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Heroes and Villains 2012: Hall of Villains

The worst of our city over the past 12 months.


For the past two weeks, we have been 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. Here they all are, one last time.


The Gardiner Expressway

An eyesore that’s creating an increasingly dangerous commute.
  Breaking Condo Glass
 

Causing injury, closing streets, and sparking lawsuits.
  Donald Trump
 

Lending his name to an ugly, failing project.


Extreme NIMBYism

Taking the fear of change to irrational heights.
  Casino Pressure

Making it hard to make a good decision.
  Bike Lane Fiascos

More angry, more congested, and less safe streets.


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.
  The Impossible Rental Market

Vacancy rates that make renting hopeless.
  James Pasternak and QuAIA Alarmism

Undermining Pride Toronto, and Toronto’s commitment to diversity.


Sue-Ann Levy

Using her position to deride instead of reason.
  Michael Bryant

An astonishingly tone-deaf response to a tragic death.
  Frances Nunziata

Treating her colleagues like wayward schoolchildren.


Unsubstantiated “Safety Concerns”

Using race as an indicator of crime.
  Yunel Escobar
 

Homophobic slurs and frustrating non-apologies.
  Doug Holyday
 

Trying to turn an already divided house even more against itself.


  Rob Ford

Failing us again, and again, and again.
 




Hall of Heroes


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