Like a number of other Winnipegers who’ve moved “out east” to cities like Ottawa and Toronto (Québec cities are exempt as anyone who’s ever visited Montreal or Québec City will agree), I’ve noticed the people seem much more anxious or “up-tight” in general. The humour of the general populace seems a bit less laid-back and even less fun-loving. Certainly, there is a much more conservative attitude shared by people living in the region and, perhaps unexpectedly, they tend to resent the observation.
So it’s not a huge surprise that when Coor’s Beer posted a bulletin board playing on this cultural perception (obviously by western Canadians), suddenly we had a widespread negative reaction from people in Toronto – one group even attempting to organize a boycott on Facebook! And the irony of so obvious and predictable a response can’t help but bring a smile to non-Torontonians, and us westerners in particular, but – as with any generalization – there are many, many exceptions. Perhaps more than enough to make Coor’s decision to take the ads down completely understandable….
I wish I had a cam on my cell phone. Am stuck in Kanata in a line of traffic so big u could see it from orbit…
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Finally!!! Not sure I’ll be doing this commute in 2007 myself, but as a commuter currently along both routes cited in the article, gotta say that traffic on both is frequently heavy / crazy at peak times of the day. And I’m speaking currently as one of the lucky ones that travels westbound (Ottawa to Perth) in the mornings and eastbound (Perth to Ottawa) in the evenings….it’s often bumper-to-bumper the other way around.
Imagine a 2-hr. commute to and from work each day….eech!