Ryersonian reporters Dana Roberts, Russell Sabio and Bethany Van Lingen will be covering the mayoral debate at Ryerson tonight. Mayor Rob Ford, John Tory, David Soknacki and Karen Stintz will be speaking. Olivia Chow is not able to attend. The debate will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the George Vari Engineering Centre. Discussion will be moderated by Ralph Lean, a Ryerson professor who teaches “Law, Business and Politics – the Real World,” which often hosts guest speakers from business and politics. The debate will be hosted by Avner Levin, chair of law and business at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Watch the webcast online at ryecast.ryerson.ca/trsm.
There is a wait list for students to get into the debate. Looks like it's going to be a huge crowd. @TheRyersonian #mayoraldebate #topoli
#RobFord and councillor brother Doug Ford have arrived. Just walked in with Ryerson professor and moderator Ralph Lean. @TheRyersonian
Ford is now heading up to greet students in the audience. Shaking hands with students and taking photos with them.
Many students grabbing selfies with Ford. #TOpoli #mayoraldebate @TheRyersonian
Brother Doug Ford standing in the corner watching the mayor and chatting with a security guard.
So far, Doug Ford is the only campaign staff who showed up for Mayor Ford, despite four seats reserved #TOpoli #mayoraldebate @TheRyersonian
Carl Meschino, Ryerson third year urban planning student: "I just don't feel too informed about Toronto politics and want to get informed about (candidates). I just want to see what personalities are out there."
Sheldon Levy is now making his opening remarks @TheRyersonian
"There's nothing more important than civic engagement and for our students to participate in such an important event as this: the election of our mayor," Levy says.
Debate winner will receive a gold medal from Sochi, says Levy. Will be handed out by professor Ralph Lean. But the winner will have to give it back, Levy jokes.
Olympic winner in bobsledding is here. Was called in by Lean half an hour ago. "If you were running for mayor, I might vote for you! I just got a look from (Mayor Ford) here. That isn't good!" jokes Lean.
"I'm a passionate believer in student involvement in politics, and that's why I invited these candidates here," Lean says.
"I apologize to my students for not being able to bring in another candidate, and to the janitorial staff that had to clean up the empty chair... Told her we were going to have 380 people here... I can only conclude she's afraid of my really smart Ryerson students," Lean says. That joke gets some boos from the audience.
First speaker up: John Tory. #mayoraldebate #TOpoli @TheRyersonian
Tory: I will build the Scarborough subway, youth unemployment rate of 20 per cent is completely unacceptable