George Smitherman has a lengthy section on Parks and Recreation on his campaign website.
It's encouraging that Mr.Smitherman is interested in parks and public spaces. On Monday September 27, CELOS administrator Jutta Mason went to the campaign office and talked with John Willis, who works on policy for the campaign. She told him that while we think that there are some interesting ideas in his "Recreation Renaissance Plan," on the whole it's too high-level, too flashy, not neighbourhood-oriented enough. But then a week later the news came that if elected, George Smitherman will appoint a panel of seven people including Paul Bedford and John Sewell, to crack the nut that will help parks too:
Perhaps David Harvey's recent report on parks, "Fertile Ground for New Thinking," published by the Metcalf Foundation, helped shape this thinking -- we hope so.
The Globe and Mail: Smitherman proposes panel of brainstorming ‘experts’, October7, 2010
The National Post: What the #!%*? – Reforming City Hall, October 8, 2010.
The Star: Sewell to head reform panel if Smitherman is elected, October 7, 2010.