Nunziata retains Speaker job.

Brand new mayor John Tory released his ‘cabinet’ list yesterday and some of the councillors on the list have people scratching their heads. As expected, there are many right of centre appointments.

The good news: Giorgio Mammoliti was not mentioned. While there are others in Tory’s new inner circle for whom the term ‘clown’ might be a bit harsh, there is no denying that people like Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio and Vince Crisanti seem more interested in self-promotion than improving the fortunes of their constituents.

Our own councillor Frances Nunziata has been removed from the Toronto Police Services Board but retains the post of Speaker. Perhaps with one fewer Ford in the chamber, the circus atmosphere that prevailed for much of the past four years may be replaced with one more collegial.

Maybe we shouldn’t be too harsh when judging Mr. Tory’s selection. after all, he never hid his political views and he is entitled to appoint whomever he wishes. Perhaps his selections are being guided by the philosophy of U.S President Lyndon Johnson when referring to J. Edgar Hoover:

it’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.

See the full team list here.

Nunziata called out on York South—Weston’s problems.

One of the great things about the Internet is the proliferation of blogs (like Weston Web) offering news and commentary at the local level. Matt Elliott springs to mind as a commentator who can hit the nail on the head. He now writes for Metro with a column entitled Ford For Toronto. Occasionally, a blogger takes on one of our own and today, Councillor Nunziata takes it on the chin from Cityslikr who writes for All Fired Up in the Big Smoke. Cityslikr takes Nunziata to task for complaining about the state of her riding yet being responsible to an extent for some of its problems (having been councillor and Mayor of York for many years). You can read the article here.