Of medals, Mick and mother Rus­sia

Get ready for an Olympic month

Richmond Hill Post - - Editor’s Notes - By Ron John­son

I have a lot of mem­o­rable mo­ments from watch­ing the Olympic Games — Jean-Luc Bras­sard cos­sack­ing his way to a gold medal in 2002 and skeleton champ Jon Mont­gomery strolling through the Olympic Vil­lage, beer pitcher in hand, to name just two. Ev­ery­one en­joys cheer­ing on a home­town favourite.

With the Win­ter Olympics set to be­gin on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Rus­sia, we de­cided to track down as many lo­cal ath­letes as we could to give our read­ers an idea of the ta­lented area ath­letes go­ing for gold this month.

We also chat with CBC’s Cassie Camp­bell, a two-time gold medal­list who will be in Rus­sia to cover the games. Also this month, we’ve added a cou­ple of col­umns ded­i­cated to im­mers­ing your­self in the Rus­sian ex­pe­ri­ence to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the games. In our Too Close to Call col­umn, we take a look at two of the city’s best vodka bars. And, colum­nist Re­becca Eck­ler checks out an au­then­tic Rus­sian spa.

Up front, we com­pare two of the best-known furry prog­nos­ti­ca­tors in our Cityscape col­umn and check up on well-known ac­tor Gra­ham Greene.

In our life sec­tion, our fash­ion colum­nist, Jeanne Beker, scours the city to find the chicest négligées for Valen­tine’s Day. In ad­di­tion, a re­cent study sug­gests a link be­tween obe­sity and car-ori­ented neigh­bour­hoods. We track down Dr. Gil­lian Booth, en­docri­nol­o­gist at St. Michael’s Hos­pi­tal, and get all the de­tails. And, Dr. David Suzuki talks about the rights of the en­vi­ron­ment and why the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment need to do more. Much more.

In the arts, we pro­file lo­cal sen­sa­tion Kath­eryn Win­nick, one of the stars of the award-win­ning TV se­ries Vik­ings.

In ad­di­tion, we chat with co­me­dian Brent Butt about his up­com­ing com­edy tour and de­tec­tive movie; catch up with ta­lented Aus­tralian mu­si­cian John But­ler, check out two new the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions, and Post City’s Mark Bres­lin writes about his ex­pe­ri­ence with wrestler-turned­comic Mick Fo­ley.

Kick­ing off our food cov­er­age, our res­i­dent chef, Grant van Gameren, en­lists the help of fel­low chef and sig­nif­i­cant other Sunny Stone to test the city’s top crème brûlée.

Food critic Joanne Kates re­views chef Fran­cisco Ale­jan­dri’s Agave y Agua­cate along with the Chase Fish & Oys­ter.

Plus, Jon Sufrin on the new trend to­ward turn-of-the­cen­tury din­ing, and we send a de­li­cious pasta dish from a no­table restau­rant to the lab for nutritiona­l anal­y­sis. And it isn’t pretty.

And, in celebratio­n of Valen­tine’s Day, our Look­ing Back col­umn fea­tures the wed­ding pho­tos of a num­ber of fa­mous Toron­to­ni­ans. Use the clues and see how many you can guess cor­rectly.

Ron John­son

Re­becca Eck­ler has her cza­rina mo­ment

One of T.O.’s medal hope­fuls, Michael Lam­bert

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