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A podcast about life in Canadian cities. Produced by Metro News and co-hosted by Vass Bednar, Matt Elliott and Luke Simcoe.

Ep. 7: Flipping the Bird

On episode 7 of Metropolis, Matt and Vass say: Shame in the city! (Luke is away).

A cyclist has to go around a car parked in a bike lane on Adelaide Street in Toronto.

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A cyclist has to go around a car parked in a bike lane on Adelaide Street in Toronto.

Luke is away, so Vass and Matt talk about a subject very close to their neurotic hearts: shame.

In the first segment, Vass cites both official and unofficial examples of urban shaming. Things like etiquette campaigns for public transit and various attempts to make drivers feel bad for parking in bike lanes. Meanwhile, Matt relays a tale of giving some dude the finger.

In segment two, things get a little paranoid as Matt imagines a dystopian/utopian future in which cameras are used to enforce better urban behaviour. It starts with talk of photo radar and continues all the way to ruminations on Robocop. It’s a continuum!