Council's 32-to-18 vote to ban raves in city-run buildings made for great theatre last Wednesday.
JULIAN FANTINO -- Once the rave-hostile chief got mayor Mel on side, it was game over. Julie even had the audacity to shoot back at councillors with righteous questioning of his own. So much for civilian oversight. Welcome to the police state.
KYLE RAE -- Forever engaged in a tenuous tango with police when it comes to gay bars and after-hours clubs, he voted against the ban and still got an assurance from the chief that cops will back off during Pride week. Way to go, Twinkle Toes.
DAVID SHINER -- He called the chief's bluff by demanding more than the selected evidence Julie was offering to damn the rave scene. But why did Shiner sneak off before the final vote?
ILA BOSS0NS -- The excitable midtown councillor, who's decided to step out of the political ring this fall, had nothing to lose and cut into Julie's grandstanding, voting against the mayor. Happy trails, Ila. We'll miss ya.
FRANCES NUNZIATA -- Upset when Alan Ho died last fall after attending a rave in York, she worked with the kids and helped hammer out the dance safety protocol. She stood by safe dances and voted against the motion. Thanks for coming around.
MEL LASTMAN -- Supposedly known for his sharp political barometer, the mayor just couldn't settle on a dance partner for this one. First the protocol's a hit. Then Julie whispers law-and-order sweet nothings in his ear and he gets all weak-kneed and dumps on legal parties.
OLIVIA CHOW -- She walks softly, but she doesn't carry a big stick. Chow brought the police to the table to work out safe raves, and they squished her protocol like a bug.
JOE PANTALONE -- He says driving raves underground isn't a good thing, but he voted with Mel anyway. What's the Ex good for if not for celebrating the night?
CITY OF TORONTO -- We like to think we rank with the cool cities. But we're now institutionally opposed to dancing all night, and the mayor's giant, painted moose is our marquee cultural attraction. I have seen the geek. It is us.