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Thank you, John Sewell

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John Sewell, the former mayor of Toronto from 1979-81, has been writing about city issues for Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly and NOW for 18 years. This week, his final column appeared in Eye, and he took the opportunity to encourage us young folks to try and inject some new blood into City Council. He complains that too many councillors have made a career out of public service, with their eye tightly focused on re-election rather than the public’s good. Hear hear! I will certainly miss his willingness to criticize politicians and City staff — he wanted to make Toronto a better place to live and was honest and forthright in expressing his views (I do doubt this is the last we have heard from him). But, as he said to me a few weeks ago, Toronto will get what it deserves.