Kristyn Wong-Tam

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Kristyn Wong-Tam
Kristyn Wong-Tam February 2010.jpg
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 27) Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded by Kyle Rae
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Hong Kong
Nationality Canadian
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Real Estate Agent/Businesswoman
Religion Buddhist
Kristyn Wong-Tam
Traditional Chinese 黃慧文[1]
Simplified Chinese 黄慧文

Kristyn Wong-Tam (born c. 1972) is a city councillor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is councillor for the Toronto Centre-Rosedale electoral district (Ward 27). She was elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 city council election to replace Kyle Rae who had chosen to retire,[2] defeating opponent Ken Chan in the heated race by just 400 plus votes.[3][4] She was re-elected in 2014.

Background[edit]

Born in Hong Kong and raised in a Buddhist family,[5][6] she immigrated to Toronto with her family in 1975.[7] She grew up in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto; with her family settling there first before a move to the suburbs.[4] A real estate agent and business owner, she is the former owner of a Timothy's franchise in Toronto's Church and Wellesley Village,[8] and the owner of the KWT (formerly the XEXE) contemporary art gallery at Bathurst and Richmond Street West.[3][9]

Activism[edit]

Wong-Tam, who is Chinese Canadian, came out as a lesbian in high school, at the age of 16[10] and has been an activist for both LGBTQ and Asian Canadian community issues, serving on the Chinese Canadian National Council[8] and helping to found Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage[11] and the Church and Wellesley Village's business improvement area.[8] In 2011, she cooperated with Toronto's Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line to create an award, named in memory of Toronto artist Will Munro, to honour LGBT youth involved in community arts projects in Ontario.[12]

Prior to the Toronto City election, it emerged that Wong-Tam had provided support for the political advocacy group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA). In an interview with the Toronto Sun newspaper, she said that she lent her credit card to register the group's website because no one in the group owned a credit card. Wong-Tam "listed her home address in the registration but gave the contact number as her Coldwell Banker real estate office on Yonge St." [13] Wong-Tam was the registered owner of the site until August 31, 2010.[14]

Politics[edit]

In the 2010 election, Wong-Tam was endorsed by the Toronto and York Labour Council.[15] She was also supported by neighbouring councillor Adam Vaughan, street nurse Cathy Crowe and author Michele Landsberg.[16]

Wong-Tam, in a post-election interview with the Toronto Sun, says that she is "really looking forward to working with the Mayor" and that she supports Mayor Rob Ford's campaign pledge to scrap the personal vehicle tax and the land transfer tax. She also noted that she did not renew her New Democratic Party membership, saying: "I think all (council) rookies are saying the same thing - they don't want to be pigeon-holed."[17]

Election results[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 27
Candidate Votes  %
Kristyn Wong-Tam 7,527 28.277%
Ken Chan 7,065 26.541%
Chris Tindal 3,447 12.949%
Simon Wookey 2,128 7.994%
Joel Dick 1,667 6.262%
Robert Meynell 1,223 4.594%
Enza Anderson 1,127 4.234%
Ella Rebanks 838 3.148%
Ben Bergen 380 1.428%
Susan Gapka 367 1.379%
Gary Leroux 283 1.063%
Paul Spence 243 0.913%
Jonas Jemstone 142 0.533%
Ram Narula 108 0.406%
Perry Missal 74 0.278%
Total 26,619 100%

Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 AM[18]

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