On October 8th, the CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre hosted a Toronto Mayoral Candidates debate organized in conjunction with a committee of Regent Park organizations.
Olivia Chow, Ari Goldkind, and John Tory attended the debate and answered a series of questions collected from the community that focused primarily on the themes of affordable housing, income security, food security, and community safety. These questions were collected both in advance and on the night of the debate.
“It was important to bring the top polling mayoral candidates to Regent Park to give residents an opportunity to directly ask questions of the person who will become the city’s new mayor”, commented Justine Barone, Community Advocacy Coordinator.
“We were hoping to hear concrete, practical solutions to the issues facing the downtown east. There’s been discussion of poverty, the ‘housing crisis’ and other issues that Toronto faces, but solutions seem few and far between, and rhetoric is abundant.”
Over 300 local residents and media attended the debate which took place at The Daniels Spectrum.
The debate continued to be played on both Regent Park TV and Radio Regent up until October 27th, and was streamed live both on Rogers TV and CP24.
For CBC coverage of the event, click here.