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The Maple Leafs/Canadiens rivalry is over—and we lost, apparently

(Image: The Hockey Writers)

(Image: The Hockey Writers)

You know the old Leafs/Habs rivalry? The most enduring conflict in the NHL? The sporting world’s plainest articulation of our nation’s fundamental Anglo/Franco tension? The fundamental antagonism animating all playground arguments for decades? Canada’s own Springfield vs. Shelbyville? You know that thing? Well it’s over. And the Leafs lost.

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Five piping-hot docs to catch at Hot Docs 2014

Ooooh my. It's George Takei! (Image: Hot Docs)

Ooooh my. It’s George Takei! (Image: Hot Docs)

Hot Docs, Toronto’s hottest, doc-iest film festival, is upon us. Starting Thursday, the 2014 edition of the annual fest will begin unspooling an expansive slate of non-fiction films on all kinds of subjects. It’s like school, except less educational. And you have to pay for it.

If you’re totally baffled by the offerings, here are a few buzz-y picks that may be worth your time. For screening times and more information, click the titles. Or check out the full festival schedule here.

1. To Be Takei (Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber, USA, Special Presentations)

To generations of Trekkies and Trekkers (which is like a Trekkie, except in denial about how geeky and annoying they are), George Takei is best known as Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek TV series and first run of six films. But, thanks to the advent of social media, Takei has enjoyed a second career as a meme-generator and viral brand, with a Facebook page boasting nearly 7 million fans. Maybe To Be Takei will unearth Takei’s secret underground content mill, where dozens of communications graduates relentlessly crank out memes daily. Or maybe it will be a fond portrait of an aging actor whose gay-rights activism makes him more than just a kitschy sci-fi footnote. You never know.

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The Dish Power Rankings: Easter Long Weekend Edition

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In this week’s roundup: Everyone loves hummus, and David Chang goes to Hooters.

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Rob Ford holding an owl Photoshop battle lights up Reddit

(Image: Reddit user OKCThunderxx)

(Image: Reddit user OKCThunderxx)

Ah, Reddit: the so-called “front page of the internet.” It’s not just for Shrek jokes and doxxing pedophile trolls. It’s also, apparently, for Photoshopping images of Rob Ford holding an owl. Today, the subreddit /Photoshopbattles lit up with reworked versions of our mayor doing just that, snapped last year the Sportsmen’s Show. As if Rob Ford holding an owl weren’t inherently funny enough!

Here are some of our favourites…

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Recipe: how to make Buca chef Rob Gentile’s buffalo ricotta-stuffed cannelloni

Toronto Life Cookbook Recipe 2013: Cannelloni
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CANNELLONI
By Rob Gentile
Buca
CANNELLONI
By Rob Gentile
Buca

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See a sign of springtime? Send us a picture

Unless this year’s brutal winter has completely deadened your senses—and we’ve all been there—you’ve probably noticed that the weather over the past few days has been pretty pleasant. With temperatures on the upswing, it’s only a matter of time before green stuff starts sprouting from the cracks in the sidewalks, and once that gets going there’s no stopping until we’re all back outside, barbequing with our shirts off.

Here’s where you come in. Over the next few days, if you happen to notice any evidence of this slow but inevitable change—a leaf bud, say, or a robin, or the return of a favourite seasonal drink to the shelf of a local LCBO—snap a picture of it and send it to us. We’ll take the best of what we get and publish it on our website.

You can send us your images by email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or even Google Plus.

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VIDEO: Comedian Gerry Dee and TELUS set out to prove how friendly Torontonians are—and the results are spectacular

 

It’s an old joke among Canadians: we come from a friendly country, if you don’t include Toronto. Recently, TELUS set out to prove the old axiom wrong.

On Friday, the company released the new Samsung GALAXY S5, which has a handy boosting feature that allows two GALAXY devices to share battery power, helping to solve the oh-so-modern problem of having your smartphone die in the middle of the day. To prove that Torontonians are as helpful as anyone else in the country, TELUS put that other essential piece of technology that sometimes requires a boost—the car—in a local parking lot on a frigid day, and waited to see if people would stop and help out. They enlisted the help of T.O. comedian Gerry Dee and filmed the whole thing. Check it out, above. The results are spectacular.

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Chef’s Choice: Danielle Oron of Moo Milk Bar picks her favourite restaurants

Chef's Choice: Danielle Oron of Moo Milk Bar picks her favourite restaurants

Who better to guide a fantasy food tour than a chef? We asked some of the city’s top culinary talents to walk us through their ideal day in Toronto restaurant meals.

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BREAKFAST
“My hangover secret is the apple and bacon grilled cheese at Rashers in Leslieville. Don’t judge me!” 948 Queen St. E., 416-710-8220.

LUNCH
“I could eat McEwan Foods’ short rib empanadas daily. They’re glorious dipped in chipotle ketchup.” Shops at Don Mills, 416-444-6262.

DINNER
“I love Koreatown on weeknights. The soon tofu soup with sizzling bi bim bap at Tofu Village is filling and easy on my wallet.” 681 Bloor St. W., 647-345-3836.

DRINKS
“At Oddseoul, I order the Liberace, a peach-infused dark and stormy.” 90 Ossington Ave., no phone.

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Top Five: Toronto’s best doughnuts

Now dominating our collective sweet tooth: crazy, creative versions of the classic treat

Top Five: Toronto's best doughnuts
1. Blueberry Balsamic

Paulette’s, the online doughnut service started by Devin and Luke Connell and Graham Bower, serves dense cake-style doughnuts. This amazing sweet-tart version is made with wild blueberry glaze, lemon juice and zest, and aged balsamic vinegar. Paulettesoriginal.com.

2. Double Chocolate S’Mores

Ashley Jacot De Boinod of Parkdale’s Glory Hole makes her yeast doughnuts from scratch in outrageous flavour combinations, including pumpkin almond cheesecake and, our favourite, the Double Chocolate S’Mores, a chocolatey concoction topped with torched marshmallow. 1596 Queen St. W., 647-352-4848.

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Recipe: how to make the tangy rhubarb-raisin relish from Kensington’s Thomas Lavers Cannery

Toronto Life Cookbook 2013: Rhubarb-Raisin Relish
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RHUBARB-RAISIN RELISH
By Tye Thomas and Bryan Lavers
Thomas Lavers Cannery
RHUBARB-RAISIN RELISH
By Tye Thomas and Bryan Lavers
Thomas Lavers Cannery

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Breaking: CBC cuts over 600 jobs

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CBC News announced today that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will be cutting 657 jobs over the next two years, the result of $130 million in cuts from its budget this year. The cuts also mean that Canada’s national broadcaster will no longer have the resources to compete against private networks for pro sports broadcast rights.

At a town hall meeting with staff today, CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix attributed the cuts to a $115 million loss in federal funding that came with the 2012 federal budget and a drop in projected revenue resulting from CBC losing Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers. Declining ad revenue and the network’s failure in delivering the coveted 25-54 demographic to advertisers are also responsible.

The network has also announced that they will not be replacing George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. But really, who could ever replace George Stroumboulopoulos? A pre-faded Hot Topic London Calling shirt stuffed with old leaves and jammed inside a used leather jacket? Not in the budget, friends.

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See, Hear, Read: April’s six can’t-miss cultural releases

See, Hear, Read: April's six can't-miss cultural releases

Rufus Wainwright chronicles a decade’s worth of drama and debauchery on his new greatest hits album, Vibrate (Images: Foley by Getty Images; Remedy courtesy of Global)

1. Vibrate by Rufus Wainwright

In June 2006, Rufus Wainwright donned silk stockings, a black tuxedo jacket and four-inch heels to recreate Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Liza Minnelli met the gimmick with scathing contempt (“What is he doing?” she scoffed), prompting a deliciously passive-aggressive celebrity feud—Wainwright told the press that Minnelli wasn’t talking to him and made catty barbs at her onstage. Wainwright’s latest track is a sly dig called “Me and Liza,” in which he begs for her ­forgiveness. “Come on, Liza, give me a try,” he croons. It’s the lead single on his new best-of album, Vibrate, which maps the songwriter’s development from waifish tweaker to campy bon vivant and, finally, to domesticated family man—he married Jorn Weisbrodt, Luminato’s handsome German artistic director, and fathered a child with Leonard Cohen’s daughter, Lorca. A deluxe edition features a second disc of bonus material, including a handful of rare live covers—songs by Noël Coward, George Gershwin and Wainwright’s father, Loudon Wainwright III.

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Presenting: The Ford 2014 Dream Team

"Avengers...coagulate into a fleshy, unelectable mass!"

“Avengers…coagulate into a fleshy, unelectable mass!”

Talk about synergy. Whether out of horrifying obliviousness, or as part of a calculated effort to indulge in self-parody as a political tactic, mayor Rob Ford has welcomed two new members to his campaign team: disgraced Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson (the sprinter caught using steroids following his 1988 gold-medal win in Seoul) and actor Sam Tarasco (best known for playing Sam “The Caveman” Losco on Trailer Park Boys). It’s unclear what role either man will have in Ford’s reelection bid, beyond further discrediting it.

With Ford assembling his crack team, Avengers-style, we thought it’d be fun—and maybe useful—to imagine how his new allies will fit in. We’ve even picked out a few more potential crossover team-ups.

So, we present: Rob Ford’s Washed-Up Avengers.

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5 things you wanted to ask Jeremy Diamond of Diamond and Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers

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Q. What is the thing that people always get wrong about personal injury law?

Jeremy Diamond: They are always worried about lawyer fees and that they can’t afford a good personal injury lawyer. Most firms like Diamond and Diamond work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about payment until settlement. You can get a great lawyer to work on your injury case just because they believe they will be successful.


Q. How did you get started in the field?

Jeremy Diamond: I come from a family of lawyers. Diamond and Diamond was started by my uncles and I am so proud to be the next generation taking it over. I am equally proud to be working with my wife Sandra Zisckind, my brother in law Isaac Zisckind and my cousin Daniel Diamond.

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Will third-party attack ads shape the 2014 mayoral election?

It seems like there’s a hot new trend in Toronto mayoral politicking: attack ads done by people and organizations that claim no affiliation with any particular campaign. Late last month, for instance, satirical ads appeared in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The posters advocated for a strategic, anyone-but-Ford approach to voting. Just last week, filmmaker Ron Murphy made a minor viral splash with a video of a nine-year-old girl parroting many of Rob Ford’s famous sound bites. And recently, according to the Star, a well-produced anti-John Tory ad appeared on YouTube (it’s embedded above). The video regurgitates some of Olivia Chow’s anti-Tory talking points. It was reportedly created by “someone supportive” of Chow’s campaign who wasn’t working directly with her.

Could Toronto be witnessing the rise of the PAC?

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