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Wong-Tam commanded 17-point spread in the Village

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Wong-Tam commanded 17-point spread in the Village

Poll-by-poll results from Ward 27 released Wednesday reveal new details about the squeaker that handed Kristyn Wong-Tam a seat at Toronto's city council.

Wong-Tam, a lesbian with a long history of involvement in Toronto’s gay community, won a narrow victory over gay former police officer Ken Chan, who had the endorsement of both mayoral candidate George Smitherman and outgoing councillor Kyle Rae. Wong-Tam took 28.3 percent of the votes, compared to Chan’s 26.5 percent.

Kristyn Wong-Tam (file photo, Marcus McCann)

A look at individual polling stations shows that her support in the heart of the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood was much stronger. In a survey of 15 gaybourhood polling stations, Wong-Tam took more than 40 percent of the vote there, compared to Chan (23 percent), Chris Tindal (12 percent), Enza Anderson (7 percent) and Joel Dick (6 percent.)

North of Bloor was another story. There, Chan won the most votes (32 percent), followed by Wong-Tam (19 percent) in a survey of 12 polling stations. Liberal Simon Wookey and University of Toronto professor Robert Meynell took in far more votes north of Bloor than in the gaybourhood (16 percent and 9 percent, respectively). Only Chris Tindal performed comparably in both neighbourhoods (13 percent north of Bloor).

Together, they paint a picture of a ward divided, with voting patterns starkly different in the ward’s diverse neighbourhoods.

At some north-of-Bloor polling stations, Wong-Tam trailed several candidates. For instance, at the Deer Park Public Library on St Clair Ave W, Wong-Tam placed fourth, behind Chan, Wookey and Tindal. By contrast, she won every polling station we surveyed in the gaybourhood area save one.

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Not sure why it matters if
Not sure why it matters if Xtra offered an "endorsement", they saw a candidate they liked and put forward their reasons. You're able to disagree. Over 70% of the people in the ward votes for someone else. All media is biased, that's not a bad thing. Just be an informed reader.
We really need to win big to
We really need to win big to get over the cheating we’ve already heard of. It’s not new but what exactly is new is that we are vigilant and are learning concerning this now instead of 2 months from now. they'll be exposed for the cheaters they're just, just as their adverse campaigning has shown these people as liars and devoid of their own ideas. Now is not time to slow down nevertheless rather to pile them on. It is time to leave no doubt about where the American folks stand.
Kristyn won fair and square,
Kristyn won fair and square, but she had some good competition. I only hope she's run against Kyle Rae. It would have been clarification.
This pretty much matches my
This pretty much matches my analysis done a year ago showing that Rae's source of strength was north of Bloor. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But when you pander to the establishment, they repay your loyalty.

The Village is more discerning. I'm very happy that this analysis was done by Xtra.

I hope, however, that Kristyn will pay attention to men - homeless men, addicted men and men with HIV/AIDS. Men who live in Seaton House.

Women matter, but men matter too. Even if we're not the flavour of the day.
Putting Media Into
Putting Media Into Perspective

Sure, media can have a certain influence in any campaign or issue but let's not exaggerate its power. It's highly doubtful (and insulting to suggest) that many LGBTQ people would be completely swayed by Xtra's endorsement of a specific candidate, especially when we know that many queers don't support the paper's editorial bent (which it doesn't hide). If media endorsement was a guarantee of success, Chan would have won thanks to the backing of both the Toronto Star and The Sun. Instead, electoral success is a combination of factors: candidate's personality and position, their history, ability to attract volunteers and votes, communications/messaging and some external factors. All that's pointed out in the above article is that Kristyn did really well in the gay village and that given the close race (462 votes), this is what put her over the top.
^ LOL!!!
^ LOL!!!


It's not surprising that Wong
It's not surprising that Wong-Tam got more votes in the gay village. When Xtra put her on the cover of their pre-election issue, it was like distributing thousands of posters for her (without her campaign having to pay for it and declare it as an election expense). Her face was on each Xtra newsbox in the neighbourhood, in every store in the village that places piles of Xtra by their door, etc. Xtra is not a media organization, it's a left-wing political organization that unfairly operates outside campaign finance laws.
Um no. What it reveals is
Um no. What it reveals is that in the queer community, progressive values combined with decades of hard work and local experience count more than someone with problematic politics who was parachuted in from the UK by the Liberal elites of Rae and Smitherman.
So, XTRA's badmouthing of
So, XTRA's badmouthing of Chan and glowing review of WongTam helped her win and helped him lose...according to the voting breakdown. So XTRA is not so much a newspaper which reports news without bias, instead a promotional company which manufactures news. Good to know what we should be reading for trust and reliability and relevance. NOT XTRA !!
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