Mayoral candidates square off in debate held by adovates for Toronto's black community

Four of Toronto's top contenders for the Mayor's office faced tough questions on Monday night.

They were invited to a town-hall style debate in Scarborough's Agincourt neighbourhood by advocates for the city's black community.

The discussion focused on issues like afforable housing, policing, and how to get young people working.

John Tory defended his record on public transit expansion and his handling of the Premier's move to slash the size of Toronto city council.

Tory was joined by lawyers Knia Singh and Sarron Gebresellassi, along with former city planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

Gebresellassi pledged to build 20,000 units of affordable housing, if she is elected.

She also promised to declare 'a state of emergency' on the housing file.

Keesmaat blamed the shortage of affordable housing on Tory, accusing him of 'selling off' land that's owned by the City of Toronto.

The municipal election is about 3 weeks away.