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.
Sarah Climenhaga joined co-hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston inside the studio this past week to discuss the 2018 Ontario Election results and its potential impact on the city of Toronto.
This is Episode #3 of the Toronto The Podcast and Episode #130 of Welcome!
Here are some of the things we discussed:
- Why Sarah Cimenhaga does not think that the city of Toronto is as divided as the election results seemed to point out.
- The many reasons why she is running for the office of the Mayor of Toronto.
- Gregg Tilston is obsessed with Doug Ford’s “Buck A Beer” election promise.
- How Sarah Climenhaga would work with Doug Ford should she be elected as Toronto’s next mayor.
- Sarah Climenhaga’s candid thoughts on the strong mayoral system as advocated by Doug Ford.
- Why Sarah Climenhaga thinks the King Streetcar project has been successful and what she would do to improve the experience of drivers.
- Karim Kanji argues why the $0.10 reduction in gas prices will do everything to increase drivers and cars on the road, decrease the use of public transit, lower the revenues available to the Ontario government, decrease the chances of continued and/or increased investment (including ongoing service and maintenance) in public transit in both Ontario and Toronto.
- Sarah Climenhaga’s thoughts on affordable housing, affordable child care, the environment, equity, civic engagement and so much more!
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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Marc Weisblott of Toronto’s 12:36 newsletter stops by Pacific Junction Hotel’s Girth Radio again.
We talk Facebook, Jordan Peterson, Rick Mehta, King Street shenanigans and…RELIGION!
From Uganda to Ottawa.
Arif Virani is a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Parkdale-High Park. He arrived in Canada in the early 1970s as a refugee from Uganda. Today he’s giving back to his country by serving and representing his community in Ottawa.
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In this episode Zain Velji and I discuss:
- The 2017 Alberta provincial budget
- The changing demographics of Alberta that has led to progressive mayors in Edmonton and Calgary and the NDP in Alberta
- The Alberta Advantage
- The Alt-Right in Canada
- The “secret” to Naheed Nenshi’s electoral victory in 2010
- And so much more!
Zain Velji is an innovator, strategist, communicator and community volunteer and is the Vice President of Strategy at Northweather.
Before joining Northweather, Zain spent three years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a Senior Campaign Strategist specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy and behavioural economics.
Zain is the co-creator and host of the highly-rated political podcast, The Strategists which dissects the strategies of political campaigns, parties and governments and is the inspiration of the CBC Television and Radio panel of the same name.
Recorded in Calgary, Alberta.
Last fall I had the pleasure to have former Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment boss Richard Peddie in studio for a brief chat about his career and leadership style. Next week, Peddie is returning to the studio. This time we’re going to focus on city-building. Specifically, Toronto.
In preparation for this episode, I’m sourcing questions you might have on how Toronto can work better for you and your community.
And Peddie has a question for you.
I have a question for your listeners Would they support a property tax increase to support more day care, after school programs, keeping pools open, more shelter staff, and more. Each 1% would fund a lot of everyday things that would make the city more livable for thousands.
Would you support a property tax increase in Toronto to make this city even greater for everybody?
Leave your comments below or find me on Twitter: @karimkanji. Richard Peddie is @RichardAPeddie
As many of you know I live in Scarborough. Last year we had an election that saw the Federal Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. During the election, only one person running for office came to my home: Salma Zahid. I wasn’t going to vote for Roxanne James who was with the Conservative Party. I was actually leaning towards the NDP.
But when Salma came to my office one of the things she promised me was that if the Liberals won and she was my MP, that I could count on her to help fix Bill C 51.
Here’s my conversation with the MP for Scarborough Centre, Salma Zahid.
Music by Aafraz Mulji.
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