House Scorn

Toronto Life - - The Conversation -

Cather­ine Jheon’s June is­sue mem­oir— about buy­ing a fixer-up­per and do­ing a gar­gan­tuan gut job on it—was pub­lished smack dab in the midst of the Park­dale rent strike, with ten­ants de­mand­ing re­pairs and protest­ing rent hikes. To say that the piece touched a

“Had to stop to vomit mul­ti­ple times. The va­pid, naïve, self­cen­tred, delu­sion­ally priv­i­leged stench on this cou­ple.…”

—Or­son Sed­mina, Face­book

“This story is such an ap­palling re­flec­tion of greed and gen­tri­fi­ca­tion that at first I thought it was satir­i­cal. But looks like it was just TL beat­ing a tired sub­ject to death (reno night­mares?!) and sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing some very dif­fi­cult is­sues. It’s heart­break­ing that the cou­ple fea­tured in this story are blind to their sur­round­ings. I urge them to con­sider the ac­tual night­mares faced by res­i­dents in Park­dale: home­less­ness and drug ad­dic­tion to name just two.”

—Ni­cole Fowler, Toronto

The piece also launched a thou­sand par­o­dies, in­clud­ing a cheeky CBC Com­edy piece, en­ti­tled: “Toronto Life pro­files ‘So­phie and Justin,’ cou­ple with com­bined $400,000 salary strug­gling to make ends meet.” The Beaver­ton’s send-up—head­lined, “We bought a $3-mil­lion bungalow full of bats and were not happy with the re­sult”— was par­tic­u­larly saucy:

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