THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
York Region has been listed among Canada’s safest, or least dangerous, places to live, according to Maclean’s 2018 rankings for Canada’s Most Dangerous Places. Ranked in the 201 spot out of a list of 229, the region reported a homicide rate of 0.69 incidents per 100,000 people, well below the national average of 1.68, and a breaking-and-entering rate of a respectable 160.62, compared to the Canadian average of 438.51 out of 100,000. The most dangerous place in the country? North Battleford, Sask. Toronto is the 124th most dangerous place.
A comment made by Thornhill MP Peter Kent in the House of Commons about growing legal marijuana at home as “virtually the same as putting fentanyl on a shelf within reach of kids,” has thrown marijuana activists, health critics and anyone who knows anything about the fairly benign side effects of marijuana and the critical mortality rate caused by the opioid crisis that has led to the deaths of at least 2,458 Canadians in 2016. After being called out by another MP to apologize, he respectfully stood by his statement.
Under the headline, “Bill Murray Had This to Say About Markham Residents,” an article circulated around online recounting how the beloved 67-year-old actor’s car broke down in Markham and was assisted by a passing do-gooder who treated him to “one hell of a great sandwich” while his car was being fixed. This golden interpersonal moment and the great sandwich inspired Murray to plan his retirement in Markham. Alas, it turned out to just be fake news and has also been written about towns in Ohio, Michigan and even Australia.
Bill Murray: future Markham resident?