Keeping the Faith
From: How We Changed Toronto
1970s. The reform Council may have been inventive and proactive in
undertaking such an ambitious affordable housing program
enabled by the federal and provincial legislation, but that program
took constant monitoring and attention as well as engagement by
activists to ensure that it kept moving ahead. Further, affordable
housing had it enemies, particularly among the private developers,
and that meant the programs always had to be defended.
And there were other housing problems not touched by the city’s
initiatives, which called out for other kinds of city action.
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.