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The man rebuilding The Bridle Path

After 16 completed projects and a 40,000-square-foot home ready for delivery, he has just broken ground on his biggest and the country’s biggest project to date: A mansion that clocks in at a mammoth 50,000 square feet.
November 17, 2017

Dr. Jess on Sex: How writing your partner’s dating profile can be a rewarding experience

Each participant (and even the two Czech translators) struggled to contain their tears as they read the article and made a list of their partner’s best qualities. When they were done, they reported feeling more present, grateful, in love and intimate with their partners.
November 16, 2017

Parent-teacher messaging apps: Appealing or appalling?

Technology’s role in the classroom is becoming more prevalent with apps like Class Dojo, which parents, teachers and students can use to communicate privately, share progress updates and track behaviour.
November 13, 2017

Legalization could lift mental health stigma and allow the use of CBD oil

Ideas perpetuated through prohibition have given birth to the “stoner” image and also led to the widespread acceptance that THC, one of the psychoactive components in cannabis, will cause schizophrenia. This notion has kept dozens of researchers from exploring the anti-psychotic potential of cannabidiol (CBD), another cannabis compound that is non-psychoactive and shows promise in treatment of psychosis.
November 13, 2017

Colin & Justin cover everything from paint to playlists

Celebrity interior designers and TV personalities Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan of shows such as W Network’s Game of Homes and Cottage Life’s Cabin Pressure give us their top tips on how to spruce up your home as the seasons change. They cover everything from painting tips to where to shop and how to be the best holiday host.
November 09, 2017

Pilot project permits backyard hens in Midtown, but critics are calling fowl

On Oct. 2, Toronto City Council approved a pilot project, 23 votes to 14, that will allow residents in select wards to both own and raise backyard hens.
November 08, 2017

Monika Schnarre checks out luxe and perk-filled new club in Rosedale

I’m not much of a gym rat, but it’s time to find a regular gym. So I visited the Rosedale Club to give it a try.
November 07, 2017

Research is not enough to stop the crisis

The Canadian Cancer Society recently reported that half our population will develop cancer. This isn’t normal, but it shouldn’t surprise us. After all, we have synthesized hundreds of thousands of new molecules that have never existed on Earth. Most have never been tested for their biological effects and tens of thousands are now used in products and enter our waste stream.
November 07, 2017

Ian Hanomansing on the new news and CBC’s relaunching of The National

CBC is relaunching its iconic newscast The National on Nov. 6. We talk to one of four new hosts, Ian Hanomansing, who is back in Toronto to kick-start the show.
November 06, 2017

Taste Test: Mark McEwan picks Toronto’s best high-end hamburger

McEwan introduced the Bymark burger 15 years ago. It contains brie de meaux, shaved truffle and grilled porcini mushrooms.
November 06, 2017

Toronto musician Kevin Drew readies new play A&R Angels for theatrical premiere

Kevin Drew's play A&R Angels opens at Streetcar Crowsnest theatre on Nov. 20 in Toronto.
November 03, 2017

Acoustic as folk: Eight concerts this month showcase a range of strum styles

Whether you crave dark and moody blues or ethereal fingerpicking, Toronto’s got you covered. The city has sprouted countless acoustic heavy-hitters, from Yorkville scene talents such as Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell to the Barenaked Ladies (crammed into a MuchMusic video booth). In keeping with tradition, here are the best folk shows in town this month.
November 02, 2017

Parent to Parent: The building blocks of boundaries

When we think of saying no to kids, our minds most often turn to the terrible twos and how we, as parents, struggled to navigate those rock-strewn waters. I remember my then two-year-old, 29 years ago, ignoring me when I said it was time to leave the toy-strewn waiting room at our GP’s office.
November 02, 2017

Designated Survivor’s Jake Epstein gives us his five favourite books

Jake Epstein has strutted across many a stage both in Toronto and in New York City where he starred in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. But recently, people are getting to know him as a member of the cast of the hit TV show Designated Survivor starring another Toronto native, Keifer Sutherland.
November 02, 2017

The Japandroids in Toronto tonight for big Massey Hall concert

The Japandroids play Massey Hall in Toronto on Oct. 24 in support of their new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life.
October 24, 2017

I looked up to Gord above and said, Hey man, thanks

On Oct. 18, we all woke up to the news of the tragic passing of Gord Downie, acclaimed frontman of venerable Canadian band the Tragically Hip. The news made our prime minister cry on national TV, which just about says it all.
October 24, 2017

Chef Alexandra Feswick throws an artsy dinner party with a feminist agenda

The job is not only physically taxing, but can be emotionally demanding, too, especially when you end up in a kitchen run by a Gordon Ramsay–esque tyrant. Feswick weathered her share of sexist, macho bosses before helming the kitchen at the now-shuttered, then-raved about Brockton General. But even as a top chef, she felt a disrespect she attributes to her being a woman.
October 23, 2017

Too Close to Call: Toronto’s frightful faceoff

In one corner, Dracula from Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror, in the other, Canada’s Wonderland’s Little Dead Riding Hood. Who reigns supreme in this T.O. Halloween creep-out contest?
October 19, 2017

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Then there’s Ardo, the super-popular newish Sicilian restaurant in Corktown. It’s friendly and pleasant-looking, done in pale colours with warm lighting, Sicilian tchotchkes and a great buzz. Lots of people, lots of noise. And a few ringside bar seats overlooking the fast-moving and superbly fragrant open kitchen.
October 19, 2017

Work Out with Monika: Taking out your fall frustrations on a punching bag

Studies have shown that training for a boxing match can be one of the best forms of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. I’m here to find out.
October 19, 2017