May 2013 Contents

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Editor's Letter A tale of two Fords


The Moment The new real estate normal

Q&A The jaw-dropping tales of Gadhafi gun-for-hire Gary Peters

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

Camera The month’s best parties

Cheat Sheet A bandwagon jumper’s guide to the Blue Jays

The Audit A penny-by-penny reckoning of Toronto’s spending habits

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian


Politics How the province stuck it to the teachers By Jan Wong


A Brief History of Rob Ford It’s been a crazy year for the Lindsay Lohan of politics, which makes it a good moment to take stock: the highs and lows, the friends and foes, the scandals and woes of the world’s most resilient mayor

The Sharia Mortgage Meltdown Omar Kalair was 29 years old with zero experience when he launched UM Financial, but he was convinced there was a fortune to be made in Islamic banking. Six years later, his multi-million-dollar company collapsed, a trail of gold bars led to Egypt, and his By Chantal Braganza

The Paper Warrior Michael Cooke, the Star’s tabloid-minded editor, is on a mission to rid the city of corruption and malfeasance. Every week brings a new target: the premier’s office, Marineland, the College of Physicians. In the process, he has brought the stodgy daily bac By Jason McBride


The Thing Bloom town

The List Ten things Mia Kirshner can’t live without

The Look: Spring Fashion Edition What you need to know to shop your summer-loving face off

Great Spaces A Yonge and Eg house designed to age gracefully

Real Estate The perfect place for long-distance lovers


Must-try Estrella Damm Inedit, a Spanish lager that pours like a precious vintage

The Critic Mexican is the food of the moment, and Toronto has the exclusive taquerias to prove it

The Binge List From the classic club to a po’ boy to die fo’—our picks for the city’s top 20 sandwiches

Prep School Scramble it, smear it, fry it: chef Anthony Rose’s amazing ways with smoked fish

Wine New Zealand’s best bottles


Spotlight Opera company Against the Grain updates Mozart for Queen West

The Argument Why The Book of Mormon will make a true believer out of you

Quote-Unquote Five things you should know about teen vamp Nina Dobrev

Current Obsession The weird and wonderful photos of the late Arnaud Maggs


Memoir How I put an end to my extended adolescence By Pedro Mendes