All Candidates Meeting

Seven neighbourhood associations in Spadina – Fort York (Ward 10) will collaborate as hosts at an upcoming All Candidates Meeting:

Harbourfront Centre
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay W.
Thursday, Sept. 26
6pm-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Speakers from all parties in this federal election will present their platform and answer questions from the public. Invited candidates are:

Adam Vaughan – Liberal Party of Canada
Dean Maher – Green Party of Canada
Diana Yoon – New Democratic Party
Frank Fang – Conservative Party of Canada
Robert Stewart – People’s Party of Canada 

Please return closer to the event date for instructions about how to submit your question for selection by the hosts. YQNA expects many local residents at this important meeting, so reserve the date and arrive early to get a seat.

See the full invitation poster or RSVP at Eventbrite

Our Team on the Hill

Photo: Adam Scotti
Photo: Adam Scotti

The seismic shift in Parliament brings us this cheerful team: Ange Valentini, chief of staff to MP Adam Vaughan (top right) and the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We congratulate them on the outcome of their successful campaign that brought them to the Waterfront many times. YQNA has always worked closely with our elected officials.  We are pleased that this new government already is committed to maintaining the tripartite agreement that governs the Island Airport. Not opening the agreement to negotiations allows the current airport operations, but will prevent massive jet expansion that would seriously threaten life on the Waterfront. Go team, go!


John Tory and Olivia Chow.
John Tory and Olivia Chow.

John Tory Leaves Waterfront in the Lurch

John Tory cancelled his participation in the important Waterfront Mayoral Debate the day before the event, planned for Tuesday, September 16 in Harbourfront Community Centre. Tory’s last-minute decision was considered very disrespectful by the many Waterfront volunteers who invested time and money in the debate. Rogers TV10, City News online and other media also invested much time preparing for the debate.

This one-on-one debate between Tory and Olivia Chow was much anticipated because of the Waterfront’s controversial issues — the proposed jet expansion of the island airport, and the urban renewal led by Waterfront Toronto. By leaving organizers in the lurch without an explanation, it is assumed that Tory is unwilling to face these issues.

York Quay Neighbourhood Association, Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association (representing 10,000 residents) and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area had planned this debate for three months. They paid for renting the hall, which holds 500 people, as well as a sound system and promotion.

Tory’s abrupt cancellation is bound to raise questions about his commitment to the Waterfront and will likely cost him votes.