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Housing board could be replaced

Mayor Ford calls special Toronto City Council session
He wants remaining board members gone
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier March eighth, posted March 9)

Councillor Pam McConnell.

Mayor Rob Ford called a special city council session for this evening to discuss removing the remaining four Toronto Community Housing Corporation board members.
Councillor Pam McConnell is livid and said she thinks it is illegal to meet on this issue with such short notice.
Referring to the city’s shareholders agreement with the city-owned corporation that states on page 15 that “the shareholder (city) will provide prior written notice to the board no less than six weeks prior to any proposed amendments to this direction.”
McConnell, a veteran on council, told the media Tuesday evening that lawyers were looking into the matter and that she was looking at the possibility of seeking an injunction to stop the meeting.
“It is not right to just think you can close your eyes to the law and bylaws and the covenant with your tenants and to say we will forget all of that,” she said.
City legal staff have so far disagreed with her interpretation, McConnell said.
The removal of the board members became an issue after city Auditor General Jeffrey Griffiths two scathing Feb. 25 reports found millions could be saved if contracts were more competitive and uncovered inappropriate employee expenses although he found no fault by board members.
While the reports haven’t gone to the city’s audit committee yet, Mayor Ford asked all 13 board members to resign and last week nine board members including chair David Mitchell did.

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Mayor Ford hospitalized with kidney stones

Ford was admitted today as an outpatient
He’s fine, getting treatment and resting at home
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Feb. 10 with update.)

Mayor Rob Ford pictured at city council, has been hospitalized with kidney stones. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier file.

Mayor Rob Ford was in a Toronto-area hospital receiving treatment for kidney stones, his press secretary Adrienne Batra confirmed this afternoon around 2:30 pm.
“He is still returning phone calls. He is still talking to constituents and he is still open for business,” Batra told the city hall press gallery early afternoon.
“For anyone who’s had kidney stones it can be quite painful, but I can assure you that it’s nothing serious and being treated,” she said. “He’s fine. He’s Rob Ford. He’s still talking to taxpayers. He’s still doing what people elected him to do.”
Batra said, that it was not at the stage where deputy mayor Doug Holiday would have to fill in as acting mayor.

Mayor Ford's press secretary Adrienne Batra responds to media questions today. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

Mayor Ford started feeling discomfort yesterday when he was at city hall attending meetings and went into the hospital today.
By early evening before 7 pm,  Batra sent out an email update stating, “he has been released from the hospital and is now home, resting. Mayor Ford will be seeing a urologist tomorrow regarding the kidney stone which is approximately 5 to 6 mm.”
He is in good spirits as some of the pain has subsided,” she concluded.