Heroes and Villains of 2013: Hall of Heroes
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Heroes and Villains of 2013: Hall of Heroes

The very best people, places, things, and ideas that had an influence on the city in 2013.

Every December, Torontoist recaps the year that’s ending 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. Here are our nominees for Heroes of the year: city builders and city champions, advocates for justice and breakout stars. Click through to read each one, and once you’ve decided how they stack up, then cast your ballot for the winner. Voting is open until 2 p.m. on January 1. At 4 p.m. we will reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year.

Toronto Star Investigative Team and City Hall Bureau
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Public service journalism under fire
  Richard Feren, AKA @TOMayorFrod

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Civic responsibility, and a great sense of humour
  No Casino Toronto and Mike Layton

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Standing up for a city that puts its residents first

Corktown Common
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Charming—and useful—experiments in urban design
  Church Street Parklets
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Showing how small changes can redefine our streets
  Jennifer Keesmaat
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Taking city-building mainstream

Syed Hussan
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Helping Toronto become a safe haven for those who need one
  Zoo Elephant Move
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Prioritizing quality of life over emotional attachment
  Tatiana Maslany
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Giving us several new sci-fi heroines, simultaneously

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An ambassador who’s proud of Toronto, and does us proud
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Leading the indie theatre charge in its very first year
  Pat Thornton
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Comedy for a cause

  The Raptor
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Making even bad games better fun
  Munenori Kawasaki
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Infectious, irresistible enthusiasm