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Extra, Extra: Mayoral Debates, Shirtless Protestors at Mayoral Debates, and High-Tech Streetcar Cabs

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Screenshot from CityNews debate.

  • If you happen to be both free at about 7 p.m. this evening and interested in watching five mayoral candidates debate one another, you’re in luck: the Canadian Tamil Congress will be hosting a debate tonight at Global Kingdom Ministries (1250 Markham Road). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., Rob Ford, Olivia Chow, John Tory, David Soknacki, and Karen Stintz will begin participating in what will undoubtedly prove to be a civil, enlightening, and fact-filled exchange. (You can also catch it via livestream on various news websites, including and
  • The shirtless anti–Rob Ford protesters will be attending the debate this evening, although in a surprising twist, they will be wearing shirts—because they’ve been told shirtlessness is a “turn-off“; because the original shirtless jogger, Joe Killoran, has requested that they “downplay shirtless aspect at protests“; and so that police, media, and event hosts will be able to identify them (shirtlessness apparently not being tip-off enough). But the shirts themselves say “No Longer Shirtless But Still a Horde,” which is something.
  • If you don’t want to take in a mayoral debate tonight or brood about the fact that the arrival of Toronto’s new streetcars (or at least most of them) might be delayed, perhaps you should spend the evening watching a video showing what the inside of the new streetcars’ high-tech cabs looks like.

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  • Alex

    Now was Rob Ford late due to a calculated manipulation of the even (trying to enter like he was Rocky), or was he just plain unorganized?
    Maybe there was some other issue. Only his sobriety coach will know for sure.
    Bottom line is he just wasted a lot of other people’s time.

  • Lutesuite

    From what I heard, the crowd was stacked w/ Ford supporters who kept yelling and interrupting other candidates. Real classy,

    • Steveinto

      This is the only way they know how to play, be disruptive, boorish and allow no other conversation to take place. They know if a real conversation a happened they would look foolish with their lack of reasoning and knowledge of facts.

      • vampchick21

        This. A thousand times.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I heard a bit of it on CBC this morning. The crowd drowned out Soknacki. AS long as Ford is in this race(and I don’t expect him to quit), things will be ugly. I do beleive that the other candidates need to be more effective in pointing out his lies and horrible behaviour and his lousy record at city hall. Hard to do though if the Ford Fans drown them out.

      • dsmithhfx

        The Ford fans were loud, but Soknacki was still clearly audible in the broadcast. If Selley had been more of a moderator than an MC, he could have threatened to clear the room or stopped the debate if the antics persisted.

    • tikiliberationfront

      No worse than the antics of that clown who kept on disrupting Ford up on Eglinton. Regardless, between the antics of the various support groups and the hi jinks of certain, errr, “consultants” in one of the camps, this is going to be one very ugly campaign.