Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.
On this the last of 2010’s Wednesdays: a woman testifies her husband tried to kill her, police urge drivers to put it in park, and the Daily Bread gets more food than expected.
A holiday vacation in Jamaica turned out to be less than relaxing for a couple from Ajax. Cathy-Lee Martin testified in a Jamaican court Tuesday that her husband Paul Martin, a fifth grade teacher, tried to slit her throat. Instead of heading to the airport to catch their plane home, the husband apparently drove the other direction in their rental car, claiming he wanted to take pictures of the cliff, but instead he cut her throat and tried to strangle her, she testified. They were having marital problems…obviously.
Some good news from the Daily Bread Food Bank. The agency exceeded its goals for this year’s holiday food drive, taking in over four hundred thousand kilograms of food and more than one million dollars. And there are still six days to go. However, this is not the norm, considering charitable giving in Canada has actually been on the decline in recent years, while visits to the food bank by the needy have increased by 15% since 2009.
Tired of the usual New Year’s Eve hubbub? Uncool and have no plans? Well you could always forego the standard boozy celebrating and get to a nunnery instead. St. John’s Convent House in North Toronto offers an overnight retreat of contemplation. About four hundred people come to the convent for retreats each year. For one hundred dollars you get room and board, as well as the chance to enjoy a candlelight walk through an outdoor labyrinth that will hone your mediation skills.
A bizarre and deadly car accident at a hospital on Christmas Day has police urging drivers to take more precautions. Jennifer Salandy was leaving a hospital in Newmarket after visiting her mother, when she was pinned between the door and frame of her car while trying to stick her ticket into the parking machine. Police believe her foot slipped off the brake causing it to roll forward and hit a pole. They say putting the car in park could have avoided the accident and people shouldn’t be complacent even if in a rush. Salandy’s funeral will be held in Newmarket today.
And last but not least, here are Rob Ford’s memorable moments of 2010.