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Toronto Reporter Rips ROC

Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:32 am

Toronto Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong spent two and a half days in Rochester, wich will soon be linked to Toronto via fast ferry. Her scathing (and, I find, pretty condescending) article has ROC's mayor and Chamber of Commerce really pissed off.

Ferry bad place
The good news is that Torontonians are getting an exciting new car ferry. The bad news is it's going to Rochester

By JAN WONG (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Saturday, November 29, 2003 - Page M1

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- People in this beleaguered city on the south shore of Lake Ontario are pretty excited about a new Toronto-Rochester car ferry promised for May. For their part, people in Toronto have barely noticed. That's all to the good because there are several important reasons why Torontonians wouldn't ever want to come here.

Take Rochester's homicide rate, at triple the U.S. average. The car-theft rate is 2.6 times the U.S. average. Robbery is nearly triple the national rate. Then there's the culinary treasure known -- this is true -- as the Garbage Plate.

For $6 (U.S.), you get home fries and cold macaroni salad, topped with a cheeseburger or hot dog, all drowned in ground meat, hot sauce, chopped raw onions and Day-Glo orange grease. It takes a tattooed cook 14 seconds to assemble. It looks unpicturesque.

"That's why they call it the Garbage Plate," says Mayor William A. Johnson Jr., 61, who is no fan.

Don't sample it at Nick Tahou Hots (slogan: "Home of the Garbage Plate''). At this fluorescent-and-Formica joint, the cheeseburger is as dry as a cracker and the grease pools at the bottom of the paper plate.

"It's supposed to be greasy," says the skinny cashier, who appears to eat elsewhere.

Nick's used to be open all night until it hosted one too many shootouts. Located on West Main Street, it's a quick but perilous walk from the mayor's office, past a homeless shelter, shuttered businesses and a high school for troubled youths.

"You walked there?" Mr. Johnson says. "I wouldn't walk there. Don't go there again. If you had made a wrong turn, you would have been in no man's land." He pulls out sheets of statistics. Rochester's homicide rate, at 17.4 per 100,000, is double New York City's.

In 2001, Rochester had 39 homicides, mostly execution-style hits.

"Only a couple of times a year, a purely innocent person gets shot," the mayor says.

He dreamed up the ferry idea in 1995, a year after he took office. He thought tourism might halt the city's decline. Conjuring up a vision of Torontonians streaming across Lake Ontario, he persuaded New York state to kick in $14-million toward a ferry service.

Currently, the $42.5-million (U.S.) high-speed catamaran is out of dry dock in Perth, Australia. At the Rochester harbour, a 30-minute drive from downtown, work crews are rushing to convert an abandoned warehouse into a terminal.

But neither side has received approval from customs and immigration authorities. And construction hasn't even begun in Toronto. "I'm in the dark as to exactly what kind of structure they're talking about," says Mr. Johnson, who has heard rumours that Toronto's terminal might be a concrete pad covered by a tent.

Henry Pankratz, Toronto Port Authority chairman, didn't return calls. Nor did Dominick DeLucia or Howard Thomas, executives at the ferry company, Canadian American Transportation Systems.

"The last I heard they wanted somebody else to put in money," says Joe Pantalone, a Toronto city councillor who chairs the municipal waterfront group.

In a sign of how few tourists come to Rochester, rooms at Microtel Inn & Suites cost $39.95.

"I get the stupidest calls from the stupidest people," the desk clerk complained to a room attendant the other morning. "Like, 'How big are your rooms?' " In fact, Microtel has queen beds and full baths, and includes continental breakfast, free local calls, cable TV and the morning paper.

Rochester would be a bargain, except that Air Canada charges nearly $900 round-trip for a 25-minute flight. (Advance bookings are $387, with a $150 penalty for any change.) By car, the trip via Buffalo takes about 3½ hours, plus gas and tolls. In contrast, the thrice-daily ferry will cost $40 (U.S.) per car, plus $20 per passenger, or $28 for walk-ons. Shore to shore, the trip takes 2½ hours, an estimate that doesn't include customs and immigration checks.

But such comparisons miss the point, according to Carol Miller, a retired hospital worker (and my cousin-in-law), who has lived in Rochester her whole life. "What do they expect people from Toronto to do when they come here? There is so nothing here."

Hers is a typical Rochesterian psyche, less civic boosterism than civic dumpsterism. Indeed, last June a number of local organizations offered a "Reality Tour" of the city's poorest neighbourhoods.

Ms. Miller offers her own blightseeing tour. At the ferry docks, she points out abandoned buildings. "The beach is polluted," she says over the roar of front-loaders. Later, she drives her family van over potholed streets to the downtown core. Here, on the Genesee River, is Rochester's star attraction: a 30-metre waterfall.

High Falls is no Niagara Falls, but it did power Rochester's first flour mills. On this sunny November day, the footbridge is deserted. "I hate to tell you this, but it's like this in the summer, too," Ms. Miller says. "To be honest, I wouldn't come here day or night alone."

Downtown, all-day parking is $3. A nearby heritage building is vacant, with smashed windows and torn plastic sheeting. Traffic is so sparse it's unnecessary to look left or right when crossing the street. But pretensions to a bygone era remain: no-left-turn signs on every downtown corner.

Two hundred years ago, High Falls made Rochester the largest flour-milling city in the world. A hundred years ago, George Eastman invented the 10-cent flexible film roll and the $1 Brownie camera here. His 50-room mansion, which now houses a museum of photography, is the city's only five-star attraction. In 1932, at the age of 77, the lifelong bachelor declared his life's work done and shot himself in an upstairs bedroom.

Rochester's decline can be traced to governor Thomas E. Dewey. In 1948, Rochester voted against him when he ran for president, ensuring he lost the state -- and the White House. Two years later, Mr. Dewey saw to it that Interstate 90 bypassed Rochester on its way from Buffalo to Syracuse.

Today, digital technology has slashed employment at Eastman Kodak Co. to 21,000 from a high of 60,000 in 1982. Two other main employers, Xerox Corp. and Bausch & Lomb Inc., have also cut jobs. In the past decade, Rochester's population has shrunk 6.3 per cent to 220,000 (Greater Rochester has about a million) and taxable city property values have plunged 15.3 per cent. It now ranks 173rd among the nation's 200 largest metropolitan areas in terms of job creation and economic performance.

At the end of a depressing tour, Ms. Miller is pressed for a genuine Rochester attraction. She suggests Wegmans, a supermarket. Don't laugh. "It's the store where I take my relatives and out-of-town visitors," Neil Stern, a food-industry analyst, told The New York Times.

Cher went there this summer. Wearing dark glasses and a cowboy hat, she signed autographs and cooed to the manager, Bill Congdon, "I'd love for you to build one of these stores in Malibu where I live."

At 130,000 square feet, the Pittsford Plaza Wegmans offers a caviar bar, a kosher deli that authentically boils the bagels before baking, and a less authentic Chinese buffet. The fish department cooks to order, free. The flower department has a five-day guarantee on roses. You can hook your latte cup onto your shopping cart. Your toddler can "drive" a red plastic car also hooked, yes, to your shopping cart.

Aside from gargantuan restaurant portions -- the Scotch N Sirloin offers 48-ounce slabs of prime rib, Nick Tahou Hots sells 42-ounce drinks -- everything in Rochester seems to be disappearing. Downtown's revolving restaurant has closed. The nightly laser show at High Falls has been mostly discontinued. Even the Red Wings baseball team had five consecutive losing seasons, including, in 2002, its worst in 23 years.

"Then they moved the team to Ottawa, and immediately it got better," says Mr. Johnson, who himself was trounced this month in a race for county manager.

Not surprisingly, Rochesterians prefer to look to the past. Visitors are told to go to Mount Hope Cemetery, where Frederick Douglass, the slavery abolitionist, and Susan B. Anthony, the women's suffrage leader, are buried. Her home is another attraction, but everyone from cab drivers to Ms. Miller to the mayor warned against venturing into the neighbourhood (just past Nick Tahou Hots).

"Oh, we have no problem here," Joanne Middleton, the docent, insisted to the one and only visitor of the day. "The neighbourhood is fine."

personally, I think everybody knows that Rochester is not a vacation destination on par with ANY large city. Nevertheless, Wong arrogantly holds our 250,000-strong burg up to the cosmopolitan spotlight of Toronto. SInce this column is obviously supposed to be a somewhat light-hearted feature piece, Wong would be do well to read some Dave Barry, who has managed to master the fine art of poking fun at people, places, and things without hamhandedly making those close to the story feel like shit.

Of course, Barry is a genius. Wong doesn't appear to be that deep a thinker.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:41 am

Hey, 39 homicides in 2001? Shit, we have well eclipsed that number and then some this year, and we still have almost a full month to go!

As for Toronto Reporter piling on, she can kiss ROC's collective ass. It must be nice to judge a mid-sized city when you are in a large and good city. As much as I bag on Crapchester, it has its good points and its bad points. So what? So does every city. If Toronto doesn't care about the Ferry, I don't blame them, BUT where else are they going to hook up with via the Ferry? Buffalo. Uhm no, Buffalo sucks worse that Crapchester. Watertown? HAHAHAHAHA. It does however give Crapchestarians a somewhat cheaper and easier and quicker alternative to getting to Toronto to enjoy the city. If they do not want our tourist green. No problem, but I'm willing to bet that Jan Wong doesn't speak for everyone across the lake. Well done biatch. A piece only meant to slam a city, and offer nothing of substance. A certain A.net member (Roy) will be proud.
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:44 am

I know that my hometown has problems, god knows I've seen 'em. But it is my HOME. Did this B!tch even bother to talk to any more of us locals? Perhaps if she delved a little deeper she might have found out we are very nice folk. She makes it sound like were robbing and shooting everyone. (Ok, not EVERYONE  Smile/happy/getting dizzy)

So were not a vacation destination. Did she even see Letchworth State Park, The Finger Lakes, or more of the Lake Ontario coastline?

Did she dine at The Strathallen, Richardson's Canal House or The Daisy Flower Mill? (Very fine dining establishments)

Did she ever visit the Lilac Festival, clothesline Arts Festival or our 60+ festivals year round?

No. She did a weekend trip. Whoopee. You can't learn or experience much in 48 hours.

 
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RE: Toronto Reporter Rips ROC

Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:49 am

Hey, if she wants to fly B6, she'll HAVE to come here!
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:52 am

After her article, I doubt she'd even get past short term parking  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:57 am

Here's the rebuttal article in today's newspaper. The Mayor of ROC and many residents took offense (as they should have). YYZ & ROC are neighbours....it's too bad that Jan Wong dumped on ROC.

http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20031202/ROCH02//?query=Rochester+mayor+slams

Rochester mayor slams article in Globe

Story about city called a 'hatchet job' written by 'Rush Limbaugh in drag'

By JONATHAN FOWLIE
Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - Page A14

The Mayor of Rochester, N.Y., lashed out yesterday at a Globe and Mail article, calling it a "hatchet job" that grossly misrepresents his city.

"I'm very upset with the continuing onslaught from Toronto media who turn out not to be real journalists," Mayor William Johnson Jr. said at a news conference yesterday afternoon at Rochester's city hall.

Mr. Johnson called the news conference because he was upset at negative coverage in Canada of the proposed ferry between Toronto and Rochester, and specifically at the article with the headline Ferry Bad Place, which ran in Saturday's Globe and Mail.

"[Jan] Wong saw only what she wanted to see, and not what actually exists, nor what is planned for the future," Mr. Johnson said in an official response to the piece.

"She did her readers a grave disservice and her profession a dishonour," he said, calling her "Rush Limbaugh in drag."

In an interview last night, the mayor said he was upset because Ms. Wong selectively chose run-down or troubled elements of the city of about one million people and neglected to espouse its high points. "I think she had a pretty fixed vision of what she wanted to convey." There's nothing about this story that was fair."

Ms. Wong, who was overwhelmed with calls from the Rochester news media yesterday, said she did not set out to do a hatchet job and that she went to most major attractions before writing the piece. What resulted, she said, was a true reflection of the city on the south shores of Lake Ontario. "If you look at the numbers, they speak for themselves. The economy, the population's shrinking, the crime rate, the layoffs at Kodak, they speak for themselves. It's a city in distress."

In her article, Ms. Wong wrote that Rochester's homicide rate is triple the U.S. average and that it's car-theft rate is 2.6 times the U.S. average. She pointed out that the city is ranked 173rd among America's 200 largest metropolitan areas in job creation and economic performance. She quoted Mr. Johnson as warning her against walking through certain areas of town. "I wouldn't walk there. Don't go there again," she quoted him as saying. "If you had made a wrong turn, you would have been in no man's land."

Mr. Johnson said those comments were taken out of context. "In her account, she makes me seem disparaging (and fearful) of my own city," he wrote. "She knows that is an absolute lie."

The piece not only caught the eye of Mr. Johnson, who did not see it until yesterday morning, but of many Globe and Mail readers.

"I don't know where this woman gets off," said Mary Breese-Sykela, who lives south of Rochester and spends about six months each year in Ontario. "I thought it was very short-sighted. Rochester has some very wonderful spots. People would have a great time here."

Molly Clifford, who lives in Rochester, sent Ms. Wong an alternative itinerary and offered to take her on a proper tour of the city. She also made a direct appeal to others.

"Please, Torontonians, ferry or no ferry, come see for yourselves -- do not let Ms. Wong be your only guide to Rochester."

Ms. Wong was unapologetic about the piece last night, saying people need to look at what's really at issue.

"The mayor is hoping he will save his city with this ferry. I think that's the typical reaction," she said of his public response. "Whenever you say the emperor has no clothes, then everyone gets all hysterical. But does the emperor have clothes or not? That's what I think people should be saying. Is it true or not?"

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:02 am

I'm suprised they didn't mention the amount of homosexuals in ROC.
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RE: Toronto Reporter Rips ROC

Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:04 am

That's true! We're an east-coast gay Mecca! Just ask KROC. And we're a pretty tolerant city, too. YYZ homosexuals, rejoice!
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:27 am

KROC always speaks highly of the gay clubs in ROC.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:24 am

Fellow Toronto Queens! We'll show you the City!

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:27 am

KROC always speaks highly of the gay clubs in ROC.

You were asking about them?
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:08 am

The paper needs to print a retraction under the heading "We Were Wong."  Big thumbs up
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:22 am

Well, it's a bit unfortunate that it had to come to the people of Rochester this way. But that's what the Toronto press is all about. Arrogant and never short on half-truths.

And that was in the Globe & Mail, which is not the worst Torontonian newspaper.

Imagine if, like Montreal for instance, you have to endure that kind of journalism all the time.

Now it gives you a sense why so many here hate the Toronto newspapers.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:04 pm

Well, it's a bit unfortunate that it had to come to the people of Rochester this way. But that's what the Toronto press is all about. Arrogant and never short on half-truths.


Don't generalize.

This was a one-off article that was off-base by an otherwise well-respected columnist. Her assessment of ROC was too negative and now she's paying the price in terms of outrage by ROC'ers and YYZ'ers alike.

There is no general anti-ROC or anti-anywhere bias in the national Cdn media. If Quebecers can't handle home-truths or legitimate criticisms, that's their problem.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:07 pm

If Quebecers can't handle home-truths or legitimate criticisms, that's their problem.

See what I mean. Half-truths and arrogance become home-truths and legitimate criticisms if there from Toronto. Why didn't I think of that  Insane

Go tell that to the people of Rochester.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:13 pm

Half-truths and arrogance become home-truths and legitimate criticisms if there from Toronto.

Your problem is that any criticism of Quebec (however legitimate) is completely dismissed if it comes from Toronto. That is a mistake. It is possible that some criticism of Quebec from outside IS INDEED legitimate. Not all perhaps, but some.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:17 pm

Your problem is that any criticism of Quebec (however legitimate) is completely dismissed if it comes from Toronto. That is a mistake. It is possible that some criticism of Quebec from outside IS INDEED legitimate. Not all perhaps, but some.

As long as this criticism is done with objectivity and an in-depth knowledge of the situation, I agree.

But, believe me, there's no one on a.net that understands the frustration of the people of Rochester more than I do. The medicine they got, we get all the time.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:49 pm

Ummmm, wow....I think I am in love. I wonder if Jan Wong is single. Someone who shares a bitter hatred towards Crapchester more than me. In fact, I had no idea that Craptown's murder rate was so high.

I really think this could be the quote of the year:
"Only a couple of times a year, a purely innocent person gets shot," the mayor says.

No. She did a weekend trip. Whoopee. You can't learn or experience much in 48 hours.

Please. I get bored of Rochester by the time I collect my bags at the baggage claim.

At least she mentioned the garbage plate.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:51 pm

Ummmm, wow....I think I am in love. I wonder if Jan Wong is single.

Nope...married with 2 kids. She's a very attractive early-40's chick.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:01 pm

Lets criticize Toronto.. how about that.

Where do I start... boring, plain, American, ego-centric.. etc etc.

Everything from Toronto in the media is justified, from Don Cherry, to Hockey Night in Canada, to reporters who have never been to Montreal who hear things from "friends".

Toronto shoud look at itself first, and realize how terribly boring the city actually is. Then it can look out at other cities with a critical eye.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:16 pm

I can tell you that the ferry is looking damn good at the Perth shipyards - well, south of Perth actually.

The problem with the unlovely Jan Wong is that she obviously doesn't have the capacity to understand that Crapchester is home to some of the nicest people in North America, and they make visitors feel welcomed. It also has a river, a waterfall, ummm, err, oh yeah, an old bridge, a Hyatt and a Kodak place, and not forgetting... umm, errr, got it - the Rotunda in the Park!! Bet she missed that! Well, so did I, because it's damn hard to find, but that's beside the point. It's there somewhere. And Crapchester was picked from every city in the whole, entire world to be sister city to Rennes in France (over the screams of anguish from KROC, but whatever.)
Stay at home Jan Wong, and let real people enjoy Crapchester.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:21 pm

I didn't want to say anything, but has Toronto contributed anything to world Culture since, "Strange Brew" came out?


Do they still have those god-awful taxicab yellow police cars?
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:20 pm

Toronto shoud look at itself first, and realize how terribly boring the city actually is. Then it can look out at other cities with a critical eye.

A teenage boy who still lives with Mom & Dad in Montreal is complaining that Toronto is boring? Have you even been here? Whatever.  Insane

Let's not project Jan Wong's article onto all Torontonians. She is just one person of about 4M.



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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:49 pm

"I didn't want to say anything, but has Toronto contributed anything to world Culture since, "Strange Brew" came out?

Yup. A benefit event headlined by the Rolling Stones... Dubbed SARSstock.

"Do they still have those god-awful taxicab yellow police cars?"

Nope. They're mostly white. Some with red stripes; Some with blue.



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Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:03 pm

Listen, lay off Don Cherry! A Canadian treasure with Crapchester roots. Nuff said.

AA61hvy - Predictable

Jcs - Predicatble

I personal gave TNBoy a guided tour of Crapchester (That was a busy half hour too  Big grin ) and he didn't feel the need to go back to Oz and flame the city in an article. At least people are responsing back on both sides of the lake.

Oh, and Toronto Shemales. If you need a place to go to relax, chill out, and do 'whatever'.....Canyon Blue's house is the perfect spot apparently.
 
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Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:51 am

"If you need a place to go to relax, chill out, and do 'whatever'"

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Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:15 am

FLYYUL!

you sure have something against Toronto eh? such venom...
You are young..you will learn..

I happen to love both Toronto and Montreal...come to Toronto sometime and I will show you that it's not boring...

actually every city has good points and bad points...I usually find something interesting in every place i visit..gotta talk to the locals..
However I think the journalists mistake in this case was that she obviously didn't have the skill to write the piece as a satire..taking the interesting facts and make them amusing. She should have taken a clue from Dave Barry perhaps?

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Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:26 am

However I think the journalists mistake in this case was that she obviously didn't have the skill to write the piece as a satire..taking the interesting facts and make them amusing. She should have taken a clue from Dave Barry perhaps?

I already wrote that.
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Seriously. I go to Toronto four or five times a year, usually for day trips but sometimes overnight. I love it. My only beef is that Toronto seems to be a town where you need to know exactly what fun things are going on... you're never going to just stumble across the best stuff.
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Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:29 am

sorry dude..wasn't poaching your line...i just read the actual article and was responding to a later posting.

no harm done i hope? love Barry as well.

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Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:44 am

I was just kidding with you, AlekToronto. Always nice to meet a fan of my favorite writer!
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Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:25 am

Yyz717,

You forgot, we aren't allowed to criticize Quebec because they are "distinct" and "unique."  Insane  Yeah sure

Besides, were just a bunch of boring, anglophones from Toronto! cough*sarcasm*cough.

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Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:59 am

AlekToronto,

I was exagerating to prove a point.

Toronto is a fine city (not as fun as Montreal though Big grin )! I come to visit 5-10 times a year, + meet with airliners.net friends to spot.

However, its the general mentality of the media from "planet Toronto" that really bothers me. The media really over-glorifies its importance and how interesting the city really is.

You would swear that after reading/listening the Toronto & Mail, the Toronto Post, and the Toronto Broadcasting Corporation that the Maple Leafs are the most historic team in hockey, the best nightlife is in Toronto, and that Toronto is the centre of Canadian culture.... BS I tell you.. then the have the right to criticize places theyve never been to.

I love Toronto, I really wish its media wasnt so ego-centric along with a few of its a.net members here.
 
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Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:57 am

Good points, FLYYUL. After all, New York and L.A. are the centers of Canadian culture.  Smile
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Thu Dec 04, 2003 10:52 am

Let's not project Jan Wong's article onto all Torontonians. She is just one person of about 4M.

And...when I comment you put all Winnipeggers in the same negative light when you chose to insult me. How come YYZ717? Sort of contradictory....

Ms. Wong is a reporter. Read her article and determine your own conclusion. If you want to visit ROC go ahead...

But....you need to consider her reporting style has been questioned before:

http://www.tibet.ca/wtnarchive/1995/2/14-4_1.html

She's been dubbed as the "Queen of Mean".

http://www.mcgill.ca/news/archives/summer2001/wong/

http://www.warrenkinsella.com/words_articles_et.htm

So....is she a "well-respected columnist" like YYZ717 seems to think, or a bitter total b*tch who can't see the good in anything? I'll leave that decision up to Torontonians and Rochesterites(?) alike...
 
AlekToronto
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RE: Toronto Reporter Rips ROC

Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:25 am

of course Toronto is the centre of the universe...
 Big grin

seriously..Toronto is where the money is..and the media follows the money.

I suggest that you don't listen to the media, you will be happier that way..anyone really watch the CBC anyways?!?!?!?

chill out..we all know you love Montreal..so do a lot of Torontonians..show a little bit of that Montreal class.
 Smile

In regards to the article about Rochester...i read the offending article..cannot say it was very well written or amusing..wonder how it got accepted? However on the good side at least us "self absorbed" Torontonians learned there is a Rochester!  Big grin  Big grin not that the good people of Rochester give a hoot!

cheers.
 
flyyul
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RE: Toronto Reporter Rips ROC

Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:38 pm

AlekToronto, I have a lot of respect for you, so dont take the following too seriously.. but im voicing my opinion  Big thumbs up


"seriously..Toronto is where the money is..and the media follows the money."

-Really.. or is that another Toronto self-glorification?

yes Toronto has a lot of money, its not the ONLY place with money.. see comments like that piss me off..... I would be much happier with "Toronto is the PRIMARY place to make money:, the other statement is arrogant and not that correct.

Mark

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