Adam Vaughan in 2007
|Born||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||city councillor, journalist, activist|
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, Affordable Housing Action Committee, The Toronto Arts Council, The Police Services Board, Artscape Board, The Board of Trustees for the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Harbourfront Centre Board, The Library Board. The first term councillor is also the Vice Chair of The Toronto and East York Community Council. Additionally he sits on the city's Heritage Board, 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 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. One of his cartoons caused a minor scandal in Canadian Literary circles, when he joked that Pierre Berton was on LSD.
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 CITY-TV reporter Adam Vaughan unless he stopped reporting on his family.
Vaughan ran as an independent 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."
|Toronto City Councillor for Trinity—Spadina