Colin Vaughan

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Colin Vaughan
Born 1931
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died January 1, 2000 (aged 68)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Broadcaster, city councillor, architect
Employer Citytv; Toronto City Council; Robbie, Vaughan and Williams
Spouse(s) Nettie (mother to Polly, Adam and Annabel)
Susan (mother to Thomas, Sam and Jenny)
Partner(s) Patricia
Children 6; including Adam

Colin Vaughan (1931 – 1 January 2000) was an Australian-born Canadian television journalist, architect, urban activist and alderman serving the Canadian city of Toronto. He was best known as the political specialist for the Toronto television station Citytv from 1977 until his death. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 68.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, where he studied architecture, before he moved to Montreal, Canada in the 1950s. He moved to Toronto in the mid-fifties to work at Page and Steele, a noted Toronto firm. There he met Peter Dickinson. In the late fifties he became one of Peter Dickinson's original associates with Dickinson's new firm. In the early sixties he, Rod Robbie, Dick Williams and Fred Ashworth set out on their own. The new firm Ashworth, Robbie, Vaughan and Williams Architects and Planners, teamed with Paul Schoeler of Schoeler, Barkham and Heaton Architects and Planning Consultants, and Matt Stankiewicz of Z. Matthew Stankiewicz Architect, to compete for and would eventually go on to win the competition to build the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67. Vaughan also worked on the O'Keefe Centre's interior as well as the Inn on the Park and 2 King Street West.[1]

His son Adam Vaughan, a former CBC Television journalist, succeeded him as Citytv political specialist and is now MP for Spadina—Fort York. His daughter Annabel Vaughan became an architect and another daughter, Polly Vaughan, was the senior editor at another CHUM television station A-Channel Vancouver Island, and currently works in the BC Provincial government. He has three other children; Thomas who works with OCAF as a Fund Officer, Sam who works in the Ontario Court system, and Jenny AFP [Associated France Press] Vietnam bureau chief.

Urban activism and politics[edit]

In the late '60s he helped lead the Stop Spadina movement, a citizens' group opposed to inner city expressways in Toronto.[2]

In the 1972 civic election he was elected to Toronto City Council and in 1974 he was elected to Metro Council. Vaughan was one of several new aldermen elected in 1972 who created a pro-reform, pro-neighbourhood majority on city council under the new reform mayor David Crombie.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

After five years on city council, Vaughan left in 1977 to begin a new career as a journalist with Citytv's new local daily news show, CityPulse. In later decades, he also wrote on municipal politics for the Globe & Mail the Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine.[2]


  1. ^ a b Led political coverage at CITY-TV. Globe & Mail. 2000-01-03. p. R06.
  2. ^ a b c "Councillor Adam Vaughan". City of Toronto. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 

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