THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
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 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.
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