The latest member of Rob Ford’s inner circle to come out against major library closures is Giorgio Mammoliti.
Several others including Karen Stintz, James Pasternak, and Frances Nunziata have also spoken out against widespread library closures, making it appear unlikely that council would support shutting down a large numbers of branches.
Closing libraries was one possible option presented by consultants KPMG that could save money and reduce a massive budget shortfall at city hall.
On the debut edition of Newstalk 1010’s The City (Sundays 1-3 p.m.) Mammoliti told fellow councillor and show host Josh Matlow that while not supporting widespread closures he does believe a few branches could be shut down make others bigger and find more efficiencies, especially for those that are within walking distance of each other.
And in order to avoid shutting down branches he thinks the private sector could play an important role.
Mammoliti is open to the idea of private companies like Tim Horton’s paying to lease or rent space in library branches as a way to generate revenue and avoid major cuts.
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