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Real Estate


Cottage of the Week: $3.5 million for a country estate sitting on Lake Simcoe

ADDRESS: 1 Barrie Terrace

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe

AGENT: Natalie Kopman, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage and Stephanie Adams, Hassey Realty Corp., Brokerage

PRICE: $3,499,000

THE PLACE: A hop, skip and jump from Barrie along Highway 93, this lakeside home is more country manor than rustic getaway, with a gourmet kitchen, plush dining room and spa-like facilities in the bathroom.

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The Dish



Chris Nuttall-Smith on the craft-brewing movement that’s taking over Toronto

Bar Volo is the spiritual home to many of Ontario’s best beer makers (Image: Igor Yu)

In a dingy former office at the back of Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, nine waist-high, 50-litre fermenters gently burble with what might be some of the most interesting beers ever brewed in Ontario, spitting out carbon dioxide and foam through clear plastic tubes as the yeast in the liquid does its work. There’s a ginger-goosed Belgian saison in the canister marked Ginga Ninja, while the sweet, fragrant, whitish brew in the one called Bag ’O Mango is feeding on a couple of kilograms of chopped fresh fruit. Mike Lackey, Great Lakes’ ball-capped and goateed experimental brewer, has also got a couple of wheat beers going (one of which is marked Miami Weiss), plus four hop-addled, bitter-edged, high-alcohol India Pale Ales (including RoboHop, My Bitter Wife and The Etobichoker) and a cloudy, oaky, slightly cheesy and intensely sour beer—one of the first of its kind in Canada—that’s made with lactobacillus yogurt bacteria and a finicky wild yeast called brettanomyces. (That one is named Heavy Bretting.)

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Random Stuff


Eight new electric car charging stations open around the G.T.A., as Ontario slowly, slowly moves towards a gas-free future

Jason Wolf, VP North America at Better Place, and Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade

As oil goes back over $100 per barrel and GTA commuters face higher gas prices, electric cars—a.k.a. “EVs” for “electric vehicles”—are slowly gaining popularity in the city. To capitalize on this, the international organization Better Place—not a.k.a. “BP”—is launching a pilot project that will build eight EV charging stations across the GTA and Barrie. The stations will be situated where Better Place’s partners are located, such as PowerStream sites in Barrie, Markham and Vaughan; Veridian sites in Ajax and Bowmanville; and the Evergreen Brick Works.

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