THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Midtown Post - - CityEscape -

The big news out of THE GOOD: the Toronto Zoo is that their gi­ant panda Er Shun is preg­nant, and there is a 50 to 60 per cent chance the birth will be suc­cess­ful. Re­port­edly, zoo staff took ad­van­tage of a short 24-hour win­dow to ar­tif­i­cally in­sem­i­nate the an­i­mal, which re­mains a highly en­dan­gered species with less than two thou­sand of the crea­tures left in the wild. As Er Shun is on loan from China, any chil­dren she has will be the prop­erty of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, but will stay at the Toronto Zoo for two years.

THE BAD: Don Cherry will surely have a field day when His Royal Hock­ey­ness is back on the air, fol­low­ing the Rus­sian hockey team’s abysmal dis­play of sports­man­ship dur­ing the re­cent World Hockey Cham­pi­onships. Fresh from a thor­ough shel­lack­ing by the Canadian squad to the tune of a sixto-one de­feat, the vast ma­jor­ity of the Rus­sian team failed to stick around dur­ing the play­ing of our na­tional an­them, head­ing back to the locker room, one would as­sume to hang their heads in shame. Poor form, Rus­sia, poor form.

Spring is a fine THE BIZARRE: time for an out­door wed­ding, and one Toronto cou­ple got in the swing of things by host­ing a public cer­e­mony in Duf­ferin Grove Park on a beau­ti­ful Sun­day af­ter­noon. Mark Mar­czyk and Marichka Ku­dri­avt­seva tied the knot un­der a canopy of trees with a few hun­dred in at­ten­dance. Some were in­vited guests but many were com­plete strangers who were in the park and wel­come to en­joy the mat­ri­mo­nial fes­tiv­i­ties, which in­cluded en­ter­tain­ment, and a march­ing band — only in Toronto.

Er Shun

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