May 2012 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

Ignoring the Ford factor

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because we’re finally getting the street food we deserve

Q&A How digital entrepreneur Daniel Debow hit the multi-million-dollar jackpot—twice

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Movie night at the Budmans’

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


Jan Wong Now that we know the LCBO is deliberately gouging us, there isn’t a single argument left in its defence. The antiquated, paternalistic monopoly has got to go


The Incredible Shrinking Mayor
Loyal councillors betrayed him. His approval rate plummeted. And his powerful Conservative backers are nervous. How did it all go so wrong? The strange story of Rob Ford’s city hall By Marci McDonald

Queen Ceeb
Kirstine Stewart finally figured out how to get Canadians to watch Canadian TV, and the CBC’s ratings have never been higher. Her next trick: convincing the network’s critics—all 34 million of us—that her mass-appeal reality shows and sitcoms are worth our $800 million a year By Jason McBride

Lazaridis and Balsillie Meet Their Waterloo
RIM’s co-CEOs were a match made in corporate heaven: the brilliant engineer and the brash, ambitious sales whiz. They shared a vision that would change the way the world communicates. But as their relationship fell apart, so did the $77-billion company they built By Andrea Mandel-Campbell


The Thing: Spring Fashion Edition This season is loud, fearless and showy. We like it

The List Ten things the doomsday economist Jeff Rubin can’t live without

Great Spaces A repair- shop-turned-killer-bachelor-pad in Roncesvalles

Real Estate Entertaining options in the west end

Food & Drink

Must-try The Black Hoof’s Nutella and foie gras dessert–no, really!

The Way We Eat Now Everything you need to know about pop-up dining

Just Opened The hottest new restaurants reviewed

Flavour of the Month Boozeless and bubbly: the city’s best bartender-made soda pops

Wine California dreamy


Spotlight John Irving’s big, blustery, bawdy new novel

The Argument Picasso’s boorishness, immortalized

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

The Backstory Scott Speedman takes on the notorious Edwin Boyd, history’s most charismatic bank robber

The Conversation Director Bruce McDonald and horror writer Kelley Armstrong confab over sequels and the supernatural

Current Obsession Illustrator Michael Cho’s ode to Toronto’s unloved parts

Going Out

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


In the Name of Honour By Aruna Papp