Jul 29, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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The main contenders in the Toronto Mayor’s race squared off in another debate last night. But, before the main candidates for the city’s top job could get into the issues, there was pushing and shoving and disagreements over who could support the candidates inside the small church hosting the event. The Rob Ford camp accused challenger John Tory of being allowed to have two aides while the other candidates were allowed only one. The man in question, Justin Van Dette, claimed to be a volunteer with the host organization which he says was only obeying occupancy rules. Once the debate started, Mayor Ford took shots at rivals Olivia Chow and John Tory. He suggested Chow lived in subsidized government housing while making more than $100 thousand dollars a year and accused Tory of introducing reverse billing while with Rogers Communications. Chow rejected the allegations and pleaded for civility. Tory was more interested in promoting his solution to Toronto’s transit woes. Last night’s debate was just one of a number that will occur before the municipal election October 27th.

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