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The New Porter

The other day I was assigned to a porter who was having her first day on the job. Read more

Constellation Jones

It feels like being swept along in a surging river. Read more

The Bicycle Thief

There’s a Bloor Street regular who spends his days hawking Black History Month pamphlets. Read more


On Thursday, Chinatown was bright and dusty, like an over-exposed postcard from a previous era. Read more

Texts From Dinner

On Friday night, I had dinner with a friend and her two teenaged daughters. Read more

Toronto General ER

The ER at the Toronto General, or anywhere in this city for that matter, is utter bedlam. Read more

BuzzFeed quiz

The other day I wrote one of those time-killing quizzes for the web empire Buzzfeed. Read more


Starbuck’s #RaceTogether initiative Read more


A friend of mine observed, “ That Kanye, he sure does bring out the racists, doesn’t he?” Read more

Putin Journal

Russian President Vladimir Putin had not been seen in public or on live TV for over a week. Read more