"We're not scum, we're very proud people," said an e-mail to Maclean's from a resident of the North Central area resident.
"Shame on Maclean's magazine," said Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco who called it "irresponsible reporting to simply paint this negative picture of Regina when we are working so hard at making life better."Colin Campbell, an assistant editor of Maclean's, had to field a lot of local anger when meeting with aggrieved residents. He was told there were far worse places in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg. Campbell is writing a follow-up article to the original by writer Jonathan Gatehouse.
Not everyone agrees Maclean's got it wrong, said the Leader Post. Some residents welcomed the attention to some of the things that Maclean's highlighted, including the most urban crime in Canada in nine of the past 10 years (second only to Saskatoon in 2005), second highest per capita murder rate in 2006, behind Edmonton and more IV drug users than the downtown eastside in Vancouver.