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Extra, Extra: Sarah Polley on Family Secrets, Long-Tailed Lemur Escape, and Real Estate Fever Slowing Down

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  • Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley announced today that she won’t be granting interviews for a while about her new documentary, Stories We Tell. The film traces the reverberations that followed when Polley learned, as an adult, a long-kept family secret about her parents, and her explanation for why she’s not going to talk about it quite yet is an interesting tale of its own.
  • This two-year-old is the luckiest two-year-old in Toronto, for he is the two-year-old who was present when some long-tailed lemurs escaped from their enclosure at the zoo, and got to see it all (safely) in person.
  • One way to tell the real estate market has been truly nutty: people get excited, not when prices drop, but when the rate at which prices are increasing slows down. In Toronto last month prices rose by 1.6 per cent, yielding not only new record highs, but also hopes that we’ll start to level off soon. Home prices in the city are up 9.2 per cent over last year though (the national average is 4.8 per cent), so even a plateau in prices will leave us a very expensive place to live.
  • In the past, we have had some pretty harsh things to say about Restaurant Makeover—that TV show wherein a restaurant is supposed to get a new lease on life with the help of a chef, an interior designer, and some cash for renovations—so we were interested to learn that the makeover show got its own makeover. It is now called Restaurant Takeover, but we can’t say this has us convinced it’ll be an improvement.

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