THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

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.

Mitch Marner

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