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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
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.
Development pressures in the mid-1960s threatened heritage buildings and neighbourhoods in the rapidly growing city of Toronto. Former Mayor John Sewell tells the inside story of the activists who sought change and worked to develop a new approach to city government.