THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD

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.

THE BAD

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.

THE BIZARRE

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?

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