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Tom Allison: Campaign Chair and Alykhan Velshi

tom allison: That would be Alykhan Velshi, who left his post as Harper's director of issues management in 2014 and is now chief of staff to Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, according to Toronto Star. That meeting is just one in a slew arranged with top politicos including Michal Hay, Jagmeet Singh's NDP leadership campaign director, Tom Allison, who steered Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's leadership bid, and Walied Soliman, Brown's 2018 campaign chair before the interns are embedded at city hall. For the young citizens headed to Toronto City Hall next month to work as part-time interns under a brand-new fellowship, it's a unique chance to discuss a policy many in the community called out as marginalizing at the time, with someone who was at one point close to its architects. They'll be paired up with a councillor and work 12 hours a week for three months starting in January as part of Toronto's first-ever Muslim Youth Fellowship program, which was approved by council in October. And in a city where just over 51 per cent of the population now identifies as a visible minority, the lack of diverse representation on council has never been more stark. Article Continued Below The idea is to increase democratic participation and political understanding among a community that is, relatively speaking, less engaged in certain aspects of civic life. ( As reported in the news.