October 2011 Contents

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Toronto Life helps Torontonians enjoy their city—through a unique blend of authoritative service writing and award-winning journalism. It's your monthly guide to the best of Toronto.

Editor’s Letter

The summer of our discontent

This City

The Moment A celebration of Jack Layton

Q&A Intervention Canada’s Andrew Galloway: Bay Street crackhead–turned–rehab guru

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Feting Norman Jewison at the Lightbox

Ego Meter What’s making and shaking the city’s self-image this month


Jan Wong Our kids are failing the three Rs, and we’re teaching them to garden. The folly of the new enviro-propaganda

Michelle Dean Toronto isn’t a city for starry-eyed dreamers. It’s a city for pragmatists—and, scarily, it’s okay with that

Tony Keller Daily deal websites have spawned a breed of belligerent, bargain-addicted consumers


The Hudak Agenda
Tim Hudak has spent his adult life climbing the Tory ladder. Now that he has a shot at taking over Queen’s Park, can he convince voters he’s more than just Mike Harris Lite? By Trevor Cole

Best of Fall
There’s simply too much to see and do this season. The solution: prioritize wisely. Or let us do it for you. Our critics pick the top 10, absolutely-not-to-be-missed cultural events of the fall

The King of Cottage Country
In the middle of the recession, the Israeli developer Gil Blutrich snapped up $120 million worth of high-end hotels, resorts and waterfront. How he built his empire of vacation destinations for the yachting class By Leah McLaren


The Thing Taking the boob out of boob tube

The List What Adrienne Clarkson can’t live without

Great Spaces A High Park gut job 20 years in the making

Real Estate The search for a $400,000 fixer-upper

Food & Drink

Introducing Ruby Eats, Lynn Crawford’s gourmet grocery

The Critic Acadia, the new College Street restaurant, blows Chris Nuttall-Smith’s mind (and that doesn’t happen very often)

Flavour of the Month The sweet ubiquity of formaggio di bufala

Wine Pinot noirs for your desert island list

The Dish Grace’s gingerbread cheesecake

Going Out

Restaurants, Theatre, Music, Art, Dance, Family, Etc.


My digital Sabbath