The board of the Toronto Transit Commission will be blown up on Monday.
TTC chair Karen Stintz revealed Friday night she’ll move a motion at city council on Monday to dump all the commissioners off the TTC.
Council will then have a free vote on the 7 councillors who get to go on the commission. Four citizens would then be added to the commission in June.
Here’s is Stintz’s press release, sent out Friday night:
March 2, 2012
The Toronto Transit Commission needs stability and renewal. On Monday I will ask my fellow Councillors to dissolve the current nine-person Commission, which includes me, and replace it with a new Commission immediately.
I will ask that the Commission be reconstituted in accordance with the Mayor’s principles. It would be comprised of a mix of citizens and Councillors. In extensive conversations with fellow Councillors, the overriding belief is that the Chair of a new 11-member Commission must be a Toronto City Councillor, and the Commission should be comprised of seven Councillors and four citizens. There have been discussions with the Mayor’s Office about this approach. That is how I intend to proceed.
The membership of a new Commission will not be predetermined as this process will ensure that its composition will reflect the will of Council.
I believe in this because the recent weeks have clearly demonstrated an immediate need for stability. The Commission must be comprised of people who fully support Council’s will.
This scenario is not unlike what happened with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) earlier in this term.
The four citizen appointees would be vetted through a process administered by City process, similar to the TCHC Board process. These four citizens would join the Commission in a few months.
Council should decide. Council will decide.