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Municipal Politics


A Newly Engaged Citizen


By Suzannah Moore I


n May 2010, this past summer was setting up to be a comfortable, and perhaps even dull, four months. I had enrolled in a summer course (to keep in line on my academic path), I had started working at a restau- rant (as a means to subsist), and I had signed up to


volunteer in a healthcare facility (to give back to the com- munity). These were all positive things, but again, nothing thrilling or out of the ordinary. As my roommates jetted off to various destinations around the world, I was left to stagnate in our old apartment, waking up to the same scene outside my window every morning. I wasn’t feeling nearly as self-pitying as I’m managing to depict, but I defi- nitely wanted something more exciting to come about. One evening, in late May, a friend of mine called to see if I could help at a fundraiser. This friend has been a proud Vic alumni for a few years now, and has done nothing but turn heads with her intelligence, strong work ethic, and social grace in the federal, and now municipal, realm of politics. She was looking for an extra body to help with the event, and I was honoured to be asked. She said it was for «Roc- co», and that she would pick me up at 7:30. Apparently I had too much pride to ask who, or what, this Rocco might be. I sheepishly Googled the name, and amongst various «Wiki» articles about “Rocco” this and “Rocco” that, I came across «Rocco Rossi: 2010 Toronto Mayoral Candidate.» Through simple deductive logic I figured this was the «Rocco» she meant. I arrived at the fundraiser not knowing what to expect. My palms were sweating from the shear anxiety of having


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