A mayoral debate scheduled to take place at OCAD this evening has been cancelled following alleged security threats.
The Toronto Police Service has issued a public appeal for assistance in locating a man wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation into uttering threats.
The police are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any information that may lead to the suspect’s arrest.
According to TPS, today at approximately 10:44 a.m., police were called to a location in the Greenwood Avenue and Mortimer Avenue area.
Allegedly, an unidentified man entered a premises in the aforementioned location and proceeded to make threats concerning the shooting of Toronto mayoral candidates. Witnesses reported that the individual also brandished what appeared to be a firearm, heightening concerns about public safety.
The Toronto Police Service has identified the suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Toronto. The suspect is currently wanted on several charges, including threatening bodily harm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a dangerous weapon. Authorities have described him as approximately 6’1″ tall, weighing around 180 lbs., with black hair in locks.
Given the nature of the charges and the reported display of a firearm, the suspect is considered armed and dangerous. TPS officials are advising the public not to approach him under any circumstances. Instead, individuals who believe they have sighted the suspect are urged to immediately contact emergency services by dialing 9-1-1.
The debate scheduled for this evening was organised by the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (FoNTRA) and the Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations (FoSTRA) along with the support of OCAD University.
Brad Bradford, Chloe Brown, Olivia Chow, Mitzie Hunter, Josh Matlow and Mark Saunders were scheduled to appear at the debate at the OCAD university auditorium at 100 McCaul St
This afternoon, Matlow issued a statement via social media in which he stated, in part, “Sadly, there has been a serious threat made toward candidates running in the mayoral election. We have closed our campaign office until the police advise that the suspect has been apprehended.”
Candidate Olivia Chow issued the following statement: “Earlier today we were made aware of a verbal threat made against Toronto mayoral candidates. Moments like these can be unsettling for people involved in the election. Like you, we are still learning more and I want to assure you that my family, my campaign team and volunteers are safe.”