Police Chief Julian Fantino
The sin: There are so many - tasers, disdain for civilian oversight of police, denial of racial profiling - that it's hard to keep count. But what rankles most are the pre-emptive and arbitrary arrest of protestors and his disturbing attempt to demand permits for demos. All this shows a contempt for individual rights that's chilling to contemplate in someone charged with upholding democratic principles.
Former Grit MP Dennis Mills
The sin: Being a menace to Toronto - think waterfront, Port Authority, same-sex marriage. But his failure to deliver on his highly publicized promise at an OCAP rally to convert an abandoned building on Gerrard East into affordable housing really stinks. Of all Mills's cheap publicity stunts, this one - exploiting the homeless for his own political gain - takes the cake.
Councillor Bill Saundercook
The sin: Pushing a motion to sweep the belongings and sleeping bags of homeless people off sidewalks and out of public spaces. One man's garbage is another's home, but that fact was apparently lost on Liberal Saundercook, whose Harris-style callousness reminded us of the Lastman regime he'd backed, which had done its own sweeping of the issue - under the rug.
York U prez Lorna Marsden
The sin: Not only is she sucking up to developers (again) by blocking a cheap bus line to the campus in favour of a horribly pricey subway, but earlier this year Marsden dredged up an obscure, decades-old clause to expel student radical Daniel Freeman-Maloy. The courts have since overturned that clampdown on free speech and ordered Freeman-Maloy, who's also suing, reinstated. The more we learn about this nasty affair, the more it looks like Marsden was trying to quell criticism of the Israeli government on campus.
Councillor Michael Walker
The sin: We love Walker's unpredictability, but his push for the city to set up a "counterterrorism" hotline crossed the line. While Walker says he wasn't out to demonize Muslims or people of Arab origin, the Canadian Arab Federation saw the move as more than just an innocent proposal to catch bad guys - especially since they hadn't been consulted. This kind of McCarthyesque fear-mongering is ill conceived, ill advised and way beneath Walker.
Defence Minister Bill Graham
The sin: Waffling on weapons in space. Graham once called space weapons illegal. Now he's the Martin team's point man on U.S. missile defence, which will almost certainly include weapons in space. We're not sure what's more distasteful, Graham's shift or the fact that he's allowing the Martinites to use his human rights rep as a smokescreen on the issue.
Blue Jays boss Paul Godfrey
The sin: Hyping the threat of an unlikely terror attack to block construction of several hundred affordable housing units for seniors near Skydome. Godfrey's safety concern for seniors is touching, and he's now helped buy the Dome for his boss Ted Rogers for a bargain-basement $25 million. We're not sure if there's a connection between the two things, but this guy's always got an angle.
Councillor Case Ootes
The sin: Being a spoilsport and whiner. Ootes has been expending an inordinate amount of energy carping about bike lanes (he tried to have one on Dundas East removed, and delayed implementation of another on Cosburn) and trying to undermine the progressive forces on the police services board. This kind of obstructionism is unfitting for a senior member of council. And this guy wanted to be mayor?
Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay
The sin: Continuing to advance the Harris Tories' screwy pro-hunting agenda. Under Ramsay, the Grits have changed regs to allow the unrestricted hunting of wolves throughout most of the province, and trapping in provincial parks - even of threatened species - where hunting is not allowed. The province has also extended turkey shoot hours so kids can learn to kill after school. At least we knew where the Tories stood. The Grits are running a shell game.
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker
The sin: The usually conscientious eco head loses his balance when he delves into issues non-environmental. His decidedly wonky streak emerged with his recent support of a ban on youth gatherings at Scarborough Civic Centre. De Baeremaeker didn't hesitate to play up the hyped "violent rampage" that led to the ban at a time when leadership was needed to calm fears. Still a little green - in the political sense.