Toronto Spoke: “That word—citizen—is very important to me,” says Vikki VanSickle

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and extending through to the next morning, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee — led by Mayor Rob Ford — heard more than one hundred and fifty deputations from a diverse group of citizens. In a sincere bid to ensure that the passion, insight and creativity displayed over the course of that epic meeting is not forgotten, Ford For Toronto will be posting a deputation video every weekday for the month of August.

Deputant: Vikki VanSickle (twitter, website)

Occupation: She’s a children’s author and worked at the Flying Dragon Book Shop until it closed a few months back.

Political History: In her own words: “Although I am interested in politics, I would never describe myself as a politically active person.”

Scheduled Speaker No.: 245; Actual Speaker No.: 142

Note (1): Mayor Rob Ford, clearly very tired at this point in the evening, seems to make a derogatory reference toward either VanSickle or Councillor Janet Davis around the 3:30 mark.

Note (2): Vikki’s books, Words that start with B and Love is a Four-Letter Word, are available at the Toronto Public Library.

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