Karen Stintz’s letter to commissioners

- January 30th, 2013

TTC chair Karen Stintz fired off a letter to TTC commissioners today in response to the ongoing controversy over the sole-source newsstand contract approved last week. Here’s Stintz’s letter:

Dear Commissioners:
By now, you should have received an “unconditional” offer from International News, submitted at 8:00 pm yesterday evening, with respect to operating the newsstands within the subway system.  I learned about this proposal at 9:45 PM last evening through the media, and reviewed it for the first time this morning.
While the proposal claims to be unconditional the terms of the proposal are very unclear, since the current leases do not expire until 2014 at the earliest.
I cannot explain why this proposal was not submitted over the course of the last four months when this issue was before the Commission; however, I believe that it should be reviewed in the interest of fairness and transparency.  I will be asking TTC staff to conduct a third-party review of the International News proposal against the Gateway proposal and to provide a briefing note to the Commissioners before the next meeting.  This third-party review should include commentary from legal and real-estate experts and will evaluate the terms of each proposal for value-for-money, the current relationship each tenant has with its respective landlord(s), and the customer-service impact on the TTC.
If you feel there are other components regarding this issue which need to be covered by such a third-party review please forward them to me.
I feel strongly that this review be conducted by a third-party since TTC staff have been inconsistent in their recommendations to the Commission.
I also believe very strongly that this issue has become a distraction to the good work that is going on at the TTC.  This needs to end.  Andy Byford agrees with me.
This review, I believe, will still demonstrate that the Tobmar/Gateway lease extension proposal is very solid. It makes enormous business sense to extend leases for good tenants when the rents are increased by 67%. This is not a sole-source contract.  It is a lease-extension and a very common practice throughout the TTC, the City and its Agency, Boards and Commissions where there is a landlord-tenant relationship.
For the record, the Mayor has yet to contact me on this issue.
Thank you.
Yours truly,
Karen Stintz
TTC Chair & City Councillor for
Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence
City of Toronto

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7 comments

  1. ggcarere says:

    thanks mayor rob for getting mayor stintz of the ttc to open up the bidding-she was appointed head of ttc by councillors andyou were elected by the toronto people thanks again

  2. Bob Walker says:

    What a complete load of crap… She wants to know why this proposal didn’t show up in the last four months is BECAUSE THERE WAS NO RFP ISSUED SO NO ONE OUTSIDE YOUR LITTLE CABAL KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON. Hiding behind the “We told you” story is so lame and so unprofessional that it should be beneath even you. In the real world, you would have been fired by now for such actions.

    Admit it.. you screwed up in a large way… the only ones who screwed this type of thing worse than you was Miller and Giambrone and their $750 million rip off with Bombardier that has kickback written all over it, although I have no proof of that. If I did, they would both be in jail.

    Do the right thing… Cancel the contract and put out a proper tender. Gateway is at a disadvantage because their numbers are public now? Tough… that is the cost of trying to sneak in the back door. If you had any integrity at all, you would also be cancelling the Bombardier contracts as well and putting them out to tender. Return the defective machines that we have and refuse delivery on all further orders…. Again, Bombardier’s cost for entering into a slimey and illegal untendered sole-source deal in the first place. Personally, I hope it bankrupts both companies and costs the TTC millions… whoch the current and former chairmen and Miller should then be sued personally for and during the court cases, we will see where all the money actually went.

  3. vinny says:

    TRANSLATION

    Sorry, I screwed up but they were real nice to me. You want the job, take it, Im done

  4. jake says:

    Request For Proposal is the only way to eliminate the stink on this issue. If other contracts are issued without an RFP changes are needed and those contracts should be brought out into the public view.

  5. Anita says:

    Stintz has to go. It’s obvious that she is not a very honest person, someone cannot be trusted.

  6. Alex says:

    You don’t ask for proposals, and then wonder why you don’t get any?
    Good grief!

  7. tony salvatore says:

    When the Maid of the Mist contract in Niagara was competitively bid the new bid was worth millions more for the taxpayer. This is similar and an open bid could result in a windfall for the taxpayer.

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