Tangling with the Police
From: How We Changed Toronto
1978-1981. I realized quite quickly that this was an opportunity, however difficult, to begin questioning deep-seated biases — particularly racism and homophobia — on the part of a key public service in the city, the Toronto police.
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.