Mihevc vs. Matlow John Tory (incumbent mayoral candidate) endorsed Joe Mihevc (incumbent councillor for part of new ward) in Toronto-St. Paul’s on Friday with an automated voicemail message (listen here), in the highly competitive race between Mihevc and Josh Matlow (incumbent councillor for the other part of new ward). The race is expected to be close; in the 2014 election Mihevc earned 15,745 votes, which was 86 per cent of the total voter turnout for his ward. Matlow earned 24,347 votes, which was 77 per cent of the total voter turnout for his ward. The two politicians differ in their public communication styles at committees and in council chambers. Mihevc is older, seasoned, and brings an even-tempered diplomatic nature that Tory prizes. Matlow is younger, fiery, and not afraid to be contrarian.
Other candidate endorsements. On Friday morning at Main Street TTC station, Tory held a news conference with Beaches–East York candidate Brad Bradford and with Eglinton–Lawrence MP Marco Mendicino. This is the second time Tory has stood with Bradford before media, to support the candidate in one of the city’s two-councillor races that has no incumbent. Janet Davis, councillor for the former local ward, was also campaigning at the station to support Matthew Kellway. Davis, no stranger to reminding Tory of the rules, went right up to the mayor to tell him he should not be campaigning on TTC property. Tory and his team obliged. (Read the story.) On Saturday and Sunday, Spadina–Fort York councillor candidate Joe Cressy endorsed mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat at an announcement and Keesmaat said she’s looking forward to working with him in her first 100 days in office as mayor should she be elected. On Sunday, University–Rosedale candidate Mike Layton also endorsed Keesmaat at a town hall he hosted. A Forum Research poll this week puts Tory ahead of Keesmaat, with his approval remaining steady.
Mayoral debates. The Globe and Mail held its mayoral debate this past week featuring John Tory, Jennifer Keesmaat, Saron Gebresellassi, and Sarah Climenhaga – as well as five audience disruptors. The hour-and-a-half show is available to stream on YouTube, and as of time of publication had over 7,000 views. The format involved questions for particular candidates followed by two minutes of open debate on the topic, and an oxford style section where candidates were asked to speak in favour of or against a statement (not about their opponents). The open debate on each topic showed where each candidate was strong, and the areas where they had nothing to say.
Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration at city hall. After opposing an idea for a march, and proposing an original plan through city council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, a three-day event came together called the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration produced by the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre in collaboration with the City of Toronto. The event involved teepees in front of city hall and one on the roof (pictured above), workshops, and performances. “This gathering is significant as it is scheduled around the new lunar moon cycle, which represents a positive energy force in addition to our harvest cycle, a time to acknowledge and give thanks for all that we are provided and a part of,” read a statement quoting Andrea Chrisjohn, Board Designate (ohkwali clan, On^yota’a:ka), Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. “And, to celebrate the resiliency, change and growth of our people.”
In other news… Oct 12, 2018, on TVO.org by Steve Paikin, Jennifer Keesmaat may not become mayor of Toronto — but her political future looks bright. October 12, 2018, in the National Post by Joseph Brean, Bell believed it would suffer ‘commercial harm’ by running far-right Toronto candidate’s election ad: documents. Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, in The Toronto Star by the Star Editorial Board, Sidewalk Labs community can’t be just a techno-experiment.
The week ahead. There will be a mayoral debate about affordable housing and homelessness on Monday night at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Auditorium (252 Bloor St. West), University of Toronto. Doors open at 6 p.m. Debate starts at 7 p.m.
(Updated 10:12 p.m. Oct. 14, 2018. Please note, an earlier version of this Newsbrief incorrectly stated the number of votes for Matlow and Mihevc. It has been corrected.)
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This Newsbrief is by Arianne Robinson.