TCH fires 5 over insurance claim at 200 Wellesley
Evidence of alleged wrongdoing by 'several employees' to be handed over to police
A fire at the TCH-owned highrise at 200 Wellesley St. E. in 2010 gutted several apartments and left 1,700 people temporarily homeless.
"I don't like to see anybody get fired but, at the end of the day, if they're guilty I don't want people like that working for the city," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said at city hall on Wednesday when asked about the investigation.
Ford said the wrongdoing at HSI potentially appeared to be "kickbacks" though TCH, in a statement later in the day, said that was not the case. The terminations "were not based on any evidence of kickbacks" said TCH.
Ford went on to say the goings-on at HSI and 200 Wellesley St. E. involve "millions" of taxpayer dollars. He also cautioned there are still "a lot of problems" with TCH.
TCH, which is Canada’s largest provider of social housing, has been wracked by problems in recent years.
A series of firings and resignations in 2011 followed reports about questionable staff expenses including spa treatments, manicures and expensive Christmas parties.
Those incidents were "just the tip of the iceberg" said Ford. "There's still more."
Jones was brought in following that purge to restore credibility to the organization.