|Adam Vaughan in 2007|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 20) Trinity-Spadina|
December 1, 2006
|Preceded by||Olivia Chow|
|Chair of the Civic Appointments Committee|
December 1, 2008 – December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Janet Davis|
|Succeeded by||Frances Nunziata|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Adam Vaughan (born ca. 1961 in Toronto, Ontario) is a councillor representing Ward 20 Trinity—Spadina in Toronto, Canada. For about 20 years, Vaughan worked as a political journalist and activist, most recently as the Political Specialist at Citytv/CP24. Before that, for ten years, he reported for CBLT in Toronto as a municipal reporter, producer, and director. Vaughan has covered Toronto Police Service, Toronto City Hall, Queen's Park and Parliament Hill in his career.
As a member of City Council Vaughan sits on the Planning and Growth Management Committee, the Toronto Arts Council, Artscape Board, the Board of Trustees for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Harbourfront Centre Board. Additionally he sits on the city's Heritage Board, and the city's Preservation Board.
He is married to Lina Cino with whom he has a son (Salvador). He also has a daughter (Mimi) from a previous relationship with journalist Suhana Meharchand. His father, Colin Vaughan, was also a noted architect, television journalist and former city councillor, who preceded Adam as Citytv's political reporter until his death in 2000.
Adam Vaughan worked at Ryerson University radio station CKLN from 1982 to 1987, and was manager of the station from 1985 to 1987. He joined Citytv in 1987 to produce CityWise. He left in 1989 to join the board of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Vaughan has also written for Toronto Life magazine and the Toronto Star. Before becoming a journalist Adam Vaughan was a cartoonist for Books in Canada, Quill and Quire, Canadian Forum and several other publications.
After Marilyn Bornstein, the wife of the then mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman, was caught shoplifting from an Eaton's store in Toronto, the mayor threatened to kill Vaughan unless he stopped reporting on his family.
Vaughan ran in Trinity-Spadina - Ward 20 in the 2006 municipal election. The seat had been vacated by Olivia Chow who left the city for federal politics. He easily won the seat defeating Helen Kennedy, Chow's executive assistant, by 2,300 votes.
On May 29, 2008, Vaughan wrote a letter to the Toronto Star regarding the proposed ban on firearms clubs and sales in Toronto, Canada. It said in part:
My favourite letters are the ones being sent from the U.S. Gun owners there are now urging a boycott of Toronto. Considering that most of the problems with guns on our streets emanate from south of the border, I couldn't be happier. If all it took was closing a couple of shooting ranges to stop gun-toting Yanks from coming to our city, maybe we should have shut the doors on these clubs years ago.
In a February 2, 2012 Toronto Sun, Ossie Pavao, owner of Cafe Acoreana in the Kensington Market accused Vaughan of playing favourites while ignoring local businesses. Pavao believes that Kensington market is in decline, is difficult to get to and does not have enough parking, and City Council is indifferent. He also objects to a Vaughan-sponsored plan to spend $500,000 on an upgrade of Bellevue Square Park. "What hurts the most is you have a federal government that appreciates the heritage and history of this site, but you get a city council that just ignores it."
On March 6, 2012, Adam Vaughan submitted a letter of apology after being heard saying "There go the Blackshirts" in reference to Councillor Doug Ford's assistant Amin Massoudi. Massoudi said Vaughan’s “insult” was particularly disturbing because his own parents left Iran in the 1970s to “escape the oppressive and violent regime of the Islamic Republic” and he still has family members that remain in Iran.
In 2009 Vaughan was named as a co-defendant (along with the city of Toronto) in a damages suit for $11 million issued by owners of a downtown bar; the bar owners claiming that Vaughan conspired with city officials to have the bar shut down.
Vaughan has also been criticized as the leader of the "war on nightclubs" in Toronto. In a public letter to his ward in November 2012, he blamed a shooting which occurred on College Street on a nearby pub, The Crown and Tiger, calling it the "place where the tragedy occurred." He stated that the blocks are "heading in the wrong direction," making reference to the pubs which exist along College Street and suggesting that violence is associated with these bars. However, the report on the crime in The Globe and Mail called the shooting "rare," and made no mention of either victim or gunman having been in attendance at the Crown and Tiger bar. Kevin Bracken, co-founder of Newmindspace, has blamed Vaughan for the decline of Toronto's nightlife. In an interview with NOW Magazine, Vaughan alleges that the death of the "big-box nightclub" has "nothing to do with anything I may or may not have done," adding that he was, however, "happy to take credit for it."
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 20|
Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 am
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 20|
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- City of Toronto elections page
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