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Dear Urban Diplomat: what should I do after accidentally sexting a co-worker? Dear Urban Diplomat: what should I do after accidentally sexting a co-worker?

Dear Urban Diplomat, Due to an iPhone autofill snafu, I accidentally sent a sexually explicit text message to a co-worker with the same first name as my intended recipient. I didn’t even realize what I had done for a couple of days, but she never replied. I’ve seen her since and she hasn’t said anything,… Read more »

The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art ... The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art collection

By Bert Archer | Photographs by Derek Shapton | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic Cheryl Atkinson and Don Schmitt were running out of wall space; they’d been collecting artwork for years, and their Trinity Bellwoods semi was starting to look more like a storeroom than a sanctuary. Both practising architects, they were also itching to design… Read more »

Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent

Toronto’s appetite for material delights has never been so voracious. Suddenly, we’re snacking on $35 tins of Spanish cockles, checking our pets into four-star resorts and hiring TSO superstars to serenade us in our sitting rooms. We’ve got a million ways to spend our time and cash—which is great, but also stressful for those of… Read more »

Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in T... Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in Toronto

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Illustrations by Lauren Tamaki MAGNETIC THERAPY Electromagnetic frequencies are pulsed through the body to treat pain, anxiety and even bad moods. The Science Says: It’s a legit treatment for depression, injury and post-operative pain and swelling. Who Does It: Suzanne Somers, NASA astronauts. Who To Call: Bob Berman,… Read more »

Q&A: new Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown on what he stands for (and what Sn... Q&A: new Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown on what he stands for (and what Snoop Dogg thinks of him)

By Malcolm Johnston You emerged from relative obscurity to win the Ontario PC leadership in a landslide. Get us up to speed: who are you and where did you come from? I’ve been a Conservative party soldier at various levels for the last 22 years. I got my law degree in Windsor, spent two terms… Read more »

Block Party: Corktown has sprouted street life, and a bona fide dining scene, th... Block Party: Corktown has sprouted street life, and a bona fide dining scene, thanks to the Pan Am Games

By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie You can tell a lot about a neighbourhood from its pastry. My obsession of the moment is the mille crêpe cake at Roselle Desserts, on King just east of Parliament. Stephanie Duong, Roselle’s pastry chef, achieves near perfection in her rendition of the French classic. She layers… Read more »

Bespoke Bottles: intriguing and less expensive Niagara wines that can only be fo... Bespoke Bottles: intriguing and less expensive Niagara wines that can only be found in Toronto restaurants

Here’s a secret: many of Niagara’s top producers have a range of what they call licensee wines, which are made specifically to sell to restaurants and not through the LCBO. They’re priced below their retail offerings, so the restaurants can add a markup and still pass savings on to diners. And while they may lack… Read more »

Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: the inside story of a golden child, the killers sh... Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: the inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead

By Karen K. Ho Read this article in simplified Chinese 点击这里阅读整篇中文文章 Bich Ha and Huei Hann Pan were classic examples of the Canadian immigrant success story. Hann was raised and educated in Vietnam and moved to Canada as a political refugee in 1979. Bich (pronounced “Bick”) came separately, also a refugee. They married in Toronto… Read more »

Memoir: I was addicted to starving myself Memoir: I was addicted to starving myself

By Jacob Roth | Illustration by Anastasiya Milova I grew up in an upper-middle-class Toronto neighbourhood, with a loving family and supportive friends. Despite my privileges, I was always stunted by negative self-esteem. I thought I was too awkward, too cerebral, too different from everyone else. I never believed that my friends genuinely cared about… Read more »

Three food-free cleanses you may or may not be ready for Three food-free cleanses you may or may not be ready for

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Thomas van der Zaag In the neverending quest for wellness, guzzling murky green concoctions—and nothing else—for days on end is standard practice. Luckily, the city is bursting with juice shops that’ll cater to your cleansing needs, whether it’s a quick detox or full-body reset. For first-timers,… Read more »

A guide to the city slickers of Prince Edward County A guide to the city slickers of Prince Edward County

Everyone wants a piece of Prince Edward County, and Torontonians have been colonizing by the boatload. Here, a handful of high-profile homesteaders who’ve embraced county life—to varying degrees By Kelly Reid THE COWBOY Andy Stronach, son of Magna tycoon Frank County cred: Medium Andy (Belinda’s younger brother) owns three lots along the southern end of… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: should I have to pay for my neighbour’s tree maintenance? Dear Urban Diplomat: should I have to pay for my neighbour’s tree maintenance?

Dear Urban Diplomat, There’s a huge maple tree in the backyard next to mine. Its branches spread over my yard, where they get tangled in my clothesline and block all the sun from my herb garden. When I kindly asked the owner to trim the offending branches, he said fine, hired a pro to do… Read more »

Cringe Benefits: Nathan Fielder’s brand of gonzo comedy is surreal, squirm-ind... Cringe Benefits: Nathan Fielder’s brand of gonzo comedy is surreal, squirm-inducing and surprisingly human

By Rebecca Philps Nathan Fielder will do anything for a laugh. On his Comedy Central show, Nathan for You, whose third season debuts later this year, he travels around Los Angeles offering advice to struggling small businesses and presenting outlandish marketing schemes to entrepreneurs willing to try them out on camera. He suggests that a… Read more »

Swallow Your Bliss: five fortifying teas, soups and sippable supplements Swallow Your Bliss: five fortifying teas, soups and sippable supplements

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Thomas van der Zaag In a city suddenly obsessed with wellness, age-old pick-me-ups are making a stylish comeback. Ancient remedies in pretty new packaging—bone broth from The Healthy Butcher or Pekoe’s home-brewed kombucha, for instance—are being hailed for their innate healing properties, while vitamin-enriched elixirs are… Read more »

Toronto’s biggest video stars: a who’s who of the new Internet fame factory Toronto’s biggest video stars: a who’s who of the new Internet fame factory

By Emily Landau Eight years ago, an unsullied Justin Bieber posted his first YouTube video, kick-starting a global pandemic (Bieber Fever) and the digital dreams of ambitious unknown talents around the world. These days, YouTube, Vine and Snapchat produce hundreds of self-made stars, their crowdsourced, fanatical fame unfiltered by record companies or movie studios. Here,… Read more »