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Feds Sue Former Ford Staffer Over Kickbacks

According to a story in the National Post, the federal government recently initiated legal proceedings against a former Rob Ford staffer to recoup funds that were allegedly obtained through a kick-back scheme involving federal government grants: Mayor Rob Ford says he had no idea a former senior member of his office was involved in a […]

“Rogue” Arms Deal Blamed in Law Firm Collapse

A story in the National Post reports that ”a rogue African arms deal” was the catalyst behind the recent collapse of high-profile Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie: The stunning collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP, once one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious law firms, stemmed from a “loss of trust” in management over international business activities including […]

Province Orders Audit of School Board Spending

A story in the Toronto Star reports that Ontario’s education minister has ordered a spending audit to investigate alleged financial irregularities at the Toronto District School Board.  The minister notes that the review will include an investigation into the school board’s procurement practices: Education Minister Liz Sandals said Wednesday she intervened after “a variety of concerns” […]

Mayor Ford Backs Burger Bid

An article in the Toronto Star highlights Mayor Ford’s intervention into a bidding process for the award of a concession stand at the newly revamped Nathan Phillips Square: Following almost three hours of sizzling debate, city council voted 22-16 Wednesday to honour a tender process that saw the Toronto-based chain win a five-year contract to […]

Newsstand Operator Threatens Legal Action
if TTC Cancels Sole-Source

The Toronto Star reports that the operator of the TTC’s Newsstands has threatened to take legal action in the TTC backs out of a controversial contract renewal that would extend its current contract by 10 years at a value of $50 million: Tobmar Investments International, which operates 65 Gateway stores, some lottery booths and bakeries […]

Early Reports from Housing Audit
Point to Kickbacks and Billing Abuse

The Toronto Star reports that an audit of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is underway, and that the full report, to be delivered in two weeks, is expected to reveal some issues: TCHC employees have reported contractors offering them “envelopes filled with cash,” an outside auditor has told the city-funded social housing agency. The revelations […]

Toronto Mayor Wins Conflict of Interest Appeal

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has successful appealed a decision removing him from office for acting in a conflict of interest. An article in the Toronto Star describes Friday’s ruling: In a judgment released Friday morning, a three-judge Divisional Court panel overturned the November ruling that evicted Ford from office over a February violation of the […]

Toronto Transit Comission Criticized for
$50-million Sole-Source

The Globe and Mail reports that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has approved a deal to renew a contract with current newsstand operators valued at $50 million, without running a competitive process: The contract with Tobmar Investments International Inc., the current operator of the TTC’s 65 Gateway Newsstands, 2 cafés, 2 bakeries and 8 lottery […]

TDSB Contract with Expensive Maintenance Company Renewed

The Toronto Star reports that the Toronto District School Board has renewed its contract with the same maintenance company that was exposed earlier this year for charging exorbitant prices for small jobs: In a move that dropped jaws at Ontario’s largest school board, the province has suddenly renewed the infamous contract that gave taxpayers in […]

TDSB Says Ministry’s Renewal of Contract Was Political

According to an article in the Toronto Star, Toronto District School Board officials are concerned that the education minister’s decision to renew a costly contract with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council was politically motivated: “(The trades council members) are major contributors to the Liberals,” noted TDSB chair Chris Bolton in an interview with […]

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