THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.