Municipal Election Debates Start Next Week!

They may have shown up on  your stoop already, but starting next week you will be able to start hearing from municipal candidates in the more official setting of the political debate.

This coming Wednesday, September 26, the official debate period begins with the Guelph Election Double-Header hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and a consortium of other local advocacy groups including The Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, the U of G Central Student Association, Guelph and District Labour Council, Fair Vote Guelph, OPIRG, and eMerge .

The event takes place at the Italian Canadian Club at 135 Ferguson St from 7 till 9:30, and will feature a meet-and-greet with members of the public and the council candidates from the city’s various wards before the first mayoral debate of the season. The debate itself will see 30 minutes of questions from the hosts, and 30 minutes of questions from the audience.

The evening will be hosted by Emily De Sousa and the debate will be moderated by Dr. Charlotte Yates. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

The two mayoral candidates will face-off again on Monday October 1, in the official Guelph Chamber of Commerce debate moderated by Chamber CEO Kithio Mwanzia.

“Local decisions matter and will impact the long-term competitiveness of our community, so it’s vital that we see how diverse political platforms will relate to Guelph’s future prosperity,” said Mwanzia on the debate.

Like the provincial candidates debate earlier this year, the Chamber’s mayoral debate will take place in the Council chambers of City Hall at 1 Carden St. Doors open at 5:30, and the debate takes place from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Two days later, on October 3, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is hosting  the first of two candidate forums with an evening featuring Ward 1 candidates. The forum begins at 7 pm at 161 Norfolk St.

One night later, on October 4, the Ward 3 candidates will take part in a forum at St. Andrew’s, also starting at 7 pm. Rev. John Borthwick will moderate both evening’s activities.

Finally, Ward 4 candidates will be meeting in their own backyard on October 11 at Taylor Evans Public School at 271 Stephanie Dr. The event is being hosted by the Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group and will take place from 7 till 9 pm.

If you have any information about debates, meet-and-greets, or candidate forums not mentioned here, please post in the comments section below.

UPDATE: There will be Ward 2 Candidates Debate on October 10 at the First Baptist Church at 255 Woolwich St. from 7:30 to 9 pm. The first half will be questions from the moderator, and the second half will be questions from the audience.

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