THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
Two North York residents have turned their tragic experiences into opportunities to help others who may be grieving. After a family tragedy, they founded the Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network, a program that offers healing to individuals who have dealt with loss or tragedy through the experience of nature. The pilot program will gather members between the ages of 18 and 35 for hikes through the Rouge National Urban Park this summer, with the hopes that the clean air and natural endorphins will help them heal and accept their losses.
Have you noticed that some of the creeks in Thornhill have been tinged a slight fluorescent green hue lately? It’s not a delayed St. Patrick’s Day gimmick or a way-too-literal municipal approach to greening the city –– it’s actually just the 40,000 gallons of dye that entered the storm system following a pressure test administered by the City of Markham Works department. The green stuff, thankfully food grade and environmentally safe, started at 16th Avenue and was seen as far as old Thornhill.
By now, everyone has heard of Charity, a metal cow statue, held aloft on four stilts in a Cathedraltown neighbourhood. Residents want it moved, preferably somewhere it won’t be looming in view from their children’s windows late at night. The City of Markham voted to move the statue last March. The owner of Charity, Helen Roman-Barber, responded by handing the city a lawsuit for $4 million in damages should it attempt to lower, remove or move the statue anywhere other than its present location. Meanwhile, the rest of us are just udderly a-moo-sed.
Shine on, you crazy Holstein