Media will always have to report on the tough stuff. But we know that Canada is full of compassionate individuals, inspiring projects and stories worth celebrating. Here’s just one.

Making a PACT with monsters, manicures and martinis? Last month’s fifth annual Halloween fright-house tradition, the Powerhouse of Terror, was as popular as ever.

The creation of entertainer/philanthropist Lorne Andrews allows paying visitors through a maze of monsters at Humber College’s Power House Rec Centre. This year’s proceeds go to PACT Urban Peace Program, which immerses troubled youth into the world of theatrical production.

“We try to reach deep into the community and help hundreds of youth find purpose through contribution,” said Andrews.

Want to help PACT but missed it? There’s a (much less frightening) event next week that highlights another worthwhile program, PACTFashion. An evening of fashion ‘ featuring jewelery and clothing designs by at-risk youth ‘ and spa giveaways, takes place at Pravda Vodka Bar Nov. 15.

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