September 2012 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

Real estate crazy

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because we build parks under expressways

Q&A TDSB director Chris Spence on indulging kids to keep them in school

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Suzanne Rogers, Flo Rida super-fan. Who knew?

Celebrity Watch Elton John and David Furnish: a brief sartorial history

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


Jan Wong The Catholic school system is antiquated and unfair—time to talk about the elephant in the classroom

Christopher R. Graham A law degree used to guarantee a high-paying job. Tell that to the glut of grads who can’t find an articling gig


The Higher They Climb
The house hunt has become a blood sport involving bully bids, bribery and a willingness to pay $100,000 over asking. True tales from the real estate trenches By Denise Balkissoon

A Signal Man
As the new head of the TTC, Andy Byford must please a stubborn union, squabbling councillors and an easily pissed-off mayor. His bigger challenge: fixing the unfixable system By Jason McBride

The Last Hurrah
At the Brazilian Ball, drunken CEOs and socialites joined a conga line with nearly naked carnival dancers. A look back on the annual gala that taught Toronto to party By Leah McLaren

Shot in the Back
The murder of multi-millionaire Glen Davis prompted speculation that he had a shady side, but the truth was far more shocking. A story about jealous relatives, stolen fortunes and contract killers By Anna Porter


The Thing Modular bookshelves to cure IKEA ennui

The List Ten things the aquanaut Joe MacInnis can’t live without

The Look Black and white is the new black: the fall fashion covet list

Great Spaces A designer-photographer-surfer’s lofty home and atelier off Queen West

Real Estate A $1.13-million sale at Coxwell and Cosburn, of all places

Food & Drink

Must-try Yours Truly’s deconstructed beef tartare

The Way We Eat Now The good and great among the new wave of Brit pubs

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants reviewed

Flavour of the Month House-made chocolate bars: the ultimate fancified junk food

Wine Gamay, the summer’s best red


Spotlight Jamie Travis’s breakout film about friendship and phone sex

The Argument Christian Marclay’s The Clock is an addictive cinematic mash-up

Current Obsession Iconic images from Ryerson’s Black Star collection

Scrapbook Maggie Smith’s Stratford days

Going Out

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


My son’s ADD was a nightmare—until I just said yes to drugs By Aviva Rubin