Mayoral Candidates Face Residents

Mark your calendars once again!

OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

Live at OCAD University, 60 residents’ associations will host a public meeting to introduce leading mayoral candidates to the people of Toronto. With an outreach to 900,000 residents, this unique event could be a game changer in the municipal election.

The Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (FoNTRA) and the Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations (FoSTRA) have worked together to organize this historic opportunity, along with the generous support of OCAD University. Major media is expected to cover the resident-led meeting. Questions from residents will put leading candidates to the test.

Nicole Swerhun of Third-Party Public will moderate the exchange with confirmed candidates:

  • Ana Bailao
  • Brad Bradford
  • Chloe Brown
  • Olivia Chow
  • Mitzie Hunter
  • Josh Matlow
  • Mark Saunders

Note: committed candidates as of June 15th are shown in bold.

Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
OCAD University Auditorium
100 McCaul Street

Here is the link for registration for the event:


Some members may require a PDF version of the invitation and this version can be found HERE. The PDF document can be forwarded as an email attachment to resident members.

Free virtual access will be available on OCAD U’s YouTube channel and FoSTRA’s Facebook page.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Geoff Kettel, Co-chair of the Meet Mayoral Candidates event for FoNTRA at: ac.artnof@etabed
  • Don Young, Co-chair of the Meet Mayoral Candidates event for FoSTRA at: ac.otartsof@etabed

We hope to see you there!

Second time’s the charm

As you will have heard, our planned event on June 1st was cancelled because of death threats to mayoral candidates that were apparently uttered by a person who was described as armed, dangerous and at-large. The security arrangements made through the University were second to none, but we could not guarantee the safety of the invited candidates, our members nor the general public against a lone gunman.However, we cannot allow threats like these to silence democracy. All our preparations are still in place and the federations of north and south Toronto residents’ associations, covering an area of the City with 450,000 households, believes that an important statement will be made by our refusal to be intimidated and by the willingness of candidates to engage in the democratic process by being interviewed by residents for the job of Mayor of Toronto.