Heroes and Villains of 2014: Hall of Villains
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Heroes and Villains of 2014: Hall of Villains

The people, places, things, and ideas that had a negative impact on the city in 2014.

Once again, Torontoist rounds out the year that was by naming our Heroes and Villains—the places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on our city. Our nominees for Supervillain of the Year (presented below in random order) proved detrimental to our city by limiting our cultural options, cheapening civil discourse, and more. Click through to read each one, and once you’ve decided how they stack up, cast your ballot for the winner. Voting will be open until 5 p.m. on December 30. At noon on December 31, we’ll reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year.

EDITORS’ NOTE: Jian Ghomeshi has not been included as a nominee for Supervillain of the Year. We felt that voting on something that involves criminal charges and has affected individual private citizens in a traumatic way would not be appropriate for the Heroes and Villains competition.

Not-So-Latent Bigotry on the Campaign Trail
 
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Spreading hate and intolerance
  Sam Sotiropoulos (@TrusteeSam)
 
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Promoting bigotry and hate
  Toronto District School Board
 
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Scandals, controversies, and general dysfunction

Giorgio Mammoliti
 
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Flagrantly violating the rules
  CBC Brass
 
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Prioritizing its star over the safety of its employees
  Radius Clauses
 
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Pitting festivals against one another

TTC Delays

 
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Slowly driving commuters crazy
  Akelius

 
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Aggressively invading vulnerable neighbourhoods
  Campaign-Trail Transit Planning
 
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Simple, catchy, and inadequate

Doug Ford
 
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Being all the things he is
  Joe Warmington
 
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Prioritizing access to the mayor over journalism in the public interest
  Rob Ford
 
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Giving us one more year of being the worst mayor we’ve ever had

Death of Toronto Bookstores

 
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Taking away many of our favourite places
  Andrea Horwath and the Provincial NDP Leadership Team
 
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Political opportunism and forgetting what the party stands for
  Stop the Chorley Park Switchback Activists

 
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The worst kind of NIMBYism


HALL OF HEROES

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