A heil and hearty hello

This was the subject of the email I just sent to the Miss Toronto Tourism Pageant, hosted by Toronto Tourism (an independent organization, not to be confused with the official Tourism Toronto). Check the URL in the email, below, to see what I’m so upset about. Feel free to express your concern in your own words to

Hi there,

I just read a story about Miss Canada Plus 2007, Stephanie Conover, on The Torontoist blog ( and the way she was treated at the hands of the Miss Toronto Tourism pageant. As a Torontonian and a traveller myself I’m rather appalled that Toronto’s esteemed guests should be welcomed by an organization that allows a religious bigot to misrepresent one of the world’s most multicultural cities. May I recommend that, instead of going through all the trouble of hosting a pageant, you simply display a disclaimer on your website, perhaps in a flashing and flaming typeface, stating that only travellers who worship the Christian god are welcome in Toronto? Seems to me that would achieve your goal a little more efficiently than meticulously writing letters replete with Christian bible verses on a person-by-person basis.

Thank you, and I wish you a happy and prosperous 1939.


By brian

About Brian Damage:

Who is Brian really?
I live in Toronto, Canada, and work for an IT firm. That's about as much real-world info I'm comfortable divulging here. What you read on my blog is the real Brian, but, for the sake of freedom of speech, I feel most comfortable leaving a gulf between my cyberspace and meatspace personae.

Who is Brian at work?
My ridiculous job title is "Marketing Specialist" since I wear so many hats at work. I'm a technical writer, a specialist in enterprise search technologies, an electronic forms designer, a newsletter author, system administrator... but I'm in the Marketing department so for the time being I'm stuck with this inauspicious title.

Who is Brian at play?

Who is Brian