February 2012 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

Failing in sex ed

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because we’re belting out ’80s anthems with reckless abandon

Q&A Patrick Dovigi, winner of Toronto’s $186-million garbage contract, on the upside of outsourcing

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Star spotting at the Ronald McDonald House gala

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


Jan Wong Why aren’t schools teaching kids about the pleasures and perils of sex? Simple: our curriculum is shamefully outdated, and the Liberals are too scared to fix it


The City’s Best Bars
There have never been more great places to drink in this city: private cocktail lounges, destination wine bars, shrines to sports freaks and beer geeks, boozy brunch spots and more. The ultimate handbook for discerning drinkers

Confidence Man
Glen Murray, the famously gay former mayor of Winnipeg, was lured to Toronto by a group of backroom nabobs and remade as an influential member of Dalton McGuinty’s inner circle. Now he’s positioning himself—carefully, quietly—to grab the reins of power By Gerald Hannon

Almost Rich
An income of $196,000 places you in the country’s top one per cent of earners. But does it make you wealthy? An examination of the true cost of city living and why rich is never rich enough Essay by Jonathan Kay; interviews by Maggie Gilmour and Jasmine Budak


The Thing The essential gym bag for New Year’s resolutionists

The List Ten things theatre director Weyni Mengesha can’t live without

Great Spaces An empty ­nes­ter’s funkified dream pad in Summerhill

Real Estate The search for a $500,000 fixer-upper

Food & Drink

Must-Try Harbord Room’s orange-ricotta fritters—best thing we tasted all month

The Way We Eat Now The righteous cult of raw foodists

Flavour of the Month Gourmet McMuffins


Spotlight Hardcore-rocker-turned-troubadour City and Colour

The Argument War Horse’s low-tech puppetry packs a huge emotional punch

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

The Conversation Star baritone Russell Braun and musical theatre dynamo Louise Pitre on singing in tongues

Current Obsession A sneak peek at the Malcolmson Collection’s ultra-rare photographs

Going Out

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


Addicted to the rush: a soldier’s story By Matt Lennox