THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: Canadian A-lister Ryan Reynolds took a moment to draw attention to a serious issue during his acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards last month. The Deadpool star acknowledged the hard work performed by Toronto’s SickKids Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he dedicated his Entertainer of the Year Award to the memory of two Canadian children who recently lost their lives to cancer.
THE BAD: During a debate over road tolls last month, city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti received a thorough verbal beat down from Mayor John Tory. Mammoliti challenged the mayor to “step down” for supporting road tolls during a December city council meeting, to which the mayor countered that Mammoliti had overtly called for road tolls in the Toronto Star in 2010, and suggested the councillor sue if he was misquoted. Embarrassing.
THE BIZARRE: Apparently crafty squirrels were to blame for blacking out the festive lights at Mel Lastman Square over the holiday season. According to councillor John Filion, the critters chewed through wires, which caused the lights to go out. “I believe it totally has to do with one or more squirrels who perhaps don’t like Christmas,” Filion told CBC. The city is looking into getting “squirrelproof ” lights.