Garth Drabinsky’s bid for full parole fails

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TORONTO — Disgraced theatre mogul Garth Dra­binsky will have to make another pitch for full parole after a panel weighing his release Monday couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

The two parole board members hearing Drabinsky’s case couldn’t agree on whether he should be allowed to live with his wife rather than at the Toronto halfway house where he has stayed since his release on day parole last year.

That means he will have to make his case to another parole board panel at a hearing to be held within two months.

Drabinsky appeared downcast on hearing the news at the end of an emotional four-hour hearing.

The panel didn’t give reasons for the split decision, but both members had raised concerns about Drabinsky’s current work as an entertainment consultant.

Since his release, Drabinsky, 64, has been employed by a company set up in the trust of his wife and children, according to parole board documents.

“The concern that we have … is some of what you’re doing now is what you were doing before and we need to know if it’s related to the offence cycle,” said panellist Louise Harris.

The ex-CEO is prohibited from managing money for any other individual, company or charity.

Geographic location: Toronto

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