Friday, May 19, 2006

Toronto-Hating - the common theories

1. TORONTONIANS

One of the main complaints of people who visit or move to Toronto is that people are unfriendly and emotionally cold. Is it a Protestant thing? A big city thing? It’s also a common perception that people are obsessed with work and money in Toronto -- so much so that everything else takes second place, including people’s personalities.


2. JEALOUSY

Many people outside Toronto believe Toronto, the financial capital of Canada, has all the money. This kind of Toronto-hating is very convenient when you’re broke. It is possible that Toronto is simply the richest and the best and people are jealous.


3. “THEY THINK THEY’RE NEW YORK”

Many Canadians hate Toronto because apparently many Torontonians believe they are New York.


4. THE MAPLE LEAFS

Does Canada hate Toronto because of its perpetually losing ultra-rich hockey team? Is “GO LEAFS GO!” like sandpaper on the rest of Canada’s ears? Is CBC coverage too Toronto-centric?


5. TORONTO IS THE ANTI-THESIS OF CANADA

If Canada is roaring rivers and towering timbers, then Toronto is a big fat polluted city.


6. TORONTO IS BORING AND PURITANICAL

City bureaucrats refused to allow Torontonians Natalie Glebova be “Miss Universe” on city property. Similar to when the Barenaked Ladies weren’t allowed to perform on city property because of their rude band name. And many say that “Toronto the Good “ is so good that its boring.


7. FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: TORONTO HATING UNIFIES CANADA

It is perhaps a symbolic glue that has evolved to promote national unity. What do the Maritimer fisherman, the artsy Montrealer, the Calgarian Oil cowboy and the Vancouver tree-hugger all have in common? Toronto-hating.



CHALLENGED BY THE FACTS

What’s interesting about Toronto-hating is that today, it is challenged by the facts. Toronto is Canada’s most diverse city, with some of the country’s wildest nightlife and its share of rich and poor. Toronto drives much of the Canadian economy, and few residents are under the illusion they are living in the New York of the North. Yet Toronto-hating lives on.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff, keep on rockin' in the free world!

3:47 PM  

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