The Ministers of Cheese

Mark Pupo lovingly accounts how a family immigrated from Kosovo to Canada and started up a successful cheese business — that thrived even during the pandemic. Pupo clearly adores this little mom-and-pop business, and it sounds like he has good reason to.

As the store prospered, investors approached them with partnership and franchise proposals. Like the Pusateri clan, they could have opened multiple locations across the GTA. But they said no. By way of explanation, Agim mentions a favourite saying of his dad’s: “The eye of the farmer fattens the animals.” Put another way, if you want something done right, do it yourself. The Pristines’ competitive advantage is that it’s their store; keeping the Cheese Boutique in the family means they can make sure it’s plump and healthy.

Author: Mark Pupo
Source: Toronto Life
Published: Apr 25, 2022
Length: 21 minutes (5,296 words)

The Lie That Made Me

Aviva Coopersmith delivers a candid first-hand account on uncovering the harrowing truth behind her conception at the hands of an unscrupulous fertility doctor.

The rest of the class-action plaintiffs are former patients: women like my mom who never consented to being inseminated with the sperm used to impregnate them; fathers like Rebecca’s, who have had to contend with the discovery that their children are not biologically related to them; and men like Sean, who stored their sperm with Barwin for safekeeping, only to have it used to conceive a stranger’s child.

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Feb 22, 2022
Length: 29 minutes (7,300 words)

The Hunt For a Killer

“Three days later, he was free. All charges were dropped, his record wiped. The moment was a decade in the making, yet he knew better than to celebrate too joyously: in the public eye, suspicion would follow him until Christine’s real killer was found.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Nov 29, 2021
Length: 42 minutes (10,515 words)

The Man Who Would Be King: Inside the Ruthless Battle for Control of the $34-Billion Rogers Empire

“To say that Rogers’ mobile division was successful would be like saying Babe Ruth was pretty good at swinging a bat. The company hit it out of the park—repeatedly. By luck or by design, it leapfrogged over its competitors, Bell and Telus, and became the darling of Bay Street.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Oct 16, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,966 words)

The Last Supper

“There were outstanding invoices from plumbers and electricians, wine sellers and brewers, furniture sellers and marble suppliers, plus a dozen of Tsebelis and Giazitzidis’s jilted Brassaii suppliers now losing on the company a second time around.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,730 words)

The Anti-Vax Crusaders

“Later that day, united by their displeasure with the state, a bizarre coalition of devout churchgoers, fed-up parents, small business owners and agitated radicals chanted “freedom” as they marched through the streets of Aylmer.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Oct 14, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,025 words)

Survivor

“The discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children’s remains in the spring was particularly hard for me—because I knew I could have been one of them. How I made it through Canada’s residential school system.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,917 words)

Clash of the Islanders

“There are 262 homes on the picturesque Toronto Islands, and the battle to get one is epic. Inside the fight over a prime property that’s ripping the tight-knit community in two.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Jun 23, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,448 words)

Doctor Fentanyl

“George Otto was a respected family physician with a bustling clinic in the northwest corner of the city. But he had a secret: after hours, he was running a booming fentanyl business. The untold story of the doctor who fuelled a drug crisis.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Mar 22, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,824 words)

The Imposter

“Shaun MacDonald was an ambitious tech innovator whose start-up was going to revolutionize the crypto economy. His wealthy investors had no idea that their charismatic founder was really Boaz Manor, a notorious Canadian white-collar criminal. It was only a matter of time before they discovered the truth.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Nov 24, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,668 words)