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Dissing Toronto

June 27th, 2006

I don’t much like Toronto, I think it’s a dirty, out of control city in a death spiral.

Brian’s comment in his “I am Afraid” column prompted the reply from Jim “Thanks for being so constructive”. I say give your head a shake.

I used to work in downtown T.O. and I think the conditions are worse now than 15 years ago. But it doesn’t matter what we say. Because we don’t live there.

We could sit here all day making suggestions on how to improve the condition of the city. But it wouldn’t matter. Because we don’t live there.

Until the people who live and vote in Toronto force their elected officials to stop whining about how it’s some other level of governments fault/responsibility/duty and start fixing the problems things will continue to go downhill. If things don’t get fixed, vote them out and bring in someone who will fix it.

Sticking out your lower lip and pouting about criticisms isn’t going make anything better.


  1. Jim
    June 27th, 2006 at 12:19 | #1

    If I had a nickel for every time somebody who “used to live” or “used to work” in Toronto says it’s worse now then X years ago, I’d be a rich man. A very rich man. Actually, in this blog alone, I’d have made 15 cents.

    Everybody’s got an opinion, and more importantly, everybody’s got a solution. It’s so simple too …

    We just need to replace everybody on city council with people who are willing to fix the problem because nobody’s doing it.

    Blah blah blah.

    I will give you credit though – you did refrain from blaming our liberal city council and our attempts to embrace diversity as the cause (although I bet it is what you’re thinking – damn us and our over rampant political correctness, eh?). Joanne (True Blue), in your comments, blames the dastardly gays, but I won’t hold you to that comment.

    It’s a common mantra by those who purport to know better. Usually, people, like yourself, who “no longer live here”.

    A city of 3 million; one of the safest in the world for a city of its size, too, has done remarkably well.

    Calling it a city in a death spiral hardly constitutes criticism, and if you’re going to level that kind of “criticism” without actually any thought behind it, then expect to be called on it.

  2. Joanne (True Blue)
    June 27th, 2006 at 12:44 | #2

    No, I’m not blaming the gays. I am saying that they are already doing a good enough job supporting the city’s tourism industry, etc. Kinsella’s efforts are redundant. “No fear” would have been a better slogan from the beginning.

    Kinsella, like so many Liberals believes that Toronto is Canada, and everything else is just “out there” somewhere.

  3. Jim
    June 27th, 2006 at 13:19 | #3

    What does Warren Kinsella’s internet campaign have to do with believing that Toronto is in a death spiral?

  4. Joanne (True Blue)
    June 28th, 2006 at 10:08 | #4

    It doesn’t. I was speaking to your earlier comment. Obviously I didn’t do a very good job.

  5. Christian Conservative
    July 14th, 2006 at 13:49 | #5

    You’ve got 25 cents now… I “used to” live in Toronto, AND “used to” work in Toronto.

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