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Jian Ghomeshi Released on $100,000 Bail, Will Plead Not Guilty

The former Q host appeared in court today on sexual assault charges.

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Jian Ghomeshi appeared at the College Park court Wednesday afternoon, charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. He was released on $100,000 bail—but he won’t be able to leave Canada and will have to live with his mother.

Shortly after the hearing, his lawyer, Marie Henein, made the following statement:

Mr. Ghomeshi will be pleading not guilty. We will address these allegations fully and directly in a courtroom. It is not my practice to litigate my cases in the media—this one will be no different. We will say whatever we have to say in a court of law. We will not be making any further media statements, nor will Jian Ghomeshi be making any further media statements.

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Toronto Leading the Resurgence of Narrative Ballet

The National Ballet of Canada is paving the way for a new era of narrative ballet—and taking their performances to new frontiers.

Guillaume Côté in Nijinsky. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Nijinsky is not your typical ballet. It’s a dark and haunting portrayal of one of history’s most lauded ballet dancers and his descent into madness. This weekend marked the opening of the second run of the National Ballet of Canada’s acclaimed production, following the success of its 2013 premiere.

Once again, it opened to high praise: the Globe and Mail called it “a triumph on all fronts,” while the Toronto Star spoke of principal dancer Guillaume Côté’s performance as one that walked “the dangerous line between hysteria and histrionics with such focused intensity that you worry he might spontaneously combust.”

Choreographed by John Neumeier, it was originally intended for the Hamburg Ballet when conceived more than a decade ago, but it was the National Ballet of Canada that first danced the production last March. It’s part of the company’s deliberate shift toward producing “story” or “narrative ballet”—a move that is capturing attention around the globe and vaulting the National Ballet into a new era.

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Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Four Counts of Sexual Assault

The former CBC radio host is scheduled to appear in court early Wednesday afternoon.

Ghomeshi moderating a Canada Reads panel in 2010  Photo by ardenstreet from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Ghomeshi moderating a Canada Reads panel in 2010. Photo by ardenstreet from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, and is scheduled to appear in court early Wednesday afternoon.

The charges come one month after Ghomeshi was dismissed as host of the popular radio program Q—a month during which several women came forward alleging that Ghomeshi had abused them physically and sexually. The Toronto Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit has been investigating the allegations since late October.

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Newsstand: November 26, 2014

The Weather Network is forecasting colder-than-average temperatures from eastern Saskatchewan through to New Brunswick this winter. Unless Ontario gets some legs and heads west to hang out with British Columbia, this means we’re officially in for it. In the news: Doug Ford is still considering a bid for leadership of the PC party, a Markham private golf club is set to sell for $412 million, the province pledges $65 million to improve mental health services, and the Toronto Public Library board proposes security budget cuts.

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