her subject to a wage freeze.