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Team Trudeau: the Toronto rainmakers orchestrating Justin’s rise

A guide to the Torontonians who have helped turn the younger Trudeau into a genuine prime ministerial contender

Team Trudeau: the Toronto rainmakers orchestrating Justin’s rise Gerard Butts
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Gerald Butts, 43

He and Trudeau met at McGill and have been pals for more than 20 years. In the last two, Butts turned the federal Liberal party’s fortunes around in his role as the leader’s main strategist and policy maker. Right now the Liberals are the team to beat in the polls; if they remain there it will be largely thanks to Butts.

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The Jihadists of Suburbia

Raed Jaser, a school bus driver with a long record of petty crime, and Chiheb Esseghaier, a doctoral student in nanotechnology, met at a Markham mosque, bonded over a shared contempt for the West and allegedly plotted to derail a Via train. The entire time, they were being watched

The Jihadists of Suburbia

The Jam’e Masjid on Middlefield Road, where Jaser and Esseghaier met.

Raed Jaser
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aed Jaser was 15 years old when he and his family arrived in Toronto in 1993. During the Gulf War, his Palestinian parents, Mohammed and Sabah, had been forced to leave the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed worked as an ad sales rep at a newspaper and had refused to give in to Emirati government agents’ demands that he spy on other Palestinians. To avoid persecution, the Jasers headed to Czechoslovakia, then to Germany and finally to Canada. With them were Raed’s younger brothers, 11-year-old Nabil and 10-year-old Shadi. And Sabah Jaser was some five months’ pregnant with another boy. The immigration officer who interviewed the family noted in their file that their refugee case should be sorted out as soon as possible, before the baby was born.

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Dear Urban Diplomat: what’s an e-cigarette hater to do?

Dear Urban Diplomat: what's an e-cigarette hater to do?

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
I’ve been to three west-end establishments recently—Bambi’s, This End Up and Porzia—where patrons were gaily vaping e-cigs, repercussion-free. I get that it’s not quite smoking a cigarette, but I still don’t enjoy having nicotine vapour blown in my face. Am I lame to complain? Is vaping an officially sanctioned act these days?

—Head in the Clouds, Little Portugal

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be torture—not if you know where to go and what to get. We asked retail tastemakers across the city for suggestions. Here, 80 inspired gift ideas

Toronto Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Under $50
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: $50 to $150
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Over $150
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: See All 75 Gifts

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Explorers

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 14 inspired suggestions for the travelers, adventurers and urban explorers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Explorers

White Faux Bison Head, $225, Elte

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts Under $50

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 27 gifts that won’t break the bank

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $50 and Under

Krochet Kids Hoot Tuque, $45, Holt Renfrew, H Project

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $50–$150

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 25 gifts priced between $50 and $150

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Under

Hooded Pack-Away Puffer, $69, Joe Fresh

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DIY Gifts

DIY classes and workshops to help you channel your inner elf

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Japanese Tie-Dye
Japanese Tie-Dye

The Shop offers drop-in classes in the art of shibori. DIYers pleat, bind and knot white fabric before dipping it in dye for twisty prints. Dec. 23. $45. 1139 College St., 416-949-1184.

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Style Setters

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 24 inspired suggestions for the style-conscious friends on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Groomers

Peppercotton Confetti Bracelet, $248, Ewanika

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 28 gifts worth splurging on

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

Accordion Briefcase, $595, Philip Sparks

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: See All Gifts

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 80 inspired suggestions

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: See All Gifts

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Kids

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 12 inspired suggestions for the little ones on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Kids

Haptic Lab Ship Kite, $50, Kol Kid

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Cooks

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 13 inspired suggestions for the dinner-party-throwers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Cooks

Dumpling Cube, $25, ShopAGO

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Homebodies

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 16 inspired suggestions for the home decorators (and couch snugglers) on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Homebodies

Moroccan Pillow, $85, GoodFolk

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts That Keep On Giving

Subscription gifts that will keep friends and family unwrapping all year

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Purchase, Give, Repeat
For Condo Dwellers

Foodie Pages Chef’s Box
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What you get: Five or more local, sustainably produced pantry staples, like cold-pressed sunflower oil and Stasis preserves, selected by big-name chefs like Mark McEwan, Anthony Walsh and Lora Kirk.
Price: $55 per package

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