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John Sewell: Former Toronto Mayor

John Sewell is Toronto’s 58th Mayor. Sewell was first elected to Toronto’s city council in 1969 and served as the city’s Mayor from 1978 until 1980.

John Sewell was raised in the Beaches area of Toronto and earned his Law Degree from the University of Toronto. Sewell has always fought for the under represented and the underdog in Toronto.

Co-host Gregg Tilston joined me in studio for this conversation with Toronto’s first rebel mayor.

This is episode #137  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Why John Sewell wore jeans and a leather jacket when he was first elected to city council
  • Working with the community to help develop the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
  • Why John Sewell thinks that the revitalized Regent Park didn’t go far enough in regards to affordable housing and integration.
  • The history behind the 401 Richmond heritage building and why it’s important to have smart property tax assessments instead of a one size fits all solution.
  • We discussed the challenges that cities all over the world seem to have regarding accessing funds for municipal programming and services.
  • A long and lively discussion around affordable housing.
  • Why John Sewell fought against the “megacity” proposal that created the city of Toronto as we now know it today.
  • Why Sewell thinks we should have smaller councils (in terms of councilors) while also having more local representation (more councils).
  • Sewell was a big fan of the Metropolitan Toronto system prior to “megacity”.
  • John Sewell’s candid thoughts on Richard Peddie, Desmond Cole, David Miller, John Tory, Jennifer Keesmat.
  • His favourite thing about Toronto.

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with other former podcast alumni:

Episode #124: Toronto – Chapter 2 – April 23 2018

Ji Hun Kim, Geraldine Brady, Andrea Bradden, Sohe Chung, Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, Beutis Renuka Amarasinghe, Dorothy Sewell, Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, Anne Marie D’Amico are the names of the people who were killed by a driver on a Monday afternoon.

They are the victims of the horrific event that saw Alek Minassian kill and injure dozens of people in the North York suburb of Toronto on April 23, 2018.

Gregg Tilston and I are joined in studio by two of our friends, Hessie Jones and Laurie Dillon-Schalk.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Episode #118: Toronto – Chapter 1 – Introduction

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji both love Toronto. And maybe they have to because they live here.

Gregg has literally traveled the world but still calls Toronto the best city in the world. Karim has travelled much less and has seen places around the world that “do things better” than Toronto.

What does a day in the life of Gregg (one partner, 2 dogs) and Karim (one partner, one kid) look like? How do they interact with the people and environment around them? How do they interact with the City of Toronto?

This is the first in an ongoing series about life in Toronto. What we love about the city. And what we hate.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you enjoyed this episode you’ll also like:

3 episodes with former MLSE boss and city builder, Richard Peddie.

 

Image Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uihNiE9JhkM

 

International Boundaries

This past weekend I found myself in Toronto’s Cadillac Lounge to join my friend (and former rock star!), Gregg Tilston, and watch an 80’s retro cover band The Bomb.  It turned out to be a reunion of sorts!

Back in the mid to late 80’s a new wave rock band was taking over Oshawa. Known as International Boundaries, the band featured Shaun Gillespie, Jeff Teravainen, Jamie Pugh, and everyone’s favourite keyboardist, Gregg Tilston.

Well, they were all in attendance watching as Shaun (bassist) was playing with The Bomb.

Here’s the before and after photo:

international boundaries

Here they were in their heyday:

Let’s hope they do a reunion soon!

 

Welcome! #41: The Tragically Hip with Gregg Tilston

In today’s episode I speak former musician and good friend Gregg Tilston. Back on Episode #7 we chatted about Gregg’s career to date. Today, Gregg and I discuss the recently completed Man Machine Poem Tour.

Gregg has a unique perspective on Canada’s favourite band, The Tragically Hip. In the mid to late-80s Gregg was in a new wave pop band called International Boundaries (INB). The management company they signed with also had a new band from Kingston on their roster: The Tragically Hip.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

Also features music by The Tragically Hip: Last American Exit and Ahead By A Century.

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Welcome! Episode #7: Gregg Tilston

Just before he finished working with Flight Centre as it’s global head of social media, Gregg Tilston and I sat down to chat about music, touring, Toronto, travel, social media and lots of other things.

You can listen to the show on my Girth Radio page.

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Welcome! Episode #7: Gregg Tilston by Welcome! By Karim Kanji on Mixcloud

#FollowFriday: Gregg Tilston – Taking Flight with Social Media

One of the first people I started to look up to in my journey in this social media world was Gregg Tilston. I can’t remember what is was but he always been one of those people in the community that had time to give back.

Gregg is not only the social media lead for Flight Centre globally, but he is also active with Movember in Toronto. And if you’re a good guy, you might even be fortunate to share a beer, coffee or meal with him.

One of the reason’s I looked up to Greg in the first place was his understanding of the digital space and his constant thirst for knowledge. Here’s a conversation I had with Gregg. We discussed strategy, analytics, security, and of course, Klout.

Enjoy!

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thirdoceanTV | in conversation with Gregg Tilston of Flight Centre

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to my good friend Gregg. For those who don’t know, Gregg Tilston is the Global Social Media Leader at Flight Centre. Besides being a good friend, he’s a very smart guy when it comes to web marketing and social media.

In this episode, Gregg and host, Karim Kanji, discuss:
– The social media strategy and tactics he helps lead and promote at Flight Centre
– Earned media vs paid media on Facebook
– The importance of understanding engagement, measurement and metrics
– What Flight Centre is learning from social media security
– The value (or lack thereof) of social media influence rating tools such as Klout and Kred

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