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Speaker Frances Nunziata issues memo to councillors, urging them to behave

City council meets on Monday

Council Speaker Frances Nunziata

For the last time before the Christmas break, city council will sit down Monday for their monthly meeting, but they're getting a bit of a warning from the council speaker.

Councillor Frances Nunziata sent a letter home with her fellow councillors on Friday asking them to be nicer to each other. Especially after the goings-on during the last meeting.

It's a 3-page memo titled: "Conduct in the Chamber"

In it, she says, "I have been approached by several members of council about the disruptions that occurred at the November meetings of city council. Disruptive, disrespectful and unparliamentary behaviour reflects poorly on city council, and undermines public confidence in our ability to govern."

In November's meeting, Mayor Ford was stripped of most of his powers and there were several tense moments, including Mayor Ford accidentally knocking councillor Pam McConnell over.

Nunziata's memo also stated, "Members are responsible for: speaking respectfully at all times; listening and participating in the meeting, without disrupting the proceedings; using appropriate language; abiding by council’s decisions; obeying rulings and decisions; obeying the Members’ Code of Conduct; sitting and being silent during a vote"

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  1. Mike from the hinterland posted on 12/16/2013 06:01 AM
    Gee, I thought if you misbehaved there were consequences. I believe Francis needs a mace (not the spray kind) and a sergeant at arms. I would love to see Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Adam Vaughan and all the little entitled princes and priincesses get wacked with one of these.

    Better yet bring in Colton Orr or George St. Pierre and a couple of good punches to the head would work. Francis needs an enforcer!!!!

    Better yet let her try real mace the spray kind and get her a tazer. As Monty Python said in the Dead Parrot SKetch, "Put a million volts through them" You better arm Francis! This could be the city of Toronto's tazer pilot!
  2. REALITY BITES posted on 12/16/2013 07:45 AM
    *** NOTE TO FRANCES NUNZIATA ***

    Please have someone add pictures and read your memo out loud to both Rob and Doug.
    1. Mark7 posted on 12/16/2013 09:17 AM
      @REALITY BITES As always you have your facts crooked. Please have all BUT Rob and Doug Ford read the memo. They are making fools of themselves.
  3. Dan Christie posted on 12/16/2013 08:44 AM
    So, here we have a Ford enabler and former regular co-host of their surreal radio bully-fest -now too discrete to name names. It's the FORDS, Francis. Got it: THE FORDS. With a side order of Mamolitti just for good measure. Name names, Francis. NAME NAMES or allow the sad, tattered shreds of your own credibility to decompose as fast as your political capital.
    1. Frankie posted on 12/16/2013 10:41 AM
      @Dan Christie So you condone all the councillors that turned their backs on Ford when he spoke, illegally stripped him of his power, etc.

      At least we know you believe in 2 sets of rules, depending on whom you support
  4. JC posted on 12/16/2013 09:37 AM
    You guys are blind to your own BS! You guys are ridiculous and are the joke now. Move on people. Stop blaming the Fords for everything! The Mayor is one vote. That's it! He has been stripped of his powers, so what can he really do? Realistically, if you took a really good look at the last meeting, pretty much everyone on council acted childish and made comments that should not have been made (Michael Thompson is one the first to come to my mind). You also seem to forget about the public present in the gallery with their rude comments and very disturbing actions toward council. But noooooo.....just blame the Fords. It's the easiest thing to do....Right?
    1. Kent posted on 12/16/2013 09:44 AM
      @JC Can't believe there is someone with common sense on here. Everyone present at the last council meeting made a mockery of the City.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 12/16/2013 10:45 AM
      @JC You stole my thunder....lol

      I agree with you 100%. You're preaching to the choir. But people who are so blinded by the prejudice against Ford, will use every excuse to place their troubles.
      Adam Vaughn is the first that comes to mind when it comes to blaming the Fords. Every single Monday morning on the 1st round table, he simply cannot go one session without blaming the Fords for something. And when Ford does something good, he cannot give the mayor credit. That says a lot.
  5. john posted on 12/16/2013 10:34 AM
    as far as i am concerned the only people who made a mockery out of Toronto ( besides the Toronto maple leafs . ) . would be the council that ILLEGALLY striped ford of his powers . i hope everyone who came up with the ideal as well as the rest who voted for this illegal move get kick out of office in the next election . people need to understand we are the ones that make the decisions who gets in and who dos not .
    1. John posted on 01/28/2014 09:31 AM
      @john Hey little john, YOU are the one mistaken. What the councillors did was not illegal! da.....it is provided for by law. Regrettably, the only thing wrong with the process is the law itself that didn't allow him to be bounced down the hall and out the front door. The chair of council is clearly biased. Yes it is a tough job she does, but her first obligation is to the people of the city, not the fat boy on her right and tweedle dumb on his right. Oh, by the way, go back to school and figure out how elections work and your reference to voting. No majority of Toronto voted him in, just the plurality of who voted, moron.
  6. Frnakie posted on 12/16/2013 10:39 AM
    To all the Ford haters were you all in some remote location without media access when virtually all city councillors turned their back on Rob Ford when he spoke at council?

    We need to eliminate half the councillors and have the remaining ones behave, The embarrassment isn't limited to the Fords.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/16/2013 10:46 AM
      @Frnakie Remember when Ford wanted to reduce the size of council, and people shot that down?
      That sure sounds like an option that should have been enacted, looking back now...
    2. justsaying posted on 12/16/2013 10:49 AM
      @Frnakie They just turned their backs, they didn't yell or knock over an elderly female councilor or scream their heads off. We should simply bar the doors of city hall to anyone named Rob or Doug Ford. That would ensure good governance, and no idiocy in council. He's not mayor anymore anyways! He's a joke. Doug too.

      BTW - good thing Rob is off booze and crack. Not having to go through withdrawal will make his prison sentence much more bearable. Wait for it.
  7. john posted on 12/16/2013 10:59 AM
    the only people who be in jail is the liberal government it would be nice if thay re open the Kingston pen that be perfect place to put then in .
    1. jsutsaying posted on 12/16/2013 11:05 AM
      @john Accessory to Extortion. 5 year minimum sentence. Rob will be behind bars. And the media circus around the world will laugh and point...again.....
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 12/16/2013 11:25 AM
      @john JUSTSAYING is just in denial...
      And when Ford gets voted in again- it sure would be a sight to see...
  8. tanjo posted on 12/16/2013 01:23 PM
    I think the comments were mainly directed at the Fords, although Nunziata rightly left their names off.

    Let's face it. More than half the appeal of the Ford Brothers is that they do not play by the rules. They provided a refreshing change from councillors that were far too infatuated with their own self-importance.

    However, City Council should get into the holiday spirit. I think an admonishing "Santa is watching!" would be far more effective to those involved than a 3-page letter.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/16/2013 01:36 PM
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