Revealed at dinner: Kristyn Wong-Tam’s secret to staying sane at Toronto City Hall

February 16, 2013.

Over shrimps and crab ravioli, downtown counciller Kristyn Wong-Tam credits her father with instilling in her the patience she draws on to stay sane at Toronto’s raucous city council meetings.

The first time I went to city hall to see how our city is governed, I saw Kristyn Wong-Tam questioning the mayor/coach on the council floor. The topic wasn’t anything as contentious as her later campaign to ban shark fins. It was something mundane, technical, and non-partisan.

But again and again, the mayor/coach responded to Wong-Tam by misinterpreting her mundane question in a multitude of ways, until they’d run out of allotted time.

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