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2012 Villain Nominees: Culture and Sports

Undermining the vitality of our city.

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: Culture and Sports

CLICK ON EACH NOMINEE to learn more about them.

Margaret Wente

Plagiarism, and laziness of epic proportions.
  NHL Lockout

Taking hockey away from us.
  NFB Funding Cuts

Forcing the Mediatheque closure.

John Farrell

Checking out even before he left the team.
  CBC Funding Cuts

Weakening one of our national institutions.
  Sedwick Hill

For the untimely death of the Toronto Underground Cinema.

  Factory Theatre Board of Directors

Losing their community’s trust.

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


  • MM

    what, no RoFo?

    • EhmBoo

      Though he has harmed the culture of our City and his travails have become a spectator sport, I dont thing he fits the category.

  • Anonymous

    The NFB and CBC cuts should probably be combined. (I’d say they’re the worst things on the list, though I can’t say what damage they did specifically to Toronto vs. to the country and Canadian culture as a whole.)

  • EhmBoo

    NHL the most persistently annoying. NFB harms us in the rest of world. Sadly CBC cuts too common (and did we need 5 days a week of Dragon’s Den anyway). Not sure Wente or the baseball guy should be given recognition of being on any list. Just encourages bad behaviour