IN BRIONY'S KITCHEN

Briony Smith, an online writer and editor who does not cook – ever – undertakes a 24-hour family chili, developed by her grandfather in a Thai POW camp. While she stirs, she explains what it’s like to be a flashpoint for internet trolls and all that eats them

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NUKE KIDS ON THE BLOCK

A facility that produces half the country’s nuclear fuel pellets sits beside a busy rail line in densely populated Wallace Emerson. It’s applying to have its licence renewed for another 10 years – so far, without any pushback

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COUNCIL IS MAKING PROMISES THE BUDGET CAN'T KEEP

If there’s a gravy train somewhere in this town, it derailed a long time ago. Anyone, at any level of government, who promises both low taxes and no cuts to services is a charlatan. Unfortunately, one of the leading proponents of that muddy math is a former city councillor who is now the premier.

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WEST END PHOENIX AT THE HOUSE OF STROMBO

SOLD OUT!! Thursday, February 28th, 7-10 pm. Featuring master electric violinist Hugh Marsh (Bruce Cockburn/Rheostatics), guitarist Christine Bougie, Mike Eckert, and guests, plus Claudia Dey and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

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NOISY NIGHTS

Noise complaints go up year after year – in number, not necessarily in decibels – and no one on any side of the debate seems happy with official responses.

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SWEAT LODGE

Ryan McMahon recalls the man – and the music – that saved his life at the corner of Queen and Bathurst.

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DEIDRE AND THE DOG

When I flew back to Toronto after the holidays in Vancouver, I brought my family’s rescue pup with me. These past few weeks, spent in the centre of the Marc Emery firestorm, it mattered a lot to not be alone.

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web exclusiveDeidre Olsen
IN LYNETTE'S KITCHEN

When Lynette Gillis’s big sister Darlene died suddenly in an accident, she wrote an album to carry herself through the darkness.

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paperIvy Knight
THE SHAPE I'M IN

Roddy Doyle remembers the musicians who showed him what kind of man he wanted to be.

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paperRoddy Doyle
THE FUTURE OF TORONTO

What if we shook up the city as we know it – its housing plan, its waterfront, its public spaces, even its budget – and rebuilt it as the healthiest, most loving, most innovative enclave in the world?

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paperVarious Authors
THE FUTURE OF HOCKEY

Watching the rifle shot of Emma Venusio - Number 21 on the GTHL’s Peewee AA Eagles - during a game at Lambton Arena, you don’t think, “She’s good for a 12-year-old.” You think, “This kid is the future of hockey.”

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paperVictoria Matiash
BEFORE THE FLOOD

“Whenever they hear a storm is coming they get this feeling in their stomach of pure worry,” says Chiara Padovani, who lives in Rockcliffe-Smythe, a delicate flood plain on the banks of Black Creek.

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paperAndrew Reeves