July 2013 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 Splendour in the grass


The Moment The crack heard around the world

Q&A The shark-wrangling marine expert at the new Ripley's Aquarium

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

Camera The month's best parties

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

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian


Society Vicious turf wars are playing out at dog parks all over Toronto, and they’re costing taxpayers a fortune By Jan Wong


Love and War in the House of McCain Christine and Michael McCain seemed like a perfect couple, with an uptown mansion, five well-adjusted kids and a circle of powerful friends - until Christine announced she wanted out By Kelly Pullen

Back in the Game Blue Jays superhero Jose Bautista silenced his critics and became baseball's most powerful hitter. Now, after potentially career-ending surgery, he must prove himself all over again By Trevor Cole

Trumped The Trump tower is a monument to excess and, like its tycoon namesake, surrounded by controversy: 38 disgruntled investors are suing the hotel. Lessons from a post-crash real estate market By Leah McLaren


The Look A primer on the new sartorial sailor

The List Ten things Indy hotshot James Hinchcliffe can't live without

Travel Torontonians and their adventures abroad

Real Estate One woman’s hunt becomes a family quest


The New Canadian Cuisine A survey of Toronto’s gloriously patriotic, highly inventive, bacon-and-maple-mad dining scene, featuring the farmers, fisherman and foragers who supply the top chefs; a donair smackdown; the wildest multicultural mash-ups; the best Ontario wines; and one


Spotlight Shay Mitchell of teen thriller Pretty Little Liars

Current Obsession The must-attend music festivals of summer

Quote-Unquote Five things you didn't know about writer and artist Douglas Coupland

See, Hear, Read The month's hottest releases


Restaurants, Theatre & Dance, Music, Art, Family, Etc. Our recommendations for making the most of the month


Punch-Drunk Love My husband was sober for nearly three years. When he crashed, so did our marriage By Lauren McKeon