Mayor’s cold night for a good cause

Plus Star Wars ac­tor back in lime­light

Thornhill Post - - Neighbourhood News - By Jen­nifer Cheng

Rich­mond Hill mayor Dave Barrow was one of 32 top lead­ers to spend a night on the streets in March as part of 360°kids’ sec­ond an­nual 360°Ex­pe­ri­ence, a unique fundraiser for the home­less. Par­tic­i­pants were given so-called sce­nar­ios for the night, a bus ticket, a hand­ful of change and two rules: don’t get hurt or die. The mayor — whose al­ter ego was a 22-year-old man suf­fer­ing with men­tal health is­sues — found him­self trav­el­ling by bus to a clus­ter of re­gional shel­ters in north­ern York Re­gion. He had to walk the fi­nal 15 kilo­me­tres there and back in the dark in tem­per­a­tures dip­ping to -27°C. With an­other drop-in closed for the night, Barrow’s only shel­ter from the cold was an ATM, where he man­aged to catch an hour’s sleep. In the end over $95,000 were raised for the cause.

Hay­den Chris­tensen, who turns 34 this month, headed to New York to start shoot­ing for his up­com­ing Sec­ond World War-era Nazi zom­bie hor­ror thriller, Un­tot. In the film, cen­tred on an elite mil­i­tary unit, the Thorn­hill na­tive’s role as Lt. Fredrick Hank is not that much of a de­par­ture from his role in Star Wars.

Vaughan bas­ket­ball phe­nom An­drew Wig­gins was in Toronto last month for his only game in Canada this sea­son, trig­ger­ing fond mem­o­ries of his On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship with the Vaughan Voyageurs in 2011. Named Kia NBA West­ern Con­fer­ence Rookie of the Month for four months run­ning, the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves for­ward is the only player in fran­chise his­tory to win the award sev­eral times. The 20-year-old ranks ninth on the NBA’s all-time scor­ing list for teenagers.

Popular chil­dren’s au­thor Gor­don Kor­man, who was raised in Thorn­hill, has re­leased Mas­ter­minds, the first book in a thrilling new se­ries about a group of kids living per­fect lives in a per­fect New Mex­ico town — or so they think. Kor­man has writ­ten more than 60 books since he wrote his first book at 12.

Hayden Chris­tensen

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