Mayor’s cold night for a good cause
Plus Star Wars actor back in limelight
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.