Oct 14, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Advance voting for Toronto’s municipal election ends Friday at 7pm.

If you’d like to cast your ballot ahead of the October 24th voting day, check for details on the voter card you received in the mail.

Issues related to older city residents were the focus of the first Toronto mayoral debate that featured incumbent John Tory.

It was held Thursday here at the ZoomerPlex in Liberty Village and hosted by CARP – A New Vision of Aging.

Mayoral candidates John Tory (top left), Gil Penalosa (top right), Sarah Climenhaga (bottom right), Jack Yan (bottom centre) and Chloe Brown participated in the CARP debate Thursday.

Moderator Libby Znaimer also had some questions around city services, and why the basics like garbage removal and functioning water fountains and washrooms in parks, are not being taken care of properly.

“Well Libby, I’m not satisfied with our performance and in fact in a number of areas, we’ve given some direction. And let’s remember, we did go through an awful pandemic where it made it much more difficult for some of the people to do their jobs and you’re seeing some of the consequences. And when I talk about ‘recovering Toronto’ part of it is to recover part of their jobs the way they did before,” Tory explained.

Tory’s main challenger, Gil Penalosa got in some jabs, saying not only are the basics being neglected, but John Tory has not accomplished anything as mayor.

“I think it’s important when someone has been mayor for 8 years, he should talk about what he has done or not done in 8, not saying what he’s going to do in the next 4.”

And candidate Chloe Brown took the issue further, by suggesting John Tory is a yes man.

“The housing plan that he’s saying is his is Justin Trudeau’s, the transit plan that he’s championing is Doug Ford’s. Everything that he’s saying is his, he road the coat-tails to victory,” Brown stated.

The other two candidates who took part were Sarah Climenhaga and Jack Yan.

In all, there are 31 candidates running to be Toronto’s next mayor.

If you missed it, you can watch the debate on demand at

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