Life after city hall: Law school, anyone?

November 11, 2010–life-after-city-hall-law-school-anyone

David Rider and Paul Moloney

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Howard Moscoe, 71, has a gig lined up, but not yet confirmed, to work for the Smart!Centres shopping mall developer and is also applying for law school.


Howard Moscoe (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence):

I’m 71 and I have applied to Osgoode Hall Law School. Who doesn’t want a 75-year-old lawyer? I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was 12. Maybe it was watching Perry Mason. I’ve spent the past 31 years making laws — I figure it’s time to find out what I was doing wrong. I’m scheduled to write the LSAT on Feb. 12. I’ve got some other things, four or five offers. Two are developers and the others are government relations. That would be consulting. The alternative would be sitting at home arguing with my wife about where to hang pictures. That’s not my style.

Joe Pantalone (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina):

I have no regrets, I’m at peace with myself (about his failed campaign to be mayor). Nice guys do finish third sometimes. I’m 58 years old, I have two teenagers. I always like to work; I am looking. I have nothing lined up as of Dec. 1 — I’ll be joining the ranks of the unemployed. But people assure me that, given my experience, my skill set, my ability to get along with all types of people, I will have no problem. I want employment that allows me to earn a living while being socially significant . . . maybe sitting on a board, private or public. As a councillor you’re involved in so much — policing, transit, housing, child care, architecture. Narrowing it down almost feels like a loss, and that’s a challenge. Much accomplished, much to be done.

Mike Feldman (Ward 10, York Centre):

I’m not retiring. I’m just looking for another career. Eighteen years of politics is enough, and now I have to find something new. I’m looking at some boards where I can use some of my remaining talents and my experience in business and politics. If it doesn’t go that way, I’ll probably start another business. I think there are real estate boards; there’s Build Toronto. I was at TEDCO and I think I did a very good job at TEDCO. I helped straighten it out. TEDCO began to thrive.

Adrian Heaps (Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest):

One thing about being in private life is that my plans are private. I’m taking a couple months off to ponder and enjoy. My goal originally was to run for two terms, and obviously that’s not going to be fulfilled. I’m going to miss not being able to tackle the unfinished work that’s there. What I’m really going to miss about the place is the tools that are at your disposal to effect positive change. That’s probably what I’m going to miss the most.

Adam Giambrone (Ward 18, Davenport):

I intend to take some time off and spend time with family, and I will also use my time off to participate in archaeological projects in Sudan, which remains an interest of mine. I have made no commitments about my next steps, nor will I until the New Year.

Case Ootes (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth):

(Heading mayor-elect Rob Ford’s transition team) is an interesting challenge and I’m enjoying that. I’m on the board of governors of Seneca College. I’ll continue with that, and my wife and I will do some travelling. I’ll probably become involved in community volunteering and whatever else might show up.

Cliff Jenkins (Ward 25, Don Valley West):

I have some thoughts of things I’d like to try. They’re certainly nowhere near fruition. They’re just ideas at this point, as opposed to anything concrete. Right now, I’m dealing with issues in the ward, still conducting meetings on a daily basis to fix problems.

Bill Saundercook (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park):

I was first elected in 1985, so I did 15 years uninterrupted, I lost to David Miller in 2000 and then (was) re-elected 2003-2010. So, 22 years in total. I’ve always had a reputation of speaking to people and that will continue, but it will be back to good old Bill as opposed to the councillor. Fortunately I’ve got a teaching position on reserve. My job is there waiting for me if I decide to go back to teaching. It’s Dufferin-Peel. I started in Mississauga and stayed there. I’ve got a master’s degree in education. I could pursue a vice-principal’s job. I’m 56. I’ve got 10 good years of work. I’ve got two still finishing up university, so lots of expenses ahead. I’ll probably know where I’m going in the next couple of weeks.

Michael Walker (Ward 22, St. Paul’s):

I plan to travel with my wife and see my kids and grandkids more. I’m 70. We plan to retire to Orillia and I will spend my time volunteering for Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Meals on Wheels.

Brian Ashton (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest):

I’m going to sleep in (Dec. 1). I’m semi-retired but I don’t want to rush into anything. I’ve discovered you can do a lot of public service outside of City Hall, like (late city-builder) David Pecaut. I’m on the board at Metro Youth Services. It’s possible I’ll continue as a citizen member. I’m looking at public-sector and private-sector opportunities.

Suzan Hall (Ward 1, Etobicoke North):

I’m going to take a bit of a break. I’m going to a wedding in New Zealand, and I’ll stay there for a month. (After that) I’m not going to ‘veg,’ but I don’t want to rush into anything.

Neither Kyle Rae nor Sandra Bussin could be reached for comment.

2 thoughts on “Life after city hall: Law school, anyone?

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