Democracy is still in its infancy here in Ward 11. Another election has rolled around and with only three candidates running for Toronto City Council, it looks likely that incumbent Councillor Frances Nunziata will be handily re-elected. During a recent all-candidates debate held at Rogers TV, only Dory Chalhoub and Ms. Nunziata showed up. Candidate Jose Garcia did not attend.
The two candidates seem to share a right-wing viewpoint with the two of them expressing on the one hand a grim determination to keep taxes and tax increases to a bare minimum and on the other, bewilderment at the lack of infrastructure and transportation spending over the last forty years. On many occasions, Ms. Nunziata was able to handily swat down Mr. Chalhoub by exploiting his inexperience and absence at meetings of concern to the ward. With regard to their Mayoral preference, Nunziata is keeping her options open by cannily staying ‘neutral’ although she did allow that John Tory will be continuing the Ford agenda (unlike Doug presumably). John Tory is the choice of Dory Chalhoub.
One quote that stuck out from the back and forth came from Ms. Nunziata, who while citing her achievements declared that, “…at Weston and Lawrence we will be getting a YMCA.” This is the second time WestonWeb has heard the councillor mention this and we note she did not mention the word ‘might’ but used ‘will’. Perhaps readers can ask Ms. Nunziata for more details at the next debate on October 15th at the Mount Dennis Legion.
Ageless moderator Gord Martineau had an easy time keeping order throughout. The debate can be viewed here but Rogers seems to be restricting access to subscribers (login required).