Hello everyone,

This morning, the courts decided to support Bill 5, so we are back to 25 wards and it will stay that way until after the October 22nd election. I am sure that there will be an appeal and that someday this could end up at the Supreme Court of Canada.

I will write a more a thoughtful note soon, but wanted to get this to you as soon as possible.

For now, please let me say thank you so much for your support. When I signed up on May 1, I had no idea I would be a part of a tumultuous showdown. Part of me is relieved that this roller coaster is over. I never liked these rides to begin with.

I knew that when it became clear the 25-ward structure would stay, my place in politics would be ending. The 25 wards will be for the incumbents. I will not be running, as this is no longer the job I applied for. I live in Spadina – Fort York, and my community work has mainly been in Toronto Centre.

So many feelings have been colliding in my brain today. The good news is that for the last three days, I have been involved in a Design Jam at Sidewalk Toronto and each day started with Kim Wheatly and her stories. Kim is an Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant. Yesterday, Kim and I were chatting about our journeys and I shared with her my ten-year plan to run for politics. She shared her journey for making sure her people could get access to drinking water.

I was outside taking a break when the news came and thought I would call my mom. Kim came out and immediately came over offered tobacco and sage and asked if I wanted a smudge. Her timing was perfect.

Once again, thank you so much for your support. It has been a privilege to work with you and I will be in touch again soon.

Suzanne

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