Heroes and Villains 2012: Hall of Heroes
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Heroes and Villains 2012: Hall of Heroes

The best of our city in 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.

Andy Byford

Bringing customer-focused change to the TTC.
  Adaptation of Maple Leaf Gardens

Giving our history new life.
  Ontario Place Revitalization Plan

Vision that balances preservation and renewal.

David Mirvish

Ambition writ large.
  Astral Info Pillar Hackers

Taking Toronto’s sidewalks back.
  Ryerson Image Centre

Living up to the university’s ambitions.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

A rare home for first-run documentaries.
  Academy of the Impossible

Making education accessible, and breaking down barriers.
  Sarah Polley

Staying true to an uncompromising path.

G 98.7

Making commercial radio worth listening to again.
  The Beguiling

Supporting independent graphic arts for 25 years.
  Alex Anthopoulos

Building the Jays into a team to be reckoned with.

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.

  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.

  Cheri DiNovo

Championing trans rights.
  Jude MacDonald and Paul Magder

Holding the mayor to account.
    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.

Hall of Villains