THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
With the departure of DeMar DeRozan, and the seeming rent-aplayer situation that is Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors could use some positive PR heading into the new season. And they got it in the most innocent of fashion when Raptors guard Fred VanVleet dropped in unannounced at a pickup basketball game near Bayview and York Mills last month. Instagram videos taken by some of the players on hand have been viewed thousands of times, and the incident provided just the right amount of community hype the team needed.
Doug Ford certainly seems to be displaying what some critics might call backwards thinking. Over the course of a few short days last month, a email surfaced with instruction that the words “climate change” were to be banned from use on social media, which was quickly denied. Then, he mused about setting up a so-called “snitch line” to target teachers who dared teach children an updated sexual education curriculum. What’s next? Turn back the clock and embrace McCarthyism? Start locking people up who speak out against $1 beer? Sad.
Apparently, it takes an act of guerrilla gardening to get a sinkhole filled. That’s what some Toronto residents found out last month in the Rathnelly neighbourhood. Reportedly, the hole in the road several feet deep had been there for months, and a green-thumbed local decided to plant tomatoes and see what would happen. They did very well. After news of the plants went viral, the city finally responded and took care of the sinkhole. Worry not, tomato lovers, the precious plant will live on in a nearby community garden. Don’t you love a happy ending.
Raptors guard and new PR guru Fred VanVleet