mammoliti-tape_thumb
mammoliti-tape_thumb
News

Toronto Councillor Warns of Communist Purge at City Hall, Wraps Face in Electrical Tape

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti believes he is being ousted from a committee on bike lanes by communists

June 19, 2018

A spectre is haunting Toronto city hall – the spectre of bike lanes.

“Democracy” is “dead at city hall,” says controversial Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, an outspoken ally of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

In a photo posted to Twitter this week, Mammoliti wrapped electrical tape over his face and posed next to a Canadian flag, accusing “comrade” Mike Layton and other “socialists” of trying to purge him from Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee to silence his opinions about “bike lanes.”

Mammoliti, who advocates banning bikes from city streets, was apparently reacting to recent calls from citizens and colleagues alike for Mayor John Tory to remove the Ward 7 councillor from the city’s public works committee.

Last week, Councillor Mike Layton tweeted that Mammoliti’s poor attendance record and erratic behaviour show he’s “not interested in building safer streets,” adding that he would personally “second the motion” if Tory removes Mammoliti from the committee.

Twitter’s reaction to Mammoliti’s bizarre photo went pretty well as you’d expect:

However, Mammoliti’s over-the-top anti-bike rhetoric also comes in the wake of a slew of tragic accidents that have taken the lives of two cyclists and one pedestrian.

While Mammoliti plays dress up on Twitter, in reality many cyclists feel unsafe on Toronto’s streets, where inadequate infrastructure and reckless driving behaviour is putting lives at risk.

Unfortunately, neither the deaths nor the many shocking tales from cyclists have convinced people like Mammoliti to tone it down and listen.

The Toronto Sun has joined Mammoliti, with the right-wing tabloid stepping up its absurd rhetoric claiming there is a “war on the car,” echoing the days when Rob Ford was mayor of Toronto.

According to Toronto police, some 20 cyclists and pedestrians have already died on Toronto’s streets this year.

 

Invest in our work

We break news and shine a light on stories Canada’s major media outlets miss. But we need your help to keep making an impact.

Subscribe to our Friday Newsletter

Too busy to follow the daily news? Get the inside scoop on the entire week’s news sent to your email inbox every Friday at noon.

Invest in our work

We break news and shine a light on stories Canada’s major media outlets miss. But we need your help to keep making an impact.

trudeau-strongmiddleclass_thumb
trudeau-strongmiddleclass_thumb
News

OECD Report: Canada’s Poorest 10% Could Take Four Generations Just to Earn a Middle Income

New report suggests Canada’s poorest 10% of families could struggle for up to four generations before they ‘join the middle class’

June 18, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Finance Minister Bill Morneau love to talk about “the middle class, and those working hard to join the middle class.”

But a new study published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggests many low-income Canadians will never become middle-income earners, no matter how hard they work.

According to the OECD, new data on intergenerational social mobility – which the OECD defines as “the relationship between the socioeconomic…