Recently Frank acquired 100 percent ownership of http://www.theoneonline.ca – The Ontario North Experience “Bringing Northern Ontario to the World…and bringing the World to Northern Ontario.”
Frank also writes a blog http://www.anorthernblog.wordpress.com
Frank is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science, 1979) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism, 1981). He also has diplomas and certificates in Condominium Management (Humber College, 2008), Introduction to Web Design (George Brown College, 2002), English as a Second Language Teaching Certificate ( 2006 , Oxford Learning Centre) and Bartending (1997, Ontario School of Bartending)
He worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of http://www.mininglifeonline.com and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers.
Frank worked as Research Director and paralegal for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation and was the first male store greeter at Walmart in Timmins, before transferring to Sports and Hardware.
Frank also has worked for the Ontario Waste Management Corporation, the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation; The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, The Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities; and the Ministry of Education.
He has written four books of poetry: “Elvis in America” (2006) and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch” (2008) published by Lyrical Myrical Press, Toronto; “MoPoPoMo Variations” (2016) and “My Nation is a Train…Wreck!” (2017) by Northern Voices Publications.
He also is the co-author of “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” with James McCreath on the internment of James Franceschini in 1940 published in Beyond Barbed Wires (Guernica Editions); “Horses For Mussolini,” published in Behind Barbed Wires (Guernica Editions). Frank has contributed stories to Accenti Magazine in Montreal.
Frank is the songwriter behind the “Timmins Song (Timmins Will Always Be My Home)” and the “Don Cherry Beer Nazi Song,” about being banned for life from a Timmins bar for saying Don Cherry should be fired for his insensitive comments over CBC, our national broadcasting company — the every nattily attired Grapes once made fun of a Finnish NHL coaches name on Coast to Coast TV “Alpo? What type a name is that? I thought Alpo was a dog food.” Yep it seems Don Cherry has freedom of speech, but the Beer Nazi, that this notorious Timmins Bar felt Frank Could not exercise his freedom of speech because the racist and insensitive buffoon Don “Grapes” Cherry is a Canadian Icon and nobody has the right to speak the truth about him especially of the Timmins Beer Nazi Bartender is serving.
It is with honour that I have been banned for life from this nefarious downtown Timmins bar for saying Don Cherry should be fired.
Recently, a woman who had been over drinking at this bar followed another customer and just around the corner she stabbed this innocent person who she mistook for someone else. She was sentenced to three years in jail for aggravated assault.
Frank is the organizer and founder of Timmins Voices Literary Reading Series (2011-2015), Timmins Beat on the Street Festival (2015-2016), The Sweet Tooth Reading Series (Toronto, 2010), Toronto Voices (April, 2010 – Toronto).
He has published six issues of Northern Voices Journal a literary magazine featuring poets and writers from Northeastern Ontario.
He has an online blog http://www.anorthernblog.wordpress.com that focuses on living in Northern Ontario.
Frank was the producer of East Link TV’s “Voices” Series in 2013 which featured 12 local writers and singers.
He has a YouTube site http://www.youtube.com/giornalisti featuring videos on diverse subjects from politics, to poetry to mining to music including videos from Timmins Voices, Giancarlo Giorno’s heavy metal screamo band “Maletesta”, Frank’s own singing and saxophone playing and Frank’s poetry reading.