THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.