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Acting Creatively to Solve Problems

From: How We Changed Toronto


1970s. Finding creative ways to assist communities and groups was a large part of the way I saw being a successful mayor. The challenge was to search for positive outcomes using the obvious energy and commitment of those groups, in the process trying to jump over a confrontation than could become bitter and dead-ended. I believe I did that in my work to protect the Toronto Island community, as well as on two other issues around the waterfront: sorting out the future of the Toronto Island airport; and planning a new city neighbourhood, known as Harbourfront. I also did it responding to the challenge posed by bachelorettes, reviewing a broken system of property taxation, and bringing Ontario mayors together to address common problems.



John Sewell

A lifelong Torontonian, JOHN SEWELL grew up in the Beach neighbourhood and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School. After his career in city politics, he chaired an Ontario Royal Commission on land use policies, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, worked as a columnist for The Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine, and wrote books on city planning and police. He is a member of the Order of Canada.