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John Sewell

John Sewell

John Sewell is a lawyer by training, but has spent most of his working life involved in different aspects of local politics: Toronto city councillor 1969-84, Mayor of Toronto 1978-80; community organizer and activist 1966-present; urban affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail 1984-6; chair of the Toronto public housing authority 1986-8; chair of the (Royal) Commission on Planning and Development Reform in Ontario 1991-3; advisor to East London city council, South Africa, 1994-9; advisor on the re-establishment of local government in Malawi 2000 - 1; urban affairs columnist for Toronto's NOW Weekly 1988-99, and for eye weekly, 1999-2007; an organizer of fight against the megacity in Toronto, 1996 - 7; frequent speaker on local politics and land use planning issues.


Houses and Homes: Housing for Canadians. James Lorimer and Company, 1994.
The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning. Toronto: UTP, 1993.
Police: Urban Policing in Canada. James Lorimer and Company, 1986.
Rowland Travel Guide to Toronto. with Charlotte Sykes, 1985.
Up Against City Hall. James Lorimer and Company, 1972.
The Shape of the Suburbs, Understanding Toronto's Sprawl. University of Toronto Press, 2009
Mackenzie, a political biography of William Lyon Mackenzie. James Lorimer and Company, 2002
Police in Canada, the real story. James Lorimer and Compnay, 2010
Doors Open, Illuminating the City's Great Spaces. Random House, 2001


Order of Canada, member, 2005
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