July 2011 Contents

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This City

Reason to Love Toronto Reason to Love Toronto Because the mayor’s graffiti crackdown is inspiring works of art

Q&A Now that Jack Layton has accomplished the near impossible, what next?

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Do-gooders cavort to conga beats at the Hope Rising after-party

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


Jan Wong An alleged sexual assault victim is refusing to remove her niqab when she’s in the witness box. Some accommodations are just plain unreasonable

Tony Keller Nick Kouvalis, the man who made Rob Ford mayor, is fomenting a Tea Party–style revolution


We Are McLuhan
He was Toronto’s most famous intellectual, hob­nobbing with celebrities, advising politicians and forever changing how we think about mass media. A hundred years after Marshall McLuhan’s birth, our world has finally caught up with his theories By Jason McBride

Latner vs. Latner vs. Latner vs. Latner
Albert Latner made his fortune in real estate, health care and casinos, and lavished his four children with riches. Now they’re feuding over the estate, tearing the family apart. A cautionary tale about the burdens of love and money By Leah McLaren

Kandahar on Kipling
Combat Hospital, a new MASH-like war drama set in Afghanistan but made in Etobicoke, is a huge gamble. It has to go up against pay TV’s best—and, at $2 million an episode, find an audience fast By Robert Hough


The Thing Haute backpacks: it’s not an oxymoron

The List Ten things the stylin’ MLB analyst Gregg Zaun can’t live without

Great Spaces A pair of screen­writers steal a home reno idea from their own show

Real Estate The benefits of downsizing in a surging market

The Collectors Classic car enthusiasts and their shiny vintage toys

Food & Drink

Summer Barbecue Edition

The Critic Chris Nuttall-Smith ranks the city’s best southern barbecue

Flavour of the Month The advent of amazing artisanal sausages

Wine David Lawrason on ’cue-friendly bottles

Backyard Bacchanal A tear-out guide to eating and drinking your BBQ-loving face off


Spotlight Liane Balaban’s eternal optimist in The Future Is Now!

The Argument Seana McKenna’s gender-bending Richard III at Stratford

See, Hear, Read Know-it-alls pick the movie, music and book release of the month

The Conversation Trey Anthony and Russell Peters wax comedic about race-based humour

Going Out

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


Meeting Ana