Nunziata on the Liquor Licensing Steering Committee

Will Frances Nunziata sit across from or beside her brother, a political lobbyist, when they sit at the table of new Liquor Licensing Steering Committee?

In the past, Frances Nunziata has been hard on bars and restaurants and has also—justifiably—come down on after-hours clubs. Now, though, she will be pushed by her brother to lighten up on them.

Until last year, the city also closely regulated applicants and frequently put extra conditions on them.  In August, however, the province told Toronto it would stop enforcing those conditions, and the city, in response, stopped processing applications. To resolve the impasse, committees were created.

Frances Nunziata was nominated to this sub-committee last week, along with four other councillors. Her nomination will be confirmed by City Hall.

John Nunziata, Weston’s storied former MP, and Frances’ brother, has had a long and controversial history, and he now works as a lobbyist for, among others, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association. The association has already said that it wants to work with the city’s new committees  “to find ways to … not prohibit growth”.


Doug Ford campaigns in Weston

Doug Ford made his first campaign stop at a fundraiser for the local Frontlines organization, according to John Nunziata. Ford is a close ally of the Nunziatas—who are both running for city councillor seats.

Frances Nunziata endorsed Rob Ford in the last municipal election, and Ford nominated her for council Speaker.

This time around, Frances Nunziata has not (yet?) endorsed a mayoral candidate. (She did not respond to my request for comment.) Last night, however, she campaigned with Doug Ford and her brother in Ward 12.

(From L to R) John Nunziata, Doug Ford, someone I don’t know, and Frances Nunziata

Thanks to Melissa for the tip.




This non-news not just in: two things didn’t happen this week.

The boundaries of our Federal riding were not changed: Joe Oliver, MP for Eglinton Lawrence, asked to have the boundaries for his riding redrawn. His changes would have changed the boundaries of York South—Weston. The commission called shenanigans.

Former YSW MP John Nunziata did not get nominated to City Council. He lost to a Common Sense Revolution (god, remember that?) Conservative, Chris Stockwell.

Former MP fined $11,000

Former York South–Weston MP John Nunziata has been fined $5000 (plus $6000 in costs) by the Law Society for lying under oath. Nunziata was the MP for our riding for many years. He won for the Liberals in 1984, 88, 93, and as an independent in 1997.

John Nunziata, the brother of Councillor Frances Nunziata, lied to a justice in a  hearing about kicking the boyfriend of his ex-wife. He denied kicking Murray Milthorpe at a hockey game, but later admitted to the assault at his trial in 2010.

Nunziata was a high-flying member of the Liberal Party and once ran for its leadership. He was ejected for opposing Jean Chretien, when the PM broke his promise to rescind the GST. According to The Star, Nunziata’s life has since been quite difficult:

… after leaving the public spotlight to work as a lawyer and lobbyist, Nunziata’s private life took a hit when he and his wife, Caroline Brett, divorced. The divorce was finalized in 2007 and the pair was granted joint custody of their three children.

“With my marriage breaking down, I just couldn’t cope. I had very dark thoughts . . . suffering from severe depression,” Nunziata said, describing the “valley of darkness” he struggled to navigate in the years following the split.

 John Nunziata now works as a consultant for “The Parliamentary Group” and as a lobbyist at City Hall.