Toronto

T.O. Councillor Doubles Down on Comments

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Toronto city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti continued his anti-rave crusade in an interview with The John Oakley Show.

During the interview Mammoliti doubled down on his opinion that all-ages Electric Dance Music (EDM) parties held on city property is a “disaster waiting to happen.”

This opinion has been met with some harsh criticism and even an online campaign against the councillor and his comments.

In a media release issued Monday the councillor rallied against EDM parties on city-owned Exhibition Place grounds claiming underage concert-goers may be exposed to the nearby Parkdale pedophiles.

“The neighbouring Parkdale area is home to one of the largest concentrations of registered sex offenders, including pedophiles, living in the City of Toronto,” stated the media release.

 “With all-ages parties being held next to a pedophile district we are simply encouraging the continued abuse of our children.”

Gord Perks, a Toronto city councillor from ward 14 has been a ardent supporter of live music events, voting to allow them to continue on city grounds.  Perks, also represents Parkdale had this to say about Mammoliti’s comments.

“You may have heard the awful slur one of my colleagues has made against our wonderful neighbourhood. I want to say how saddened I am that Parkdale has been attacked this way.”

He also encouraged Torontonians to spread the #Parkdalelove, a hashtag that quickly picked up momentum on Twitter.

But that didn’t stop Mammoliti from spreading his own message during the AM640 radio show.

“I don’t like the fact that people like Gord Perks and Mr. Layton, Councillor Layton, are advocating that children at the ages of 10, 11 and 12 years old party at these raves with adults. And I’ve been arguing that right from the beginning and will continue to do that. I don’t think that there’s room for that. And I think it’s only asking for problems and until a child dies.”

 Earlier this year Mammoliti was at the forefront of a motion that banned rave events on city property.  The ban was later overturned by a vote of 31- 4.

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