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TTC staff impartial, professional public servants: City AG

10/20/17 6:00 AM

This week’s TTC Board meeting saw the TTC exonerated from any suggestion that it misled City Council or that it submitted to political pressure in compiling a briefing note relating to the planned Scarborough Subway Extension.

Acting on a privately generated complaint, the Toronto Auditor General conducted an exhaustive inquiry into suggestions that I, as CEO, and the TTC in general, had participated in a politically inspired move to prevent any reversion to light rapid transit to replace the aging SRT, rather than a Line 2 subway extension.

While the Auditor General found that the distribution of the briefing note could have been better, and while she made recommendations relating to clarity of assumptions in such non decision making documents, she was very clear in her finding that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of TTC staff.

I was confident from the start that this would be the case. Indeed, I initially asked the City Ombudsman to investigate days after the associated news story broke.

Now, completely exonerated, we will continue focusing on what really matters: providing impartial, informed advice as we work ceaselessly to improve transit in this great city.

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