January 2012 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

Toronto’s brain gain

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because our ombudsman just made it a lot easier to fight city hall—and win

Q&A Pearls of financial wisdom from 15-year-old stock market savant Julian Marchese

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Grace Kelly and kin get the royal treatment

Celebrity Watch Stalking Rachel McAdams

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


Rob Granatstein The case for selling city assets—slowly but surely

Jesse Brown Why smart phones should be allowed in the classroom


Where to Get Good Stuff Cheap
We all want a little luxury. Even our cheapskate mayor couldn’t resist upgrading his business cards with gold filigree. But there are ways to get it without following in Greece’s footsteps. Our annual guide to living the good life for less

The Bully Mob
Kids are committing suicide, parents are in a panic, and schools are blamed for not protecting vulnerable students. How bullying became the crisis of a generation By Denise Balkissoon

Something Borrowed
Three prominent Canadian writers have launched a $10-million plagiarism suit against Ling Zhang, claiming her novel Gold Mountain Blues lifts characters and plot lines from their books. A tale of death threats, tarnished reputations and literary jealousy By Leah McLaren


The Thing The best antidote to winter-onset agoraphobia

The List Ten things comedian Gerry Dee can’t live without

Great Spaces Warhol’s Lawrence Park cameo

Real Estate A 100-home search for the perfect granny suite

Travel Four warm-weather getaways for freezing urbanites

Food & Drink

Must-Try Bobette and Belle’s hot cocoa with blowtorched marshmallows—best thing we tasted all month

Flavour of the Month Over-the-top seafood platters, the ultimate splurge

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants reviewed

Wine Best French bottles of the past decade


Spotlight Sebastian Pigott breaks the Canadian Idol curse

The Argument London sets the Group of Seven free

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

The Conversation Megan Follows and Arsinée Khanjian on the joys and perils of working with family

Going Out

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


How gaming ruined my life By Gord Jeoffroy