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2012 Hero Nominees: Standing Their Ground

Institutions and people who, under attack, decided to keep going.

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: Standing Their Ground

CLICK ON EACH NOMINEE to learn more about them.

  Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean

Grace under fire.
  Daniel Dale

Staying professional, even when the mayor couldn’t.
  Alice Moran

Speaking up when she didn’t need to.

  Captain John

Keeping the waterfront interesting, and keeping his dream alive.
  The Globe and Mail‘s Paywall

Reminding us that journalism costs money to make.

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


  • Goku98

    is this a joke post?

    • Dinah Might

      how about this one?

    • Anonymous

      Pretty much.

  • Anonymous

    Captain John, the tax-dodger, a hero?

    The G&M pay-wall nomination is a wee bit self-serving, and questionable after you ran an article tearing it apart as ineffective.

    • Anonymous

      I feel there’s an argument to made for Captain John.

      As for the paywall, the fact that I wrote an article critical of it doesn’t mean we’ve taken up an editorial stance against it.

    • Anonymous

      The illustrations are heroic at least.

  • Anonymous

    My deadbeat brother-in-law drove his dilapidated old motor home on to the public park next to my house. He plugged in to water and power on my property, said he’d pay but never did even after I took him to court. The motor home rusted out to the point where it couldn’t even move any more, the tires are stuck so far in the dirt that you’d have to take the whole thing apart to get it out of there. We ask him to go, and move on with his life, but as far as he’s gotten is to put up a faded “For Sale” sign.

    And that man is the greatest hero in Canadian history. According to Torontoist.