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Feel the heat: Canadian women on traditions that make baring skin tricky in the summer

Abeer Matar*’s family moved to Montreal from the United Arab Emirates when she was 12, and her parents didn’t allow her to wear shorts or other revealing clothing. Now 24, she lives in Toronto, where she works at Bikini Village. She wears a swimsuit at the beach and shorts from time to time, but not […]

Khaled Hosseini on Afghanistan, goodwill and his latest book

“Everything you do for every human being counts.” Khaled Hosseini is talking about the message he’s trying to convey through his eponymous foundation, which provides humanitarian aid to people in Afghanistan, but he could also be referring to one of the themes in his new book, And the Mountains Echoed. It’s been 10 years since […]


What’s your musical genome? A web site aims to answer that question

In its April issue, Esquire makes five bold predictions about music in 2006. No. 1: “You will discover your musical genome.” It’s a reference to Pandora, a Web site that’s the user-friendly front of the Music Genome Project. The project, which started six years ago and launched on the Web in August, is an ongoing […]

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The mind behind the design of the latest Project Gotham game

When Manchester illustrator Chris Davie visited New York City, he walked the streets of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn 10 hours a day for 10 days straight, taking photos of everything he saw, from the Brooklyn Bridge to storefronts in Chinatown to small cracks in the street. It wasn’t that he was an overly excited tourist: […]

Building Consensus: Big box retail expansion has always meant battles with protestors, competitors and double-dealing politicians

The arsonist struck in the early hours of June 27. Under cover of darkness, the perpetrator threw a large rock through the front entrance of an almost completed 100,000-square-foot Zellers store in the south end of Guelph, Ont., and lit a garbage fire in the store’s foyer before escaping. The fire activated the building’s sprinkler […]

Michael Obnowlenny

Michael Obnowlenny will soon be Canada’s first tea sommelier

Kyoto Cherry Rose is the flavour Michael Obnowlenny orders for afternoon tea at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel. While he can’t decide on a favourite, this is the one he prefers at this time of day. The mild green tea is pleasant, he says, “with what I call light, afternoon tastes.” True, most people have […]