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

The very worst 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 Villains of the year, each of which in some way diminished or undermined Toronto. Click through to read each one, and once you’ve decided how they stack up, cast your ballot for the most nefarious. 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.

Rob Ford
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Bad faith and bad judgement
  Doug Ford
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The constant enabler
  Transit Trolls
Letting pandering trump policy

Gene Jones

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Shifting responsibility for neglect onto TCHC tenants
  Porter Airlines

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Trying to use public space for private interests
  Spiking Pedestrian and Cycling Fatalities
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Predictable, avoidable tragedies

David Mirvish

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Building and tearing down with no sense of proportion
  The Weather

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Ruining homes, belongings, holidays, and peace of mind
  Department of Canadian Heritage
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Defunding the Rhubarb Festival

David Gilmour

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Sending women writers down the hall
  Gary Bettman

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A one-network approach to sports coverage
  Derel Welsman and Dean Blundell
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Jeopardizing a criminal case in the name of homophobia

  The Cronut Burger
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Challenging our intestinal fortitude
  IKEA Monkey Lady
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Loving herself more than her pet