December 2012 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

Under the influence

This City

The Moment Decoding McGuinty’s emergency exit

Q&A How Amjad Tarsin, U of T’s new Muslim chaplain, plans to win friends and influence people

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Rob Ford unleashes his inner culture vulture at the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts

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


Jesse Brown Who says smart phone addiction is a bad thing? The case for constant connectedness


The 50 Most Influential
Who really controls the city? A ranking of the tycoons, backroom operators and supersize egos who defined Toronto in 2012

A Life Interrupted
Two years ago, Hassan Rasouli checked into Sunnybrook to have a brain tumour removed, fell into a coma and provoked a high-stakes Supreme Court battle over who gets to decide when to pull the plug. Then, one day, he awoke By Nicholas Hune-Brown

Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors’ impulsive, extravagant general manager, has finally accepted the business necessity of recruiting star players. Stars sell tickets, jerseys and TV ads. More importantly, stars win games By Eric Andrew-Gee


Holiday Gift Guide Our annual assortment of jaw-droppingly cool stuff (to give or to get)

The List Ten things the CFL commissioner Mark Cohon can’t live without

Great Spaces Inside a modish Parkdale reno

Real Estate A converted Annex video store sells the first weekend for just under asking

Food & Drink

Holiday Feast The city’s best chefs dish up festive recipes you really can try at home

Wine What to serve with pretty much everything at your holiday dos


Spotlight Stephen Amell’s abs-fab performance in the new superhero series Arrow

The Argument Marion Cotillard gives Rust and Bone an Oscar-winning chance

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

Current Obsession Playing dress-up with the Tony Award–winning costume designer Desmond Heeley

Primer How to choose from among the season’s big, gooey, hurt-your-teeth-sweet holiday shows

Going Out

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


Forgiveness is overrated: a letter to my deadbeat dad By Alexandra Kimball