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Colin Vaughan : biography

1931 - 01 January 2000

Colin Vaughan (1931 – 1 January 2000) was a 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.Led political coverage at CITY-TV. Globe & Mail. 2000-01-03. p. R06.

Journalism career

Vaughan left city council in the 1977, after five years on city council, 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.

Urban activism and politics

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

In 1972 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.

Personal life

Born in Australia, Vaughan studied architecture in Sydney and 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.

His son Adam Vaughan, a former CBC Television journalist, succeeded him as Citytv political specialist and is now Toronto City Councillor for Trinity-Spadina. His daughter Annabel Vaughan is an architect in Vancouver and another daughter, Polly Vaughan, is the senior editor at another CHUM television station, A-Channel Vancouver Island. He has three other children; Thomas, Sam, and Jenny.

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