THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD

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.

THE BAD

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.

THE BIZARRE

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

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