I'm delighted to have the opportunity to endorse Kristyn Wong-Tam for City Councillor to represent the new Ward 22 in the upcoming municipal elections in October. I've known her for all of her eight years as Councillor for Ward 27, during which time she has emerged as an outstanding leader in our City Council, and a champion both in the neighbourhood and for Toronto at large. She has combined intelligence, vision, passion and a refreshing, trustworthy honesty with an unparalleled capacity for hard work. As well as displaying her relentless energy on the bicycle in charity rides from Toronto to Montreal and cheering at our Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon finish lines, Kristyn has worked tirelessly in the ward to build the kind of space I believe we all want to live in: to acquire the land for the 11 Wellesley Street park and more public space in a densely populated Downtown, to support summer placemaking on Church Street, or to fight for local small businesses facing a proposed 400% tax hike. She has also been a leader in championing such goals city-wide, by leading Council in the efforts to dismantle the Ontario Municipal Board and to give Torontonians more control over land use and planning, to bring Open Streets to Toronto and promote active transportation, and to champion diversity and inclusion.
This is an era of rapid and seismic change for Toronto, with many challenges as we continue our growth into one of the most exciting, dynamic, innovative, world-cities on the planet. It's an exciting time, but a time when we need tireless, intelligent leaders with vision for things both large and small -- especially on our dynamic Waterfront. We need leaders like Kristyn Wong-Tam. Please vote for her on October 22nd.