All stories by Sarah Fulford

Editor’s Letter: Toronto trailblazers, then and now Editor’s Letter: Toronto trailblazers, then and now

Back in high school, I was friends with the daughter of Bridget Lynch, a pioneering figure in the Ontario midwifery movement. Lynch was part of a small group of women who, in the 1970s and 1980s, delivered babies in homes across the city—a fringe practice that was borderline illegal. I spent a lot of time… Read more »

Editor’s Letter: the cost of police carding is just too high Editor’s Letter: the cost of police carding is just too high

Since the Toronto Police Service introduced the practice of carding about 10 years ago, they have collected data on over a million Torontonians—and that’s a conservative estimate. On the face of it, the process sounds benign. The police stop you, take out a form and ask you a series of questions: your name, your car’s… Read more »

Why Toronto needs to talk about the inner suburbs Why Toronto needs to talk about the inner suburbs

The seven-year-old girl above, Amal Syed, came to Canada three years ago from Abu Dhabi. Her father is a computer analyst who left everything behind to give his daughter a first-rate Ontario education. Like many new immigrants, they settled in the inner suburbs, and he enrolled his daughter at the local public school. He was… Read more »

The Divided City: a letter from the editor on Toronto’s urban-suburban smackdo... The Divided City: a letter from the editor on Toronto’s urban-suburban smackdown

Rishabh Kumar, a Grade 12 student at Earl Haig, is one of those geeky 17-year-olds who love to wear ties and live to participate in Model UN conferences; he’s already done one at McGill and another at Harvard. This year, he’s the chair of the City Youth Council of Toronto, an association of overachieving students… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (January 2014): Porter’s expansion is an enthusiastic em... Editor’s Letter (January 2014): Porter’s expansion is an enthusiastic embrace of urban life

My new favourite spot in the city is the rooftop patio of the Corus Quay building, the headquarters for Corus Entertainment, at the foot of Jarvis Street. The building, which opened in 2010, was designed by Jack Diamond and bears his firm’s signature understated elegance. Back in the fall, on a gloriously mild October night,… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (November 2013): Will stay-at-home dads feel as marginalized a... Editor’s Letter (November 2013): Will stay-at-home dads feel as marginalized as stay-at-home moms once did?

Forty years ago, this magazine published provocative, trend-defining pieces about women entering the workforce. The stories depicted women in business suits—a novelty costume—looking tough, like the characters from the 1988 movie Working Girl. I have a blow-up of a 1970 Toronto Life cover in my office for kitsch value, showing a woman arm-wrestling a man… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (October 2013): the best of the artisanal food invasion Editor’s Letter (October 2013): the best of the artisanal food invasion

Before the cronut burger arrived at the CNE and poisoned 200 people with the staphylococcus aureus toxin, the cronut—sans beef patty—was the apex of artisanal baking. It is, essentially, a deep-fried croissant, conceived by a French chef in a lower Manhattan bakery last May. People are still lining up for hours to buy them for… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (September 2013): what makes a great neighbourhood? Editor’s Letter (September 2013): what makes a great neighbourhood?

Almost two years ago, one of my neighbours proposed we have a block party. We’d close the road to traffic and all hang out together. Other streets in our neighbourhood did it, he said, and it looked like fun. Why not us? He called a meeting one weekend morning, handed out flyers and invited everyone… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (August 2013): the party pooping Parkdale restaurant moratorium Editor’s Letter (August 2013): the party pooping Parkdale restaurant moratorium

Parkdale on a hot summer night is an exceedingly fun place to be. If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at Grand Electric, the boisterous Queen Street taqueria, you’ll have one of the city’s best fish tacos, in a room with the energy of a university house party. Nearby, there’s the sushi bar Kanji,… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (July 2013): how can Toronto protect its parks? Editor’s Letter (July 2013): how can Toronto protect its parks?

One of the nicest ways to spend a summer after­noon is to go to Trinity Bellwoods Park, find a spot on the grass and people-watch. You see families picnicking with toddlers, cyclists with their dogs, and hipsters with guitars drinking not-very-well-concealed microbrews—all squeezed in so close they’re practically sitting on each other’s blankets. When I… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (June 2013): Regent Park proves that big, visionary projects c... Editor’s Letter (June 2013): Regent Park proves that big, visionary projects can get off the ground

We all have places in Toronto we like to show off to guests from out of town. In the summer, I take my visiting friends to Kensington Market or the Brick Works. If they have young kids, I take them to Centre Island. When it’s cold or rainy, I take them to the AGO. Now… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (May 2013): is Rob Ford a folk hero or an international embarr... Editor’s Letter (May 2013): is Rob Ford a folk hero or an international embarrassment?

Rob Ford has many fans. According to a poll conducted by Forum Research a couple of days after Sarah Thomson accused Ford of groping her, 43 per cent of Torontonians said they approved of the job he is doing as mayor. The pollster tried to explain Ford’s popularity to a Toronto Sun reporter. No bad… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (April 2013): why the digital age requires new and unortho... Editor’s Letter (April 2013): why the digital age requires new and unorthodox office spaces

Shayne Hughes, the CEO of a California-based business consultancy called Learning as Leader­ship, recently put a moratorium on interoffice emails. He defended his experiment in Forbes magazine by explaining that he wanted to force his employees to communicate with each other in person. He’s the latest in a line of corporate leaders to encourage face-to-face… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (March 2013): interracial marriages, multiculturalism and the ... Editor’s Letter (March 2013): interracial marriages, multiculturalism and the mixed-race generation

In grade school, I was taught that Canada embraces multiculturalism, whereas the United States is a melting pot. The notion was drilled into me year after year: we celebrate our diversity and encourage the preservation of our ethnic heritage, whereas Americans assimilate. Boy, were my teachers wrong. Toronto is a melting pot if ever there… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (February 2013): public sex, massage parlours and bawdy houses Editor’s Letter (February 2013): public sex, massage parlours and bawdy houses

I myself have never had sex in public. As it turns out, I’m in the minority. An astonishing 65 per cent of Torontonians claim to have done it in public, according to our first ever survey of who’s doing what to whom. Where? Everywhere, apparently: the Casa Loma parking lot, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval… Read more »