THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: Thornhill native Mitch Marner is at his first NHL training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where captain Dion Phaneuf took it upon himself to connect with him. He invited the 18-year-old to sit next to him on the Leafs’ flight to Halifax at the start of camp, so he could get to know him better. Despite going into his sixth season as captain, the older vet has not forgotten what it’s like to be in a rookie’s shoes: going to camp at a young age. Phaneuf’s gesture has inspired Marner to be the same kind of leader if he goes back to the juniors.
THE BAD: Richmond Green Secondary School English teacher Michael Marshall was fired after a 10-week York Region District School Board investigation into anti-Islam comments that he allegedly posted online. The investigation began after students discovered a now-deleted Twitter account, @firstatheist, which featured a profile picture of Marshall and several tweets opposing hijabs, prayer and Shariah law. Some tweets also mentioned students’ names; one said: “I get sad when girls I teach decide to wear a hijab. I feel like a failure.”
THE BIZARRE: In order to be successful, you have to dream big. If you’re already successful, though, you can afford to dream small. And that’s what wealthy businessman Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer is doing. The 905 resident (and member of one of Europe’s richest families) is at work on a detailed, to-scale miniature model of our beloved city that he hopes to turn into a tourist attraction in 2017. The tiny town, which is currently housed in a warehouse in Mississauga, has so far cost Brenninkmeijer two million of his own dollars.