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The top 5 Giorgio Mammoliti controversies

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 18, 2014

giorgio mammolitiTo think city hall would calm down with Rob Ford temporarily out of the picture would be to forget about Giorgio Mammoliti, the councillor who has been trolling the city for close to two decades. His latest headline-grabbing stunt involved some ridiculous remarks about Parkdale, but it's only one incident in a long line of controversies. Originally an NDP member of the Ontario legislature, Mammoliti has gradually shifted to the right, opposing same-sex spousal benefits and backing a series of fringe ideas, including making the Toronto Island a red light district.

In 2010, Mammoliti made a short-lived bid for mayor, in doing so promising to become the architect of a frightening dystopia that would have included sponsored subway routes (think the "McDonald's Subway Line,") an 11 p.m. curfew for children under 14, and armed bylaw enforcement officers.

Here are the top (read: bottom) 5 Giorgio Mammoliti moments to date:

GETS TOPLESS TO PROTEST NUDITY

In May 1999, back when Giorgio Mammoliti was just "George," the councillor for North York--Humber was vehemently opposed to the idea of officially allowing a clothing optional beach at Hanlan's Point, fearing it would lead to rampant public nudity in Toronto. "Today it's a secluded beach, tomorrow it will be the beachfront and then it will be the streets," he said.

City council approved the idea 41-9, but Mammoliti refused to let the vote pass without a spectacle. "After removing his shirt and tie, Mammoliti briefly posed half-naked for television crews before the air-conditioning prompted him to slip a jacket over his bare, hairy chest," the Toronto Star reported. "Mammoliti declined to remove his pants."

TOURS A STRIP CLUB

Mammoliti with fellow community councillors Cesar Palacio and Frank Di Giorgio toured and lunched at the House of Lancaster Gentlemen's Club on the Queensway as part of an "industry facility tour" in 2009. It's not clear what the visit involved, but the trio claimed to have inspected working conditions without watching a show. Cllr. Di Giorgio later reported "everything was OK" inside.

According to the Star, the Mammoliti, Palacio, and Di Giorgio dined from a menu that included items with nightmarish titles like "finger me foods" and "seafood sex platter." The eight other community councillors who were invited declined to attend.

WANTS A RED LIGHT DISTRICT ON THE ISLAND

More than a decade after mounting a bizarre half-naked protest over nude sunbathing at Hanlan's Point, Mammoliti decided that the Toronto Island would, in fact, be the perfect place for a red light district. A long-time supporter of city-regulated brothels, Mammoliti predicted the city sanctioned district would draw in hundreds of millions of dollars in "sin taxes," never mind the loss of the world famous bucolic vibe.

"I'm not sure how wholesome it is with the whole nude beach," he said. "If you look hard enough, you'll find somebody without pants on." The red light district idea also came bundled with a floating casino, because why not.

WINS APPROVAL FOR GIANT FLAGPOLE

Nothing screams "quality tourist destination" like an oversized version of an everyday object, according to Mammoliti, who has been agitating for construction of the largest flagpole in North America since 2010. The 125-foot pole, complete with a massive steel-rimmed Canadian flag, would be the centrepiece of the town square in Emery Village, near Highway 400 and Finch, if only it could be built.

"It waves so slowly," Mammoliti said of the Mexican flagpole that inspired the plan. "You want to cry about how proud we are to be Canadian." The idea received council approval but the project stalled when the city failed to secure the required land.

CALLS PARKDALE A "PAEDOPHILE DISTRICT"

The most recent Mammoliti moment is arguably the most outrageous of the lot. In a news release speaking against all-ages music shows at Exhibition Place, the notorious councillor branded Parkdale a "paedophile district" and a danger to young people attending events at the CNE. Cllr. Gord Perks, who represents Parkdale and has previously come close to blows with Mammoliti, said he wouldn't tolerate the remarks.

"This is about children partying with adults and it is stupid," Mammoliti told CP24, refusing to back down from the statement. "It is absolutely stupid and now that we know that 120 sex offenders live in that area it is even more stupider [sic]." Doug Ford said Mammoliti had "lost his mind," which really is something.

BONUS: GETS CREEPY WITH HIS VIDEO CAMERA

Back in 2011, Mammoliti campaigned hard against the inclusion of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in official Pride celebrations. Even when that group bowed out of the parade, Giorgio went down to the Dyke March with his video camera in order to catch any QuAIA members breaking their own rules. This mission was not a success.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo by John Tavares

Discussion

44 Comments

W. K. Lis / June 18, 2014 at 09:27 am
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Giorgio Mammoliti for mayor... not.

But then we said the same thing about Rob Ford when he was just a councillor, and look what happened.
mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 09:36 am
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Let's not forget the root issue of the 'Pedophile District' comment: Mammoliti is using scare tactics to help a club owner impose a monopoly on dance events at the CNE.

It's very clear that Mamo is lobbying for his buddy (and Rob Ford's old pal Zlatko Starkovski). The whole thing is so underhanded - from the non-competition lease agreement* to the patio expansion without a permit (while annexing public art).

*similar to the Boardwalk Cafe that Ford rallied against
Gord / June 18, 2014 at 09:40 am
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Yet he manages to get the votes.
canuckone / June 18, 2014 at 09:46 am
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This guy is all over the map on sexual issues... is he Catholic?
mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 09:47 am
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and on the subject of all-ages shows at Exhibition place...
there's a GIANT stage being built right now for a HUGE festival at Ontario Place. Where is Mamo's rage over that? It's literally across the street from the Exhibition place.

Don't all of his concerns apply there as well? Or maybe it doesn't concern his buddy / business interest, then he doesn't care.
S / June 18, 2014 at 09:51 am
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Let's not forget the idea of extending the Allen all the way to downtown via Spadina....
Mike / June 18, 2014 at 09:54 am
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Didn't know he was such an asshole.
Ray replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 10:12 am
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Why doesn't Mammoliti worry about fixing his own ward - Wart 7 York West. Has he achieved nothing there. Finch avenue and the Islington, West Rd. sure could use some help up there.

I'm people in his ward are just pleased that he's spending all his time focused on the Exhibition.
Ray replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 10:13 am
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Agreed, if he's so concerned we should cancel the entire Exhibition this year as it brings all ages down on the very busy Ex grounds.
euro beats! replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 10:21 am
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Digital Dreams!!!
George M / June 18, 2014 at 10:22 am
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MAMMO FOR MAYOR

ROB FORD FOR VICE MAYOR

this is a team that will bring the great city into the modern 21th centry.
mar / June 18, 2014 at 10:38 am
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How is gets creepy with a camera the bonus? I'd say his hi jinx of running around filming topless lesbians with out consent is slightly above calling parkdale the pedophile district and trying to turn the islands into a red light district.

As an aside I would suggest that his riding has got to be ripe for the taking. Would someone please run a decent campaign against this guy? he is such an embarrassment to his entrie community. I'm pretty sure the only thing he has done for that riding is humiliate a community center who put his head down while on his break.
DL replying to a comment from S / June 18, 2014 at 10:46 am
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Excellent idea if it's tunnelled. Reduces strain on city streets and the Gardiner.
DL replying to a comment from mar / June 18, 2014 at 10:46 am
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Without consent? It was at a parade...
Chester replying to a comment from George M / June 18, 2014 at 10:49 am
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They should rename the card game ASSHOLE to that...instead of President and Vice President, Rob Ford and Giorgio
imnotperfect / June 18, 2014 at 11:22 am
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The Mayoral race will be won by whoever GinoBoi sucks up too in advance.
Gordon / June 18, 2014 at 11:39 am
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When is Ward 7 going to wake up and realize this man is utterly insane and is doing them no good?
Michael replying to a comment from George M / June 18, 2014 at 11:44 am
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Welcome to Canada. In this country we call it a "deputy mayor". But better luck next time.
Michael replying to a comment from Michael / June 18, 2014 at 11:45 am
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Not sure why my previous comment didn't show it this time, but the 'deputy mayor' remark was in response to the Troll "George M" who wrote:

MAMMO FOR MAYOR

ROB FORD FOR VICE MAYOR

this is a team that will bring the great city into the modern 21th centry.
George replying to a comment from Gord / June 18, 2014 at 11:47 am
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Is that you Perks?
Cranky Old Prof / June 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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BOTTOM 5, you mean, don't you?
Chris / June 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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I'm impressed the writer was able to whittle it down to a Top 5. When does he say or do something that ISN'T controversial? And for that matter, what does he do on Council besides suck up to the mayor of the day, and obsess over sex and sexual issues in a way that goes beyond creepy? I can't think of a single issue he pushed to the fore that he hasn't somehow been able to connect to sex.

And yet, as Gord pointed out, he keeps getting re-elected, easily. Unfortunately, it says a lot about Ward 7 voters, and none of it is good.
jen replying to a comment from George M / June 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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Hee hee, I read that as "12th century" at first glance! That about sums the both of them up, really.
SatensAdvokit / June 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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I don't see what the big fuss was about the whole pedophile outrage. He mentioned a statistical fact that there is a concentration of sex predators and pedophiles around that area. Well if it is true, then it is true. How could him mentioning that be so outrageous? If I had a daughter, I would not want her wandering about on ecstasy in the wee hours in an area with so many predators.

This is like that time when a council member said that downtown condoland is not a good place to raise a kit (and outrage ensued). I think kids need to be able to run free with lots of green space and playgrounds. The intersection of say, Dundas and Yonge, would not be appropriate for kids to be kids.

Why can't there be discussion? Can't anyone just speak their mind without being attacked like that? There should be fair debate on city issues. Not just a fixed list of acceptable opinions that may be expressed.
iSkyscraper / June 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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Toronto needs term limits. This guy is way past his expiry date.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Michael / June 18, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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In this instance, "VICE MAYOR" fits perfectly.
Irwinn Mimico / June 18, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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Mr. Mamolitti is my twin half-brother. He is missing half of his cranium due to a childhood accident and I think he is GWATE!
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from SatensAdvokit / June 18, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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Not a fact. There are a higher concentration of sex offenders (but not the highest in the city) and they don't release the specifics on their offenses - so there's no way to tell where pedophiles are concentrated.

Some people think children can only grow up in a 1950's suburban fantasy that never really existed, but that's like saying crime doesnt it.
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from SatensAdvokit / June 18, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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* ...doesn't exist.
Ma'am O'Leettee / June 18, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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Giorgio is the HERO OF THE STUPID! So is Fuckford.
yikes / June 18, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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So, can anyone tell me where to find out what area of the city has "high concentrations" of sex offenders? I'm curious/frightened to look up my own neighborhood now!
Astin replying to a comment from SatensAdvokit / June 18, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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There are no stats to back up there's a higher concentration of pedophiles in the area. Also, the Ex is still there, Ontario Place is still there, The Marlies play there... so plenty of areas that attract families. Plus city-run dances have a higher police presence.

And one intersection does not the Downtown make. Go a few blocks over to University and Dundas and suddenly you have Grange Park, the AGO, U of T, Queen's Park, and OCAD. The Waterfront has plenty of green space and family-friendly activities. The Annex has a bunch of small parks with playgrounds, schools, and is on transit.
Ma'am O'Leettee / June 18, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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..is Irwin Mimico's father.
Hey yikes! / June 18, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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Look in your basement...booga, booga!
Highest Concentration / June 18, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Check out Fuckford's street
wheredat / June 18, 2014 at 05:52 pm
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Doesn't ol' Georgie have a chunk of Jane and Finch awesomeness in his ward?

Oh wait, that's probably where he's getting his crack supply.
Reg / June 18, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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The Sex offender map he's referring to isn't a listing of pedophiles but a list of sex offenders which could have been an act on any age not underage so he's off his rocker again. Also the acts that have happened in the GTA that we've all been made aware of in the past few years have been acts by those NOT on the sex offender list.

http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/sex-offenders/
Ward Seven replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 18, 2014 at 09:07 pm
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Why does Mammoliti favour brothels in strip clubs? Not to protect women, but because his buddy Lambrionis is the executive-director of The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada. What a great source of income brothels offer! Lambrionis also masquerades as the "Historical and Arts Advisor" for Mammoliti's Emery Village BIA. Oh, he just happened to be Mammoliti's former executive-assistant and he just happened to have his home raided by the police in the "Project Traveller" investigation. Undoubtedly, Mammoliti's links to Lambrionis and Starkovski and his Muzik club are because of his deeply held comitment to women and children.
daz / June 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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Giorgio sets, tips, spikes! Giorgio for the win! #GiorgioWins
JC / June 19, 2014 at 08:07 am
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I can only assume this idiot gets in because either he gets stuff for his ward (apparently not), or there's no decent alternative running there. One of the downsides of municipal politics is that it can be hard to attract candidates. Hopefully this guy gets charged with something or falls off his hobby horse - he's always struck me as quite mad.
HENRY PIERSIG / June 19, 2014 at 09:46 am
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Thanks for the Mamories!

I'm of one sex... / June 20, 2014 at 06:33 pm
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...and Ma'am O'Leettee offends me and I live in Parkdale.
norm / June 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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Giorgio Mammoliti tried to molest me several times when i was a young boy around 11 or 12 so nothing surprises me about him anymore. With two ex-wives at his age already this is surely the reason why, and why he's so angry, and so focused on sexuality. Just like Rob Ford didn't like "druggies" but was outed as the worst kind, a crack addict, Giorgio is a a pedophile who is into little boys. And I'd be prepared to meet up with him in court to prove my allegations, so do not expect him to sue. Did Ford? ;)
Rob Ford / June 23, 2014 at 07:08 pm
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I meant...look at the pic...I was pooing when it was taken!

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