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2012 Hero Nominees: Advocates

Championing causes that make things better for us all.

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 12 months. From December 10 to 19, we’ll unveil the nominees, grouped by category. Vote for your favourites from each batch, every single day! On December 19 and 20 the winners from each category go head-to-head in the final round of voting, and on December 21, we will reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year.

The Nominees: Advocates

CLICK ON EACH NOMINEE to learn more about them.

The Toronto Marlies

Standing up for athletes of all orientations.
  Brian Burke

Making it his mission to combat homophobia.
  Stephanie Guthrie

Making public space—on and offline—safer for everyone.

  Cheri DiNovo

Championing trans rights.
  Jude MacDonald and Paul Magder

Holding the mayor to account.

Voting has now closed on this category. The final round of voting begins Wednesday, December 19.


  • Fayclis

    Would love to cast my ballot for Cheri to be first but the program will NOT allow me to move her up to first place. :-(

    • Anonymous

      Works for me.

      • Fayclis

        Guess it is just me as two other friends said they were able to vote. :-(

    • Anonymous

      Working at our office. What operating system/browser combo are you on?

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t work for me either.

  • jim

    it works for me. good thing the vote isn’t for most computer literate