Your Superhero and Supervillain of 2014
The votes are in! Here's who you thought had the most positive and negative impact on the city this year.
Every December, Torontoist rounds out the year that was by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on our city. And then, it’s up to you to vote, picking a Superhero and Supervillain from among those nominees.
Here is who you, Torontoist readers, voted for as Superhero and Supervillain of 2014…
WINNER: The Grid
RUNNERS-UP: Toronto voters (second place) and Michael Wekerle (third place)
VOTING NOTES: Unlike last year, when the Toronto Star Investigative Team and City Hall Bureau swept into Superherodom with 65 per cent of votes, this year didn’t feature a first-round slam dunk for any one nominee: but the Grid garnered 37 per cent of first-place votes, and the results of the ranked balloting process gave it the win.
WINNER: Not-So-Latent Bigotry on the Campaign Trail
RUNNERS-UP: Giorgio Mammoliti (second place) and Sam Sotiropoulos (third place)
VOTING NOTES: Last year, Rob Ford cemented his Supervillain status by walking away with 75 per cent of the vote. This year, our Supervillain received 40 per cent of first-place votes, and made a strong overall showing on the ranked ballot. As you may have noticed, there is nary a Ford to be seen in our top three: while Rob received 16.3 per cent of first-place votes, and Doug 16.1, they didn’t garner sufficient support across the board to win even a runner-up title.