Of spring, sam­mies and snazzy out­fits

March Mad­ness in more ways than one by Ron John­son

Bayview Post - - News - RON JOHN­SON

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, this is where the party is.

We like this month. It’s a good one. There are par­ties, events, hap­pen­ings and the first glim­mers of an end to the chilly sea­son that has kept us un­der wraps for a cou­ple months. We peek out­side our doors, say hello to neigh­bours we haven’t re­ally seen for a while, and, if lucky, we pull the cover off the BBQ. We start to get ex­cited about sports again, with play­offs around the cor­ner and a two-week chunk of the month ded­i­cated to col­lege bas­ket­ball’s March Mad­ness. Neigh­bour­hood life be­gins anew. All is well.

And one other thing that is be­gin­ning again is election sea­son. It seems like only yes­ter­day that Cana­di­ans voted in that good lookin’ fella down in Ot­tawa. Now, we have a Con­ser­va­tive party lead­er­ship race un­der­way, an NDP lead­er­ship race to be­gin soon, and On­tario seems like it is in election mode al­ready.

One of the most ex­cit­ing peo­ple on the Cana­dian po­lit­i­cal land­scape is Jag­meet Singh, MPP. The stylish young Bramp­ton politi­cian was re­cently fea­tured in a GQ ar­ti­cle, and spec­u­la­tion is ram­pant that he will take a run at the fed­eral lead­er­ship of the New Demo­cratic Party. We tracked him down to find out more.

Also in news this month, the il­le­gal mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries saga con­tin­ues to per­co­late in our neigh­bour­hoods. Re­cently, there was an armed rob­bery at an Eglin­ton Av­enue West shop, which of course means a mon­u­men­tal risk to lo­cal res­i­dents. We de­cided to see what was hap­pen­ing and which dis­pen­saries are still open and where, as crim­i­nals con­tinue to tar­get these op­er­a­tions for an easy rob­bery with a large re­ward.

In food, we put the Adam­son Bar­be­cue team to good use by hav­ing them sam­ple the city’s best break­fast sand­wiches. Also, our food critic Joanne Kates checks out the city’s hottest new restau­rant: La Banane. And we pro­file the tal­ented Toronto restau­ra­teur Janet Zuc­carini.

Our lifestyle cov­er­age kicks off with our fash­ion expert Jeanne Beker, who looks at four snazzy out­fits ide­ally matched to the best March break travel des­ti­na­tions. Also, fit­ness colum­nist Monika Sch­narre gets all bent out of shape dur­ing her first in­ver­sion yoga class, and she gives us all the de­tails. And the amaz­ing Dr. Jess asks the big re­la­tion­ship ques­tion: Are you re­ally get­ting enough?

In arts, we chat with ac­claimed play­wright Erin Shields on her lat­est work hav­ing its world pre­miere at the Tar­ragon The­atre this month —

And, colum­nist Mark Bres­lin looks at break­out com­edy hit of­fer­ing us much-needed satire in the time of Trump.

A scene from made-in-Toronto com­edy hit ‘The Beaver­ton’

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