Terry Fowler


Edmund P. (Terry) Fowler is Professor Emeritus of political science at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto, Ontario. Between 1967 and 2002, when he retired, he created and taught courses in local government, voting behaviour, community power structure, history of science, and green philosophy. He created and ran the Glendon Municipal Intern Program, under which students worked for municipal councillors in the Toronto region.

In 2003, Terry helped to organize and then chaired Kyoto and Sprawl, a major conference that brought together urban planners, politicians, grassroots activists, developers, and academics to work out solutions to the problem of sprawl. Speakers included Elizabeth May, soon to be Canada’s first Green Party Member of Parliament, and Jack Layton, former head of the New Democratic Party.

Over the years, Terry Fowler has addressed Commissions and committees of the Ontario and Toronto governments. A list of briefs is in his Curriculum Vitae. He has also been actively involved in Karma Food Co-op, Toronto’s oldest and largest food co-operative, as editor of its newsletter, The Chronicle.

Shelly, Terry’s wife, is an accomplished professional artist who has shown work in numerous Toronto galleries and who regularly teaches workshops in her studio. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Name:  Edmund P. Fowler

61 Humewood Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 2W3
(416) 651-9772

Department of Political Science
Glendon College, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4N 3M6


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1964
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1969

Part-time instructor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1965-67
Lecturer, Glendon College, York University, 1967-69
Assistant Professor, Glendon College, 1969-1972
Associate Professor, Glendon College 1972-2002
Retired, January 1, 2003


Rites of  Way: The Politics of Transportation in Boston and the US City (Boston:  Little Brown, 1971) (with A.Lupo and F. Colcord)
Building Cities That Work (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1992)
Urban Policy Issues: Canadian Perspectives (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001) (edited with David Siegel)
Cities, Culture, and Granite (Toronto: Guernica, 2004)

   Articles in Refereed Journals:
“Reformism and Public Policies in American Cities,” American Political Science                Review, Sept. 1967 (61:3) pp. 701-716 (with R.L. Lineberry)
“Big City Downtowns: The Non-Impact of Zoning,” Policy Studies Journal, Summer 1979 (with David White)
“Street Management and City Design”, Social Forces, Dec. 1987 (66:2), 365-389
“Land Use in the Ecologically Sensible City,” Alternatives, Summer 1991 (18:1), pp. 226-35
“Scientific Paradigms and Urban Development: Alternative Models,” Cosmos and History, August 2005 (1:1) (with Martin Fichman), pp. 90-126
“Heritage in the ‘Burbs: How to Make Suburbs a Lasting Legacy,” Alternatives Journal, Spring/Summer 2007 (33:2/3), pp. 22-25
“Faulty Towers,” Alternatives Journal, Winter 2008 (33:6), pp. 16-8

  Articles in Edited Books:
“Feedback in City Politics,” in David Morgan and Samuel Kirkpatrick (eds.) Urban Political Analysis:  A Systems Approach (New York: The Free Press, 1972) pp. 361-367 (with R.L. Lineberry)

“The Comparative Analysis of Urban Policy: Canada and the U.S.” in Harlan Hahn (ed.) People and Politics in Urban Society (Sage Publications, 1972) pp. 345-368 (with R.L. Lineberry)

“Patterns of Partisan and Non-Partisan Balloting:  The Toronto Civic Elections of 1969” in J.A. Anderson and Jack Masson (eds.)  Emerging Party Politics in Urban Canada (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972)  pp. 35-49 (with M.D. Goldrick)

“Comparative Policy Analysis and the Problem of Reciprocal Causation” in Craig Liske, William Loehr, and John McCamant (eds.) Comparative Public Policy:  Issues, Theories and Methods (New York:  John Wiley, 1975) pp. 243-260 (with R.L. Lineberry)

“The Link Between Politics, Policies and Healthy City Form,” in David Bell, Roger Keil, and Gerda R. Wekerle (eds.) Local Places(Montréal: Black Rose Books, 1995)
“Transportation Policy in Canadian Cities,” in Edmund P. Fowler and David Siegel (eds.) Urban Policy Issues (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Jack Layton)
“City Environmental Policy: Connecting the Dots,” in Edmund P. Fowler and David Siegel (eds.) Urban Policy Issues (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Franz Hartmann)

  Other Professional Articles:
“Diversity and Healthy Cities,” Urban Forum/Colloque urbain, Winter/Hiver 1976-1977 (2:4) pp.18-27.
“Local Politics in Canada” Urban News (American Political Science Association) Fall 1995 (9:3)
“Intensification,” Alternatives, March/April 1996 (22:2)
“Science, Food, and Politics,” Green Horizon Quarterly, winter 2003 (1:1)
“Think Global Catastrophe: Act Personally and Act Anew,” Green Horizon Quarterly, Summer 2004 (1:4), 6-9 (with Theodore Becker)
“Place: The Hidden Dimension of this Dark Age,” Ideas That Matter, September 2005 (3:3), 34-38
“Authoritarian Science and the Sickness Industry,” Green Horizon Quarterly, Winter 2005, 13-16
“From Either/Or to Both/And,” Green Horizon Quarterly, Winter 2006, 14-15 (with Gord Perks)
“We are not Separate: Energizing the Green Movement,” Green Horizon Quarterly, Fall 2008, 25-27.
“The Life Force: Something Out of Nothing,” Green Horizon Magazine, Spring 2009, 14-16.

  Other Publications:
“Urban Land Use and Acid Rain,” City Magazine, Summer/Fall, 1989 (11:1), 24-6
“Urban Reflections: The Livable City?”  Earthkeeper, Jan./Feb. 1991 (1:3), 30-34
“Sense of City Dies Without Active Street Life,” The Toronto Star, March 25, 1992, A19
“Decision Time for Cityplan ’91” City Magazine, winter 1993, (14:1), 10-11
“Questions for Planning in Ontario,” City Magazine, winter 1993, (14:1), 34-6
“Strong Local Government Can Save More Than Cuts,” The Toronto Star, September 1997
“Money won’t solve all our problems,” The Toronto Star, May 9, 2002, A31
“A New Paradigm of Technology and Politics,” Fourth World Review, Issues 115 and 116, Summer 2002
“Kyoto and Sprawl,” partners, Spring 2004, 19-22
“The costly trouble with high rises,” The Toronto Star, March 28, 2005, A17
“Sharing power in the megacity,” The Toronto Star, April 10, 2006, A19
“Authentic urban vitality needs both old and new,” The Toronto Star, August 31, 2007, AA8
“Elections don’t confer a mandate,” The Toronto Star, May 4, 2011

 Review Articles:
“The Housing Puzzle,” (John Sewell, Houses and Homes) in Literary Review of Canada, Dec. 1994 (3:11)
“Pavement Mentalities,” (John Livingston, Rogue Primate) in Literary Review of Canada, Nov. 1995 (4:10)
“The Making of Toronto,” (Robert Fulford, Accidental City; Wayne Grady, Toronto the Wild) Literary Review of Canada, September 1996 (5:8)
“Getting Urban Growth Wrong,” (James Lemon, Liberal Dreams and Nature’s Limits) Literary Review of Canada, March 1999 (7:5)
“Voluntary Initiatives: The New Politics of Corporate Greening,” (Robert Gibson (ed.), Voluntary Initiatives), Policy Options/Options politiques July-August 2000 (21:6), 72-5
“Heidegger in Hamilton” (Ingrid Lemam Stefanovic, Safeguarding Our Common Future) Literary Review of Canada, March 2002, 22-4
“Wisdom from beyond the Meadow” (Hugh Brody, The Other Side of Eden), Green Horizon Quarterly, February 2004, 22-4
“From Empire to Earth Community: David Korten’s Vision,” (David Korten, The Great Turning) Green Horizon Quarterly, No. 15 (Spring 2007), 21-24
“Food and the Realities of Choice,” (Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma) Green Horizon Quarterly, No. 16 (Summer 2007), 9-11

 Selected Book Reviews:
James Lorimer and Myfanwy Phillips, Working People: Life in a Downtown City Neighbourhood,  The Canadian Forum, Nov. 1971 (51:11)
T.J. Plunkett and G.M. Betts, The Management of Canadian Urban Government, Canadian PublicPolicy/Analyse de politiques, Autumn, 1979 (5:4)
Meyer Brownstone and T.J. Plunkett, Metropolitan Winnipeg:  Politics and Reform of Local Government, Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, Spring 1984 (10:1)
Juliet Saltman, A Fragile Movement: The Struggle for Neighbourhood Stabilization, Journal of Urban Affairs, Dec. 1992
Joel Garneau. Edge City, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Dec. 1992 (1:2)
Brewster Kneen, From Land to Mouth, Alternatives, Jan./Feb. 1995 (21:1)
James Lemon, Liberal Dreams and Nature’s Limits, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, June 1998 (7:1)
Jack Layton, Homelessness, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 20, 2001

Brief to the Robarts Commission on the Government of Metropolitan Toronto, May 1975
“Ecological Land Use,” to Land Use Committees, Cities of York, Toronto, Scarborough, September, Sept. 1990
Brief to the Commission on Planning Reform in Ontario, June 1992
Comments on Cityplan ’91 and “Next Steps for City Plan, presented to Land Use Committee, City of Toronto, Oct. 1992
Brief to the Committee on General Government, on Bill 103, the Amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto, February 1997
“Changing Toronto’s Government,” Submission to Toronto City Council’s Committee on Restructuring City Government, March 2006

Selected Papers given to the Learned Societies:
“Comparative Policy Analysis and the Problem of Reciprocal Causation,” New Directions in                                      Public Policy, Bellagio, Italy, June 1974 (with Robert Lineberry)

“Citizens’ Groups and Urban Politics,” Canadian Political Science Association, Ottawa, June 1982

“Reform Politics and Urban Neighbourhoods,” Canadian-American Urban History Society,

University of Guelph, August, 1982

“The City as an Unintended Consequence,” Canadian Political Science Association, Vancouver,


“Politics, Physics, and Creative City Building,” (with Martin Fichman) Urban Affairs Association, Cleveland, March 2003

Major Research Grants Received:
Canada Council, 1969, to study correlates of municipal spending in Canadian cities


Canadian Council on Urban and Regional Research, 1973, for investigation of the impact of the urban

physical environment ($4,500)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 1979-80, for research on urban citizens’ groups in

Canada ($11,000)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1991) in aid to scholarly publishing ($7,000)

Teaching and Research Interests:

Politics and history of science; social and psychological meaning of the urban built environment; community organizing and the politics and the politics of empowerment; Green history and philosophy as it relates to politics, food and agriculture, and urban design.

Other Activities:

Expert Witness, Ontario Municipal Board, hearing on Ward boundaries in the City of Toronto, 1969

Secretary, York University Housing Co-operative, 1981-3

Visiting Lecturer, Program in Engineering and Society, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Fall 1993, and Fall 1994

Expert Witness, Ontario Municipal Board, hearing on Ward boundaries in the City of Toronto, 1999

Director, Glendon Municipal Government Intern Program, until retirement in 2003

Member of the Board, Green Horizon Foundation, 2002 —

Professional Activity:

Section Chair – Local Government and Politics, Canadian Political Science Association annual meetings, 1987.

Referee for the following journals: Political Quarterly, Canadian Journal of  Political Science, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Social Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Quarterly


Contributions to the University:

Review of Glendon’s Political Science Curriculum, 1983

Acting Chair, Glendon Political Science Department, January – June, 1991

Academic Plan and Curriculum Restructuring in Political Science, Glendon College, June 1991

Chair, Task Force on College Government, 1997

Member, Committee on Academic Standards, Teaching and Learning, 1997-1999

Member, Committee on Enrolments and Retention, 2001-2

(Initiated Peer Mentor Programme: upper level students mentoring first year students)


 Courses & Programmes Created:

The City (SOSC 1650 & POLS 2650) An interdisciplinary course that explores the history, economy, politics, sociology and psychology of city life.  Basic issues in urban planning are raised, using the writings of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, Herbert Gans, Christopher Alexander, and the instructor.  Students in the course are required to take two walks through downtown Toronto and relate their personal experiences of the city to the academic content of the course.


Revolutions in Politics and Science: From Galileo to the Greens (POLS/NATS 4630)

Developed with Martin Fichman (Glendon NATS), this course is a unique blend of history of science, a

layman’s guide to quantum physics, and an exercise in uncovering our often unwarranted assumptions about the nature of physical reality.  This exercise has profound implications for the study of collective decision making by humans, and the course examines critically both political philosophy and the practice of government.  The ideas behind green politics form the basis for the last third of the course.  While Fritjof Capra (The Tao of Physics) was the inspiration for the course, many other writers are studied:  Alfie Kohn, John Livingston, Murray Bookchin, Ursula Franklin, Rupert Sheldrake, and Morris Berman.


Municipal Intern Program (POLS 3244 and POLS 3245) This program started as part of an urban politics course – students would work 3-4 hours an week for a councilor in the Metro Area instead of writing a paper for the course.  A few years ago, a separate sequence of courses was created, to take in conjunction with academic sequence on urban politics.  Students are required to write weekly diaries and two theoretical papers over the course of the year.  Councillors taking part in the program have included Art Eggleton, Barbara Hall, Howard Moscoe, Frances Nunziata, Marilyn Mushinski, Jack Layton, Olivia Chow, and Dan Leckie.

This program gives students a chance to work for a local councilor in the Metropolitan Toronto area and to experience personally what it is like to be a part of municipal government.


Interns learn how local politicians communicate with constituents, with appointed civil servants, and with each other.  The combination of the work experience with a course on urban politics provides significant insights into the workings of local government.