Rick McGinnis

Show some flair

It used to be a lot easier for men to be dandies, but menswear has been basically dour for years, and there aren’t a lot of ways to show some flair if you wear a suit to work — which means it’s time to talk about cufflinks.“It’s one of the only accessories left for men unless you’re pierced,” says...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:30 AM

The long and short of summer fashion

Before you can talk about what kind of shorts look good on a man, it helps to clear the air by hearing from women what sort of calf-revealing summer trousers might act as an effective female repellent. Afya Francisco is a professional stylist and creative director at The Style House, and has firm...

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 1:30 PM

Cousins soaks up East Coast's supportive music scene

Loss and departure are all over Rose Cousins’ new record, suitably titled The Send Off, but it’s not a melancholy record, despite it all. Recorded three years after her debut record and a product of years of gigging, it’s the sort of mature sound that some musicians would despair of achieving. A P...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 10:30 AM

Nurses learn street-smarts while fighting the good fight

Beth Pelton, a veteran nurse in the 42nd year of her career, looks back on how she became a street nurse, back when it was less the sort of thing you did for money than a volunteer activity. Next to her in their clinic in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood is Jessica Hales, just two years in, who...

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 1:30 PM

Globe & Mail writer takes a great steak adventure

While searching the world for the best steak — a quest chronicled in the book he has starkly named Steak — writer Mark Schatzker had what can only be described as a man’s dream adventure. He went on countless road trips, visited innumerable steakhouses, connected with long-lost relatives in...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 2:30 PM

Global security the focus of new University of Toronto centre

With the G20 Summit about to overtake Toronto, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the announcement of a new research centre at the University of Toronto devoted to studying the world of international political, economic and social anxiety. The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 1:30 PM

'Bitchin' Kitchen' spices up cooking shows with dash of humour

The dazed, hedonistic ’70s were probably the last time a cooking show actively tried to be funny as much as it wanted to stimulate your appetite. The reeling, mugging antics of Graham Kerr’s bibulous Galloping Gourmet were as calculated for belly laughs as tummy grumbles, but Montreal’s Nadia...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 1:30 PM

An old-fashioned neighbourhood

John Kilmartin is describing an ad he recently saw in the real estate section of his newspaper, for a brand new development in a far-off suburb where they were trying to sell the attractions of an old-fashioned neighbourhood by promising to flood a bit of parkland every winter for a skating rink.“...

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 5:30 AM

Inspiring young people to seize community spirit

With the home stretch in sight for the academic year, a provincial program is hoping to tap into a last burst of youthful energy and encourage young people to put in time as volunteers. The provincial Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration is sponsoring a program ambitiously named Change The...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 8:30 AM

'Ben' a theme of unknown origin

Noel Araquel stands outside his house in the “Ben jungle” area of Scarborough’s Bendale, and recalls what it was like fifteen years ago when he first moved in. “On a summer night there was nothing, not a sound. No kids, no dogs, nothing.” Like so many of the city’s well-preserved post-war suburbs...

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:30 AM

Seneca stands tall with Oscar-winning director

Despite an Oscar on his shelf and countless other awards, renowned animated film director Chris Landreth found himself looking for whatever break he could find when it came time to begin production on The Spine, his latest computer-animated short film. Luckily for Landreth, the animation department...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:30 AM

A ‘wonderful route to the city’

There was a time when John Estevez wouldn’t have been caught dead living in a neigbourhood like the Queensway. This was years ago, when all he could see were streets of what he calls “cookie-cutter” homes lining the streets between Royal York and Islington, from below Bloor to the Queensway, the...

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5:30 AM

Sheridan has designs on woodworking

Chairs of every shape hang from the walls and the fragrant smell of wood fills the air in the furniture-making shops at Oakville’s Sheridan College. While there are schools that will teach you how to work with tools and others that specialize in furniture design, Sheridan’s furniture courses,...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 1:30 PM

Classes focus on building basic kitchen skills

“People are a lot more sophisticated now about food and it’s great for us,” Tom Filippou says. The head of the President’s Choice Cooking School, Filippou is in charge of dozens of chefs teaching hundreds of classes in Loblaws and Superstore locations in six provinces, and he’s seen his customers...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:30 AM

Zombies, love and deviance all there for online learning

Higher education isn’t all earnest grindwork or high-minded paper-chasing — every now and then, some professor’s enthusiasm or collegiate enthusiasm will land an eye-catching and idiosyncratic course on some university syllabus. There’s the University of Alabama, for instance, which offers an...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:30 AM

The best is yet to come for Downsview

The airport runway that sits in the middle of Downsview is probably the most appropriate geographical landmark for this idiosyncratic Toronto neighbourhood. Without airplanes and the people who built them, Downsview would never have taken shape years before the city stretched up to and past this...

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Don Mills: A future in the past

There’s a Back to the Future vibe to Don Mills that’s hard to ignore, and it’s not just because it’s one of the largest and best-preserved postwar neighbourhoods in the city, and probably the whole country. Once you’re off the main thoroughfares, it’s hard not to imagine cars with tail fins and...

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 5:30 AM

Native Studies programs a community-driven effort

While the idea of native or aboriginal studies began with the birth of identity politics in the ‘60s, native studies programs didn’t hit Canada’s academic world until the early ‘80s, appearing first at prairie and west coast universities. At the University of Calgary, Prof. James Frideres...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 2:30 PM

Brody brings academic star power to Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Studies might be a young field, but its reputation was enhanced recently when Hugh Brody was appointed Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at Fraser Valley University in British Columbia. British-born and Oxford-educated, Brody became the holder of a position that, strange as it...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 1:30 PM

Liberty Village: An industrial wasteland no more

Some neighbourhoods are notable for a proliferation of coffee shops or churches; in Liberty Village, you can orient yourself by the profusion of smokestacks, a legacy of the area’s past as a centre of heavy industry in Toronto. By the mid-80s the area was an industrial wasteland, much of it taken...

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 10:30 AM