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olitics is such a patently interesting game, whether played at the civic level or in the provincial or the federal arena. Rocco Rossi’s having entered the provincial fray now means he has been a player at all three levels — even if the municipal component was an unsuccessful bid for mayor of Toronto. No amount of drama or scheduling upheaval wrought by an election can cause news outlets like Toronto Today to lose our appetite for more, so when Rossi sent out word in mid-May that he would be holding a news conference, on the matter of why Premier Dalton McGuinty’s re-election in October would not be best for Ontario taxpayers, we bit. We would be there for several reasons, not the least of them being that it was Rossi — the always interesting Liberal-cum-Conservative — who was staging the event. That he was calling the media together for an address on our very street corner didn’t hurt. Nor that this, his first event as a Progressive Conservative candidate, was coming on Friday the 13th. We like drama, too. The federal Liberals are probably missing Rossi just about now. A popular and effective strategist, he rocked their world in February when he took the provincial PCs up on their offer of carrying the blue banner in Eglinton-Lawrence. At the national level, and in federal ridings around what was once known in Liberal circles as Fortress Toronto, the party has to pull itself up by its bootstraps after taking a drubbing at the polls. In last month’s edition, writer Sandie Benitah examined reasons why what was once an unthinkable notion — a loosening of the Liberal grip on midtown Toronto ridings — may be the actual unfolding reality. Voters indicated as much when Toronto played a significant role in sending Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government back to Ottawa

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with its first majority. At the same time it sent midtown Liberal MPs Joe Volpe, in Eglinton-Lawrence, and Rob Oliphant, in Don Valley West, to the sidelines. St. Paul’s MP Carolyn Bennett was successful, though with a narrower margin of victory than she is used to. Bob Rae won easily in Toronto Centre. Both their names began to surface as potential party leaders almost immediately after Michael Ignatieff announced the day after the election that he would be stepping down. Rae says yea on the question of whether he is interested. Bennett, who spoke with our Karolyn Coorsh about it (see page 7), says nay — to becoming either interim leader or permanent helmsman. Instead of being part of the cleanup crew for the bloody mess that is the federal Liberal party, Rossi spent his Friday the 13th being part of the PC party’s oneday Blue Blitz, where candidates and MPPs fanned out across Ontario to warn voters about the taxation perils awaiting should they re-elect Premier McGuinty — and to let them know just who does intend to respect them as taxpayers. Smart Ontario Liberals should find that very interesting.

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rt and rare collectibles are some of the most precious gems of Toronto’s underworld. It’s high value, easily portable and, best of all, not easily policed. Just think about it: Canada is not even considered one of the top five art markets in the world. (That honour goes to the U.S., London, China, France and Italy.) And worldwide, art theft recovery rates are believed to be only about 5 percent. In Toronto, it’s believed to be even less. In posh neighbourhoods such as Yorkville, Rosedale and Forest Hill, burglars know they are likely to find rare and valuable goods inside homes and the community’s exclusive galleries. And so, midtown Toronto has become an unlikely hot spot for theft. Some memorable thefts include: In 2001, the Lonsdale Gallery in Forest Hill was robbed not once but twice. A pinhole photography collection was taken, along with some other art. The estimated value of stolen goods is about $250,000.

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In 2004, a Toronto lawyer was charged in connection with “Project Antique”, a police investigation into valuable stolen artwork and antiques from high-end midtown auction houses. The charges were eventually dropped. In 2008, two Stanley Cup championship rings were stolen from a Forest Hill home belonging to the Bronfman family, former owners of Montreal Canadiens. Also stolen from the home that day was $1 million in family jewels. In 2010, a home on Russell Hill Road was burglarized. Police reported stolen several hundred thousand dollars worth of property, including Israeli Buillon coins worth about $10,000 each. At the time police told the media that organized crime rings were surveilling and targeting multimillion-dollar mansions in midtown Toronto. Det. Rob Ermacora, a 53 Division police officer who has worked in the area for five years, acknowledges its reputation as a “very exclusive, wealthy community” draws attention. “There are people who live here who are inter-

ested in art and can afford to buy it,” he remarked in an interview. On April 7, the Odon Wagner Gallery on Davenport Road reported three paintings — “Wild Fields” by Greg Harris, “Still Life With Flowers” by Weidong Wang, and “Seated Lady With Fan” by Zhao Kaolin — stolen. The robbers broke the gallery’s front window and grabbed the pieces, which in total are worth about $73,000. Ermacora, the detective investigating this particular crime, said the gallery was likely targeted. Only 24 hours before the robbery, someone walked into the gallery and made inquiries about the exact three paintings that were taken. Police have arrested one suspect in connection with the case. They are still looking for a second suspect. The artwork had not been recovered as of mid-May. “The suspect that was arrested has a long history of breaking and entering,” Ermacora said. “I can only speculate he’s not an art connoisseur.


“It was planned. He was likely told he needed to go in and take those exact paintings.” But while $73,000 worth of stolen art might mean a lot to the gallery or even the culprit who now holds the pieces, it’s of relatively low value in the underground art market. That makes it an ideal item for those looking to move items fast and discreetly. “Based on the low value of the works (as they are under $1 million), there is less risk involved,” says Mark Durney, a New York based art-theft researcher. “If the artist isn’t well known, that’s even better because work that is not from a highprofile artist is easier to sell.” In a telephone interview from New York, Durney, the blogger behind Art Theft Central, told Toronto Today that Canada is not only an ideal place to steal art, but also an ideal place to sell stolen valuables. In January, someone tried to sell the J.W. Morrice Painting “Chateau Leven” to an auction house in Yorkville. The painting had been reported stolen from Pearson International Airport after it was flown in from Calgary in the summer of 1988. The auction house did due diligence, discovered it had been reported stolen and promptly turned it over to police. The same thing happened last year when an $80,000 Henry Moore sculpture stolen in 2001 from the James Goodman Gallery in New York was recovered in Toronto. An astute Yorkville gallery owner did her homework when a man in his 30s tried to sell the piece to her. She checked the piece against the international database, the Art Loss Registry, and discovered it had been stolen. “While Canada isn’t quite in the top four for art markets, it does share a border with the U.S,” Durney said. “Stolen works of art can easily be exported.” Again, the Moore piece that was recovered is of considerably less value than other pieces crafted by that particular artist. It probably wasn’t enough to raise the suspicions of customs officers who may or may not have spotted the seven-inch artifact. Though the RCMP has made strides in the last five years, and have attended seminars on art theft, it may not be enough to tackle the problem. Joshua Knelman, a Toronto writer who won an award for a magazine article he wrote on art theft in Canada, said the lack of police resources dedicated to such crimes is a big contributor to the problem. “In speaking with gallery owners and art lawyers, they say Canada is a great place to steal art and sell stolen art that was stolen elsewhere because no one here is tracking it,” he told Toronto Today. Knelman said it is “a tricky situation” because there’s no source of intelligent information out there about what kinds of things are being stolen and how often. “The less information that’s available, the better it is (for thieves),” he said, adding that the only municipality in Canada that has a police unit dedicated to art theft is Montreal, and that’s just because a local detective was able to find a link between stolen art and the local Hell’s Angels chapter. “Montreal is the second largest market in Canada,” he said. “Toronto is the largest, and so the largest market in the country is unpatrolled.” Knelman is in the midst of writing a book, entitled Hot Art, which takes a look at the international black market. It’s expected to be published this fall. He says there is “clearly activity here,” but activity is just one symptom of a problem. “Without dedicated detectives who know how to handle these things, it’s hard to know what else is happening outside the surface,” he said. Continued Page 21

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he old liberal “Fortress Toronto” fell on election day, battered by big losses of seats they considered safe and the election of many strong new Conservative candidates. The city, long ignored by the Conservatives and its billions of dollars of infrastructure needs, now has robust representation in a majority government, and we must push hard for these new MPs to “stand and deliver”. The highest profile defeat was handed to 23-year veteran MP Joe Volpe, in Eglinton-Lawrence, by high profile lawyer Joe Oliver. Given the attention paid to his race by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Toronto mayor Rob Ford, by the time this is published Oliver could very well be in cabinet, and replacing Flaherty as political Minister for the GTA. Even if he isn’t, he will have a high profile and will be judged by residents on the basis of how strongly he advocates for Toronto. Mayor Ford himself has raised the bar for a new era of federal support for Toronto needs by having his brother state ebulliently, “We are one big happy family now,” and hinting that subway help will soon be on the way. But the Conservative strategy and messages that swung so many votes in so many Toronto ridings had little to do with an “urban agenda” or the specific problems of our debt-ridden city. In Oliver’s case, the win came from very specific and effective voter targeting, particularly to the Jewish and multicultural communities. Oliver, himself a leader in the Jewish community, benefitted from Harper’s strong support for Israel, and by the well-communicated fear of higher taxes and a potential NDP “surge”. In fact, in CPAC coverage of his campaign Oliver emphasized how important the core messages of stability and values from Harper were in his campaign. Indeed, the Conservative mantra of “vote values” proved very effective in wooing votes from an immigrant community identified as generally more “con-

servative” than liberal. It has also become a truism that, however attentive Liberal MPs like Volpe were with the “ethnic” communities, the tireless work of minister Jason Kenney with them has paid off. Liberals who were elected, like Bob Rae in Toronto Centre and Carolyn Bennett in St. Paul’s, followed their leader in not advocating the importance of an urban agenda, and Jack Layton (who put the term on the map) and other NDP victors in Toronto did not make our problems a prominent part of their campaigns. Time they stepped up to the plate too. But neither was the Conservative impact on Toronto a victory of Toronto messaging. So, what can we expect now that many MPs will have a voice — for the first time since the Martin government — in the national government (and a majority one at that)? A Toronto Sun editorial after the election challenged the Harper government directly: “The bottom line is now that Toronto has rewarded the Tories with seats after years of sending mostly Liberals to Ottawa, it’s time for the Conservatives to return the favour.” Mayor Ford was elected many months ago flaunting his friendship with Jim Flaherty, who had political responsibility for our city. Between then and now not much help has flowed Toronto’s way from Ottawa. Now the small “c” conservative Toronto family counts many other Ford-friendly faces. If Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to maintain his strong Toronto base four years from now, when we go to the polls again, Oliver and others will have to show they have actually delivered to our cash- and facility-strapped city.

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like Gilbert and Sullivan. I first got hooked on G&S thanks to the cunning of one Bartholomew Simpson and the dulcet tones of Robert Twilliger. (And people say there’s nothing cultural on TV anymore!) I like to sing. So it seemed natural when I saw the listing in our online community calendar for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation event, where for 10 bucks you could come out and sing Gilbert and Sullivan. I knew I needed to go. Now when I say that I like to sing, my voice is, to put it charitably, a little ragged. In my younger days I did a lot of musicals, often soloing as one of the principals, but in recent years my theatrical performances have been almost exclusively in the non-singing realm. So it was with a mix of excitement and nervousness that I set off to Yorkminister Park Baptist Church, at 1585 Yonge St. Both the event listing and people I spoke to on the telephone led me to believe that this was something for everyone, but all it takes is one guy taking things way too seriously and what could have been an amazing morning becomes a decidedly unfun experience. To warm up, I listened to H.M.S Pinafore on the drive in. I sang along to some of the pieces but tried to keep it in, so as not to overwork my voice. People were already milling about when I arrived. I got talking with volunteer liaison Daniel Parkinson, who filled me in on the five-year history of Singsation Saturday and how each year they do four more serious choral numbers (this year’s lineup included Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion), along with one lighter one in the spring. Before he finished signing me in, he asked me which part I sing. I told him I wasn’t sure. He gave me a bemused look, as if to wonder if I somehow fancied myself a boy soprano. “You should sing bass,” he told me. “You sound like a bass and this way there’s no reaching for the high notes.” Before taking my seat I introduced myself to conductor Brian Farrow, musical director of the now-defunct Scarborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society. He led a similar Singsation workshop last year, for which he confessed he was quite nervous. “You get a real mix of people,” he said. “There are some who sit in the front who have sung it more often than I have, and others that aren’t quite at that level. Continued Page 10

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“But we end up with enough good voices to have all the parts covered.” Thank goodness for that. At least if I end up sounding like a wounded duck I won’t ruin it for everyone else, I thought. I made my way over to the bass section. The chairs around me started filling up with men who said they are involved in the choir scene. A stroke of luck, to be sure. While my pitch might not always be good, I blend very well. As long as those around me can carry the tune I should be AOK. The time came. The conductor took his place at the music stand set up before us. He told us that we’d be singing 11 pieces, from eight G&S works. He said that he selected them based upon the idea of how to create a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, as they all have similar types of songs and plot twists. Before each selection he told us how each fit into the overall plan, with an incisive humour that could only be employed by someone who either truly loved or absolutely detested Gilbert and Sullivan. The first selection would be a good test of whatever chops I had left. It was the opening male chorus from The Mikado. Farrow explained that Gilbert, who wrote the libretto, often had his characters literally introduce themselves to the audience, as

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witnessed here by the opening line: “If you want to know who we are/We are gentlemen of Japan.” The accompanist, Farrow’s father, Stan, played the opening chords and started into the swirling 16th notes that precede the opening line. It was now or never. I heard those around me draw breath. I did the same. Then from the 30-odd of us the first notes flew forth. It took me a second to get my pitch right, as not only was I unused to reading bass clef but, not being as familiar with The Mikado as I am with other works, I had no idea where the song was going. The good news was that I didn’t sound too bad. In fact, it sounded like I was blending pretty well with the voices around me. And there were some fantastic voices around me. At first my eyes were focused solely on the words (although at one point my mind, like some cell phone auto-complete with a sense of humour, saw the words “vase and” as “Vaseline”, which I fortunately caught before it came out of my mouth), yet in so doing I was falling behind on the notes. It took me a few pages, but I seemed to get it worked out. We get to the end and I thought, that was kinda fun. I didn’t go wildly off key, I was indeed in the right section and I didn’t accidentally sing about petroleum jelly. The conductor took us back to work on a few parts, not to the point of perfection, but to the point of noticeable improvement. He then moved the 100-voice choir on to other selections. Each one its own challenge — be it getting my mouth to wrap its lips around the archaic line “Now is not this ridiculous” from Patience, occasionally reaching for notes which I should have dropped down an octave, or realizing that the notes I’m used to hearing aren’t the ones I’m supposed to be singing. But I was relaxed, and having a wonderful time. Before the break we came, perhaps quite naturally, to the Act I finale from Pinafore. This was a treat. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this number, but now to have an opportunity not only to sing it but to pull apart its inner workings gave me chills as we sang. At 29 pages, it was by far the longest piece we sang, and I don’t know how much time we spent on it, but we sang it through at least twice, leaving with a big smile on my face. I was surprised to see how much time had elapsed. It was almost noon, but for that to be true the clock must have been running prestissimo for sure. In the second half we had a go at the patter song

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SINGSATIONAL TIME: Gordon, left, got to be part of the performance of some favourite pieces.

from Ruddigore, which actually mocks the rapidity of the standard Gilbert and Sullivan patter number with the line, “This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter isn’t generally heard, and if it is it doesn’t matter.” We all chuckled when Farrow pointed this out. “You laugh now,” he told us in a mock chiding tone. “But you have to sing it.” We took it slow for the first few runs and on the last time through the accompanist took the tempo up quite a bit, to the laughter of those about to give it a try. As the finale of the day, we worked the closing number from The Pirates of Penzance, which was notable for the spontaneous solos, including from a tenor sitting a few rows in front of me, taking the part of the Major-General. His voice was well practised from having sung the role many times in the past. As we broke up I spoke to our conductor, who congratulated me on getting through it. He said he saw me singing and I thanked him for not wincing. He laughed and said something to the effect that it would have been unprofessional if he did. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation Saturday Choral Workshops are over for this year, but will pick up in the fall. Details of the 2011–12 program haven’t been announced but, sadly, after two years of Gilbert and Sullivan organizers will be looking for something else fun for people to come out and sing. If you go: Don’t be intimidated if you haven’t sung in a while. Every one of the 100-plus people in attendance was friendly and there to have fun. It would help if you had some ability to read music. I’d almost say it was a requirement, but if you know the tunes well enough you might be able to get by. TT

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to cover any visible signs of a bra, the dress can be worn for a semi-casual party or accessorized for a dinner date. In a casual work environment, women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wear the boring pant suit anymore and can opt for a more modern look, pairing a flattering blouse with a mid- to high-rise crop pant, Benincasa advises. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But nothing too fitted or girly,â&#x20AC;? she warns. While every woman may need a little sparkle, Benincasa says most women are divided when it comes to jewellery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They either love heart pendants or hate them,â&#x20AC;? she remarks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a choice between making a statement through flashy and chunky pieces or staying versatile with more classic and subtle styles. A dress for every occasion and brand names such as Anne Klein, Jones New York and Nine West can be found at Tique at 3281 Yonge St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women want style and value,â&#x20AC;? says Kaileen Millard-Ruff, director of international retail operations for the store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having flexibility in fit is key because all women have different body types.â&#x20AC;? The store carries slimming dresses with details like ruffles, beadwork and texture that can be worn with a cardigan to a weekend brunch, or paired with a blazer for a business casual work outfit. The classic woman can find styles that have stood the test of time at Sandy White, at 3229 Yonge St. and a second location, 3008 Bloor St. West. Since 1983, owner Garry Doyle has manufactured his own lines in Toronto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sandy White and Cinnamon Sea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and carries other Canadian brands such as French Dressing, Orly and Conrad C. From neutral knit cardigans to brightly coloured leather jackets, the store offers options for women who prefer to show less skin, says sales associate Ansam Badir. In the summer months, a cap sleeve or a threequarter sleeve shirt coupled with a lightweight classic pant would be perfect for a weekend getup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of our customers prefer natural materials such as cotton and silk,â&#x20AC;? Badir says. But they like to dabble in synthetics when it comes to the wrinkle-free pants and jackets, she says, which can be worn straight from the dryer. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also ideal for traveling as they can withstand that long plane ride to the Bahamas. But whether heading south for a vacation or just taking a trip down to the lakeshore, Sandpipers at 2580 Yonge St. has a wide selection of tasteful swimwear. Sales associate Jacelle Cromwell mentions brands like Sunflair, Gottex and Miraclesuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women want something that pulls you in and smoothes you out,â&#x20AC;? she says. Miraclesuit does that with body-contouring fabrics and details like ruching along the sides, with the intent of creating a figure-flattering silhouette. Cromwell says mature women typically look for swimsuits that have a higher neckline with a built-in shelf bra. Matching cover-ups and wraps are also an option for women who want more coverage and sun protection. TT

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When making the decision about which retirement community is right for you, many factors come into play such as finances, health care level, amenities and activities. Food and dining is often overlooked but in essence this necessity to good health is an important part of the all-inclusive lifestyle at Amica. Each day revolves around being with friends and neighbours at the dining table as they share in the wonderful, fresh and nutritious meals while exchanging stories and laughter and

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nxious about dipping a toe into the dating pool? It can be hard in a big city like Toronto. But fret not: the water isn’t as chilly as it seems and there are more places to look for love than just the bar scene. Singles in their 50s — and up — still have that “wow factor”, says professional matchmaker Cheryl Bursey. As principal matchmaker and owner of Mars and Venus Matchmaking, Bursey has a natural aptitude for bringing people together. Prior to founding her business four years ago, she was a corporate headhunter in the marketing and advertising industry. The overlap between the two careers, she says, allowed her to hone her matchmaking talents. Bursey arranges one-on-one meetings with prospective clients from her Forest Hill office. The consultation, complimentary no less, lasts about an hour. Having gotten a sense of what her client is looking for in a partner, she turns to her computer and delves into her database to pull up a handful of promising matches. She then presents the potential matches — photos included (a rare practice in Toronto matchmaking circles, she says) — and a meeting can be arranged. Her services cost $1,000 for the basic package and $5,000 for “executive treatment.” Those who opt for the deluxe package are entitled to coaching from Bursey, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When asked to describe her 50-plus clientele, Bursey could only rave. “They are incredible, active and sexual,” she gushed. “And they’re looking for the same things that people in their 30s look for.

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your iBook “They want that incredible feeling of being in love.” Bursey is a poised, striking brunette in her late 40s. Her voice retains a kittenish quality. She is refreshingly down to earth. And her life story is a testimony to the prevailing power of love. Three years ago she lost her husband — an “amazing man” to whom she was married for 22 years — to brain cancer. Together they had raised three children. Despite the hardship she’s endured since his passing, she’s happy to report that she’s in a supportive and loving relationship today. She lends her services to the movers and shakers of Toronto, occasionally even making house calls to clients’ cottages in Muskoka (where she owns a cottage herself). Even the Forest Hill Village BIA is trying to capitalize on her glamorous image: they’re preparing to mount an ad for her business in a local bus shelter. Singles over 50 often have decent disposable incomes and are not encumbered by young children, mortgages or job aspirations. The challenge, they find, is figuring out how to actually go about meeting the love of their life. There are a few pitfalls, technology being one of them. Many mature singles are suspicious of avenues such as online dating services, more so than people in their 20s. Bursey believes Internet dating services are mostly safe, Continued Page 18

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and even recommends them, but says that in order to be successful subscribers have to be persistent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people can meet someone on those sites, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very time consuming (and) thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of misrepresentation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard the funniest stories: people post photos of themselves 20 lbs. thinner, 20 years younger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really have to go into the situation being honest.â&#x20AC;? Not to worry. If you meet in person, chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already quite charming. Honesty is the best policy. Give yourself some credit. The reality may be better than you think. Bursey notes that her 70-something year old clients, for example, make for terrific company. They love going out and meeting people. And most importantly, they have an open mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have criteria, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not as stringent in their list of wants,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bursey doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t downplay the importance of physical attraction: there has to be a trigger. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her policy not to match people based on personality alone. A coupling with someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very attractive and someone who is less so does not an ideal match make, she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People usually say to me that men are more

visual,â&#x20AC;? Bursey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my experience, women are a little more forgiving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not a lot more.â&#x20AC;? So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to re-enter the meet market, think healthy lifestyle, within reason of course. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about presenting the best version of you. Good looks sweeten the deal, but the ideal candidate has a fit body and a zest for life. Bursey says that men and women over 50 are really looking for partners with the same socioeconomic background and who have been equally successful in their careers. For the recently widowed, Bursey tells prospective clients to take time before entering the dating scene. But matching two widowed persons after an appropriate grieving period is a good idea, she believes. And she might take a woman who lost her husband to cancer and match her with a man who also lost a wife to cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good match,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sympathetic to each other, they know where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been (and) they would work really well.â&#x20AC;? Cue the violins. TT

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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to meet someone cold, take the time to groom yourself. Presentationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half the battle. Think about things you want to talk about before you meet with someone. Have a script in your head to follow. But remember to ask your date questions. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit your search to one area. Date on the Web, go to sporting events, join a walking club. Take up a hobby that involves socialization. And remember the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meeting is probably just as nervous as you are.

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ith the approach of barbeque season, it’s time to talk about hamburgers on the grill. A good sirloin or tenderloin of beef can be tender, juicy and succulent. But we’ve all had the experience of facing a solid mass of muscle and no hope of making a dent with either tooth or knife. Enter the meat grinder — a useful tool. American ingenuity added a bun and sped up the production line until hamburger became synonymous with fast food. But the average fast food burger is about as juicy as day-old chewed gum. If it ever had any juices, they have long since been either fried or grilled right out of a layer of meat flat enough to qualify for letter rate with Canada Post. A hamburger should be thick, thick, thick; we’re talking inches, not millimetres. It should be so juicy that you’ll need a towel just to keep your chin dry. Let’s start with the meat. There’s hamburger and there’s ground beef. What we want is the latter. If you actually know your butcher (it’s an acquaintance worth cultivating), ask him to grind the meat twice for you, using round steak (rump works well too) and chuck in a proportion of about 4–1. This will undoubtedly cost more, but you will get to eat most of what you buy instead of watching it blaze merrily away as the fat is consumed by the flames.

But fat is not all bad. Rump or round steak on its own is too lean. Most of the flavour of beef and much of the tenderness comes from the fat content. A piece of good sirloin is “marbellized”, meaning it has small skeins of fat running through it. In the case of the hamburger, we can just toss a little fat in with the muscle and grind the lot together, thus achieving the same result. I like to use an egg for each pound to bind the meat, though I’m told purists shun this (so let them pick the little bits off the bottom of the barbeque after the patty falls apart). But in the realm of seasonings I become a purist. There is nothing quite like the taste of a well grilled hamburger, and it can stand alone. Not a grain of salt or a grating of pepper would I add. Form large patties and pat them into twoinch-thick circles. Now press these gently with the palm of your hand to flatten into one-inch-thick patties. (You can pretty up the edges.) These should be grilled. No selfrespecting hamburger would allow its delicate cheeks to be kissed by a frying pan. It’s the kiss of death. It sits there like a large sponge, reabsorbing all its own grease. Yuk! Likewise, tossing your hamburgers on the flames so that they become “nicely charred” on the outside will get you tossed out of serious barbeque circles with a sniff of disgust. The heat should be only moderate so that

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the inside (remember, we are talking about a thick burger) gets cooked through while the outside develops a golden brown crust. Keep a small bowl of water nearby so that if the coals catch fire from the drippings, you can sprinkle some on to douse the flames. Brush the grill very lightly with oil to prevent sticking and place your patties gently on. Some backyard chefs seem to feel it necessary to stab away at the meat with those giant forks that barbeque salesmen thoughtfully provide. Every little hole breaks the crust and creates an outlet for those lovely, rich juices. Keep it up and you might as well dump it and head for the nearest fast food joint. You’ll get the same results. It is however, acceptable to put a tiny break in the crust to test. It is also, in my opinion, an unnecessary practice to smear barbeque sauce all over the meat at this point. Most sauces have significant sugar content, thereby ensuring a burned

surface. I’ve seen lighter-coloured hockey pucks! If the meat is freshly ground and used within a couple of hours of grinding, a medium rare hamburger is great (the theory being that all those surfaces make a great breeding ground for bacteria if you let the meat stand for too long and then don’t cook it through). You’ll know the hamburger is medium rare when the first juices start to sizzle out through your tiny break in the crust. It’s about now that the true mettle of the backyard chef is tested. Those first drops of fat invariably start to burn and you’ll soon have charred meat if you are not careful. Being vigilant for another minute or so will bring the hamburgers to medium well-done. This is the moment to lift them carefully onto the warmed or toasted buns. Then it’s time for that first bite … ah-h-h... that first, juicy, dripping, delicious bite. Get the towels, hon, we’re having hamburgers tonight! TT

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anadians love their pets. Sales in the pet market are estimated at about $4.5 billion a year. From Harley-Davidson t-collars for cats to filet mignon-flavoured toothpaste to encourage Fido to brush regularly, there isn’t much animal lovers won’t do to make life a little better for their pampered pets. Here are four very cool, pet-centric products: There’s nothing better than settling into a warm, cosy bed; that’s why electric blankets were invented. So why not one for your pampered pooch? Pet-zzz-pad provides the same cosy warmth because it starts heating up your pet’s bed to a vet-recommended 102 degrees as soon as his or her paws hit the pad. This pet bed warmer molds to pets’ bodies and cuddles them in warmth. And when they get off, the pad turns off too. An added bonus: it keep pets off furniture and out of your own bed. Pet-zzz-pad is an American Kennel Club and Cat Fancier Association branded heating mat that activates with your pet’s weight. It fits any size pet bed with a regular 12-inch pad for small to medium pets and a large 16-inch one for medium to large pets. The regular size Pet-zzz-pad comes with a cozy fleece machine-washable cover. $19.99–39.99, depending on size, in pet stores. Animals put the fur in furniture — and on carpets, floors, everywhere. They also leave behind allergens from their skin, urine, hair and saliva. Regularly grooming and washing your pet can reduce allergens by 85 percent. Dyson Groom, a vacuum-assisted, self-cleaning groomer, captures dog hair before it becomes a nuisance. Loose hair and dead skin are effortlessly removed, and fur and allergens are sucked into the vacuum and contained. Compatible with most Dyson uprights and canisters, Dyson Groom is designed for dogs with medium and long fur. And they love it (think massage for dogs)! Canadian animal lovers can buy Dyson Groom exclusively online at www. Dyson.com. $89.99. We’ve all seen those precious pets wearing booties, but these are more than simply a fashion statement. Those who walk their pets on city streets, or even in the park, face hazards like broken glass (hard to see small fragments in grass), gum (it gets really sticky on hot days), sharp rocks or winter ice, and winter de-icing chemicals which pets can lick off their feet and ingest. Enter Muttluks, a Canadian product which provides “pawsitive” relief. Fleece-lined or all-weather models come in a variety of styles, from colourful to camouflage. There’s no reason why practicality can’t also be chic. Muttluks feature self-tightening straps, a soft, stretchy leg cuff and flexible leather soles; and they’re completely WHAT WOULD machine-washable. $45 in pet FIDO WEAR? stores. All-weather When I saw strollers for Muttluks make dogs and cats at the pet store, a great accesI thought the world had gone sory for pammad! But the sales staff pointed out that pered paws. for elderly pets, or those with injuries, these are a boon. Even healthy dogs can find it a trial to walk on hot sidewalks in summer or heavily salted slush in winter. For your pampered pet, Cruising Companion has designed a stroller with ventilated mesh panels and an interior collar clip to prevent escape. The body easily detaches to become a carrier with a shoulder strap. Designed for pets up to 20 lbs, the stroller has a removable dual cup holder and lower storage basket for pet toys and supplies. The front wheels swivel and the rear wheels have a safety lock. $165.99 in pet stores. TT


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The FBI estimates the black market for art is a $6 billion industry. About 30,000 works of art are listed as stolen in an Interpol database. But the actual figures could be much higher than whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being reported. Durneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research has uncovered that, on average, a third of Interpolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s member countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; national central bureaus respond to the poll annually. The U.S., the United Kingdom, China and France â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the four largest art markets in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; do not report statistics to Interpol. Art theft is grossly under-reported, especially when it happens inside a private residence, Durney says. Most of the time those thefts are lumped in the broader category of generic property theft. Unlike some private collectors, gallery owners have the means to register their work with a database such as the Art Loss Registry. But although many galleries do register the loss with the database, gallery owners are often reluctant to report thefts to the police in fear that it would get out to the media and damage their reputation. Chad Wolfond, owner of the Lonsdale gallery, told Knelman in 2005 that his colleagues had cautioned him about reporting the thefts. He said they warned him that artists might not want to showcase their work there if they doubted the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security. Wolfond was unavailable when Toronto Today attempted to contact him for comment, but the gallery owner had told Knelman in the Walrus magazine article, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artful Crimesâ&#x20AC;?, that he ended up taking the advice of an art lawyer who urged him to publicize the stolen works as much as he could. Nonetheless, Durney said his research shows that most of the time thefts happen from private collections in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes. In fact, many wouldbe thieves pose as potential homebuyers, he said. These suspects would have a grand time being given a tour of the home by the owner or agent and could even use the opportunity to ask questions about the pieces they come across. Last October, an Oshawa couple was caught doing just that. Peter Mason King, 52, and Nora Ann Thomson, 51, were charged with stealing more than $500,000 in valuables in open houses across the Greater Toronto Area. The thefts happened over a period of five years. Police in Durham Region say the more people heard about the incident, the more people called in to report similar incidents of crime. Police say they recovered about 500 stolen items, worth about $50,000. The lead detective in

the case told the media at the time that the suspects likely sold some of the stolen property. However, police made a serious effort to reconnect the valuables with their rightful owners, telling the public that all they would need to do to take possession of their property is properly identify it. The goods did not need to be kept for evidence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stats we do have show that private residences are far and away the main location for most thefts,â&#x20AC;? Durney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to Interpolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data from 2003-08, thefts from private collections accounted for 34 percent of the total thefts registered.â&#x20AC;? Most of the time, the perpetrators behind the smash and grabs appear to have some notion of value or are working for someone who definitely does. Take a recent case in Rosedale. Late last month, police raided a home on Mount Pleasant Avenue as part of an investigation into dozens of stolen rare gold bars, worth $2 million. Five people were arrested in connection with the case. The owner of the home has links to organized crime in Montreal, according to police sources. The bars in question were obtained from Montreal with a fraudulent bank draft. Police caught up with the suspects after one of them tried to sell one of the gold bars to a Toronto company. That gold bar has since been recovered, but the rest are still missing. The rare bars, each weighing 10 ounces, are from the Perth mint in Australia. Police say they may have been melted down into another form by now, to avoid detection. While police continue to work against the odds of finding stolen collectibles, private collectors must continue to take responsibility for protecting whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theirs, Durney said. For museums and gallery owners theft is a minor risk, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so for private collectors who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often have adequate security, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is opportunity for private collectors to utilize some of the successful theft mitigation strategies employed by museums,â&#x20AC;? Durney advises. If private collectors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the necessary steps, the result could be heartbreaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In New Haven, Ct. one fella was taking paintings right off the wall, then walking down the street for a mile and exchanging it for $50 worth of heroin,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street barter value!â&#x20AC;? TT

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here’s a fervour brewing inside professional snowboarder Michael Lambert. It may be summer and the snowy slopes have traded in their packed powder for fescues, but the 24 year old is oblivious to the change in seasons. He’s hard at work, rehabilitating after a tough 201011 season at the University of Toronto. It’s not merely to qualify for the Sochi Olympics in 2014, but to claim the golden prize. In the surroundings of his new downtown Toronto condo, Lambert sounds candid, focused and ambitious. “One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is, after doing well (in 2009-10), I struggled a bunch of years trying to get to that place where I thought I could win a World Cup and be the best in the world,” he said. “I really had a breakthrough year in the year of the Olympics. “I think, for me now, I’m wondering what it is I need to do, what I need to focus on to be that guy that people are betting on to win that race.” Much like the seasonal change and new digs, the catalyst for Lambert’s new drive is an injury that sidelined him for two months in the 2010-11 International Ski Federation season. During training in Colorado, the Casa Loma native fell, dislocating his shoulder. Two options were presented to the former fifth overall snowboarder: get surgery immediately or rehabilitate. He opted for the second choice, feeling he had some time to get back into competing. “Part of me kind of wishes that I had got the surgery in November or December,” he said, adding that, after returning to the slopes in January, frustration ensued. “I just found I was really struggling,” he said. “I guess I wasn’t trusting my arm because it needed surgery.” Still, the surgery, done in April, went well, and in the five weeks thereafter Lambert has had plenty of time to reflect on a season that saw the departure of veteran snowboarders and the intensity of Vancouver 2010 ebb. Vancouver 2010 gold medalist Jasey-Jay Anderson left FIS competitions after 2009-10 and Matthew Morrison spent most of the 2010-11 season getting his helicopter pilot’s license. “You’ve got all these teammates that are retiring, so coming into this year there definitely was a different vibe,” Lambert said. “You usually come into the season swinging. “You’ve been training all summer, you’re ready and you’re there because you’re pushing for the Olympics. A lot of

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the veterans, they’ve been through this post-Olympic year before, but for me this was my first one and there were so many things that were weird about it.” Lambert’s passion, formed from a yen to take his slope carving to the next level, is what stays his momentum. “I’m definitely not worried about just making the criteria, because that doesn’t interest me anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to be the runner up; I don’t want to walk away from this career with just World Cup victories. “I’ve put almost seven years of my life into this and if I’m going to put in another four. I want it all.” TT

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y suburban street in Whitby, once Rice Drive, was home to plenty of kids who spent late nights in gently falling snow playing ball hockey. The fuzzy yellow tennis ball would often freeze, feeling more like a lacrosse projectile than its giving hollow rubber. I often donned my dad’s old Cooper goalie pads, blocker and mitt, the sepiaaged leather in classic Tony Esposito style. As was the fashion in the early ’90s my over-size Chicago Blackhawks jacket protected my body from slapshots, and if the Fenton twins, brothers of a friend at the time, hacked at my ankles I’d DDT them into the nearest snowbank. Ah youth. Somehow, though, in Toronto and in many GTA municipalities, it is a crime to take to the street to play Canada’s game. Say what? I can imagine Starsky and Hutch careening down a midtown street, drawing their pistols, slamming young kids — Habs fans probably harder — against the hood of their Gran Torino and hauling them to the station on the charge of playing pickup. I doubt my example of Swiftian hyperbole would take place, but any kid would deposit a solid gold brick if they knew they were fighting the law, and the law won. Still, I needed some answers, so I called Ron Hamilton, manager of traffic operations for Toronto and East York, and he assured me there’s no special crackdown being organized by TPS. “There’s nothing inherently wrong with the way it’s being dealt with in the city right now,” he said of enforcing the bylaw. “It’s not sudContinued Page 23


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denly police are out there throwing kids against the wall.” The regulation, as far as Hamilton can tell, can be traced back over 30 years in all of the pre-amalgamation municipalities. Often there’s a call, most likely by some windowsill referee, concerning property damage or noise — the latter Hamilton acknowledges as a red herring. “We’ll get a complaint that a car has been scratched or dented, or a mirror has been broken or something of that nature, and they point the finger to the game or sport on the roadway as being the incident that precipitated the damage,” Hamilton said, shifting his thoughts to the what-ifs. “They’re wondering, and even the insurance bureau of Canada weighed in on this and the potential impacts to people if the city were to go ahead and rescind the current prohibition.” Now I can respect the city protecting itself from liability and keeping the bylaw, one that Ward 21 councillor Josh Matlow tells me is archaic, but there has to be some leeway when letting kids play sports on the street. The legendary “Car”, “Game on” sequences immortalized by actor Mike Myers in Wayne’s World are very much a fabric of Canadian culture, so I’m in Matlow’s corner when he seeks out a compromise. “I don’t like policy that doesn’t reflect the reality of our city, and what I’m going to bring to council in mid-May is a proposal that council show some confidence in our city’s parents,” Matlow said, during a time where he was planning a street hockey game of his own. It may seem as though the young councillor is thumbing his nose at the establishment by organizing such a coup, but he does so with a warm heart. “I appreciate the work (city staff) do,” he said. “In fact, we pay them to worry about everything and it’s our job as councillors to arrive at a reasonable resolution.” Freeing up 40-km/h streets so kids can play, under the go-ahead by parents agreeing not to send the city into litigation, is just one of those reasonable gestures. But then again, those whistle-blowing zebras hiding behind their curtains might just continue to play spoil sport. “I don’t think it’s fair that if one resident doesn’t like the sound of kids playing that they should be able to have the cops come down and kick them off the streets, as does happen once in a while,” Matlow said. “Kids playing street hockey is a really positive part of our neighbourhoods. “We don’t want a generation of kids where every one of them is sitting in their parents’ basement playing video games all day.” And if it wasn’t for youthful defiance of city bylaws, many of Canada’s talents, from Rick Nash to John Madden to Angela James, wouldn’t be skating up a storm in the NHL or the Olympics, or even getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fight the power. TT

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