April 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

The app of my eye

This City

The Moment How Karen Stintz became an unlikely transit hero

Q&A CUPE 416 pooh-bah Mark Ferguson, a.k.a. Dr. No, on why he said yes

Camera RFK Jr. charms the pants off Toronto’s enviro-A-listers

Reason to Love Toronto Because we’re the kind of city that saves a Regent Park performance space from certain doom

Social Networks Who worships where at the city’s power congregations

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


Tony Keller The end of the pension plan as we know it

Stephen Marche An unflinching assessment of Jack Layton’s legacy


Where to Eat Now
Our annual ranking of the top new restaurants. Plus: haute sandwiches, the final word on wood-fired pizzas, tacos 2.0, food trucks galore and our verdict on the best and worst dining trends of the year

Allah in the Cafeteria
When the principal at Valley Park Middle School allowed 400 Muslim students to pray in the lunchroom, he thought he was being progressive. What he got was a scandal—over the preaching of conservative Islam and the separation of girls from boys—that’s testing the TDSB’s policy of religious accommodation By Natasha Fatah

What I Can’t See
For 20 years I inhabited the city’s most brash and stylish social scene. I went out four nights a week, flirted with pretty women, helped myself to the occasional line of coke, and considered it all material for my books. Until the day I lost the vision in my left eye. A year later, it happened in my right eye. Was my hard-partying life to blame? By Russell Smith


The Thing A serious umbrella for monsoon season, i.e., April

The List Ten things it girl Cassie Steele can’t live without

Great Spaces Swoon-inducing live-work lofts—perfect for Type A, commute-averse design hounds

Real Estate A $700,000 search for suburban comforts in the urban wilds


Spotlight Theatrical virtuoso Daniel MacIvor exposes a bitterly funny slice of life in Was Spring

The Argument How Hot Docs got so huge, so fast

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

The Conversation The COC’s Johannes Debus and ex–Barenaked Lady Steven Page talk about sowing their musical oats

Celebrity Watch Mapping Margaret Atwood’s march toward ubiquity

Going Out

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


I found love at Occupy Toronto By Chris Wiseman