If he were elected mayor of Toronto, Giorgio Mammoliti would consider building the McDonald’s Subway Line.

He would give guns to city bylaw officers.

He would hold down taxes by building a casino, and taxing red light districts.

And though he started his career as a union leader, he would get tough on the city’s unions.

Mammoliti — currently councillor for Ward 7, York South-Weston — acknowledges some things he wants to do aren’t within the city’s powers.

And he says he’ll only run for mayor if he can raise enough money for a campaign.

That’s a big if, given the cost of running a city-wide campaign against tough opposition.

Possible candidates include former mayoral candidate John Tory, deputy premier George Smitherman, former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray and fellow councillors Adam Giambrone, Shelley Carroll and Michael Thompson.

But Mammoliti says he wants to try out some new ideas, among them:

• Busting crime, including crackdowns on illegal activity in body rubs and strip joints. One solution? Creating a red light district or districts — he won’t say where — to keep body rubs and prostitution out of residential neighbourhoods, and hitting them with a heavy “sin tax.”

• Giving city bylaw officers guns, and seeking new powers for them to enter buildings to look for illegal activity.

• Establishing a casino and a lottery to offset the need for tax increases.

• Inviting private corporations to sponsor new subway lines, although he wouldn’t want privately operated subways.

• Giving police a bigger role in writing city bylaws. Traditionally politicians pass laws and police enforce them, but Mammoliti wants law enforcement officers to take a bigger role in writing city bylaws.


Giambrone runs?


• He’s chair of the TTC and now city councillor Adam Giambrone is mulling a higher calling: mayor of Toronto.

When Mayor David Miller made his surprise announcement a few weeks ago
that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election next year, Giambrone, a Miller
loyalist, was coy when asked by reporters if he had aspirations to run.
Giambrone refused to say, one way or the other.

Now he says he’s seriously considering it.

He’s been out recently getting input from a wide range of people across the city, he says.

“There are people representing different movements, different cultural
backgrounds … that’s what I’m in the process of doing. You get
feedback, and a lot of it has been very positive,” says Giambrone.

The key areas he’d tackle? — continuing to shepherd David Miller’s
Transit City initiative, waste diversion, making “serious choices”
around the city’s operating budget, and making city hall more
accessible to the general public.

torstar news service