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A director with Canada’s jail system screamed, hurled insults and behaved aggressively at staff on a near-daily foundation, the federal integrity commissioner concludes in a report tabled in Parliament right this moment.

Public sector integrity commissioner Joe Friday stated Brigitte de Blois, primarily based within the Correctional Service of Canada’s downtown Ottawa headquarters, dedicated a severe breach of the code of self-discipline and values and ethics code by partaking in “repetitive abusive behaviour” and berating staff with names like “pathetic loser,” “disturbed” and “the opposite moron.”

“Many witnesses reported that common incidents of screaming at staff occurred within the context of day by day workers conferences the place staff felt notably belittled and humiliated,” Friday’s report reads. 

“These conferences have been the focus of interplay between her and her staff. Witnesses associated that these have been troublesome conferences, with one witness describing them as a ‘punishment ritual.'”

Friday additionally concluded that de Blois’ superior, assistant commissioner Larry Motiuk, dedicated gross mismanagement by failing to take applicable measures to deal with the interior allegations of abusive behaviour levelled at de Blois.

“Whereas I’ve totally thought-about the assistant commissioner’s place that he was not conscious of the intense issues related to the director’s behaviour, the proof in its totality helps in any other case,” Friday stated.

The report states that whereas de Blois disputed the discovering that her behaviour amounted to wrongdoing, she stated that she anticipated quite a bit from her staff within the context of a really busy work surroundings and “expressed remorse for any actions that offended or damage her workers.”

Motiuk denied having dedicated any type of wrongdoing, stating he was not conscious of any vital issues with de Blois’ behaviour. He denied the report’s findings.

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A spokeswoman for CSC stated disciplinary hearings for each executives have taken place and “applicable steps are being carried out.” Each are nonetheless employed by CSC however, citing privateness causes, the spokeswoman wouldn’t disclose additional particulars.

Witnesses stated de Blois’ abusive behaviour was not restricted to day by day conferences. They reported that, many occasions per week, her screams could possibly be heard all the way in which down the corridor.

“One witness said not eager to be assigned a workspace in proximity to her workplace as he couldn’t focus because of her yelling,” the report reads.

Aggressive behaviour

Witnesses additionally supplied accounts of her aggressively pushing a file throughout a desk, pushing chairs round, slamming doorways and slamming her fingers on a desk.

On a couple of event, de Blois is alleged to have returned reviewed written work to staff with annotations and marks so pronounced that there have been tears via the paper. Witnesses stated she didn’t tolerate disagreement and seen it as insubordination.

The investigation concerned occasions that occurred at CSC between 2010, when de Blois grew to become director of the Offenders Redress Division (ORD), and December, 2015, when she was transferred to the Analysis Division.

The preliminary investigation was expanded in February, 2017 to look at the conduct of CSC senior officers, together with Motiuk.

The investigation was led by Patrick Martel, an investigator in Friday’s workplace, who heard from 29 witnesses, together with the director and assistant commissioner. He additionally reviewed in depth documentary proof. 

On the time of the investigation, CSC commissioner Don Head, who retired in February, 2018, supplied no feedback on allegations in opposition to de Blois. On behalf of CSC, he denied that Motiuk dedicated any wrongdoing in how he dealt with inner complaints.

Head stated no formal complaints had been made to the CSC or to the assistant commissioner about de Blois’ behaviour, and denied any wrongdoing on the a part of the CSC itself.

‘Office wellness initiative’

Friday makes a number of suggestions in his report, together with disciplinary motion in opposition to each de Blois and Motiuk — with attainable termination of employment as an choice. He additionally recommends a “office wellness initiative” to deal with the wants of these affected by the actions of the director, and additional coaching for senior managers about code of conduct within the office.

In response, CSC stated it’s taking a number of steps to enhance the “group’s local weather,” together with clear language round obligations for workers and the launch of a respectful office marketing campaign that features consciousness about avenues to reveal inappropriate behaviour.

“The Correctional Service of Canada endeavours to take care of a office that’s free from harassment, intimidation and bullying and welcomes the chance to make use of the report’s suggestions to enhance office wellness all through the division,” it reads.

A name to de Blois’ workplace reached voice mail however was not instantly returned. Motiuk couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

The federal, Ontario and Quebec governments say they’ll spend $ 200 million to assist fund analysis into 5G wi-fi expertise, the next-generation networks with obtain speeds 100 instances quicker than present ones can deal with.

The so-called “5G hall,” often known as ENCQOR, will see tech corporations reminiscent of Ericsson, Ciena Canada, Thales Canada, IBM and CGI kick in one other $ 200 million to develop amenities to get the venture up and working.

The concept is to arrange a community of linked analysis amenities and laboratories that these corporations — and as many as 1,000 extra throughout Canada — will be capable of use to check services that run on 5G networks.

What’s 5G?

The world of tech is shifting at a breakneck tempo. Proper now a galaxy of media and data suits neatly on the telephone in your pocket and autos are starting to drive themselves.

Should you suppose issues are shifting too quick, buckle up, as a result of a brand new 5G mobile community is simply across the nook and it guarantees to remodel our lives by connecting practically all the pieces to a brand new, a lot quicker, dependable wi-fi community.

The primary networks will not be operational for at the very least just a few years, however expertise and telecom corporations world wide are already planning to spend billions to verify they don’t seem to be left behind, says Lawrence Surtees, a communications analyst with the analysis agency IDC.

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The brand new 5G isn’t any tentative child step towards the long run. Quite, as Surtees places it, “the transfer from 4G to 5G is a quantum leap.”

Think about you’re ready to get on a aircraft for a long-haul flight and also you need to obtain the newest Star Wars film.

At this time, that course of would possibly take you about an hour to get a brief HD film onto your telephone, as 4G networks can transfer about 1 gigabit per second and most customers really get a lot decrease speeds.

On a 5G community of the long run, nonetheless, that very same film will probably be in your telephone or pill in simply seconds.

And it may do much more than simply making your downloads quicker. The 5G community will permit extra gadgets to speak extra knowledge. They are going to be an integral a part of the system that brings us promised related cities, absolutely autonomous autos and augmented actuality portrayed in motion pictures like Minority Report.

Taking VR and AR mainstream

In a downtown Toronto soundstage, Alan Smithson not too long ago demonstrated just a few digital actuality and augmented actuality initiatives that his firm MetaVRse is engaged on.

The potential for VR and AR expertise is infinite, he mentioned, largely for its potential to assist hurdle a few of the partitions we’re already seeing with present networks.

Digital Actuality expertise in the marketplace immediately is frequently rising issues like body charges and display screen resolutions in a relentless quest to make their gadgets much more lifelike.

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5G is being previewed at tech conferences world wide. (Reuters)

“We have seen an infinite progress in the previous couple of years,” he mentioned. “However as you enhance the decision of those screens, in fact you need to push extra knowledge.”

That is the place 5G is available in. As a result of pushing extra knowledge over present 4G networks is not actually attainable. They can not deal with the load. However 5G can accomplish that simply, Smithson mentioned, a lot in order that the present period of cumbersome augmented actuality headsets might get replaced by a pair of regular wanting glasses.

“Ten years out,” he imagines, “everyone’s carrying a pair of glasses as an alternative of a smartphone.”

In a 5G world, these internet-connected glasses will mechanically acknowledge everybody you meet, and presumably be capable of overlay their title in your visual field, together with a hyperlink to their on-line profile. They might additionally present you a billboard some advertiser has paid to make you see, whereas providing a distinct advert to the individual standing subsequent to you. All backed by  5G expertise.

Connecting ‘sensible cities’

In a College of Toronto laboratory, Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia researches related autos and sensible energy grids. “My ardour proper now could be enabling sensible cities — making sensible cities a actuality — and meaning having way more rapid and detailed sense of the atmosphere,” he mentioned. 

Sooner 5G networks will help his initiatives in some ways, by giving planners extra, immediate knowledge on issues like site visitors patterns, power consumption, varied carbon footprints and way more.

“All of these are attainable within the close to future,” he mentioned.

Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation (CVST) project

The Linked Autos and Sensible Transportation (CVST) venture is an interactive map of Toronto that provides you a real-time image of how folks get across the metropolis. Every part from site visitors speeds, bus places, and bicycle rental occupancies, to several types of cameras are represented on the map. (

Leon-Garcia factors to a brightly lit map of Toronto in his workplace, and explains that each dot of sunshine represents a sensor transmitting actual time knowledge.

At the moment, the community is attached to issues like metropolis buses, site visitors cameras and the city-owned fleet of shared bicycles. He at the moment has hundreds of knowledge factors feeding him data on his map, however in a 5G world, the community will help about one million sensors per sq. kilometre. 

Not simply science fiction

It might sound far-off and futuristic, however 5G is simply across the nook. Already, infrastructure is being constructed, traces of code are being written, and the protocols that can govern all of it are being debated and finalized.

Canada’s main wi-fi carriers are starting to plan and construct out their very own 5G networks, too. Rogers has outfitted the whole Rogers Centre with dozens of 5G antennas within the hope of bringing a brand new degree of occasion expertise to their prospects. Bell and Telus are engaged on related plans to check and construct their very own networks .

There are nonetheless some hurdles to recover from. Antennas will must be a lot nearer collectively, that means extra will probably be required. That would get costly, particularly in rural and distant areas. Additionally, it should take some time to construct the brand new community exterior of city centres and 5G-capable gadgets will probably be, at first, restricted and costly  

Shoppers and shareholders will share these prices — but it surely does not essentially imply your cellphone invoice will go up dramatically in a 5G world. in keeping with Surtees, “It will seem with 5G as if bandwidth is sort of infinite.”

A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died throughout a present in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday evening after he fell greater than three metres to the stage whereas performing an aerial straps quantity.

The corporate issued a press release Sunday afternoon, saying that the performer —Yann Arnaud — was transported to a close-by hospital the place he died of his accidents.

“All the Cirque du Soleil household is in shock and devastated by this tragedy,” mentioned Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Leisure Group, within the assertion.

“Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was liked by all who had the prospect to know him. Over the approaching days and weeks, our focus will likely be on supporting Yann’s household and our workers, particularly the Volta crew, as we undergo these tough instances collectively.”

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Arnaud was performing the aerial strap act in Tampa when he fell. (YouTube)

Lamarre instructed CBC Information that Arnaud, initially from France, leaves behind a spouse and two younger daughters.

The remaining two Volta reveals scheduled in Tampa have been cancelled.

Lamarre mentioned that he received a name in the midst of the evening and took the primary flight out of Montreal to Tampa on Sunday.

“As quickly as I heard the information, I wished to be right here to help the crew,” he instructed CBC Information.

He mentioned the tight-knit group is in mourning.

“Yann was considered one of our most skilled artists within the troupe,” he mentioned. “He was an amazing artist, an amazing performer.”

He added that he does not consider there was an tools failure however that it is too early to say for certain.

“For me, one accident like that is too many,” he mentioned.

Cirque du Soleil is collaborating with the native authorities as they give the impression of being into the accident and is additionally conducting an inside investigation.

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The Volta present has been touring throughout Canada and america since final yr. (Radio-Canada)

This is not the primary accident in current reminiscence for Cirque du Soleil’s Volta present.

In August 2017, a present in Gatineau, Que., was stopped briefly when a performer fell.

The parkour specialist fell from a set piece and appeared to injure his head and again, in accordance to a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson.

The present was stopped briefly to permit medical employees to evaluate the person, and he was ultimately in a position to stand up and stroll on his personal. He didn’t have to be taken to hospital.

In 2016, three incidents occurred in the identical week in varied Cirque productions. Considered one of them, involving the son of a Cirque du Soleil founder, was deadly.