For the past few weeks, all we've been hearing from our friends on the left, like City Councillors Adam Vaughan and Gord Perks, not to mention our buddies at the Star and Globe, is where's the gravy?. You said there was a tonne of gravy, gravy everywhere, nothing but gravy, yet, where's the gravy, Mayor Rob Ford?
I would have loved to have seen their faces when they heard that this report about the TCHC was coming out. It must have been like a shattering of their hopes and dreams for the downfall of Rob Ford -and yes, they were concerned about Mayor Ford's validation, it had nothing to do with the wasted money.
Well, here you go. The TCHC = GRAVY. And this is not just some cheap "just-add-water" gravy. This is that French Chef "made-from-scratch" kind of gravy. You know, the kind that the champions of taxpayer waste like our leftist City Council members love to dip into whenever they can. And the TCHC is just the beginning... As Councillor Doug Ford said, they are just starting to scratch the surface..
What do you have to say for yourselves now, Vaughan, Perks, Carroll and you other leftist scumbag City Councillors? You've been trying to hide the gravy, but unfortunately for you, former Mayor David Miller -your fearless "Lord of the Gravy"- is long gone and suddenly you have to deal with a leader who actually understands what "respect for the taxpayers" means. A Leader who understands what accountability means.
Oh man, is your party over.
Here's a list of some of the TCHC spending abuses from the Toronto Sun:
List of TCHC spending abuses
Here’s a rundown of some of the inappropriate expenses flagged by Toronto auditor general Jeff Griffiths in his audit of Toronto Community Housing:And for those of you who are interested in reviewing the Auditor's report for yourselves, here are the applicable PDF file links from the TCHC website:
•$40,000 for a Christmas dinner at a local banquet hall in December 2009. A similar event in 2008 cost $53,500 and the price tag has yet to come in on the 2010 party.
•$1,925 spent for a “divisional planning meeting” at the Elmwood Spa. The meeting included a three-course lunch, pedicures, manicures and water therapy for eight staffers.
•$6,000 off-site planning session in Muskoka
•$3,000 for a two-day staff planning session at a resort in Alliston
•$1,850 on a four-hour boat cruise for “staff training and development.”
•Various expenditures on staff birthday parties paid by the TCHC
•$1,000 on Holt Renfrew chocolates for staff gifts
•$1,004 for gift cards recognizing staff achievements
•Almost $5,000 claimed by one staffer for “entertainment” just in 2009 at Barberian’s Steak House on Elm St.
•The auditor found “significant hospitality expenditures for staff relating to seasonal festivities.”
•Various expenditures at a number of golf courses outside Toronto apparently for meals.
•$800 for four chair massage practitioners to provide short relaxation massages for staff at a summer picnic
•A cheque for $8,500 was issued to an employee in July 2009 for expenses but to date no expense report has been submitted.
•A cheque for $700 was issued to an employee without any documentation or a supervisor’s approval.
•An employee was reimbursed $1,000 based on a supplier’s invoice as proof of payment. Records show TCHC had already paid the invoice.
•Two employees were reimbursed for expense claims that included purchases already charged to their corporate purchasing cards.
•Photocopies of gift cards totaling $500 were accepted as receipts. The cards have no numbers and do not show their value and it is impossible to ensure it wasn’t one gift card copied several times.
Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) Website
Summary Cover Page - Procurement Policies and Procedures
Auditor General's Report - Procurement Policies and Procedures - Appendix 1
Management Response - Procurement Policies and Procedures - Appendix 2
Summary Cover Page - Controls Over Employee Expenses
Auditor General's Report - Controls Over Employee Expenses - Appendix 1
Management Response - Controls Over Employee Expenses - Appendix 2
So, who are the people responsible for this travesty, you ask? Well, let's start with the following people:
1. Former Mayor David Miller
As the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller was a shining example to all City Staff on how to waste taxpayer money and completely avoid accountability. It was from David Miller's example that all of the various wasteful City Department Heads and Staff felt that it was their entitled right to spend taxpayer money without even the slightest concern for the taxpayer. If you want to put the #1 blame on someone, it is David Miller. And don't listen to the Miller sympathizers out there, as they will claim that a previous Auditor Report (the Bellamy Report) was produced on his watch. What they won't tell you however is what exactly David Miller did about it after the report was released. They won't tell you, because there is nothing to tell. He did absolutely nothing. Pretty much the same thing that he accomplished as Mayor, absolutely nothing.
What would a real leader do if he/she was in David Miller's place. Well, look at Rob Ford, and see what's going to happen this week. I'm sure every single taxpayer-dollar-wasting scumbag City Staff member is shaking in their Armani suits at what Rob Ford is going to do next. This is what Toronto needs. It's called accountability.
Ok, ok... Saying David Miller did nothing as mayor is not true. He did bring forth this culture of entitlement that we keep hearing about... That is Mayor Miller's legacy.
2. Former Budget Chief and current City Councillor, Shelley Carroll.
All of this happened under the supposed watch of former Budget Chief under David Miller, Shelley Carroll. And the outing of the TCHC is just the beginning. After Mayor Ford is done auditing every single department and arms-length agency within the City of Toronto, slowly it will become apparent that this is all the fault of a useless and wasteful former Budget Chief who had absolutely no morals when throwing hard-earned Toronto Taxpayer money into the trash. Every time one of these wasteful departments/agencies asked for more money, there was Shelley Carroll holding the public purse throwing money at them without question. Carroll can't be trusted to run a lemonade stand, let alone an entire city's finances...
3. Former TCHC CEO Derek Ballantyne
Ballantyne was the leader under which all of these disgraceful and borderline illegal spending practices were not only permitted, but it seems, encouraged. Ballantyne is currently the Chief Operating Officer and EVP at Build Toronto (another City of Toronto agency).
Mayor Ford said that he is going to deal with Ballantyne before the end of this week.
Nothing short of prison-time will suffice for this ultimate scumbag. Let's see his buddy David Miller help him now...
4. Toronto City Councillors Paula Fletcher and Giorgio Mammoliti
Both of these scumbag Councillors sat on the TCHC Board of Directors, and both claim that they were kept in the dark about these spending boondoggles. At least Councillor Mammoliti seemed to have tried to raise flags about some of these issues. However, Councillor Paula Fletcher actually tried to justify this calling them "growing pains" (SOURCE: Ford calls for purge at housing agency after auditor finds misspending).
As I've told you before, former Communist party leader Paula Fletcher believes in the idea that the priviliged few should benefit from the taxes of the many, and she and her husband (Union Leader John Cartwright) have embraced this ideology through the absolute wasteful spending of Toronto Taxpayer dollars.
Paula Fletcher is an absolute disgrace, and those of you in her ward who reelected her, I'm sorry to say this, but you are morons. You are just as responsible for her travesties as she is, and you can put that in your leftist pinko unionized pipes and smoke it.
5. TCHC Board Members
David Mitchell (Chair)
Zahra Dhanani (Director)
Michelle Joseph (Director)
Greg Kalil (Director)
Dan King (Director) (Tenant)
Carol Osler (Director)
Sheerin A. Sheikh (Director)
Ronald Struys (Director)
Catherine Wilkinson (Director) (Tenant)
These Board Members should not only resign immediately, but they should be put in prison. And don't listen to their crap that they feel betrayed, and didn't know this was going on, all the while attending these lavish Christmas parties and Corporate events... These scumbags happily stole from us taxpayers without a second's thought about not only the money they were wasting, but also the unfortunate people to whom this money was actually designated.
Board Chair David Mitchell talks about how the TCHC program shouldn't have to pay the price for their failed governance (SOURCE: Ford calls for purge at housing agency after auditor finds misspending), but unfortunately, it's too late for that. Maybe he should have thought of that when he was sipping champagne at the Christmas party, or when receiving massages and mani-pedis at the taxpayers expense.
He's nothing but a criminal. If he truly cares, then he should turn himself into the Police.
6. Current TCHC Executive Team, including Current TCHC CEO Keiko Nakamura
Keiko Nakamura (Chief Executive Officer)
Mitzie Hunter (Chief Administrative Officer)
Len Koroneos (Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer)
Bronwyn Krog (Vice President and Chief Development Officer)
Deborah Simon (Chief Operating Officer)
Howie Wong (General Counsel)
If these scumbags haven't been fired already, then it's time to kick them to the curb. And not only that, they too should be placed in Police custody with charges pending.
And can you believe the audacity of CEO Nakamura claiming first of all to not know about this, and secondly that she had nothing to do with it? Yes, I understand that she just started as CEO in February 2010, but she was the Chief Operating Officer for years under Ballantyne. Acting all innocent... She is guilty either way. If she didn't know about these offences, then she failed as a Leader in enforcing policy and accountability. If she did know, then she's as guilty as everyone else. In either case, she should be inprisoned. She must think that David Miller still runs the place with her high-hopes to hold onto her $200K+ a year job (as if that wasn't enough).
7. TCHC Managers and Staff
Every single staff member who received any kind of perk mentioned in the Auditors report should be fired. "Oh, that's unfair, they had no control over that." Well, did they report it? Or did they just accept these gifts, parties, massages, mani-pedis and resort visits without question? What could they possibly have done to actually be truly deserving of these gifts?? Their jobs??? Give me a break! When the people who are in the Toronto Community Housing were suffering and raising complaints, what did these employees and managers do to help them? Oh, they went to a golf resort to discuss it, ah I see... You're fired!
The fact is that the entire TCHC needs to be disbanded and replaced with a subsidy-based system that works with the private-sector (exactly what Mayor Ford wants to do).
The TCHC should be made a serious example of, it's that simple. And the way to do that is not only by getting back every single penny that was wasted via garnishing of the future wages of the fired Board Members, Executive team and Staff, but also via the criminal charges of each and every one of these scumbags.
This is not David Miller's Toronto anymore. It's not Shelley Carroll's, or Adam Vaughan's, or Gord Perks', or Paula Fletcher's, or Pam McConnell's, or Joe Mihevc's Toronto anymore. This kind of abuse of taxpayer money is no longer acceptable, and those who do it should be punished to the full extent possible.
This is a city that has been given back to its citizens, the taxpayers, and we have the leadership of Super Mayor Rob Ford to thank for it.
The Party is over folks, and the hangover that these scumbags are going to be feeling for the next few years, oh man, they're in for a nightmare.
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