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My article exploring the decline (and reinvention) of Toronto’s convenience stores appeared in the May 21 edition of the Globe and Mail.

Because there’s no link to it, here’s a copy of the article downloaded from the newspaper’s digital-print edition.


The article also beckoned my first letter to the editor! Happy they went easy on me, and interesting to hear convenience stores experienced decline much earlier than I thought. In a city, the only constant is change.

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Fresca – where the Toronto-style garlic brush was born, and has been dousing slices at Vietnamese-run pizzerias since the death of Massimo’s.

The culmination of over four years of delicious research, my latest contribution to the Globe and Mail follows the amazing story of the emergence of Toronto-style pizza – the product of accidents of history, only-in-Toronto cultural fusion, and the death of a pizza institution. It has given me the opportunity to celebrate what might be the “best slice in town” – the garlicky, tender and savoury pizza at Fresca. 

Read Meet Toronto’s new masters of pizza on the Globe and Mail website


Today, your Urban Geographer was featured in a photograph on the front page of the Globe & Mail’s Toronto section!

Above, Kevin Van Paasen captured me in deep contemplative thought as the ferry crossed Toronto Bay. The photo reveals my simultaneous vibing on the city’s complexity as it slowly reveals itself, along with the mesmerizing bobbing of pieces of ice as the ferry cut its way through the frigid waters.

The article gets into depth about the beauty of winter-time on the Toronto Islands, something I certainly have been experiencing these few days. Some Islanders lament that fact that not enough Torontonians come to the Islands to experience the joys of winter (including wild-skating, or “skating the wild ice”, as it’s referred to in the article). I’m more inclined to leave the winter-Island the way it is now — isolated and perfectly quiet.

Now that positive temperatures have brought on a deep melt of the ice, reading the article makes me feel nostalgic. Here’s hoping for more ice and snow this winter.