Posts Tagged ‘TCHC

Sarah Thomson punks the media

- April 30th, 2014

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Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson invited the media to her campaign headquarters for a “major announcement” on Wednesday.

“Sarah Thomson is set to make a major announcement which may affect the course of the mayoral race,” read the press release for the event.

Spoiler alert: It wasn’t what I’d call a “major announcement”

At 10 a.m. with a handful of media outlets filling her tiny campaign office, Thomson came out and delivered an announcement about her plan to reform Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).

Asked why her campaign described this as a “significant” announcement that would “affect the course of the mayoral race,” Thomson argued that’s “exactly” what it was.

“There’s two major issues I see in Toronto, one of them is transit and we’ve been talking about that a lot, the other is Toronto Community Housing and affordable housing across the board and nobody’s been talking about it,” she said. “I’m bringing that forward today and I’m calling on the other candidates to address it and to have real solutions to the problem.”

I wouldn’t bet on a large media turnout at Thomson’s next “major announcement.”

Mayoral candidates blame Rob Ford for TCHC mess

- April 26th, 2014

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As Mayor Rob Ford fumed about the loss of Gene Jones, his mayoral rivals attacked him over the mess at Toronto Community Housing.

Here’s a rundown of what the mayoral candidates running against Ford said in response to news that Jones was gone:

 

“Let us hope TCHC is not this year’s last change in leadership. The next needs to happen on October 27.”

“Because whether it’s the mayor or head of TCHC, rules aren’t annoyances and accountability counts. Under Rob Ford’s failed leadership, our city is failing to make the crucial investments we need. On files from housing to transit to showing up for work at noon, it’s clear Mr. Ford cannot lead a city of our scale. As such, the next leadership change needs to be at the top because it’s time for a new mayor.”
- Olivia Chow

 

“This is just another example of Ford chaos. Instead of getting things done we have a huge City organization with tons of work to do totally consumed instead with another Ford era sideshow. This is another example of why the City desperately needs new leadership.”

“Whatever else he may have done, Mr. Jones broke many rules, many times and suffered the same fate most other people would suffer if they did that where they work. The TCHC board appears to have concluded no one is above the law, a lesson Mr. Ford seems unable to grasp.”
- John Tory

 

“I welcome the decision of the TCHC Board to accept Mr. Jones’ resignation. As I stated earlier this week, I am concerned by what was happening at Toronto Community Housing. In her report, the Ombudsman identified a number of instances of waste and mismanagement at TCHC, which point to an alarming lack of leadership by the organization’s former CEO and his number one supporter, Mayor Rob Ford.”

“The Mayor came to office on a promise to clean up TCHC, but he has obviously failed. Today, the board of directors acted responsibly. This is clearly an organization that is not functioning as it should be, and the Mayor’s lack of leadership is to blame. We need responsible and accountable leadership at both TCHC and in the mayor’s office. Today, the TCHC board did their part. On October 27, the voters of Toronto will have the opportunity to do their part.”
- Karen Stintz

 

“The issue has been festering for some time. It is incumbent that the resources are available to address these issues and to act on them.”

He promised that if elected he will have a dedicated pool of investigators available for the city’s integrity commissioner and Ombudsman

“(Ford’s call for the Ombudsman to resign) shows complete disregard for the rules that we have. It shows disrespect for the public … In other words, it is just plain wrong.”
- David Soknacki

“Hey, he’s human”: TCHC residents on Mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal

- June 5th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford looks at a hole in the bathroom ceiling of a TCHC unit on The East Mall on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Most Toronto Community Housing residents were glad to see Mayor Rob Ford Tuesday as he toured their building and urged staff to get repair work underway.

As for the crack cocaine scandal that has been dogging the mayor for almost three weeks, most residents the Sun talked to were willing to shrug off the allegations.

Stacey (who wouldn’t give her last name) threw her hands up when asked about Ford’s troubles as he inspected the second floor of her apartment with her mom.

“I don’t take that to heart because he’s, from what I remember he’s an old-timer from around here … not a big fan but hey, he’s human. You know what I mean? I don’t have any bad feelings towards him,” she said.

One woman who wouldn’t give her name said she’s “honoured” to have Ford at the building.

“This shows that he cares for people like me that don’t have nobody,” she said.

As for Ford’s crack controversy, the woman said “they should give him a break.

“Everybody is bound to make mistakes right?” she said. “I don’t think he might do it but even if he does, it is his own personal business – it is none of our business.”

Kathleen Wynne sends Rob Ford her “best wishes”

- June 14th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford got a “Wynne” Wednesday when Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne agreed to give her consent to the city’s sale of 65 TCHC homes (story here).

Ford celebrated the Wynne-win with a two sentence statement thanking the Premier (and not Wynne) for getting the green light to sell the Toronto Community Housing Corp. houses worth an estimated $24 million.

“I’d like to thank the Premier for his quick action on this issue.  I look forward to receiving the Minister’s letter so we can move forward to make critical repairs that will improve the lives of hundreds of families in TCHC buildings.”

The Sun snagged a copy of the minister’s letter sent to the mayor’s office (see photo above) confirming she is granting ministerial consent to sell the homes.

In her official letter to the mayor, Wynne repeats she had wanted to see council deal with the special working group’s recommendations on housing before making the decision to sell the 65 properties. But Wynne states she’ll respect the will of council.

“Thank you for bringing your concerns to the attention of the government,” Wynne writes to Ford. “Please accept my best wishes.”