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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

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