THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

THE GOOD: Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity, a sec­ond out­post of the Hospice King-Au­rora is open­ing in Rich­mond Hill. The 1,400-square-foot space will fea­ture a num­ber of well­ness pro­grams, in­clud­ing yoga, med­i­ta­tion, stress re­duc­tion and laugh­ter ther­apy, as well as be­reave­ment ses­sions and other day pro­grams like one-to-one ther­apy. The hospice re­ceived 35 per cent of its op­er­at­ing funds from the gov­ern­ment; the rest was fundraised from com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

THE BAD: Thorn­hill Sec­ondary School was shocked by an event that caused a lock­down at the school and five of­fi­cers to race to the scene, ar­riv­ing in one minute af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call. On June 13, a 15-year-old male who at­tends a dif­fer­ent school was seen wan­der­ing the hall­ways, car­ry­ing a life­like weapon in his belt. The weapon turned out to be a pel­let gun, and the teenager was ap­pre­hended and charged with pos­ses­sion of a weapon, car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon and mis­chief.

THE BIZARRE: Thorn­hill coun­cil­lors and lo­cal res­i­dents were em­broiled in a dis­pute over a meat lover’s af­fair: the week­end-long Ribfest. Over the month of June, ward coun­cil­lor Alan Shef­man cam­paigned to have the event can­celled or re­lo­cated, com­plain­ing about the num­ber of peo­ple de­scend­ing on the small res­i­den­tial area, the row­di­ness that may oc­cur and that lit­tle ad­vance no­tice was sent to him. The Ribfest went on, against Shef­man’s ve­he­ment op­po­si­tion.

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