Portrait of a mayor as journalist
He might bristle at being called a journo, but David Miller is a prolific chronicler of his life as mayor. Miller is constantly firing off tweets and often augments the words with "twitpics" taken with his BlackBerry. One day it will be an arms' length portrait after a "great lunch with David Suzuki", the next it will be a red-hued sky titled "Sunset over North York."
But there are hazards to being Toronto's chief magistrate and a part-time paparazzo. Miller recently spoke at a breakfast gathering focused on the progress of Pan Am Games planning. He was followed by his counterparts Fred Eisenberger of Hamilton and Brian McMullan of St. Catharines. While Eisenberger was talking, he gestured and looked over to Miller, who happened to be holding up his BlackBerry in mid-snap. "Are you taking my picture?" a clearly bemused Eisenberger asked Miller, who laughed and turned red. To big laughs from the primarily business crowd, Eisenberger halted his speech, took out his own camera-phone, snapped a photo of Miller and quipped, "I'll email it to you later."
Alas, Miller didn't include include his photo when he tweeted about the event. The report was a rather colourless: "At Global public affairs Pan Am games breakfast with Mayors McMullan, Eisenberger."