• by: Matt Orenstein
  • recipient: David Miller, Rob Ford, Maryam Rahimi, and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, 
This is a petition against the potential airing of the new reality show entitled "Lake Shore."
This is a petition against the potential airing of the new reality show entitled "Lake Shore."

This morning, while in my New Media Business class at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, I came across an online promotional video ( for the new Toronto-based reality show, "Lake Shore." Almost instantly, I was offended as a television audience member. Then, I was embarrassed as a Torontonian and a Canadian. A few seconds later, I was deeply insulted as a Jew. Finally, I was humiliated and mortified as a human being.

Every day, I am proud to call myself a Canadian and even prouder to call Toronto my home. The footage I watched today nearly provoked my gag reflex. I've come to an understanding that in popular culture and modern society there are few things sacred. The ability to poke fun at oneself can be endearing and appreciated. Additionally, I'm sure that the multicultural cast of "Lake Shore" takes pride in their respective national identities and heritages. However, I am compelled, mostly as a Torontonian, to plead with and beg the citizens of Toronto to stand up against this show, which will surely prove to be both a local and national indignity. It is offensive to all Torontonians as it highlights the most racist, xenophobic, philistine, and unearthly residents that our great city has to offer. 

Although it's difficult to judge the merits of a television show based on an eight-minute clip, I am quite confident that "Lake Shore" will not impart any social, cultural, political, or artistic wisdoms and revelations upon its potential viewers.

We are residents of an alpha world city that boasts culture as its calling card, home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Stage Company, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Caribana, Pride Week, The Toronto International Film Festival, and according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the most multicultural population among any city in the world.

Please sign this petition to save Toronto from the potential embarrassment and disgrace.

Please direct your comments to:

Executive Producer of "Lake Shore" - Maryam Rahimi
416-878-3636 or 514-799-3631

Mayor of Toronto - David Miller 

Mayor-elect of Toronto - Rob Ford

Manger of the Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Strategic and Corporate Policy/Healthy City Office - Ceta Ramkhalawansingh

Toronto Executive Director of Culture - Rita Davies

Toronto Heritage Preservation Services
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