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Thornhill Grits name hopeful

The new federal Thornhill Liberal nominee says the ruling Conservatives talk a good game but the time for talk is over. Karen Mock, an educational psychologist and consultant with a history of dealing with issues of human rights, hate crime and diversity, replaces former MP Susan Kadis heading into the next federal election.

Historic homestead donated

It’s an unassuming house on what feels like a sleepy street in old Thornhill. “Standing here, looking around you, it’s very difficult to believe that Yonge St. is less than 150 feet away,” said Nigel Connell under a grey sky. “The gardens and the atmosphere, it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Sign bylaw unfair, owner says

But bylaw enforced on a complaint basis only Frances Stern sounds as if she’s on the verge of pulling her hair out in frustration. The owner of 2 Hot Blondes Hair Salon in Thornhill says she’s being picked on in an unfair fight over signs.

Planting a seed

The seeds of a better world will soon sprout from a small garden on the grounds of the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Thornhill. That, says Risa Alyson Strauss, is the hope and the idea behind the 15-by-25-metre Kavanah Organic Community Teaching Garden, set for a May opening.

Cabinet an honour for rookie MP

Once a foreign affairs correspondent covering the Americas for NBC News, rookie Thornhill MP Peter Kent is on familiar turf in his new cabinet post. Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed his new minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas, along with the rest of his cabinet, last Thursday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

All dolled up for the busy season

Standing like a gingerbread dollhouse in the oldest stretch of historic Thornhill, Martin House Dolls welcomes Christmas shoppers out of the cold with a finely adorned tree and an elfin Saint Nick keeping watch for the naughty and nice.

Traffic fight takes a left turn

While the debate over the controversial closure of King High Dr. at Dufferin St. continues to fester, council agreed Monday to look at reconfiguring the intersection at Dufferin and Centre Sts. to help relieve the situation.