Jane is a writer, consultant, broadcaster and community organizer. Most recently, she was the founding Executive Director of Jane’s Walk. Since 2007 Jane guided this event from one of great local promise to a Toronto success story that is now offered in 75 cities in 15 countries around the world.
Jane is a journalist with many years experience as a writer and broadcaster with CBC Radio One. She worked as a current affairs producer and host at CBC for ten years up until 2009 hosting such programs as Workology, Home, The Omnivore, and a show about words and language, And Sometimes Y. In the summer of 2009 she guest hosted Q for a short stint. She also created the ‘Wanted Words’ segment heard on This Morning which was the basis of two best-selling books. She also co-wrote the ‘Canadian Book of Lists’, published by Knopf in 2005 with Ira Basen et al.
An enthusiastic teacher and mentor, Jane has been called upon to give lectures, teach and present at conferences on a range of subjects having to do with city-building and queer history at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, George Brown College and University of Toronto School and the Walk 21 International Conference in 2010 in Copenhagen. She is an entertaining and engaging host, moderator and emcee at community events, consferences, all-candidates meetings and public consultations around town.
Possessed of a peculiar intellect, Jane has written articles on subjects as diverse as demolition derbies, office gossip and snapshot photography for such magazines as Saturday Night, Utne Reader, Spacing and This Magazine. She was also a music columnist for Xtra Magazine with her monthly feature Sonic Pantsuit. Filmmaking has also been an interest with several shorts to her credit which have circulated in underground and independent film festivals.
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