THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Richmond Hill Post - - The 905 -

THE GOOD: In one of the most THE GOOD: heart­warm­ing sto­ries in re­cent mem­ory, it was re­ported that a woman from the GTA named Tonika Mor­gan, who was once home­less for four years and living on the streets of our city, has been ac­cepted to Har­vard Uni­ver­sity. Faced with a whop­ping US$77,000 tu­ition, Mor­gan set up a crowd­fund­ing site to try to raise the money so she could at­tend. At press time, Mission for Har­vard Tu­ition on Go­FundMe.com had her very close to her goal, with 1,302 peo­ple con­tribut­ing.

THE BAD: Fresh from a se­ri­ous three-game spank­ing at the hands of the home­town Toronto Blue Jays, word came out that the di­vi­sion ri­val Bal­ti­more Ori­oles were threat­en­ing to boy­cott a game over the con­di­tion of the turf field at the Rogers Cen­tre. Ap­par­ently, the league is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and, for their part, the turf will be re­placed by nat­u­ral grass in time for the 2018 sea­son. Now, we haven’t heard yet if the Ori­oles think it’s all fine and good to throw a base­ball 90 miles per hour be­hind José Bautista’s head. Ahem.

Last month, an THE BIZARRE: odd se­ries of events caused the can­cel­la­tion of two con­certs by world-class pi­anists in the city, in ad­di­tion to the Toronto Sym­phony Orches­tra com­ing out a bit worse for wear in the pub­lic­ity depart­ment. The TSO pulled the plug on a con­cert fea­tur­ing Ukrainian pi­anist Valentina Lisitsa as a re­sult of con­cern over her po­lit­i­cal views re­gard­ing her home­land. The orches­tra called in all-around stunning per­former Ste­wart Goodyear to fill in, but he ended up drop­ping out as well in the midst of a so­cial me­dia back­lash.

Tonika Mor­gan

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