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Heroes and Villains 2011:
Villains—The Underminers

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the very best and very worst people, places, things, and ideas that have had an influence on the city over the past twelve months.

Today, in villains: people whose glibness undermines the quality of our public discourse.

    Occupy Toronto, for squandering a rare opportunity.  

    The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition, for being a one-man show that claims to represent the interests of the city’s taxpayers.  

    Fat-Phobic Rob Ford Critics, for being judgmental for all the wrong reasons.  

From December 12–23, the candidates for Mightiest and Meanest—and new this year, a reader’s write-in option! From December 26–29 you’ll be able to vote for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year, and we’ll reveal the results December 30.


  • Stratton

    Don’t use the word “fat” — please. Don’t agree about OT being a villain.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for bringing up OT. You’re absolutely right, they had an extremely rare opportunity where the national media was focused on them and most people in Toronto either supported them or were at least taking a “wait and see” approach to them. What did we get? A month and a half long exercise in political theory.

    I tried engaging the OT crowd and tried to point out the opportunity they were squandering but they had a pretty intense echo chamber going on. If your didn’t fit within their narrow view of how OT should operate then you were tuned out.

    If I was more paranoid I’d suggest that the people guiding the OT crowd purposely messed things up so as to discredit them or at least get people to dismiss them.

  • Underminer

    Underminers might seem glib to you, but I assure you they aren’t: