The most influential hashtaggers of 2015
They used the power of social media to rally Torontonians to their causes
Stephanie Guthrie, @amirightfolks
In 2012, Guthrie launched the first criminal lawsuit against an alleged Twitter troll. A verdict is expected in the new year. She plays a central role at advocacy organization Women in Toronto Politics, which has the hashtag #WiTOpoli. Her TEDxToronto talk on e-harassment has been viewed 44,000 times.
Norm Kelly, @norm
Our tweeter-in-chief also happens to be a city councillor. He tweets on average 6.6 times per day. In 2015, he sparked #deadraccoonTO, told Drake-dissing rapper Meek Mill he wasn’t welcome here, photoshopped an image of himself with a man bun and called out Drake for high-fiving Raptor-killer Paul Pierce (“Yo, Drake. What the hell is this?”).
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Jen Agg, @theblackhoof
When pastry chef Kate Burnham sued her former colleagues for sexual harassment, Agg, the Black Hoof owner and super-tweeter with 11,400 followers, unleashed a firehose of 140-character support. She also organized a Kitchen Bitches conference on poisonous industry culture, convinced top chefs to speak and wrote a NYT op-ed.
Desmond Cole, @DesmondCole
Police carding was the year’s buzziest issue, and Desmond Cole was its public face. He wrote a Toronto Life cover story about it, and landed a radio show on Newstalk 1010 and a column in the Toronto Star. He met with the mayor, persuading Tory to reverse his position on carding. And now changes in provincial legislation are in the offing.
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