THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.