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Why the City Hesitated to Proclaim the Anniversary of the Nanking Massacre

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam got the 75th anniversary of the infamous atrocity put on the City’s official calendar, but she says doing so was unusually hard.

Official proclamations of special commemorative occasions are plentiful at City Hall: the City has publicly declared everything from Foursquare Day to Bullying Awareness Week. But Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) was frustrated by the difficulties she encountered when she tried to win official recognition for the 75th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. Council finally decided to make that proclamation, at Wong-Tam’s urging, earlier today.

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