the winners

Our winners and losers in 2007. Reader, beware: this could get ugly.

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Iraq war resisters

For giving peace a chance.After the Supreme Court denied their appeal, the Commons citizenship and immigration committee offers a ray of hope, passing a motion to allow Iraq war objectors and their families to stay in Canada. It’s up to us now.

War Child Canada

For waking us from our slumber about genocide in Africa.Its guerrilla ads for a fictional camp where parents could send their kids to learn to throw grenades and fire AK-47s offended many (a good thing) and struck a blow for forgotten child soldiers forced to fight wars in Sudan and Uganda.

Ireland Park

For taking our breath away.This bronze memorial at the foot of Bathurst to the immigrants pushed to our shores by the Irish famine adds an artful and awe-inspiring beacon on our waterfront.

Fox can't be muzzled in the Beach.

Rep cinema-goers

For showing us that activism in the arts is still alive.The historic Fox and Revue closed, only to reopen better than ever because enough people cared to save these independently owned gems.

Adam Vaughan

For his daring.From taking on the cop budget to pushing creative planning and small retail, rookie pol Vaughan is looking more and more like a mayor in waiting – with independence and media savvy to spare.


For getting a little of its groove back. After years of legal limbo, legendary pickup joint the Barn, famous for its nude parties, eopens in the new year. We’ll swig to that.

Rogers Centre

concession workers

For taking on Uncle Ted. Lethal Weapon Danny Glover lent his star power to a successful union drive by servers at the Dome, who make $5 an hour less than peers at unionized arenas in the city.

Mayor David Miller

For not withering under the right wing’s relentless attacks.Despite the professional obstructionists on council, we have a green plan, Transit City, more money thanks to new taxing powers and revitalization plans for Nathan Phillips Square and Union Station that aren’t just pie in the sky.

Toronto school board

For not forgetting visible minorities.They’ve taken hits for failing minority students, but trustees also unanimously adopted a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for kids often denied their legal right to schooling because their parents have no legal immigration status.

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