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NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Activism - Michael “Pin­ball” Cle­mons

What do you love most about Toronto, and why?

There are a lot of things we can talk about – the theatre, the city’s di­ver­sity – but cen­tral to me is the heart of the city, its peo­ple. If I can quote Oliver Wen­dell Holmes, “The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what di­rec­tion we are mov­ing.”

If you were mayor for a day, what one thing would you change?

I think we’re all in a po­si­tion to change things. If you’re wait­ing for some­one or some­thing to give you that author­ity, you’re not be­ing re­spon­si­ble. I’m not about say­ing, “This is what I would do.” Why not just do it? For me right now, the Stop The Vi­o­lence ini­tia­tive is re­ally im­por­tant, and start­ing a foun­da­tion that will begin to cre­ate some preven­ta­tive pro­grams for trou­bled youth.

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