Frances Nunziata, City Councillor for York South—Weston, created a scene at City Hall that Toronto Life calls “bizarre” and “uproariously crazy”.
Nunziata ruled that Council could not discuss the auditor’s report that has led to the firing of the board of Toronto Community Housing. She then ruled that nobody could applaud.
This council meeting was probably the most uproariously crazy we’ve seen in a while…. Nunziata threatened to have the crowds ejected from council. As a compromise, Paula Fletcher suggested that people wave their hands in the air as a silent alternative—what The Globe and Mail’s Kelly Grant dubbed “jazz hands”—and, amazingly, it stuck. With only a few exceptions, for the rest of the night the benches used jazz hands instead of applause, and two-handed thumbs downs instead of booing.
As the night went on, Nunziata’s ruling that council couldn’t discuss the TCHC audit led councillors into increasingly creative linguistic acrobatics to try and refer to “the report which we cannot discuss,” “that thing he [the auditor general] wrote” (that one courtesy of Josh Matlow) and “the report which shall not be named.” Xtra’s Andrea Houston called it “the Voldemort report,”