Audience reacts to Ward 22 debate

Reporter Tristan Carter caught up with residents after the Town Crier‘s Ward 22 debate Oct. 6 to ask them about their thoughts on the issues and the candidates.

Mike Madill

Who stood out?

“I was undecided. I think I’m still in that same realm. I’ll have to kind of absorb it.

Your Biggest Issue

Well, when they started talking back and forth there over the MOU I’m just glad I wasn’t seated near any sharp objects (laughs). I’ll leave it at that.”

Chris Rutsey

Who stood out?

“It’s kind of tough because with a lot of the questions they don’t really get a chance to expand too well because of the time constraints so in a lot of them they seem to be agreeing on the same thing.”

“If I had to pick one I’d probably pick Josh Matlow.”

Your Biggest Issue

“They’re talking about development at Yonge and Eglinton and I live not far at Yonge and St. Clair. They start developing that and all of a sudden I’ve got a condo in my backyard. That’s a big concern of mine. So somebody that actually lives in the area or lives in the community it’s a big concern for me because at least then they’re a stakeholder in the area.”

Mary Deon

Who stood out?

“I still haven’t decided. It was informative but I haven’t made up my mind yet so I don’t think it cleared up a lot of issues for me.”

Your Biggest Issue?

“Funding. The budget for Toronto, over-expenditures. And that wasn’t really discussed in any way.”

Brydon (Chris) Gauthier

Who stood out?

“In all honesty no, none that stood out. I’ve been very busy so this was my first foray into kind of getting a good feel for them other than their websites. So did anyone stand out? Not in the debate.”

Your Biggest Issue?

“My big thing is supporting the film board, the film commissioner and advocating for Toronto with the federal and provincial governments to keep as a film production centre. Right now there’s tax incentive that discriminate against Toronto from Ontario and from the federal government. So that’s kind of why I’m here.”


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By: Tristan Carter
Posted: Oct 14 2010 4:52 pm
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