March 2012 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

App happy

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because we salute the sun at the AGO

Q&A Funny guy Martin Short, now a celebrity judge on Canada’s Got Talent, on his love-hate relationship with reality TV

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Toronto Film Critics Association launches awards season with a bang

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


Rob Granatstein Every time city council tries to fix the systemically screwed-up taxi industry, they make it worse. Here we go again

Jesse Brown The latest multi-purpose e-readers are great for everything—except reading books


Something Rotten on Bay Street
Roger Martin, the head of Toronto’s most prestigious business school, is preaching a complete overhaul of the corporate world. It’s a seditious idea that might just save us from financial catastrophe By Jason McBride

The Anti-Ford
In her first year on city council, Kristyn Wong-Tam hogged the spotlight with bold proposals. She’s a charismatic lesbian immigrant art lover—the opposite of our mayor in every way—and she believes Toronto is in better shape than you’re being told By Nicholas Hune-Brown

Return of the Dads
The most taboo question in Toronto’s Caribbean and African communities is why some 50 per cent of black fathers walk away from their kids. One dad from Scarborough has a simple solution to the problem By Lauren McKeon


The Thing A status stove worth its considerable weight (and price)

The List What Stratford artistic director Des McAnuff can’t live without

Great Spaces A Forest Hill house with a boatload of art

Real Estate Abandoning the tiny downtown condo for a Leaside semi

Food & Drink

Must-Try Bannock’s pickerel steamed bun—best thing we tasted all month

Outsourcing Twenty-five places that deliver—figuratively and literally

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants reviewed

Wine Malbec and other Argentine wonders


Spotlight Prima ballerina Jillian Vanstone’s perfection problem

The Argument An ode to the real Shrek—the malevolent, remorseless, child-hating ogre he once was

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

The Conversation Linden MacIntyre and Kyo Maclear on love, family and other reasons to deceive

Current Obsession Junko Mizuno’s Hello-Kitties-turned-hellcats

Going Out

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


Adventures in DIY hairdressing By Marni Jackson