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ON THE COVER 26 A Visionary Great: The world bids farewell to Steve Jobs FEATURES 56 Taking the Bully by the Horns: Communication is key to aggressive behaviour 72 Shades of Homelessness: A light in the dark at The Good Neighbours’ Club CELEBRITY CHEFS 40 Spice things up with Sheryl Crow: Her latest duet has nothing to do with singing 64 All in the Family with David Rocco: The best time of his life FOOD AND DRINK 34 Fine Time to Dine: Put down the oven mitts – you’re going out tonight! 75 A Bite to Eat: Authentic foods that melt in your mouth FINANCE 76 A Wise Investment with David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber Returns HOME DECOR 42 Mi Casa, Tu Casa: Accessorize your indoors with cosy accents


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GENERAL INTEREST 18 Canstruction: You can end hunger 60 Kids in the City: Watch your little one smile 71 City Bride and Groom: Take the stress out of your big day FASHION & BEAUTY 24 Fourth Quarter Fashion: Fall into something season-appropriate 70 A Brush with Beauty: Tips from a pro and the season’s latest fragrances 80 Keep Your Cool: Be a trailblazer of style AUTOMOTIVE 68 Chrysler 200: The Sebring gets a makeover IN EVERY ISSUE 10 Publisher’s Note 12 People & Places 20 Editor’s Note 82 Horoscope: What’s waiting for you this fall

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es, you may have heard such words before, but this was Steve Jobs’ message to a group of graduates during his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. These are strong words, and my guess is that the news of Steve Jobs’ death held an even deeper connection and sadness to those graduates on Oct. 5, 2011. Regardless, if you love Apple or not, I think a lot of people have felt the impacts of his existence. Fernando and I both remember the excitement when we first purchased a Macintosh at the start of our publishing business. Like many other publishers, we know first-hand the evolution a Mac has brought to desktop publishing. Given how instrumental Jobs has been to our business success 15 years since we first launched, a cover tribute was in order. Those of you who share our passion for his products understand the meaning of tasting a bite of that apple. It’s easy to grasp people’s affection for this brand when you walk to any Apple store. Jobs wanted these retail stores to be a place where one could go and ask questions about their Apple products, without ever feeling that computer knowledge was a forbidden fruit reserved only to computer geeks. So at first, people will associate Jobs’ name with the gadgets he has brought into our life. But if they take a closer look, they will agree that his legacy should include his innate ability to always look at life from a positive stand. Jobs was no stranger to life’s curve balls: he had to drop out of college because he had no money, he was fired from the company he had founded, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. People will remember Jobs with the same fondness of other inspirational characters, such as John Lennon, Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison – men who have left an enormous imprint on our lifetime and history. Personally, I will always remember his quote of “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Maybe this was the secret to his great life. All I know is that too often, people settle and don’t see the bigger picture, or how to connect the dots.

We hope you enjoy the Oct/Nov issue of City Life Magazine, and all the stories that make it so great.

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1a) Committee members of the Circle of Friends stand together in support of Hospice Vaughan. 1b) Eni Goga releases a butterfly in memory of her grandmother. Eni participates in Circle of Friends, singing beautiful songs of inspiration and reflection on all our loved ones who are no longer with us. 2) From left to right: Reza Moridi, MPP, Richmond Hill; Phil Dawson, deputy fire chief, Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services; Randy Pyle, chief of fire prevention, Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services; Ryan Henbrey, marketing coordinator, Suzuki Canada; Shanyn Godward, public educator, Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services.



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1. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS On Aug. 13, 2011, hundreds of Monarch butterflies could be seen flying away on a beautiful day. The Circle of Friends and several hundred guests joined a presentation of song and poetry, and finally a spectacular release of butterflies that each represented a lost loved one. This event raised $10,000 for Hospice Vaughan. Each person attending will tell you that the gift of peace and connection that day were the best gifts of all. 2. SUZUKI CANADA This is the sixth year that Suzuki Canada has partnered with Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services to provide a vehicle for fire inspectors and public educators to travel to schools and various locations in the community to promote fire safety. This partnership is important because with Suzuki’s generous donation, Fire Prevention staff can share critical information about fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, 72-hour emergency kits, fire escape plans, and much more, to help save lives. 3. GRANDE CHEESE GRAND OPENING Cheese lovers united for a day of food and fun at the Grande Cheese grand opening in Maple on Sept. 24, 2011. A delicious sausage barbeque heated things up, as deli appetizers, rice balls and pizza made their way through the hungry crowd. Along with free bocconcini, Grande Cheese gifted its first 1,000 customers with Liguori pasta. 905.417.8001 551 Cityview Blvd., Maple, Ont.

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4. NOAH MATTERS On Aug. 28th, 2011, the Noah Matters Fundraiser and picnic charmed the Doctor McClean District Park. Members of the Vaughan community joined together for an amazing day of great food, prizes, piñata for the kids and great bargains for a successful event. All money raised went towards renovating the home of Noah, who was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening disease at age six. To send a letter to Noah or make a donation, go to or 5. LADIES ON THE LINKS Chair Terry McIntyre, his talented team and Mother Nature, hit a hole-in-one this year, at beautiful Brampton Golf Club for the Brampton Board of Trade’s 5th annual Ladies on the Links extravaganza. Good times were had with prizes galore, live and silent auctions, great food and networking. Investors Group, the title sponsors, provided fun picture mementos with the Brampton Firefighters, and Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell proved why she’s the “bees knees” on putting green.

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6. ITALIAN CAR DAY PRESENTED BY ENGINEERED AUTOMOTIVE The first annual Italian Car Day was a prime example of Italian style. Owners, lovers and enthusiasts of Italian marquee vehicles made the journey out to Boyd Conservation Area in Woodbridge, Ont. for a celebration of Italian classics, new and old, on Aug. 27, 2011. The total amount raised was $20,000, with all proceeds from car registrations, raffle tickets, T-shirts and posters benefitting the Safehaven Project for Community Living. 7









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7. ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua’s Annual Charity Golf Classic was held on August 15 at the Copper Creek Golf Club. Hundreds of golfers participated in the inaugural event that, together with the 2011 Mayor’s Gala, raised over $650,000 for community and not-for-profit organizations. Mayor Bevilacqua was thrilled by the support of the community and local businesses. He praised organizing committee chair Brian Bentz, president and CEO of PowerStream Inc., along with volunteers and city staff for the tremendous success of the event.

6a, b) Some of the luxury Italian marquees at Italian Car Day Presented by Engineered Automotive. 7a) The City of Vaughan’s events team organized an exciting golf tournament that kept guest and golfers entertained all day. 7b) Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua with members of council gearing up to hit the green for a great cause. 7c) Closest-to-the-pin winners participated in a hole-in-one shoot-out with a chance to win a million dollars. 8a) The organizing committee with SickKids ambassador Madison 8b) Presenting sponsor, Mackie Harley Davidson. 9a) Organizing committee members Joseph Manzoli, Paul Mior, Silvano Zamparo and John Angelucci. 9b) Rally for Vita riders leave the midway point at Hockley Valley Resort.





8. 3RD ANNUAL RIDE FOR SICKKIDS On Aug. 21, 2011, Mackie Harley Davidson in Oshawa presented the 3rd Annual Ride for SickKids. With over 400 registrants attending the scenic motorcycle ride throughout Durham Region, funds raised to-date surpassed the $125,000 mark, all going towards the new Research and Learning Tower at SickKids. Committee members Nella Figliano Greco, Joseph Manzoli, Mark McConkey, Brynn Gordon and Patricia Ianniciello would like to thank all those who helped make this a special event. 9. RALLY FOR VITA The weather was beautiful on Sept. 25, 2011, when GTA riders arrived early to register for the first-ever Rally for Vita event at Kahuna Powersports. The event attracted motorcycle enthusiasts who were seeking adventure, but also purpose: to raise money for the purchase of the MV-1, the world’s first mobility vehicle for the transportation of individuals living with disabilities. The ride concluded at the Mercedes-Benz Barrie dealership, where several prizes – including a brand new Kawasaki motorcycle – were raffled off.

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10. RALLY FOR KIDS WITH CANCER Arguably one of Toronto’s most action-packed fundraisers hit the city streets this September, raising more than $3 million for the SickKids Foundation. The fourth annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup’s honorary co-chairs were rocker Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed. “Let’s not lose sight of the fact that although this is all glitz and glamour that it really is about kids who are suffering badly, immensely with cancer, and we should all do our parts,” says Simmons. Visit for interviews



11. GEMINI AWARDS The 26th Annual Gemini Awards Gift Lounge had a little something for everyone. Held at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Sept. 6 and 7, Deborah Cox, Tom Green, Jason Priestley and others stepped out to enjoy an energetic atmosphere pulsing with participating brands that included Mac Cosmetics, DavidsTea, Shaklee, PlaSmart, Second Denim Co., Lucky7, Karen McClintock Jewellery, Sweet Leaf Bath Co. and Andrew Richard Designs. 10

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10a) Joel Hock, founder of the Rally for Kids with Cancer Foundation and president of Solutions with Impact with wife, Lisa Hock. 10b) Robert Herjavec, Dragons’ Den, and Sofia Milos, actress. 10c) Actors Anne Heche and James Tupper. 10d) Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida. 10e) The newly married Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. 10f) Fernando Zerillo of Dolce Publishing Inc. with Michael (Pinball) Clemons, guests Sergio Gervasi and Lucio Giacomino. 10g) Celebrity chef David Rocco. 11a) Jason Priestley with Sweet Leaf Bath Co. representative. 11b) Tom Green plays with Plasmart Perplexus. 12) Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, members of council and the Knights of Columbus join the Alternatives Team in official ribbon-cutting ceremony.





12. CREATING ALTERNATIVES On Aug. 25, 2011, Alternatives Integrating People with Cognitive Challenges held a grand opening for its new office and day program space. Alternatives is a registered charitable organization that provides day support for adults with a developmental disability. Participants of the program are provided with meaningful opportunities to integrate into their community through various vocational and volunteer experiences. With the growing popularity of the program, the move into this spacious and bright location will allow for continued growth of the overall program. 13. ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer took place on Oct.1, 2011 at Ontario Place, with 200 teams raising $2.4 million for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society. Don Cherry, NHL star Jeremy Roenick, Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies, and many others, also took part in the record-breaking event. It was an incredible day and one that will be repeated annually in cities across Canada with a vision to conquering cancer in our lifetime.



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13a) Teams played five games throughout the day, which ran from dawn to dusk on October 1. 13b) Players were encouraged to write who they were playing for on the back of their jerseys. 13c) Players of all genders, races, creeds, ages and abilities took part in the wildly successful event.


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Canstruction is proof that the fight against hunger can be won if you’re willing to think outside the box. The non-profit organization hosts annual competitions across North America, where people design and build innovative life-size structures using canned food as a creative conduit to end hunger. Some of last year’s inventive can creations include a skyrocket titled One Giant Meal for Mankind by H.H. Angus and Associates, and a bicycle with a stop sign in the background titled Stop the Cycle of Hunger by Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. In total, over 2 million pounds of food was raised last year, enough to provide 1.5 million meals to the hungry. Since its inception in 1992, the charity has donated 15 million pounds of hope to community food banks. Canstruction 2011 will be coming to Toronto’s Dominion Centre on Nov. 8th, 2011.

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editor’s job, like many positions, is a challenging task, one that comes with the requirement of knowing what a reader wants to read before they even begin to flip our pages. When I got the call the day before press that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed, I knew it was something that would strike a cord with City Life readers – so what about a looming deadline? Apart from the startling changes he brought upon the world, Jobs was a man who thought of things we never knew we needed, and went about his day-to-day wondering and thinking: how can I make today different than yesterday? This is a question we all subconsciously ask ourselves, even though our first approaches to co-workers or family members may be how’s your day? or how’s the weather treating you? What we can learn from the seasons, though, is how quickly life can change, how fast a summer’s day can turn into a brisk week. And one more thing: while no one can control the course of nature, we can all act on an idea, and like Jobs, our ideas can span generations.

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Robert Amado delivers the latest cuts and colours for you to look and feel your best.


was nearly three years ago when hair stylist-entrepreneur Robert Amado first opened Amado Salon, and he’s never looked back since. Through a customer-first philosophy and the skilled hands of innovative stylists, Amado Salon has blossomed into one of Kleinburg’s mane attractions.

I specialize in hair and eyelash extensions, which our clients love because they look great and are low-maintenance, especially in the morning. – Antonella, senior stylist

“If it is one thing that we have learned in the last three years it is that if you take care of the people, the business takes care of itself,” says Robert Amado, owner and creative director of Amado Salon. “There are so many factors in running a business, but at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter most.”

Colour is one of my specialties; clients love coming to me for the newest trends and to get a little splash of colour. It’s all about making them look and feel great from the moment they walk in. – Maria, stylist

Like the agile scissors of a polished stylist, Amado’s empathy towards his clients’ needs has shaped this cutting-edge salon into a sanctuary of style and relaxation. Yes, it’s a place for securing the latest cuts, styles and colours, but it’s also a space to kick back and relax. “Every client wants to be taken care of from start-to-finish, and at Amado Salon, the staff can facilitate this with tremendous ease,” says Amado. “It’s also a place where we as professionals get to build a relationship with our clients to understand their needs and wants and to make them look and feel their best,” he adds.

To keep clients looking good, Amado offers an array of different services, such as eyelash/hair extensions to hair shaping, colouring, makeup and signature blow-drys. While clients look to Amado for professional beauty advice, the salon is inspired by its clients to make their experience that much better. “Our customers love coming to visit us because we always have something new happening.” Thanks to support from the local community, Amado Salon just won a Best of Vaughan award at Vaughan Today’s first annual Best of Vaughan ceremony, and with so much to offer, it’s easy to see why. “At Amado, we want to convey a relaxing experience in an upbeat environment with an organic twist. We want to make the ordinary extraordinary.” 905.893.3686 For promotions visit City Life Magazine Oct/Nov 2011



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COUNTRY STRONG This V-neck cotton dress is proof that you don’t have to compromise style for comfort. Jackpot’s Giany dress wins big with a floral print piece that’s a jean jacket away from out West.




Nothing to wear? Add Anthropologie’s Oval Stack Necklace to your little black dress and you’re ready to head out the door. The muted simplicity of this chunky piece presents the perfect solution to any wardrobe dilemma.


Known for creating outsidethe-box pumps, renowned footwear designer Brian Atwood opens up this fall with studded peep-toe pumps. Don these delicious heels in Fuxia Suede or Cappuccino Nude Suede.

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They may not have told you this in karate class, but black belts aren’t always best. To complete a trafficstopping look, pair Diane von Furstenberg’s Rebecca Lamb Leather Belt with a minimalist skirt or dress.


TGIF. Take this dress from the office to happy hour without a fret. Cutting just below the knee, this striped number with bow falls right between the lines of work and play.

PRINCESS AND THE PEA COAT You don’t have to wear a tailored military jacket to feel like royalty. This charcoal pea coat is fit for the modern day princess who would rather feel like a fashionable free spirit than look prim and proper.


There’s something about slipping on your favourite fall coat that makes you want to spend more time admiring the leaves. Before opting for another classic camel or black jacket, consider this mustard Ascot Swing coat from Anthropologie.


You’ll have a much easier time persuading people to sign on the dotted line in this outfit. Sharp, classic and clean, Zara’s Polka Dot Printed Blouse is a staple fall piece that won’t let you down.


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VISIONARY GREAT How the co-founder of Apple brought on a computing renaissance that changed the world forever. Written By Michael Hill


hen Albert Einstein formulated E = mc2, he changed how we looked at the universe. When John Lennon told us to Imagine, he changed how we heard music. And when Steve Jobs gave us a new device, he changed how we interacted with technology. When the Internet exploded with dialogue discussing the passing of the 56-year-old Apple co-founder on October 5, it can be said with all conďŹ dence that millions

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of people did it using the products he created. This is his legacy; this is the most important innovator in the last 35 years. No one, especially in the world of technology, has influenced more lives than Jobs. Rival developer Bill Gates spoke of the pleasure of knowing him, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg thanked him for showing “what you build can change the world,” celebrities wished him a heartfelt farewell, U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged his greatness, and millions of people around the globe Tweeted, Facebooked, and paid tribute to the memory of Steven P. Jobs. Who else could match such a feat? “Steve Jobs, one of the most widely respected and recognized technology pioneers of our age, is largely responsible for putting a personal computer in our home and more recently, in our pocket,” says Canadian technology expert Marc Saltzman. “He changed how technology products should look, how we interact with them and what we could do with them as tools to enhance and enrich our lives.”


He helped bring the Apple II – the first complete, ready-to-use, right-out-of-the-box personal computer – to the public in 1977. He also co-founded Pixar Animation Studio in 1986, and introduced the world to the first entirely computer-generated feature film, Toy Story, in 1995. When he returned to Apple in 1997 to salvage the sinking company, he didn’t listen to the likes of Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer, when he suggested shutting the company down. Instead, Jobs brought a renaissance to computing. It was a remarkable time. There was a stark revolution in the tech world, something never seen before: technology was sexy. It wasn’t just about speed and productivity – computers were forming to the individual’s personality and lifestyle. With the release of products like the colour-varied iMac (1998) and the portable iPod (2001), technology was fashionable. Celebrities were being asked, “What’s on you iPod?” Desktop computers were stylistically clean and sleek, and those iconic earbuds were instant style statements. These were devices you could proudly show off without shame or embarrassment. Without question, geek was in. Technology was now something that could match your wardrobe, and computers were far more approachable than those hulking towers ominously looming over desks. And all the while there was Steve Jobs, smiling in his standard black turtleneck and blue jeans, unveiling each new piece of tech, and always adding, “But there’s just one more thing.”

functionality and design; technology and personal expression – were what resonated with people. “There’s certain products in our life that when you see them you really appreciate the fact that they speak to you,” says John Pliniussen, associate professor and specialist of e-marketing, sales and innovation at Queen’s University. Jobs wasn’t an engineer or a programmer; he was an architect forming tools that shaped our world – ones appreciated for their beauty as much as their abilities.

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When the iPad was revealed in 2010 – heralded a ‘post-PC’ device – it was just one more innovation that would carry other developers on its coattails. Competing tablet devices can play all the music, movies and games they want, but it’s the simplicity and emotional connection that Apple’s products create that always drew the attention of the world. It’s no secret: no one wants a tablet – they want an iPad.

THERE WERE SMARTPHONES BEFORE, BUT NONE HAD THE SOUL OF THE IPHONE. on speed and performance like some horse-power-pumping sports car, Apple instead focused on what mattered: connectivity. Apple devices talked to each other. They could interface together in ways that no other tech developer could match. Your iPod easily connects to your Mac, and iTunes automatically organizes your music. Simple. Clean. Accessible. “I think, mostly, they [the public] love how user-friendly the

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products are and how they interface with each other so seamlessly,” adds Pliniussen.

But it wasn’t just connectivity between devices – it was the way these products connected people. When he took the stage on Jan. 9, 2007, and unveiled the iPhone, Jobs was bringing another revolution to the world. Sure, there were smartphones before, but none had the soul of the iPhone. Users now held the power of a portable computer in the palm of their hand, but the real strength was in how it changed our interactions with others. It became the benchmark imitated by a throng of hangers-on all trying to capture its magic through touch screens and apps.

I asked a close friend who is quite the Apple aficionado why Jobs had resonated so profoundly with him. He explains that Jobs was a “storyteller.” People didn’t just connect with his products, but with him. His soon to be released authorized biography has already topped Amazon’s bestseller list – a testament to this ability. He was personable. He was innovative. And he was genuine. While we can read stories about his brutal honesty or his arrogant demeanour (he certainly wasn’t afraid to call out competitors onstage), he really felt that technology could revolutionize our lives – that our organization and interaction could be shaped by our beloved devices. He lived every day as if it was his last and never feared failure. He was always reaching and never listened to the naysayers. And he always encouraged, as he said in his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, to “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Of the end he said,“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new ... Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” As I sit in front of my iMac and listen to my iPod Touch, Jobs’ influence is undeniable. Macs are a staple in design studios, iPads are being used more and more in classrooms, and Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the world. Jobs has brought us this far, but who will be next to take up the flame? Either way, when history books are cracked 20 years from now, Jobs will be the man remembered, unquestionably, for shifting the world’s technological paradigm. Who knows, they’ll probably even have an app for that.

Celebrate the holidays in good taste Under the soft glow of flickering candlelight, an intricately fashioned dish is placed before you, made with the steady hand of Vinsanto’s masterful culinary experts. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Vinsanto continues its tradition of serving only the most delectable fare with the most wonderful wines, all complemented by the warm and attractive atmosphere of an extraordinary establishment.

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Left: American football legend Vince Papale broker P l with ith local l l mortgage t b k Vince Vi Tarantino. T ti Top: Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg, is based on the true story of Vince Papale – who beat the odds when he entered the NFL at age 30.


How a movie based on the inspiring true story of former NFLer Vince Papale changed a Vaughan man’s life. ince Tarantino can still recall the rough texture of what felt like rock bottom. It was 2005 and the frustration of being consumed with a roaring hunger for success, yet not a morsel of opportunity in sight, was painful. While he had triumphantly climbed the ranks in the banking sector from teller to mortgage sales representative in three short years, he was still financially fazed. The daily defeats of door-knocking spurred sleepless nights and fears of not being able to feed his two young kids on a commission-based salary. “I just ran out of steam. I borrowed the last dollar I could on the credit card, borrowed the last dollar I could on the line of credit, couldn’t refinance my house anymore; I was down to the last drop,” he says of a situation that many Canadians face. Weekends were the worst for Tarantino. While he would savour staying inside the house with his wife, Anna, and kids Nicholas and Cristina, the possibility of having to sell their family home was becoming an alarming reality. “For two days, I didn’t have to acknowledge another week of failure, I was numb.” – Vince Papale, former NFLer

is a highly successful mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centre. “Who would have thought I’d be where I am now five years ago?” says Tarantino, who travels to southern Italy with his family every summer. “I could have bought that million-dollar home, but that is not me or Anna. We have deep roots in our neighbourhood and our community.” And when Tarantino noticed his son writing jersey No. 8 on the back of his shirts and one day heard him say, ‘I’m like Vince Papale, I don’t give up,’ he realized he wasn’t the only one who was positively impacted by Invincible. If it weren’t for his son’s incessant pleas to meet the former footballer, Tarantino might not have gotten the courage to reach out to him. “To my surprise … he answered my email,” he says. The online exchanges led to a phone conversation, and serendipitously, Tarantino made arrangements for Papale to come to Vaughan and speak at an event he was hosting for realtors.


That all changed one afternoon when Anna brought home the movie Invincible, based on American football legend Vince Papale, who famously beat the odds when he became a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles at the age of 30. “There was something that gravitated me to that movie, it was as if I knew this guy, I knew what he was going through, it just touched me,” says Tarantino, adding that he’s watched the film at least 60 times with his family since. Once the credits appeared, Tarantino made a decision to drastically alter his attitude, eliminating all excuses. What he once considered failures became lessons. Today he

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When he arrived, Papale spent time touring Toronto with the Tarantino family. “We were instant friends … we’re brothers,” says Papale, who was unbelievably humbled when he heard how his story touched Tarantino’s life. The message that he translated to the crowd was a clear one: it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, everyone is capable of having that invincible moment. “Surround yourself with good people, persevere, and never give up – give it a shot, what do you have to lose?”

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Three words that have launched Vinsanto to the pinnacle of fine dining. othing caps off a long week like a decadent evening out at a first-class restaurant. But what really makes a great dining experience? Is it the mouth-watering cuisine? The relaxing and welcoming atmosphere? The exceptional service from a maître d’ who inspects each plate before it’s served? Or a seemingly endless wine list with world-class vintages from top vineyards? At Vinsanto Ristorante, each of these things is an integral part of the whole package. Much like the delectable baked oyster mushrooms from its popular antipasto Funghi di Bosco, this is just the start of the Vinsanto Ristorante experience. “My motto is passion, ambience and decadence,” says John Di Vittorio, owner of Vinsanto Ristorante. “That’s what I’ve strived for from Day 1.” It’s this uncompromising dedication to the perfect dining experience that has elevated Vinsanto to the summit of Vaughan’s dining scene. Celebrating Vinsanto’s fifth anniversary this past spring, Di Vittorio continues to stick to the resolute principles of quality and service that have cultivated his success. That philosophy implies using only the freshest ingredients from local vendors, ensuring his patrons dine on only the finest fare. “Food is No.1 at Vinsanto. Without good food you’re not going to have a good restaurant,” says the 25-year industry veteran, who’s also won the Top Choice Award for Top Italian Restaurant in Vaughan two years running.

“I think it all boils down to service,” he adds, while also explaining how he personally inspects every plate before it’s served. “After a long hard week, customers really appreciate sitting down, being treated with respect and enjoying a great meal. That’s what they get from Vinsanto.” A recent renovation has added a 40-seat solarium to Vinsanto, taking its seating from 80 to over 120. This increase allows even more room for events you have planned. “Any event we host is given our utmost attention,” concludes Di Vittorio. “With the food, the service and the fact that I personally oversee every aspect, you can rest assured that your party will go off without a hitch.” 905.264.3991

With Chef Andrew Yacoub – a student of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France – leading his kitchen, Di Vittorio knows customers won’t scoff at the cuisine, as he explains, “I can organize everything and make the service perfect, but if the food isn’t being prepared well the restaurant isn’t going to be successful.”

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1. SARPA Becoming a local favourite for York Region foodies, Sarpa’s relaxed atmosphere and phenomenal entrees are the perfect blend for a great evening. Its décor is a modern interpretation of more traditional, rustic features, while the cuisine is stacked with succulence. Savour the Pan-Seared Veal Tenderloin, sink your teeth into the Grilled Lamb Chops ‘Scottadito’, or relish the seafood mix of the classic Zuppa di Pesce. 2. HARBOUR SIXTY There are few Toronto dining establishments that offer the pure, unadulterated level of class that Harbour Sixty so elegantly exudes. The food is premier. The décor: stunning. If you’re looking to celebrate a milestone anniversary, impress a client or simply dine like royalty, Harbour Sixty will not disappoint. 3. PIZZERIA LIBRETTO Faithful to the authentic pizza tradition, Libretto embraces the Neapolitan method of proper pizza baking. Using natural ingredients cooked in a hand-built, wood-burning oven, Libretto’s pies are what pizza is meant to be. 4. TERRONI Casual and cool, Terroni’s mix-and-match décor is a striking collection of classic features with a touch of rustic design. This is certainly an ideal locale for a quick bite or a spontaneous meal, but that doesn’t mean the food is just offthe-cuff. Each plate is delightfully prepared and looks just as good as it tastes. 5. LA BETTOLA Described as “Terroni’s greatest hits”, La Bettola is that stylish hole in the wall where you can get together with friends for a relaxing evening – unpretentious pleasures in a great atmosphere. 6. OBIKÀ MOZZARELLA BAR A recent addition to the Toronto dining scene, Obikà Mozzarella Bar revolves around the purity of mozzarella. Using authentic Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and other fresh, quality products imported from Italy, Obikà works similar to a sushi bar, but with cheese; it’s different and delicious. 7. OSTERIA A term referring to a traditional Italian tavern, Osteria is about casual comfort: pop in and sip a glass of wine. A constantly changing menu keeps selection fresh, and the laidback environment keeps the mood easy. 8. SAPORE BY ZAFFERANO Elegance through and through, Sapore by Zafferano is the embodiment of refined Italian dining. The soft glow of candlelight sets a serene tone, while you savour each succulent bite. The menu is varied, but each item is divine. Tender Herb-Crusted Australian Lamb, Sautéed Veal Scaloppini or Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi – there are no misses here. 9. TERRONI BAR CENTRALE Like a central bar that’s found near any Italian train station, Terroni Bar Centrale is a convenient spot to swing by for a drink, and ironically is just down the road from Summerhill Station. Meet up with friends on a weekend, or drop in with co-workers after a long day to enjoy a locale that is always buzzing. It’s a good thing this trendy bar has a wide selection of wine from across Italy for you to sample. With an excellent blend of simple yet scrumptious finger food and wonderfully prepared appetizers, the menu isn’t so bad, either.

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Determined to change her lifestyle while battling breast cancer, songstress Sheryl Crow now eats a diet rich with vegetables, fish and nutritious soups.



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it makes you healthy, it can’t be that bad. Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was living the typical rock star life – on the road touring the world as she promoted her latest hits. Her influence on the music industry became undisputable, with nine Grammy awards and other accolades confirming her talent. During that time, though, she was eating on the run, ordering off hotel room service menus, and snacking on chips and Diet Coke in her dressing room. When jolted with the shocking news of breast cancer in 2006, Crow quickly changed her tune. “My cancer diagnosis was a real game changer for me … Never once in my life had I really considered what I put into my body as having a direct connection to my wellness,” she writes in her season-inspired cookbook If it Makes you Healthy (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). Co-authored by produce lover and chef Chuck White, their guide to good food is packed with vitamin and nutrient-rich recipes, such as Blackened Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Pasta Salad, and White Wine and Herb-Poached Halibut. The book is also chock-full with tips on how to prepare tofu and quinoa, and the benefit of adding cancer-blitzing spices like cumin and cinnamon to your diet. Referring to White as the “man who changed everything for me,” Crow hired him to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for her family and band while on the road. Beating cancer and becoming a mom of two boys, Wyatt Steven and Levi James, Crow hopes to inspire others towards a road ripe with healthier meals. “ … I am eating for my health with the assurance that my breast cancer will have to fight me to come back.”


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1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and when hot, sauté the onion and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground soy and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the soy further and encourage even cooking. Add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, and chili flakes and continue to cook, stirring, until the spices are slightly toasted and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. 2. Using a wooden spoon to prevent sticking, stir in half of the beer and the soy sauce. Add the rest of the beer and stir to mix. 3. Add the chili hot beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, and 1 cup of water and mix well. Add the bay leaves and oregano and stir to mix. 4. Bring the chili to a low boil over medium-high heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so until the stew is well blended. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes, until the flavours blend. Stir the chili occasionally during cooking. Adjust the heat up or down to maintain a simmer. Serve hot, with crumbled saltines or cornbread, and some extra hot sauce, if desired.

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ÅHandmade. Unique. Beautiful. The Petite Maison Olive Wood Cheese Board is made from olive trees too old to yield fruit, and will receive as many compliments as the food it serves.

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Shaped after the iconic Louis XVI chair and infused with contemporary design, the transparent, otherworldly styling of the Ghost Chair will certainly be a conversation-starter.

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From premium furniture, home accessories and occasional pieces, to lighting, children’s furniture, bedroom and dining sets, Decorium is more than just your average furniture store. With a showroom that soars at 60,000 sq.ft., unending styles are conveniently divided into five design categories. Noting the confusion that comes with packed big box furniture stores that don’t offer one-on-one design consultations and fashion advice, Forberg asks, “Why visit five stores when you can visit five stores in one?” If you’re searching for the blueprint to an effortlessly elegant home, the Classic or Full Traditional rooms at Decorium abound with timeless furniture pieces and exquisite additions that will transform your house into a welldressed home. If you prefer an eclectic

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look, the Modern, Contemporary and Metropolitan rooms spill with deco glam pieces that will saturate your condominium or office space in style. “A lot of people come in and don’t know what they want, but we work with them to suggest certain styles. Once the design consultant has determined their style, a client is then guided to the lifestyle area of the showroom that suits their taste,” says Forberg. Thirsty for fresh pieces to brighten their lives, homeowners and design enthusiasts alike visit the emporium regularly to get a glimpse of up to 100 new pieces that are added to the showroom weekly. Involved with several charities, such as The Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes, and having worked with most of the city’s developers – including the renowned Shane Baghai – the Decorium brand is ubiquitous. While a trend of restored wood paired with linen dining chairs and sofas is hot right now, Forberg makes it clear that quality craftsmanship never goes out of style, and that every customer request is fulfilled. “If a customer likes a certain chair but the fabric of another, we’ll make them the chair they want. We’re big enough to move a lot of product, but we’re small enough to care.” Synonymous with prestige, Decorium’s

All in the family: Decorium CEO Steve Forberg, left, with grandfather David, dad Joe and brother Howard.

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Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk walk the red carpet at the 14th annual induction ceremony for Canada’s Walk of Fame before performing I’m Here (A Song for Canada) with composer Stephan Moccio.

he insight of a musician is often nuanced by a lyrical approach, with words tumbling into themselves to uncover unspoken thoughts. Times that by two, and an engaging interview with Canadian singer-songwriters Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida transpires. Married to each other and to their craft, the pair has hits like Feels Like Home, Surrounded, Clumsy and Somewhere Out There between them, but the soundtrack to their lives isn’t solely based on music. With Kreviazuk planning her next album, and Maida releasing his upcoming solo and Our Lady Peace records, the two somehow hit a high note in other areas of their lives. Balancing studio time with three kids and an innate approach to philanthropic endeavours, Kreviazuk and Maida have the synchronicity and grace it takes to turn the ugly into something beautiful. SP: As Canadians and co-writers of I’m Here (A Song for Canada), what emotions are you feeling?

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me [the song], is really authentic, lovely … a challenge to have together.


SP: Chantal, what has Raine taught you about music? CK: Raine has taught me not to be impulsive. Because he is by nature more of a critical thinker than I am, and I am more to act on emotion. That is the nature of my personality and that tends to sort of slip into the studio, as well as the writing process. Raine will be a little bit more effective by you know, thinking about it longer, reflecting a bit more. He will also implement something ironically more theoretical than me – even though I’m classically trained. He’s helped me get better and better as a writer and as a musician. SP: Your turn, Raine.

CK: It is romantic. I get to do something special for the country with my husband. Raine and I have really gone through this life and career and kind of paralleled our artist lives together and separately, so to

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from a place of disarray or adversity … There is strangely an incredible beauty and creativity that will come from a lot of ugliness in life, things that you would not invite into your life, you know? RM: I don’t know if I’ve ever written a song when I’m just feeling happy and sitting around just enjoying life.


it much easier to be that person that is kind of pushing. When you are writing on your own – not that I get lazy, but I do – it’s pretty easy just to be in the moment and think, ‘you know what, that felt great, sounds amazing, done.’ But it usually isn’t. So Chantal, she fills that same need. That’s why our partnership as writers is so amazing, because we are able to have it start from a seed that is really pure and genuine; it is never forced. SP: Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? CK: Some of the things that I think we have both written about, separately, together, has come from chaos. There is no manual for life, and our relationships derive from worlds colliding, whether it’s from your own parents or the relationships you make in school that might last a lifetime. We are all sort of from our own little planets and the stories come from those relationships, and all of a sudden you have these stories of life. I think that everything is that strange, organized chaos that we all live. I can look at so many of the songs that have designed my life and my career, – or just the songs that I have loved – if you find out the story of them, they come

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SP: Is there an experience that has affected your songwriting? CK: I lost a friend of mine to suicide and I, in my own family, have had a lot of adversity. There is a member of my family who has struggled with emotional, mental, behavioural addictions, and that has really defined a lot of my life and who I am. And I think, while it has been a really tragic thing to witness and be a part of, it has also shaped a lot of compassion and understanding and insight I have in life and people … I lost my cousin who was my best friend and she was only 36 when she left her two and four-year-old children behind. These are just three examples of what has made me tick as a human being, every single day. SP: When was the moment that you decided to dedicate yourself to philanthropy? RM: I think it was because of the people. I joined Amnesty [International] and Green Peace when I was growing up, and coming out of Peter Gayville concerts I learned about those things, from U2 as well and REM … those bands who were socially conscious back then. But you know, when we got a chance to meet and travel with Samantha Nutt from War Child Canada – first trip we did Iraq – you kind of see the inner workings of a very grassroots Canadian [non-governmental organization] and it’s like, it was the beginning and the end of us searching out any other NGOs because that relationship, the fact that it is so transparent and Canadian, and you get to know all the people that work there and see all the programs firsthand. The program we started in Darfur (Sudan) is still up and running, one of the few that stayed around, even though the awareness has kind of dropped on Darfur, obviously genocide really hasn’t.

SP: Raine, how do you respond when people label your music as cryptic and poetic? CK: I agree, I’m always saying, ‘What is that about, honey?’ RM: I think it is just a reflection of my personality, I am definitely more introverted and analytical … In some form, I think it gives my songs longer shelf life … it is not just put out there for you. I think with a lot of the songs I grew up loving, I didn’t know exactly what they were talking about and you could make it feel like it was integrated into your life and taken on as your own thing, you know. A lot of pop music just lays it all out there and you kind of know what it is and you either like it or you don’t and you can be over it once the song is over. SP: What’s your day-to-day life like? CK: Raine? RM: The truth is, music kind of is every day of our lives. We are working on so many different projects, we are always working on our own projects – right now we’re three quarters of the way done through an Our Lady Peace record, my solo record is pretty much done, Chantal is thinking about doing a new record, she’s [done a live symphony record] and an HBO [Canada documentary]. And all these other projects that we are developing and writing songs for other people, it kind of is always music in a way. CK: But then, where the kids are concerned … now from the mother (laughs). RM: It’s important to know that we work at home. Whenever we’re in the studio it’s not like we’re in downtown L.A. or someplace up north in Toronto, we are at home and our kids have total access to us.

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considering Wilson’s alleged attacker was only 12. But is making bullying a legal issue the correct counter? “I feel like it’s very problematic to make it into a legal issue,” says Faye Mishna, dean and professor at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. “What’s needed is to be proactive before the bullying

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“It also means as adults we have This heart-wrenching tragedy to be better at it,” she adds. “Really, what’s needed is to be proactive before has fuelled public disgust and flooded headlines with the bullying starts, to really focus on helping Interesting, because after a quick news outlining Canada’s poor perusal in comment sections of kids develop healthy relationships, having bullying standing – a recent major news websites, you’ll find survey by the Ontario Student empathy, how to have tolerance to indifference plenty screaming for blood, Trustees’ Association, for suggesting that the “punk”, without having to bully”. example, found that 46 per cent “thug” and “sociopath” that – Faye Mishna bullied Mitchell deserves the of teens report being bullied – most severe punishment. and a plead to put an end to the malicious act. A recent episode of CBC starts, to really focus on helping kids Radio’s The Current even entertained develop healthy relationships, having For Mishna, however, this is only a the notion of deeming bullying a hate empathy, how to have tolerance to band-aid solution that doesn’t deal with the core of the problem. Bullying crime: A shocking proposition when indifference without having to bully.

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According to a recent Ontario Student Trustees’ Association survey, 46 per cent of students answered “Yes” to have been bullied at school. York Region District School Board had the lowest bullying rates, with only 36 per cent saying they had been bullied.

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To actually think we will magically rid the world of bullies is simply unrealistic. Bullying is terrible, but it’s a national issue that exists on every level: at school, work, in social situations and in families. Children emulate adults and as long as we perpetuate this behaviour, so will they (honestly, where do you think they get it from?). But that doesn’t mean it can’t be dealt with better. The court date for the late Mitchell’s alleged attacker has been adjourned until November 21; if found guilty, then why not make him an example? Community service wouldn’t hurt. How about some words with his family? Maybe sit him down with a counsellor? This boy, after all, is a child, and we shouldn’t abandon him because of this tragic event. Even the Wilson family have told media they don’t want to act like a ‘lynch squad’. And look in the mirror: many of us probably weren’t always the nicest in our youth; maybe we did things we now regret. For more stats, advice and resources on bullying, visit the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network at

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Celebrity chef David Rocco may enjoy the fruits of his labour, but when it comes to family, everything else is gravy.



t ’s one of those dog days of summer, when humidity is hard to deal with and precipitation doesn’t help your case, that celebrity chef David Rocco arrives at a Toronto studio. He’s breathless and clammy after having had to circumnavigate a tricky maze of staircase and hallway before reaching his intended destination.

Slightly dishevelled but intact from his journey, Rocco reminds us that sometimes life isn’t all apple pie and sunshine – even if others wistfully think you’re living the sweet life uninterrupted. “Are you kidding? Yesterday, on my birthday, I had one of the toughest days at work – we’re doing a new series – and there were some issues that came up. I have a business, a production company, and like any entrepreneur or business person, you have challenges,” says the eponymous host and producer of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita. “Nothing’s easy. The harder you work, the luckier you get. And it took some time for me to realize that.”

Before flipping the page to a new calendar year that will take him to South America to begin filming David Rocco’s Dolce Brazil, Rocco is looking forward to a different kind of adventure. He and his high school-sweetheart wife, Nina Rocco, are expecting their third child, a boy, a sibling to their twin daughters Emma and Giorgia, 3. Having waited a long time to be father to a growing

household, Rocco knows that the family who eats together, stays together. “At the end of the day, no matter how good or bad work is, it’s only television, it’s not a big deal. Nothing seems to be a big deal when you look at coming home and seeing your kids. They’re my heroes, they’re my inspiration, my love.” And for Rocco, motivation embodies the sweet life. As if on cue, his girls burst into the studio, shrieking “Daddy!” as they race to their father for a hug. Ever their father’s daughters, the girls shyly respond “risotto” when asked what their favourite dish is. “They’re

“At the end of the day, no matter how good or bad work is, it’s only television, it’s not a big deal. Nothing seems to be a big deal when you look at coming home and seeing your kids. They’re my heroes, they’re my inspiration, my love.”

show,” says Nina, who co-produced Dolce Vita before the girls were born. With Rocco completely consumed with production, Nina stays focused on the children and the plans surrounding a new home in Toronto they will soon move into. “I don’t know how we could have achieved or attempted to achieve these things if we didn’t divide and try to conquer,” says Nina. Exposed to the beauty of travel and delicious food during gastronomical journeys with Rocco, Nina certainly has had a taste of the good life. But when you ask her what’s most important, she takes a page from her husband’s book. “I say family. The other stuff is very nice, but the best production is Giorgia and Emma and now … I don’t have a name yet. We’ve been calling him ‘baby boy.’” The new family addition is due at the end of November.

deliciousness,” he smiles, adding that he hopes nothing more than his children to grow into compassionate, independent adults. “My legacy is my kids. Everything else is gravy.”

These days, Rocco is relishing in some much-deserved family time after flying back and forth between his Toronto home and New York for a developing series, and to appear as a guest judge on Iron Chef America. Not just yet, Rocco will return to the U.S. in November for a promotional tour on his second upcoming cookbook – “We’re very proud of it, it’s a continuation of our first book, which was a Canadian bestseller” – Made in Italy (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.). As well, Rocco spent most of this summer in Italy on the series David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, which is scheduled to debut next year. And if you’re not someone who’s patient, you can catch Rocco in November as he joins his colleagues in the Chef ’s Challenge, a cooking combat to raise funds for Mount Sinai Hospital. With so much on his plate, it’s easy to see how deadlines and the stress of undertaking new projects adds up. “Behind the scenes, I work 18 hours a day. And it’s great because I think working that hard really grounds you and lets you appreciate some of the sweeter things in life. It sounds glamorous, and it is, but … I go away from home and miss my family … it’s difficult.”

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hat’s the quickest way to erase a past, especially one that brings nothing but bad memories? How about an identity change? Well, it seems that the powers that be at Chrysler felt a need to change the identity of its mid-size sedan and convertible models to ‘200,’ formally known as the Sebring. This gives the heavily made-over model a fresh start with the buying public, especially after coming out of its much-publicized financial woes. Remember the Chrysler Sebring sedan and convertible? It launched about three years ago unsuccessfully. I had driven one from a rental fleet at the time, and it was certainly clear that some serious re-work was required! Fast-forward to today and the Sebring gets an extreme makeover in bodystyle, interior design and powertrain, with a new name summing it up as the Chrysler 200. Developing an all-new car from the ground up would have been overly costly and time-consuming. So what the engineers and designers did was address all the major weak points of the unloved Sebring and raise its appeal factor to a level where the buying public

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A change of identity marks a fresh start for Chrysler’s mid-size sedan and convertible.

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will notice an almost all-new car. A huge marketing blitz with the ‘Imported from Detroit’ tagline certainly helped with the awareness for the 2011 Chrysler 200. The only visible parts that seem to look familiar from the Sebring predecessor are the door and roof design on the sedan bodystyle. Kudos to the design team that was able to jazz up the exterior styling with some visual pizzazz. Bright trimming and the use of LEDs for rear lighting and front parking lamps add a more upscale touch to the exterior. Viewed from the rear, the design details give the Chrysler 200 a stylish appeal. Another area that sees a major upgrade is the passenger cabin with a huge improvement in interior design for a much more hospitable environment. The use of higher grade materials and new improved dash and seat design helps to elevate the quality to more desirable levels, which are comparable to some of its competitors. Subtle chrome trimmings and nice detailing on the centre dash controls, together with the nicely illuminated gauges, gives the impression of a much classier interior when compared to its forerunner. Size-wise, the sedan offers average room. But if you’re looking for a convertible with a comparatively roomy backseat, the 200 convertible provides more space than

most and seems to be the darling of the fleet. The 200 convertible is available with either a conventional soft top or a more costly retractable hardtop, which ensures better security comparable to a closed coupe design, and also lowers cabin noise levels. With either top design, the easy-to-operate system takes about 30 seconds to lower. Two engine choices are offered with the front-wheel-drive Chr ysler 200. Standard on the base LX and mid-level Touring trim is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, which develops a stout 173-horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The available brand new design 3.6-L V-6, which is standard on the up-level Limited trim, puts out a healthy 283-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which when matched to the six-speed automatic transmission, provides strong acceleration. Having tried this engine, the refinement level is high combined with a good quality exhaust note exiting the rear dual tailpipes.

SPECIFICATIONS Chrysler 200 Four-door sedan or two-door convertible bodystyle Engine: 2.4-litre I-4, DOHC, 16 valves 3.6-litre V-6, DOHC, 24 valves Horsepower: 173 @ 6000 r.p.m. / 283 @ 6400 r.p.m. Torque: 166 @ 4400 r.p.m. / 260 @ 4400 r.p.m. Fuel economy L/100km, I-4: City – 9.9 / Hwy – 6.7 Fuel economy L/100km, V-6: City – 11 / Hwy – 6.8 Transmission: 4-speed automatic / 6-speed automatic Drivetrain: Front engine/front-wheel-drive Base MSRP: $16,495 (sedan) / $29,995 (convertible)

The Chrysler 200 features LED lighting, LED taillights, projector headlamps and fog lamps.

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The Good Neighbours’ Club at 170 Jarvis Street provides food, warmth and a sense of family for thousands of Toronto men over 50.

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outh of Toronto’s Queen Street, at Shuter and Jarvis, an elderly man is tickling the ivories to the tune of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He isn’t singing along, but it’s easy to hear the lyrics as he pours his soul into the second floor of The Good Neighbours’ Club. Is this real life? Is this just a fantasy? The windows are slightly cracked, letting a grand talent anonymously infiltrate the outside world. Based on the crowd he’s garnered, there’s a sense that this centre for homeless and marginally housed men over 50 offers a lot more than food and shelter. The Piano Man is surrounded by some of the city’s most imaginative minds: members like Ronald Reeve who joined in 2004 and spends his days drawing cartoons and comics that

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highlight socio-political issues within his community. His preferred pen is sparkly, but specialty ink is running low these days. “It gives me an opportunity to express my artistic ability. Dan there, he’s encouraged me along,” he says, pointing to a tall wavy haired man with artwork on his pants.

from The Grand Hotel and Suites, and a few lights away from where Isadore Sharp forged the very first link in his lucrative Four Seasons chain. On Jarvis Street you’ll find dreams everywhere – whether it’s to build a real estate empire, or simply have a roof over your head.

Dan Walsh came to The Good Neighbours’ Club a year ago with his artistic gift in hand, ready to make a mark on a much bigger picture: poverty. “Being a professional artist, I felt it was time to move it over, pay it forward if you will, and I love it, it’s application, it gives me purpose definitely,” he says, adding that he loved the colour aspect of Reeve’s work so much that he decided to put it on his pants. As he peers into the distance, Walsh recognizes the juxtaposition between having a club for homeless men across the street

In his quest to volunteer, Walsh came across Wayne McKinnon, better known as ‘Cape Breton Red,’ a respected local artist and former billiard master who was once one of The Good Neighbours’ Club’s homeless members. Try walking through the halls with McKinnon today without someone stopping him to share a story or shake his hand. Impossible. “I used to come here and finally I joined, and now I teach an art class here and it’s a blessing. I don’t know anything really, but I do know life is wonderful and it’s all in choice, I’m able to make a choice

today,” says McKinnon, whose success story serves as a lighthouse for those trying to find their way in the dark. What began during Canada’s Great Depression as a support system for WWI veterans now provides approximately 5,000 of Toronto’s homeless, disabled and socially isolated men a sense of community. Open 365 days a year between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., The Good Neighbours’ Club sees about 200 people daily and has an array of services from hot meals, showers, clean clothes, phones and Internet access, and hosts regular visits from nurses, psychologists, health specialists, housing workers and dental hygienists. Unfortunately, not all members can be saved. On Aug. 25th, 2011, McKinnon, Reeves and Walsh joined The Good Neighbours’ Club and its supporters in commemorating the legacy of late member Paul Croutch. “He’s in a better place right now and I do know that,” McKinnon says. Resting on a bench just down the street at Toronto’s Moss Park is a bursting bouquet of red, pink and yellow reminders of the perils of homelessness. These flowers mark the spot where Croutch had his last sleep. It was there next to the baseball diamond that the 59-year-old was awoken – not by the violent storm outside – but by two drunken Canadian Forces reservists who senselessly beat him to death six years ago. Croutch was a father. He was once a journalist who co-founded a community newspaper. And like many of Toronto’s homeless, he had a difficult childhood and suffered with health and mental illness issues. The heinous attack that took place on Aug. 31, 2005, continues to plague the community, especially The Good Neighbours’ Club which launched The Day of the Homeless to honour him. Raymond May Burgess lays the flowers there every year. They aren’t forget-menots but in many ways they represent a life that will never be forgotten. Burgess, who helps further the centre’s mission to enhance the lives of homeless men, remembers the days when he would


advocate who formed the Vancouver Homeless Outreach Project in 2005, which successfully took hundreds of people off the street and into affordable housing in its first two years. During her acceptance speech, Graves used Croutch’s story as the insignia of a much larger issue. “I visited his bench. I saw where he was zipped into his sleeping bag and couldn’t escape, and if he had even a small home of his own, he’d be alive with us here today,” she tells the crowd. “People are often quick to point out that the people in the streets have made poor choices, but I think we’re all old enough to know that if we’re perfectly honest with ourselves, we have all made poor choices,” she adds, heads nodding in agreement. Former Toronto mayor, and current senator representing Ontario, Art Eggleton sang from the same song sheet, emphasizing the fact that four million Canadians don’t have affordable housing. “When I talk about affordable, I’m talking about the CMHC guideline, the federal guideline that says people shouldn’t be paying over 30 per cent of

This Moss Park bench marks the spot where club member Paul Croutch was killed in 2005.

deliver clothes and food to Croutch’s bench instead. Dozens of citizens, politicians, media and fellow members surrounded The Good Neighbours’ Club to raise awareness at this year’s third annual event. At the press conference, Burgess recognized individuals who have made extraordinary strides, presenting them with the first-ever Paul Croutch awards. One of those recipients is Judy Graves, the city of Vancouver’s housing

their income on housing. Well, there’s people paying 50 or 60 per cent,” he says. Of Toronto’s 93, 198 social housing units, only 70, 379 of them have rent that’s geared to 30 per cent of the household’s income. These figures show how slippery the slope is. Imagine adding addiction and mental illness into the picture. “One in three single men in this country live in poverty. Now this is the land of plenty, this is one of the richest most prosperous countries in the world. How can we allow this to City Life Magazine Oct/Nov 2011


in the lack of results. There was one moment, however, where a poignant silence covered the corner of Jarvis and Shuter streets like a chilled blanket. It was when 22 names consecutively hummed through the speakers. They were the names of members who died last year.

Members mingle outside The Good Neighbours’ Club.


happen?” asks Eggleton, adding that it’d be far less expensive for taxpayers to get people off the street and into decent, affordable housing.

David, one of The Good Neighbours’ Club’s skillful artists, holds up a piece he made during art class.

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There were many speakers that day at The Good Neighbours’ Club. From Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, who announced the renewal of an $80,000 grant, to Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy. While supporters seemed attentive, you could still hear a faint fluttering of voices and the heavy snarl of truck engines that passed by Jarvis Street every few minutes. There was even a member who repeatedly referred to the event as a “photo-op,” expressing disappointment

Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, United Way and the City of Toronto are The Good Neighbours’ Club’s primary sources of revenue, but without the added help of volunteers and outside corporations, the club wouldn’t be able to survive on its modest operating budget. “It’s really hard because really, you know, who are you going to donate to, a club to men over 50 or Sick Kids Hospital? And it’s very difficult and everybody keeps asking for funding, so it’s very difficult for us to get any type of funding,” says program assistant Alex Zsager. While the club recently received a federal grant to renovate its washroom, laundry and shower facilities, there are still several service expansions and facility upgrades it hopes to provide its members within the near future. There are many levels to The Good Neighbours’ Club, but the second storey is perhaps one of the most meaningful to its members. It isn’t where the food is served. It isn’t where the clothes are cleaned. There’s no showers or social workers up there. Instead, you’ll find a rainbow of paints and canvases. You’ll see political cartoons and poetry. And on a good day, you might just hear the piano. City Life Magazine produced a short documentary on The Good Neighbours’ Club. You can watch it at

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hen David Chilton self-published The Wealthy Barber during the economic slump of 1989, he had an unassuming goal of selling 10,000 copies and helping Canadians live fiscally solvent lives. The 25-year-old did slightly better. Chilton’s humorous approach resonated with more than two million North Americans by breaking the banal textbook paradigm of personal finance paperbacks. His common sense hit an entire dartboard of demographics, with a novel style that made readers feel like they were having a latte with a financially savvy friend who spoke colloquially about credit cards, real estate and RRSPs. You can imagine the surreal experience of enjoying that cup of coffee with Chilton a day after the official launch of his long-awaited follow-up, The Wealthy Barber Returns. The conversation coincidentally takes place amongst a backdrop of books at The Fairmont Royal York’s Library Bar; books

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by authors that likely didn’t smash Canadian publishing records like he has. “I still look back now 22 years later and shake my head at the whole thing,” he says, crediting much of his success to mass word-of-mouth. Chilton had no plans of putting his economic pointers on paper a second time. It was a growing frustration with Canadian’s low savings rates and high-borrowing trends that caused him to concede. “I know it sounds a little corny, but I think the final piece that motivated me is that I don’t think there’s much of a link between consumer spending and happiness … plus I had a lot of new things I wanted to say,” says Chilton, hilton, who earned the highest mark in the he country on the Canadian Securities es Course in ’85. In addition to exploring ring the psychological realms of money, The Wealthy Barber Returns forges ges ahead

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ÅDrive star Ryan Gosling turns 31 on November 12.

Sagitt arius NOV 22 - DEC 21

If you are experiencing intuitive feelings, it may be time to think about exploring that gift – especially if you’ve been having interesting experiences while in dreamland. Your intuition will be at a high and all you will have to do is follow your feelings. The worst that will happen is that you will be learning.


DEC 22 - JAN 19

There is a difference between sleep and a restful slumber. It may be time to begin making a ritual out of bedtime, be it a hot bath, meditation or calming music. The more you can ease into sleep, the more your body and mind will thank you.

Aquarius JAN 20 - FEB 18

The way the wind has been blowing may mean that big changes are coming your way. Unlike your usual approach, it’s time to focus and take care of yourself. Things are going to start looking very bright if you continue putting one foot in front of the other.


FEB 19 - MAR 20

Financial changes may have you reevaluating things on the home front. Anything from property to investments and travel could go under a bit of scrutiny. It is all good in the long-run because everything happens for a reason, and what may be going on in the future will be a stepping stone to a more solid foundation and game plan.

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OCT 21 - NOV 21

For those who may be dealing with health issues, be it family or otherwise, things should get a lot clearer in the near future. Uncertainty can bring on very high levels of anxiety, so take things in stride, keep faith, and push forward with your chin held high. In time, all will work out.


MAR 21 - APR 19

Don’t let family issues change the way you feel about yourself or about your environment. Once we have said our peace, the best we can do is get out the popcorn and watch a movie. When the time is right, try to give counsel without giving advice. Now THAT is a trick!


APR 20 - MAY 20

Keep going on your present path because it seems to be taking you to where you need to be. Watch for changes with friends and co-workers. You are coming into a time of spiritual transformation that could see your life change in ways that you previously did not imagine. All is good on the Yellow Brick Road.


MAY 21 - JUNE 20

What is going on? Your world seems to be changing and things may seem like they are coming very fast. Be careful of the choices that you make, as they could end up being more long-term than you think. Watch for a possible move in the near future, and start taking careful inventory of those around you who claim to be your biggest fans.

shoes shiny! Opportunity will knock in a big way when it finally comes around to your door; be ready for it when it does.


JULY 22 - AUG 21

Love could be in the air. For those who are single, this could mean finding something with very serious potential. For those already attached, it could mean a chance to re-connect on romantic levels. It’s time to get out the party hat and blow off some steam!


AUG 22 - SEP 21

Now that you are progressing, you have to realize that continuing in a slow and steady manner may not produce results over night, but it can perhaps produce solid effects that you can call your own.


SEP 22 - OCT 20


Things seem calm after a summer of action and adventure. Some good, some bad, and such is life. The good thing is that now you can finally breathe as the stillness of autumn sets in and everything begins to rest. Your life seems to be in tune with the seasons, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Someone is watching you in a very good way. Could it be a secret admirer or the right person to boost your career? Either way, keep your smile bright and your

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