03/26/2014 10:53 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Toronto mayoral candidates face off in debate tonight

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford faces off tonight against the top four challengers for his job in the first televised debate of
the campaign for the Oct. 27 municipal election.

The mayor will debate key municipal issues such as transit with Olivia Chow, John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki.

Ford's admission that he has used crack cocaine, along with an ongoing police investigation into his connections to alleged drug dealers, have loomed over his re-election campaign.

The mayor maintains he does not have substance abuse problems and has not committed any crime.

The two-hour debate is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on CityNews.