Daily Archives: January 27, 2010

Rocco Achampong for T.O mayor

Young mayoral candidate among 21 running for city’s top job
Rocco Achampong launches his campaign Feb. 1
By Kris Scheuer

Rocco Kusi Achampong

Rocco Kusi Achampong is running for mayor of Toronto in the 2010 election.
I don’t know much about this 31-year-old young man, but he knocked on the Town Crier‘s city hall press office this afternoon to introduce himself to me.
He officially launches his mayoral campaign at U of T’s Hart House debate room on Feb. 1 at 5:30 pm if you want to hear more from him personally. Continue reading

Your Toronto web stories

Website allows you to upload your community memories
Story catchers also capturing Torontonians’ video tales
By Kris Scheuer
(Written Jan. 22 for Town Crier.)

Story Catcher Simon Rabynick captures your T.O tales on video for new website. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

A city comes alive through people’s memories and stories.
That’s the idea behind Leasider Adil Dhalla’s new website www.mycitylives.com that launched Feb. 3.
He describes it as Google maps meets YouTube. Dhalla has trained “story catchers” to videotape people telling personal tales and then link them to an interactive map on the website.
It’s a way to get to know the city, communities, streets and specific landmarks.
“We are trying to encourage people to live and shop local and to support the economy, arts and culture and reinvigorate a sense of pride in the city,” says Dhalla from a French coffee shop on Bayview Avenue. Continue reading