Four Soulpeppers Actors Resign Over Sexual Harassment Allegations: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Four Soulpepper actors resign over allegations against Albert Shultz

“Actors Ted Dykstra, Stuart Hughes, Michelle Monteith and Rick Roberts spoke to media at a press conference Thursday, alongside Patricia Fagan, Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller, who have launched civil lawsuits against Mr. Schultz and Soulpepper, alleging decades of sexual harassment and assault, both on stage and off.

“In separate suits, the women are seeking damages totalling $4.25-million from the theatre company and $3.6-million from Mr. Schultz – who is described as a ‘serial sexual predator’ in their statements of claim.”

The Globe and Mail

2. Toronto poised to open Moss Park armoury as emergency shelter

“Mayor John Tory announced Wednesday that city staff had started talking to National Defence officials about using the east downtown armoury to provide emergency shelter to as many as 100 homeless Torontonians.

“He had earlier opposed calls to open both armouries, to act as a release value for Toronto’s packed shelter system. He said he changed his mind when city staff said they expect demand to outstrip capacity at a round-the-clock respite centre at Better Living Centre at Exhition Place, recently opened and expanded to 140 cots.”

Toronto Star

+1: From Desmond Cole: Why does John Tory keep saying Toronto’s homeless shelters are not at capacity? – That’s a True Story

+1: Shelter funding and Toronto’s manufactured crisis: How data became a political weapon in the debate over shelter space – Torontoist

3. Kathleen Wynne calls Tim Hortons heir ‘a bully’ after they axed paid breaks

“The children of the Tim Hortons coffee chain founders cutting paid breaks and staff benefits for employees after a minimum wage hike ‘really flies in the face of fairness,’ Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told CBC News on Thursday.

“‘When … I read about how this man is treating his employees and responding to the rise in minimum wage, I was pretty upset about it,’ the premier said.”

CBC News

4. In threat to legalized marijuana, Jeff Sessions moves to enforce federal drug laws

“The move potentially paves the way for the federal government to crack down on the burgeoning pot industry — though the precise impact remains to be seen. It also might spark something of a federalist crisis, and it drew some resistance even from members of Sessions’s own party.”

Washington Post

+1: Where weed entrepreneurs go when the banks just say no – New York Times