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Vancouver Mayor’s Citizen Sam Premiers on Sunday

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 1:02 pm on Friday, October 5, 2007

Sam Sullivan,
Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
(Photo credit: National Film Board of Canada)

Broadcast Premiere

Citizen Sam – Official Selection at Hot Docs 2007

Sam Sullivan was a local curiosity, the quadriplegic Vancouver city councillor in a pinstripe suite with a pipe dream of leading his shattered right wing party back to power. Then he decided to run for mayor.

As the campaign begins, Sullivan admits to giving addicts money to buy crack and heroin. His opponents call him a do-nothing politician, and a nut. The media write him off, while everyone tiptoes around the issue of his disability. Blending the rough and tumble of the campaign trail with tender moments from Sullivan?s personal life, Citizen Sam is equal parts love story, thriller, comedy and confessional.

October 7, 2007
10 pm ET/PT (repeats at 1am)
CBC Newsworld

Also available from the National Film Board

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Comment by Vancouver realtor

November 21, 2007 @ 5:40 am

The story of Sam Sullivan certainly makes me proud of my fellow Canadians. There are many things we all know about the Mayor, but let me add a fact or two I found in Wikipedia.
On June 19, 2007 Sullivan became the first quadriplegic in history to throw out the opening pitch of a professional baseball game when he threw out the opening pitch, with the assistance of a purpose-built catapult, at the Vancouver Canadians minor league team’s home opener at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Sullivan has a long history with BC’s Chinese community and is the first Vancouver mayor capable of speaking basic Cantonese and of reading Chinese. We salute you, Mr. Mayor!

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