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Mr. John S. Sewell

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Phone: (416) ***-****  HQ Phone
Toronto Police Accountability Coalition
Suite 206 401 Richmond St West
Toronto , Ontario m5v 3a8

Company Description: Toronto Police Accountability Coalition is a group which encourages debate about police policy issues, and is devoted to making the police more accountable to the...   more

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  • law degree
    University of Toronto Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Toronto
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Some, including Toronto Police ..., 14 Nov 2014 [cached]
Some, including Toronto Police Accountability Coalition member John Sewell, argued that if the practice cannot be reformed, it should be scrapped altogether. "We think the appropriate course of action is simply to prohibit stops by officers, unless the individual is suspected to be involved in criminal activity," Sewell said.
Former mayor John Sewell, ..., 2 June 2014 [cached]
Former mayor John Sewell, head of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, has been pushing for MCITs to be made first responders. He said that expanding the teams city-wide may help to change attitudes among police towards people with mental illness.
Police are trained to command and control, he said. The teams in fact dont approach things that way.
John Sewell was a member of ..., 6 Feb 2014 [cached]
John Sewell was a member of Toronto City Council for 15 years, and was former Mayor of Toronto. He has engaged in politics in Toronto as a community activist, city councillor, journalist, writer, housing administrator, social entrepreneur, and chaired the Royal Commission on Planning and Development Reform in Ontario. He is currently the co-ordinator of Toronto Police Accountability Coalition. He has written for many publications and has authored ten books, mostly about urban issues. His most recent books are The Shape of the Suburbs: Understanding Toronto's Sprawl, and Police in Canada, The Real Story. He is the recipient of the Order of Canada.
As you read in our fund-raising ..., 24 Nov 2010 [cached]
As you read in our fund-raising letter, we were very fortunate to be able to retain John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto, as our agent for the OMB hearings and he has been working very hard for us over the past several months. He is now representing Limerick Township as well so we are able to work jointly with the township to oppose the developer's application to add 53 more lots to Limerick Estates, 29 of which are within 300 metres of the shore of Limerick Lake. (These are lots we should note that he willingly gave up in 1999.)
· LWRA (now with the township) hired an expert witness, a hydrogeologist, Rick McGregor, to give evidence at the hearing on the science and new technology issues; Rick has been most helpful to John Sewell to date in explaining some of the science data in the witness statements of the experts from the Ministry and the Trident; we have also submitted a witness statement from Councillor Dave Golem on the long-term implications for the township of the proposed new lots.
In the end, we supported the adjournment request with conditions but made the point that neither we nor the township supported a negotiated settlement because as John Sewell said: Trident had not honoured the settlement it agreed to in 1999, and we think the issues are too large and significant to be handled in a settlement such as that being contemplated. Sewell said we wanted adjudication on the science evidence. We believe that the decisions on this application will have implications that are province-wide.
Fortunately for us, OMB Member Culham said he thought it was necessary for the Board to hear scientific evidence on these matters - he was quite insistent on this -- even if there is a proposed settlement. He said he had read a number of the witness statements, and referred to some filed by the Ministry, and those filed by Rick McGregor (the Association's expert witness) and by Dave Golem, Limerick councillor. He indicated he had a substantial interest in water issues. He was concerned that the way the scientists resolved their differences had to be part of the hearing record and his judgment.
Member Culham understood that a settlement which involves development within the 300m setback from Limerick, an at-capacity cold water lake-trout lake, may provoke interest from other outside groups and organizations, and seemed to understand the necessity for the proposed settlement to be public and available before the Board considered its merits. He offered to schedule hearings on several evenings if this were needed to allow interested parties to speak on these issues. He suggested that the Association and/or the Township submit the names and addresses of such organizations as quickly as possible to the Board. When we indicated that we didn't really know what this might entail at this point, and it may take several weeks to get a list of interested parties, he indicated that he wanted to have those names by the September 8 hearing. It was agreed the Board will meet on September 8, at 10 am in the Ramada Inn, Belleville, to settle procedural matters but the main hearings will take place as originally scheduled in October.
In informal conversation following the proceedings, we and the township agreed we should draft letters to be sent to all of those we think would have an interest in the proposed settlement - other municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, cottage associations, environmental groups and the media. John Sewell will draft the letters and we'll try to compile the lists of who they will be sent to.
News - 2005, 23 Mar 2010 [cached]
This is how our agent, John Sewell, sees the decision.
John Sewell notes that "These comments lead to the conclusion that it seems reasonable to assume that the monitoring will have to take place in more than one location and that it will have to show that there is a workable system that does not malfunction - the Phosphex™ system has malfunctioned on several occasions. Further, the Phosphex model which Trident wishes to use for the Limerick development has never before been used, so there is a good question whether three years is long enough for the new system, or whether it needs to be tested for longer, maybe six years.
John concludes by saying as above; "This decision means that the planning hearing scheduled for January 17, 2006 will not include the 31 lots within 300 meters of Limerick Lake."
· John Sewell's motion which states that on the basis of recent amendments to the Planning Act, the OMB should not have jurisdiction over the application for the 50 or so lots because County Council has turned down an application to amend its Official Plan to include them
In the meantime, John S. is looking at our options which could include retaining a planner as an expert witness with the township if necessary.
Then the Ministry lawyer, Brenda Linington, and John Sewell, got to cross-examine these witnesses.
Then John Sewell put the LWRA/Township expert witness, Rick McGregor, on the stand followed by Wayne Longmuir.
Finally, the Ministry lawyer, Linington, put her witnesses on the stand and they were cross-examined by the Trident Lawyer and by John Sewell.
We feel we have been very fortunate to be able to retain John Sewell who did an excellent job representing us and made us and the Township real players in the proceedings.
The soil stuff was very technical so it will be interesting if John and Brenda can show how problematic it was -- fortunately Rick McGregor was here to feed John a lot of info. about what was incorrect about a lot of the assertions.
The soil stuff was very technical so it will be interesting if John and Brenda can show how problematic it was -- fortunately Rick McGregor was here to feed John a lot of info. about what was incorrect about a lot of the assertions.
Members of LWRA and all other interested persons are encouraged to attend these hearings and lend support to John Sewell (our representative), Linda Sheppard,(President, LWRA) and our expert witnesses.
mayor John Sewell is representing both the
Article by John Sewell
Through their agent, former Toronto mayor John Sewell, the Association and the Township told the OMB that they would not be part of the settlement since they did not believe the lake - or the public interest - could be protected.
For more information on this issue, contact Linda Sheppard at , or John Sewell at .
We have been fortunate that, through personal connections, we have been able to retain the former mayor of Toronto, John Sewell, as our agent at the OMB proceedings. John Sewell is very knowledgeable about planning issues and procedures at the OMB. While he has not practiced, he was trained as a lawyer as well.
This arrangement was approved by the LWRA Board of Directors at a special board meeting in Belleville on Sat., Jan. 29, 2005. The agreement we were able to make was that John Sewell will represent us and will retain the services of one expert witness for a total sum of $15,000.
While the government's lawyers will likely handle the case against the developer's claims about new science and technology, we think there may be other areas where it would useful to hire a consultant as an expert witness to give evidence about the negative impact that a larger backlot development will have on our lakes. We will be discussing this with Limerick Council as well since there may be ways that we can cooperate on representation at the rehearing.
At this point, John Sewell has been working on our strategy for the prehearing conference on March 2nd and has been in touch with Bill Walker, the lawyer who will represent Limerick Township Council at the prehearing conference but not the rehearing, and with Brenda Linington who is the lawyer who will represent MMAH on behalf of MNR and MOE.
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