Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the very best and the very worst people, places, and things in and of Toronto over the past twelve months. We’ve unmasked our picks for Heroes and Villains; now, until the end of the year, your votes will whittle our lists down in a single elimination tournament to determine 2009’s Superhero and Supervillain.
Composite of remaining Villains by Sasha Plotnikova/Torontoist.
WE ARE SO UNBELIEVABLY MAD AT YOU, TORONTOIST READERS!!!!! JUST SO MAD!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!! UN-MERRY ALMOST-CHRISTMAS!!!!
Sorry, sorry. We’re sorry. We had to use up all of our outrage, now that that emotion is out of the running for Villain of the year, handily defeated by the combined power of Bell, Rogers, and Telus, who all, appropriately, drew an awful lot of outrage themselves in 2009. Other matchups were a whole lot closer: until mid-day on Wednesday, two—”The War on the Car” vs. Prejudging the Michael Bryant–Darcy Allan Sheppard Collision and Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League vs. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment—were a few votes away from being tied.
So now, of the twenty-four we started with, there are twelve Villains left competing for Supervillain of the year. Voting for this round is open until midnight on Monday, December 28. (Voting for the latest round of Heroes, which as of the time this post was published has ties a-plenty, goes till Sunday, December 27.) Feel the yuletide ambivalence.
Round One ResultsBell, Rogers, and Telus (82%) advances over Outrage (18%); MuchMusic (76%) over The Big Bop’s Demise (24%); The Summer City Workers’ Strike (75%) over The Weather (25%); Joe Pantalone’s Ossington Bylaws (68%) over J. P. Ricciardi (32%); The Yellow Pages (67%) over Earth Hour (33%); Michael Ignatieff (65%) over Yann Martel (35%); Yonge and Bloor’s Empty Lot (65%) advances over Richard Wengle (35%); Bed Bugs (59%) over H1N1 (41%); Toronto a la Cart (57%) over The Beer Store (43%); Media Layoffs (55%) over The Book’s Impending Death (45%); Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League (53%) over Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (47%); and Prejudging the Michael Bryant–Darcy Allan Sheppard Collision (53%) over “The War on the Car” (47%).
Back to you once more: who or what has been the bigger villain in 2009?
Bell, Rogers, and Telus or the Yellow Pages?