THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD

It’s spring mi­gra­tion sea­son for the no­ble Jef­fer­son sala­man­der, na­tive of south­ern On­tario. Al­though the sala­man­ders are qui­etly dwin­dling in num­ber, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have sprung into ac­tion to keep this en­dan­gered species mov­ing along: Rich­mond Hill has gone as far as to build lit­tle tun­nels un­der the Bayview Av­enue ex­ten­sion through the Oak Ridges Mo­raine, to pro­tect them on their mi­gra­tory path, and have ded­i­cated a spe­cial par­kette to hon­our and pro­vide a home for the am­phib­ians. And as for the rest of us? Tread care­fully, es­pe­cially near wet­lands.

THE BAD

The Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion is launch­ing its 15th an­nual Worst Roads cam­paign and, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of it, has re­leased the past three years of lists of worst roads per re­gion. The worst road in York Re­gion in 2017? High­way 7 in Markham. Bayview Av­enue in Rich­mond Hill took the fourth spot. In 2016 for York Re­gion, Vaughan claimed most of the top five places. No York Re­gion road has ever placed in the top 15 for the Worst Roads in On­tario list, but Stee­les Av­enue West, which di­vides Toronto and Thorn­hill, has topped the list three times since 2003.

THE BIZARRE

Movie-go­ers in Vaughan got an un­ex­pected hit of Hol­ly­wood drama when four cars spon­ta­neously burst into flames out­side the Cine­plex Theatre one even­ing in March. When Vaughan Fire and Res­cue fire­fight­ers ar­rived on the scene, four cars were still in flames and an­other two were dam­aged. Ac­cord­ing to York Re­gional Po­lice, a tech­ni­cal mal­func­tion in one of the cars re­sulted in a com­bus­tion that spread to the oth­ers. No crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity is sus­pected, but then again, Vin Diesel is usu­ally pretty good at cov­er­ing his tracks.

A sala­man­der sets off on its jour­ney

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