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Kristyn Wong-Tam Ward 27 candidate

She’s one of 13 candidates running in Toronto Centre Rosedale
Wong-Tam’s a real estate agent and community activist
By Kris Scheuer
(Written March 31 for Town Crier.)

Kristyn Wong Tam is running in Ward 27. Photo courtesy of candidate KWT.

Kristyn Wong-Tam never intended to run for council.
But a surprise party with 60 supporters asking her to run convinced her to register on March 1 as a candidate in Toronto Centre Rosedale’s Ward 27.
“I had not planned to run for civic office,” she said March 30. “But I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I had a real chance of winning.”
She’s no stranger to working on local issues.
“I spoke with local councillors about issues that affect residents,” said Wong-Tam, who owns an art gallery on Queen West. “I have worked on issues around affordable housing, racial and gender equity, economic justice, parks and recreation, community-based arts and street safety.”
One of her first jobs was as an intake worker in a women’s shelter on Church Street where she helped people transition from living on the street into stable housing. Continue reading

Toronto Centre byelection candidates

Former Toronto Centre MPP George Smitherman running for mayor
Byelection to be held Feb. 4, meet the candidates then vote
By Kris Scheuer and Christopher Reynolds
(Written Jan. 13 for Town Crier. Election night UPDATE.)

There are fabulous candidates running: Greens Stefan Premdas, NDP Cathy Crowe, PC Pamela Taylor and Liberal Glen Murray in the Toronto Centre byelection Feb. 4.
Here’s a snapshot of each of them based on interviews by myself and colleague Chris Reynolds.
Scroll down to read each mini profile. We didn’t interview Freedom Party candidate Wayne Simmons or Ontario Libertarian Party candidate Heath Thomas for our story but they are both running in the byelection. Continue reading