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Mayoral debate open only to East York residents

07/28/2014 05:03 EDT | Updated 09/27/2014 05:59 EDT
There will be more than 40 chances to see the top five mayoral candidates debate in person before the October 27 municipal election. But Monday night's debate in East York is one of the only events not open to the public.

Anyone coming to watch Rob Ford, Olivia Chow, John Tory, David Soknacki and Karen Stintz debate will have to show proof of residency for the area of Parkview Hills in East York.

- Watch the debate live on this site starting around 7:30 p.m.

This will likely exclude some of the candidates' supporters, who made their presence known at the last debate in Scarborough by booing and cheering so loudly the moderator had to ask for quiet on several occasions.

Ford Nation, the supporters of Ford, were particularly boisterous at the last debate. On the weekend, supporters of Ford and LGBT protesters clashed at Ford Fest, the mayor's public barbecue. The confrontations became physical, though no one at the event was charged.

"It’s terrible things like that happen," said Ford after the skirmishes. "I apologize and we have to move on."

The debate on Monday night is being hosted by the Parkview Hills Community Association.

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