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We rate some of Adam Vaughan’s best zingers, in honour of his profile in the Toronto Star

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Toronto newspapers can’t help but quote councillor Adam Vaughan with startling regularity, and a Toronto Star article last weekend looked at why. The (somewhat obvious) answer? He’s a bon mot machine, with a sharp wit and a sharper tongue. This takes work: Vaughan, a former CityTV reporter, reads books of famous quotes and sometimes works on a one-liner all day before saying it aloud to reporters. Naturally, they take the bait, resulting in plenty of media attention for the would-be 2014 mayoral candidate. (Though we’re sure the fact that Vaughan frequently targets the eminently newsworthy Rob Ford doesn’t hurt, either.) Given the extent to which Vaughan prides himself on his wit, we decided to rate some of his most memorable quips.

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Giorgio Mammoliti thinks he should be Toronto’s anti-gang czar

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Seeing as Giorgio Mammoliti’s curfew suggestion hasn’t gained much traction, the offbeat councillor has offered up a different idea to stem gun violence in Toronto: appoint himself anti-gang czar. Mammoliti told the Toronto Sun that, with four years to work his magic, and the help of the municipal, provincial and federal governments, he would send gang activity plummeting. “If that did not show results over a four-year period then I would resign my seat,” he offered, graciously. Mammo proposed a host of measures, including cutting social benefits for anyone found with an illegal gun in their home or cooperating with gang members; evicting anyone in TCHC buildings harbouring criminals; and cutting money from mentorship programs for older teens and spending the money on kids under age five. He also took this latest opportunity to again lobby for bringing back the death penalty. We don’t imagine council will be handing the crime file over to him anytime soon. [Toronto Sun]

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The Scarborough shooting prompts Giorgio Mammoliti to suggest a curfew—for the third time

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While Toronto reels after another public shooting, Giorgio Mammoliti is recycling his much-loved curfew idea. During the “Summer of the Gun” in 2005, Mammoliti suggested a 10:30 p.m. curfew for kids under 16, and then revisited the proposal during his short-lived bid for mayor. This time, the councillor believes the 14-and-under crowd should not be able to venture out past 11 p.m., asking “what are they doing out at that time of night?” Putting aside that 14-year-old Shyanne Charles was shot a full twenty minutes before Mammo’s would-be curfew, wouldn’t it make more sense—and be more sensitive—to focus on the perpetrators and not the victims? Then again, Rob Ford has gone that route, and he’s not making much more sense than Mammoliti. [Toronto Sun]

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Adam Vaughan votes against further study of his own bullet ban proposal

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Adam Vaughan’bullet ban received a lukewarm response from his colleagues at this week’s meeting, the last before the summer break. Council voted not to debate asking city staff to study the proposal, and here’s the weird bit: even Vaughan voted against having the debate. Apparently, he preferred to have the topic shuttled off to the mayor’s executive committee in an attempt to ensure it gets public hearings: “I think when they hear the evidence and hear the arguments that they’ll understand that this is actually a way to create a good, strong, public safety program.” That’s a nice spin, but we wouldn’t bank on that happening: Mayor Rob Ford has already called the ban unfair to hunters, and executive committee member Giorgio Mammoliti has vowed to do all that he can to “shelve this thing forever.” [Toronto Sun]

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Which city councillors are most like which Game of Thrones characters?

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Yesterday, the Toronto Standard posted a roundup comparing Rob Ford, Karen Stintz, Giorgio Mammoliti and other city hall figures to characters from the HBO medieval fantasy sex-and-violence-fest Game of Thrones. We have to admit: both the Quentin Blake-esque illustration, and the casting of Kristyn Wong-Tam as Arya Stark are spot-on. (No thanks for the Frances Nunziata breast feeding reference, though.) Read the entire story [Toronto Standard] »

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QUOTED: Giorgio Mammoliti pushes for the death penalty after Eaton Centre shooting

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—Giorgio Mammoliti, on why Canada should start handing out death penalties in response to two terrible, highly publicized and very different crimes: the Eaton Centre shooting and the Montreal murder and dismemberment allegedly committed by Luka Rocco Magnotta. Pointing out that the perpetrators “don’t have any morals,” Mammo said execution would be a fitting end for murderers, cop killers and pedophiles—though, as a city councillor, his opinion has no influence over the federal policy on capital punishment. Horrible crimes usually spark tough-on-crime rhetoric from politicians, but Mammoliti has outdone most by advocating for a justice system that looks a lot less like Canada and a lot more like Texas. [Toronto Sun]

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Shelley Carroll and Giorgio Mammoliti fight over who at city hall should just suck it up

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Nothing (except maybe this) is more off-putting than remarks about sucking from city councillors. After Shelley Carroll made slow-news-day headlines for criticizing Rob Ford’s governing style, Giorgio Mammoliti came to Ford’s defense, saying Carroll should “suck it up.” Carroll, who will likely run against Ford in the next mayoral election, shot back with this gem:

I actually do suck it up every day, work goes on here at City Hall and it goes on in our wards whether the mayor is involved or not. Councillors do suck it up in a way that kind of leaves the mayor on the outs of the action at council. I can’t imagine that (Ford) wants to suck that up.

We’re hoping less-than-eloquent verbal sparring like this doesn’t take over the 2014 campaign, because that would really…suck.  [Toronto Sun]

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QUOTED: Giorgio Mammoliti explains how to have sex with 150 men at once

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—Outspoken and often idiotic councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, airing his grievances with the Toronto Police Service’s recent decision to put a hold on john sweeps. The cop shop is putting a temporary stop to the long-standing sting operations in light of the court ruling in March that declared Canada’s prostitution laws unconstitutional. Police spokesperson Mark Pugash says the force is against using resources to arrest johns when there’s so much uncertainty surrounding prostitution laws. Mammoliti, on the other hand, says the laws should be enforced as long as they still exist—if only to save people from sloppy seconds. [Toronto Sun]

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Bob Barker and Giorgio Mammoliti face off in the Toronto Zoo elephant saga

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The Price Is Right icon Bob Barker is riled up (but not this riled up, thank goodness) that Toronto Zoo management is delaying sending its remaining three elephants to his sanctuary of choice. The animal lover is threatening to withdraw his offer to pay for the elephants’ $800,000 flight to California (via private aircraft, no less) unless there’s an “ironclad guarantee” that they’ll make it to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary, near Sacramento. Problem is, talks between Toronto Zoo chief executive John Tracogna and PAWS director Ed Stewart have gone so badly that they now only speak to each other via lawyers, and zoo staff have waged a campaign against PAWS, claiming elephants there have tuberculosis. Then there’s Giorgio Mammoliti, the former chair of Toronto Zoo’s board, who has tried to stop the deal since the zoo allegedly lost its accreditation over the plan to send the elephants to PAWS, which doesn’t have the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ stamp of approval. Trying to salvage the deal, Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, who orchestrated the vote last October when council decided to move the elephants, has challenged Mammoliti and Tracogna to go to PAWS with her next week to check it out—but we doubt Barker would cover the airfare for that trip. [Toronto Star]

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Giorgio Mammoliti and Mark Ferguson trade insults—over a community environment day

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Giorgio Mammoliti has canceled his ward’s environment day tomorrow, and he says it’s CUPE Local 416’s fault. The councillor and commie sniffer says the union planned to hit up residents at the event with a pro-labour petition, and he won’t stand for union organizing on city property. For his part, Local 416 president (for now) Mark Ferguson said petitions are a fundamental freedom in a healthy democracy and Mammoliti was being “a bully boy.” In the spirit of playground spats, Ferguson then said the Toronto Civic Employees Union would host their own environment day for the residents of Ward 7 (so there!). Unbelievably, things went even worse at last year’s event, when Mammoliti called the cops to force union members to leave, and he and Ferguson got into a yelling match. We never knew handing out compost was such a lightning rod for labour tension. [Toronto Sun]

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Giorgio Mammoliti has some more ideas on brothels (like how to make money off them)

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Giorgio Mammoliti (who seems to be everywhere this week) has a few more thoughts about Toronto-area brothels—specifically, how the city could profit from them. In a letter to Cesar Palacio, who heads the licensing and standards committee, and Peter Milczyn, who oversees planning and growth management, Mammoliti argued the city should levy fees from now-legal bawdy houses like the Bunny Ranch brothel (coming soon to a neighbourhood near you!). He thinks a $15,000 annual licensing fee for each bordello worker would do the trick. Those fees, Mammo told the Toronto Sun, could help keep criminals, pimps and sex traffickers out. Also, Toronto needs to act fast to take control of the brave new world of legalized brothels, since currently there aren’t many zoning or licensing regulations in place (or, as he told the paper, “Toronto has got caught with its pants down”). The councillor also took the opportunity to make it clear that he no longer wants to turn the Toronto Islands into a red-light district. Funnily enough, he realized that wasn’t one of his better ideas. [Toronto Sun]

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Giorgio Mammoliti wants to cut down on, well, cuts

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Giorgio Mammoliti may be one of Rob Ford’s most avid supporters (some even say he’s Ford’s fall guy), but it looks like he’s no longer on board with the mayor’s “cuts-cuts-cuts” mantra. That’s surprising, coming from the man who thought it was a fine idea to do away with half of city council, a fact that even Mammoliti recognizes: “Nobody was harder on cutting,” he said, “and it’s me that’s saying perhaps we need to back off a little, continue to save what we can, but find new money somewhere else, because that’s the key now.” (More specifically, the “somewhere else” where Mammo hopes to find money is a Toronto-area casino.) Mammoliti is the second Ford supporter to offer a countering viewpoint this week—former press secretary Adrienne Batra skewered him in the Toronto Sun over the weekend. Given that loyalty is extremely important to the mayor, that’s gotta hurt. [The National Post]

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QUOTED: Giorgio Mammoliti thinks unemployed single moms should become dealers

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Giorgio Mammoliti, explaining how single moms could win big by becoming card dealers if Toronto had a casino. Appearing on Rob and Doug Ford’s radio show this weekend, Mammo argued a swanky gambling complex could create “10,000 jobs” for residents and—even better—bring Celine Dion to Toronto’s shores. But that blissful scenario could belong to Mississauga or Markham, he warned, if Torontonians don’t support the idea (next month, Ford’s executive committee will consider whether to hold a referendum on the question). Single mothers may want to brush up on their chip counting and card shuffling anyway. [Toronto Sun]

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The Wall Street Journal introduces Rob Ford to America (Nutcracker cameo and all)

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With all of Rob Fords supposed middle finger flipping, parade skipping and tantrum throwing, not even the often staid Wall Street Journal can resist writing about his antics. The paper recently published a story on the “300-pound former city councillor and labelling-company heir” that focuses on Ford’s flamboyant style and is accompanied by a truly wonderful photo. Although the paper made more than a few errors (not least by making Giorgio Mammoliti sound like a voice of reason), the article does contain a memorable quote from councillor Josh Matlow. The mood among many Toronto voters, he says, is a “combination of buyer’s regret and the shame one feels when waking up with a hangover and seeing they have a tattoo on their forehead.” And now that tattoo is splashed all over the Wall Street Journal. Read the entire story [Wall Street Journal] »

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The trick to getting your way at city hall: always bring strippers

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What a week of debauchery at city hall. First, Giorgio Mammoliti revived his idea for a red-light district on Toronto Island, and then, this afternoon, a stripper wearing black patent vinyl shorts did a little pole dancing for Toronto’s licensing and standards committee. Apparently, the city’s strip club owners want the committee to review its adult entertainment regulations to clearly define what constitutes “prohibited sexual contact,” and they brought along the lovely Viviana to help make their case. Though Doug Holyday thought it unseemly and Mike Layton called it “a new low,” the floorshow appears to have worked: the committee unanimously voted in favour of the review. Sadly, Mammo missed out on all the fun. Read the entire story [CBC] »

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