Sapphira: Surprise Activist Extraordinaire

I’ve been doing volunteer work and activism for a decade now, but my wife Sapphira Charles’ newfound activism is putting me to shame.  It’s been very encouraging watching her go from 0 to 100 in the space of a couple months, and becoming a voice in our community and someone to rally around.  Through her actions the last few months … Read More

Mask Hysteria

Hello, I’m writing to City Council hoping to address my deepening concern that the new mask rules seem to be fueling discriminatory behaviour and that they do not conform to the recommendations of Sick Kids Hospital. Sick Kids Hospital recommends that masks not be mandatory for children under 5:  “Masking for children depends on many factors, including age, ability, willingness … Read More

The ongoing inaction of 55 Division

Picture:  Protest in front of 55 Division, July 6, 2020 I went to the protest in front of 55 Division on July 6, and found the story of Mark Austin resonated with me.  Not because I’ve been the victim of racial discrimination, but because I too have been assaulted, multiple times, only to have 55 Division take no action.  And … Read More

Defund the TPS Mounted Unit first

SIGN THE PETITION HERE My name is Adam Smith, I’m a lifelong resident born and raised in Toronto.  I am requesting Toronto City Council to fully defund and dismantle the Mounted Police Unit in Toronto as a starting point to making cuts to the police budget.  In the 21st century in a modern city like Toronto mounted police are an obsolete … Read More

Discussing Toronto’s governance

On Feb 21, 2019 I spoke at the city’s Special Committee on Governance, which was formed to take public input on how to govern Toronto now that Ford abruptly slashed council in half mid-election, and also to discuss Councillor Bradford’s motion to institute term limits. The committee has five councillors: Perks, Carroll, Holyday, Crawford, and Bailão . After being one … Read More

New lights at Dixon and Lockwood intersections

UPDATE:  March 5, 2019 The petition supporting the recommendations of the report has been submitted to Councillor Bradford’s office on Feb 26, 2019.  The petition garnered over 100 names, mostly from residents on Dixon Ave, Woodbine Ave, Lockwood Rd, and Sarah Ashbridge Ave.  We have requested a public meeting at Corpus Christie church and await the councillor’s reply. More info … Read More

Queen St East streetscape…

My years with the Beach Village BIA (2010-2016) were my first foray into volunteering, lobbying, and advocacy, and my first time on a board of directors.  The board has changed over the years, but regardless of the board’s membership I was frequently the sole voice of opposition to many ill-considered policies and plans, and found myself often discriminated against because I … Read More


This is what I like to call “auto-waste”, and it’s a policy of FAR too many businesses, organizations, and charities in the Western world. Basically it means that no matter how you sign up for something, for example entirely online, the entity you signed up with will automatically send you a bunch of wasteful paper mail you never wanted nor … Read More

Lessons from the campaign trail…

I learned ALOT from my campaign: about running a campaign but also about the community. Knocking on doors and meeting people you’d otherwise never have occasion to meet really gets one in tune with their neighbourhood. Here are some of the lessons I learned, split into community and personal:   Community lessons:   – the Beach is an affordable food … Read More

Running an environmental campaign…

As I clean up and sort out the mess in my office post-campaign I am appalled by all the waste. Hundreds of unused flyers, dozens of unused window signs, leftover buttons, stacks of paper from canvassing. So much paper and ink for such short use to be disposed of. It was tough running an environmental campaign while still being a … Read More