TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - TTCriders and the Ryerson Students'
Union are hosting the Big Transit Mayoral Debate on Monday September
15, 5pm - 6.30pm at the Sears Atrium, Engineering Building, 245 Church
At approximately 2 pm today, just hours before the debate, organizers
received a call from the Tory campaign advising that because of
"competing campaign priorities in the new phase of the campaign" John
Tory would not be attending the debate. This update comes a mere three
hours before the debate is set to begin.
This is the second cancellation by the Tory campaign for an event
sponsored in part by the Ryerson Students' Union, the first being for a
10 am appearance for a Q&A session with students. Both events were
scheduled over a month ago and were confirmed this past weekend.
"TTC riders are furious about John Tory's decision to cancel attendance
at the debate last minute. It is disrespectful to riders," said Jessica
Bell, Executive Director of TTCriders. "This shows that he simply
doesn't care about the needs of Toronto's 1 million plus riders who are
squashed into the TTC daily like sardines."
"This is a sad day for student engagement in the municipal elections,"
said Jesse Root, VP Education of the Ryerson Students' Union. "The Tory
campaign's decision to cancel twice today shows a lack of commitment to
engaging the sizable student population of Toronto and a lack of
respect for students and community members organizing the events."
Organizers contacted the Chow campaign with the news and she has agreed
to participate in the debate regardless and the event will be
continuing as planned at 5 pm.
SOURCE: Ryerson Students' Union
For further information:
Jessica Bell, Executive Director, TTCriders
647 772 8770, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse Root, Vice President, Education, Ryerson Students' Union
647 782 5519, email@example.com