THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
Thornhill resident David THE GOOD: Thompson Ferguson, one of the many volunteers at Richmond Hill’s Mackenzie Health Hospital, was honoured with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which recognizes individuals whose compassion and engagement epitomize our Canadian character. Over the past 25 years, the 90-year-old arrived at the hospital as early as 6 a.m. twice a week to help open the day surgery unit and, later in the day, ease the fears of patients before surgery. His total hours of service: 7,500.
THE BAD: About 19,700 customers in York Region, including Vaughan Mills, found themselves in the dark when road salt got into hydro equipment, triggering a rash of hydro pole fires. Three days later, some customers in Vaughan and other parts of the GTA were without power again, causing what they described on social media as a strange light flicker. One tweeted: “It’s getting creepy.” The cause: contact between two transmission lines when an insulator broke.
Is texting THE BIZARRE: ruining your life? Well, now you can let the lyrics of Toronto’s most famous rapper, Drake, do the talking for you. His new app, Drizzy, allows you to reply to texts solely using his lyrics. Also applicable: SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter or any app with a keyboard. It’ll be the biggest game changer for Tinder, where you can hurl invectives at the opposite sex or use Drake’s sensitive bars. Unsuspecting parents are sure to be another target. “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”
David Thompson FergusonPhoto credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2015)