Dr. Shaoren Gou
World Chinese Media
Toronto mayoral candidate, Reginald Tull, recently hosted a gathering at 3330 Lawrence Ave. E. in Scarborough on June 11, 2023. The event was a delightful evening filled with good food, music, and great company, where Tull had the opportunity to connect with his friends, supporters, and the community. During the event, Tull also took the time to sign copies of his book, “Memoirs of a Bad Boy: A true story of a young man’s struggles, incarceration, and redemption.”
Three mayoral candidates: Weizhen Tang (first on the right), Reginald Tull (second on the right), and Phillip D’Cruz (second on the left). Reginald Tull’s campaign assistant Marta Montoya(first on the left).
Weizhen Tang presented Reginald Tull with his book titled “The Chinese Warren Buffett,” while Reginald Tull gave Weizhen Tang a copy of his book, “Memoirs of a Bad Boy”, This exchange allowed both candidates to share their respective literary works and gain insights into each other’s experiences and perspectives.
In his memoir, Tull vividly depicts the challenging realities of growing up in Toronto’s inner-city, particularly in the notorious Regent Park neighborhood during the era of crack cocaine. He delves into the history and darkness that surrounded the infamous Toronto Don Jail, sharing his personal encounters with violence, survival, and false accusations of murder.
“Memoirs of a Bad Boy” serves as a testament to the transformative power of resilience and redemption. Tull’s personal journey showcases how individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or the adversity they face, can overcome their circumstances and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Born and raised in the culturally diverse city of Toronto, Reginald Tull is not only an entrepreneur and motivational speaker but also the founder of the United Youth of Canada, a non-profit organization that has been serving the community for over a decade. Through this organization, Tull has implemented numerous after-school programs, drug awareness initiatives, summer day camps, and a poverty relief project called “Food for Humanity.” He has also provided inner-city youths with opportunities to travel abroad and support impoverished families by providing essential supplies and assistance.
Tull’s platform as a mayoral candidate revolves around his unwavering commitment to social justice, equality, and youth empowerment through employment and educational programs. He aims to address critical issues such as affordable housing, tenant rights, crime reduction, and ensuring accountability for those in positions of authority. Tull’s vision goes beyond the walls of City Hall as he seeks to revitalize and improve Toronto’s livability, making it an ideal place to live, work, and visit.
Community building is at the forefront of Tull’s agenda. He has led various missions and outreach programs in countries such as Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru. Tull’s dedication to youth-focused initiatives and his understanding of the challenges faced by Toronto residents have garnered him support and admiration from diverse segments of the population.
As a mayoral candidate, Tull places a high priority on cutting wasteful spending, promoting affordable housing, enhancing tenant living conditions, and investing in at-risk communities to reduce crime. He also emphasizes the importance of providing opportunities for incarcerated youth through trade programs and advocates for stricter measures against firearms offenses. Additionally, Tull aims to support small businesses affected by construction projects and implement measures to improve transportation, healthcare, and emergency response times.
Tull’s comprehensive platform encompasses various aspects of city governance, including infrastructure, environmental sustainability, arts and culture, and worker’s rights. He envisions a Toronto where all residents can thrive and actively participate in making their voices heard and their votes count.
Reginald Tull’s determination to bring positive change to Toronto stems from his deep-rooted belief in unity and inclusivity. His personal and professional experiences have shaped his vision for the city, and he remains committed to building a brighter future for all Torontonians.
On June 26, the people of Toronto will have the opportunity to elect a strong leader who can transform their city and make it a better place to live. Reginald Tull is ready to take on this challenge and urges everyone to join him in creating a unified and prosperous Toronto.