TORONTO — The prosecution has decided against appealing the acquittal of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi on sexual-assault and choking charges last month, a spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General said Monday.
In a statement, Brendan Crawley said a review of the ruling and case turned up no basis to contest the decision. READ
Cowboy life isn’t for wimps — and neither is old age. Legendary Canadian singer Ian Tyson, who performs on May 3, at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre, is used to dealing with the rigours of traditional ranching. At age 82, he finds himself facing significant health hurdles as well. READ
Rock fingers were finally waved in the air at the Red Deer College Arts Centre Saturday night, as Collective Soul performed a sold-out show that started with fans politely singing and swaying in their seats. The restraint had everything to do with over-vigilant ushers rather than a lack of excitement about the band’s exuberant, transcendent performance. READ
He’s drummed in Italy and Indianapolis, but none of Michael Levia’s concert band experience has quite compared to performing at the Juno Awards. “It was unreal, amazing,” said Levia who, with fellow Red Deer drummer Riley Parker, shared the stage with singing sensation Alessia Cara during the Juno broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome. READ
For a vivid theatrical lesson in 20th-century history, youths and their parents need to head over to Red Deer College. The Russian Revolution and Stalin’s corruption of lofty Communist ideals have never been as entertainingly — and chillingly — presented as in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. READ