Kristyn Wong-Tam’s open Twitter letter to Mayor Rob Ford

Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Janet Davis attempted to attend at Task Force on Child care  meeting. They were kicked out. Councillor Wong-Tam tweeted a letter to Mayor Ford.

Mayor’s staff just asked Cllr @Janet_Davis and I to leave the meeting for the Task Force on Childcare. Unusual and rude.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
As members of the Community Development and Recreation committee, I don’t understand why Cllr @Janet_Davis and I were asked to leave.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
@Janet_Davis knows more about childcare than any other elected official in Toronto. Her contributions would have been invaluable.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Why did the Mayor ignore Council request to report back on membership and mandate? Why is a volunteer from Emery Village BIA a “notetaker”?
Janet_Davis
October 13, 2011
Cllr Mammolitti told reporters, he didn’t want “politics” to “influence” members. That’s why he’s holding a “private meeting” at city hall??
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Feeling the urge to write another open letter to the Mayor about open meetings, accountability & transparency. #fiatnomore
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I’m going to try something new. Will tweet my ‘open letter’ to @TOMayorFord. Advance apologies for typos & odd Twitter sentence structures.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Dear @TOMayorFord, I was informed at 6 PM by Councillor @Janet_Davis that there was a meeting for the Task Force on Child care this evening.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
As I am a member of the standing Community Development and Recreation committee, I felt obliged to attend.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I arrive promptly at 7 PM and waited for the meeting to begin.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Councillor Mammoliti entered the committee room and asked Councillor Davis and I to leave the meeting; and speak to “his” staff.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
He was referring to your political staff as “his” own. Last time I check, Mr. Mayor, you are still the Mayor and not Councillor Mammoliti.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Councillor Mammoliti had dropped out of the Mayoral campaign.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Councillor Davis and I were then told by the Mayor’s staff that we were not welcome and asked us to leave meeting.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I suggested that we could let the Task Force committee members determine whether or not councillors were permitted to audit the meeting.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
To my surprise, your staff rejected this simple proposal, stating it was your personal instruction to have us leave the room. So we did.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Mr. Mayor, the criteria in holding “closed” meetings is clearly set out in the City of Toronto Act, 2006.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
The Act states, “All meetings of City Council, its local boards and committees of both must be open to the public…
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
…unless otherwise required or permitted by law.”
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Now Mr. Mayor, you and I both know that Councillor Davis and I had every right to be at this meeting.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
There was no prior notice that the meeting would be closed. Nor was it necessary to evict Councillor Davis and I from the meeting.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I find it peculiar that an Emery Village BIA staff person be welcome into a child care task force meeting and not elected officials.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I have been welcomed to meetings and functions at City Hall by everyone one of your predecessors going back to Mayor Eggleton.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
I have never been asked to leave a meeting room at City Hall before as private citizen.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
As an elected representative, in the last three weeks, I have been asked to leave two Mayor’s events by your staff.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
First, at a closed door press conference on September 26 and tonight at a closed door task force meeting on child care.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Needless to say, this is highly unconventional and it demonstrates a lack of decorum on behalf of your administration.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Mr. Mayor, you ran on a campaign to make government more “open and transparent.” I support you in achieving this objective.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Mr. Mayor, when do you think, you might want to begin fulfilling this campaign pledge? One that promised greater electoral accountability.
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011
Once again may I gently remind you that a little respect will go along way. In closing, I remain patiently waiting to work with you, Kristyn
kristynwongtam
October 13, 2011

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