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2010 grade: A-
2009 grade: B

Last year I gave Jennifer Watts an A-. It was the first time any councillor had entered A-land, and I’ve been feeling kind of weird about it ever since. So I was happy to bring her down a tad this year. Call it a social demotion.

Watts remains an excellent councillor---she has a firm grasp of the issues and, like her or not, she’s profoundly principled and has great courage. Last year, rookie councillor Watts came out of the gate with a series of initiatives that she successfully marshalled through the process. It’s no surprise her pace has slowed somewhat; that’s partly because Watts is now more involved with the bureaucracy, which leaves little room for innovation, but she’s also failing to click with other councillors.

My Twitter joke about Watts goes like this: “Watts: [says sensible stuff]. Rest of council: [checks email, balances chequebook, scratches armpit].” Which is to say, something’s got to break in this equation.

How to improve: Win over councillors by buying the next round of drinks at council’s cocktail break.

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