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Looks like being Dougies pal is better on your resume than other qualifications.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/12/06/how-ron-taverners-resum-compares-with-the-last-four-opp-commissioners.html

Questions have been raised about why the police superintendent was chosen for the position, given that he has never headed a police force nor held a high-ranking position with the OPP.

Earlier this week iPolitics revealed that the government quietly modified the posting for the position, a move that helped Taverner meet the criteria for the job, despite the fact his position — superintendent — fell two ranks below the initial threshold.

The posting had called for applicants to hold, at minimum, a rank of deputy chief or assistant commissioner.

Here’s how his qualifications stack up against those of his immediate predecessors:

Ron Taverner, the next commissioner

Taverner has been a police officer in the Toronto force since 1967. He has worked in various divisions and units, including intelligence, organized crime enforcement, outlaw motorcycle gangs and community policing.

His current rank of superintendent is three below that of chief (although one of those ranks — staff superintendent — is being phased out).

As unit commander of 12, 23 and 31 Divisions, he is responsible for more than 700 uniformed officers and civilian staff.

The official announcement of his appointment as incoming OPP commissioner from the Ontario Government does not say whether Taverner holds a university degree or any other certifications.

Vince Hawkes, commissioner from 2014 to 2018

Hawkes joined the OPP as a constable in 1984. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

His roles within the OPP included general law enforcement, traffic, crime and the technical identification services unit. He spent 11 years as a forensic identification officer and was the first member of the OPP to be certified as a bloodstain pattern analyst.

Hawkes was appointed deputy commissioner in 2006, serving as provincial commander of investigations and organized crime. In 2010 he became deputy commissioner for field operations, making him responsible for five OPP regions, as well as what was then known as the Aboriginal Policing Bureau — in charge of about 4,500 personnel.

Chris Lewis, commissioner from 2010 to 2014

Lewis joined the OPP as a constable in 1978 and served as commander of the emergency management bureau, the Eastern region, information technologies bureau and investigation bureau.

He was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1993 to 1994, studied Aboriginal government and law at Athabasca University, applied management at Northwood University and completed the FBI National Academy Program.

Before his appointment Lewis served as deputy commissioner of field operations, where he was responsible for thousands of personnel.

Julian Fantino, commissioner from 2006 to 2010

Fantino joined Toronto police in 1964 and served in the drug, intelligence and homicide squads.

He left to serve as the chief of police in London, Ont., and, later, York Region before returning as chief of Toronto police from 2000 to 2005.

At time of Fantino’s appointment to head the OPP, he was serving as the province’s emergency management commissioner, a role created in 2004 to ensure a co-ordinated response to emergency situations.

Gwen Boniface, commissioner from 1998 to 2006

Boniface joined the OPP as a constable in 1977. She held a number of positions, including superintendent in the First Nations and contract policing branch, and chief superintendent in the organizational development bureau.

Boniface had a bachelor of arts degree from York University and took a leave from the OPP to earn a bachelor of laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1988.

At the time of her appointment, she was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an adjunct law professor at the University of Western Ontario.

Her last post before being named commissioner was chief superintendent, and regional commander of the Western Ontario branches, a rank below deputy commissioner.

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The best part from that article..

 

“ Never mind that the Ford government also announced the suspension of three other university expansions.

The ambitions of a handful of francophone academicians clearly outweigh the fiscal integrity of the province. “

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6 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

The best part from that article..

The ambitions of a handful of francophone academicians clearly outweigh the fiscal integrity of the province. “

Not according to the rice pudding.... liberal views may differ.

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Given the choice between The Beaverton and rice pudding, the rice pudding seems more reasonable, more balanced and easier to negotiate with.

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Advice from the pudding makes a whole lot more sense than the alternatives I see on offer... maybe tapioca would be better for those of a liberal bent.

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All things mushy are not created equal. Oatmeal is the domain of granola people who are predominately liberal. I fear that even your choice of wholesome food groups portends a feast of rice pudding in the near future... the offer of tapioca, should you prefer, still stands. Perhaps pablum and a supply of kleenex will be on offer for any university students in need of sustenance and comfort while confined to their safe spaces.

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The new Commissioner will do just fine even though he's probably not from the ranks the bleeding hearts would choose from.

 

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Scandals reveal conflict, corruption and cult of personality surrounding Doug Ford

Back when Toronto police were flying their fixed-winged Cessna to keep tabs on his little brother, Mayor Rob Ford, during the now-infamous crack video scandal, Doug Ford publicly challenged police chief Bill Blair to arrest his brother or shut the **bleep** up.

Doug could dare to be mouthy. While police higher-ups were keen to dig up dirt on Rob, ostensibly to force him out of office, the Fords had the force’s rank-and-file on their side to run interference.

Out in the Fords’ Etobicoke backyard where the investigation was focused, old family friend Superintendent Ron Taverner was in charge at 23 Division and could be counted on to make sure that little brother Rob got home safe and sound when he was too hammered to drive.

Last week, Taverner was rewarded for his loyalty when Ford appointed him commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. The decision raised eyebrows – and ethical questions – and not just because others within OPP ranks who are better qualified were passed over for the job.

Ford’s PCs are still at the centre of investigations by York Regional and Hamilton police over voter fraud allegations that date back to nomination battles during Patrick Brown’s time as PC leader. And the OPP will most likely be the force responsible for any subsequent investigation should the York and Hamilton police determine that the actions of any current members of the government need to be probed further.

Questions of political interference hang in the air over Taverner’s appointment. And on Tuesday they got louder, with revelations that requirements of the OPP job were mysteriously downgraded to clear the way for Taverner. Doug ran from that one when reporters caught up with him at Queen's Park yesterday, denying he had anything to do with Taverner's hiring. He changed his story later saying there was no legal requirement for him to recuse himself from the hiring process. He's wrong.

The c-word

When he was first seeking elected office to Toronto city council in 2010, Doug loved to throw around the c-word, as in corruption – and as in all the wrongdoing that was allegedly running like gravy through the corridors of power at city hall. It has remained a staple of Ford's political repertoire to throw as much **bleep** as possible at the wall to see how much sticks. And its served him well.

Then he became a Toronto city councillor and instead of fighting all that alleged corruption, Ford used his political office to advance his personal agenda and the interests of the Ford family labelling business. Conflict would be the other c-word in Ford's political tale – as in "conflict of interest." The trend has continued as premier. Taverner is just one of a number of recent appointments by Ford of close friends to key positions that's quickly turning Queen's Park into the Ford Family Compact.

The patronage appointments started the day after he took office with the $350,000 plum handed Rueben Devlin, Ford’s former campaign adviser, to privatize health care in Ontario under the lofty title of “Chair & Special Advisor Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare & Ending Hallway Medicine.”

Recently it was also revealed that Ford wants to replace former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt, the so-called  “Six-Million-Dollar Man,” with his own million-dollar man.

Ford reportedly wants to make Toronto Hydro boss Anthony Haines, who faced questions about his million-dollar salary in 2017, head of Ontario Hydro. But the Hydro board wants no part of that and has hired a lawyer to stop the move. That would be the same board that replaced the board that resigned en masse after Ford forced Schmidt out the door shortly after the election over his $1.7 million raise. 

That ill-advised move cost taxpayers some $10 million in retirement pay for Schmidt and touched off a crisis of confidence at the public utility, which caused its credit rating to be downgraded. On Wednesday, there was more financial fallout when Washington state regulators rejected Hydro One's $6.7 billion takeover bid of U.S. utility Avista citing Ford's political interference in Schmidt's firing. Shocking.

There have been questions, too, about the cost to taxpayers of other behind-the-scenes personnel moves by Ford. Like, for example, the half-mil to remove Brown's former chief of staff, Alykhan Velshi from his position as a VP at Ontario Power Generation. OPG, coincidentally, just sold off the 16-hectare Hearn Generating Station site on Toronto’s  waterfront for a song to a company controlled by PC fundraiser (and Ford’s development buddy) Mario Cortellucci.

Velshi dismissal, meanwhile, was reportedly by order of the Premier’s right-hand man and former campaign manager Dean French, another Ford pal from Etobicoke who has been earning a bad reputation for himself as a political enforcer for DoFo.

According to a recent Star report, it was French who instructed underlings “to direct police to raid outlaw cannabis shops [and] to get video of ‘people in handcuffs’” the day after legalization came into force, to spin some good PR for his boss. The Star says that “one staffer who questioned the directive was subsequently fired.”

It’s French who has seen to the building of a cult of personality around Ford, kicking ass and taking names of anyone who steps out of line – up to and including keeping tabs (and calling out onto the carpet) those in the PC caucus who don’t jump up to their feet and clap enthusiastically at the Supreme Leader’s every utterance in the Legislature. And we wonder why Doug thinks he can do pretty much anything he wants and get away with it.

Brand Ford

There is no PC party anymore. There is only brand Ford. And that’s clearly already gone to the head of the premier who ordained at his swearing in that his would be the first government in Ontario “for the people.” He’s been running roughshod over his political enemies (real and perceived) ever since, starting with his interference in Toronto’s elections by cutting council in half. For Ford, politics is personal. The government's cancellation of a new hospital and post-secondary school in Brampton, for example, has been widely viewed as payback by Ford against his predecessor Brown, who now serves as Brampton mayor.

With each new revelation of Ford’s power tripping, there have been questions from the opposition benches and media – and stony silence from government backbenchers, most notably Ford's former PC leadership rivals Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott. 

Fissures are beginning to show in caucus discipline. Amanda Simard has quit to sit as an independent over the Ford government’s plan to axe the office of the French language services commissioner. More may follow.

As many as half a dozen PC MPPs may be planning to bolt and join the Liberals, according to the Star. That’s why Ford raised the minimum seats required for official party status from eight members to 12 – the Libs currently have seven elected MPPs – or so the speculation goes. There are more than a few former Brown acolytes in Ford's caucus who may be wavering.

It’s difficult to believe that it’s unravelling so quickly for Ford. But the leaks about Ford's outrageous behaviour are coming fast and furious and they're coming from inside his own government.

We saw a similar trajectory when Rob was mayor and Doug was calling the shots behind the scenes as the so-called “brains of the operation.”

It took a year into Rob’s similarly scandal-plagued tenure as mayor before the wheels started coming off and Rob became a lame duck leader, no good to anybody. Doug is on his way. His bad behaviour and decisions are not only bringing the workings of government into disrepute, they're costing taxpayers a bundle. That **bleep**-eating grin he’s been walking around with since election day has turned into a sneer. Doug is looking a little nervous. And now he has declared war on the Queen's Park "media party," so it's only bound to get uglier. Question is, who's going to stop him? 

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Red or blue or orange its all the same crap.  They are all corrupt and it is costing YOU money.

 

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23 minutes ago, boestar said:

Red or blue or orange its all the same crap.  They are all corrupt and it is costing YOU money.

 

 

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What happened to 'finding efficiencies with no cuts'???  Much like Trump, major announcements made after the close of business on Friday when they think nobody is paying attention.

https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2018/12/16/fords-cuts-hit-classrooms-hard

Doug Ford has taken the axe to schools and education funding, even before his sham of a consultation is complete.

In a series of memos sent to school boards Friday night, the Ford government announced deep, callous cuts to Education Program (EPO) grants. Funding envelopes that have been eliminated entirely include the Daily Physical Activity for elementary school students and the Physical Activity for Secondary Students (PASS) grant, Tutors in the Classroom, and supports for racialized youth.

“These cuts are going to be deeply felt by students,” said NDP Education critic Marit Stiles. “Doug Ford’s cuts in classrooms are callous, and will only make the education and learning outcome challenges Ontario is facing even worse.”

Dozens of memos were sent to school boards after hours on Friday, outlining funding that will continue, funding that will be cut, and funding that’s entirely eliminated — although more than a dozen existing program envelopes are still uncertain, including funding for special needs students, which already struggled with cuts and underfunding under the Liberal government.

The memos arrived 24 hours before Ford’s fake public consultation was even slated to end.

“Doug Ford was never serious about consulting with students, parent and educators to improve education,” said Stiles “He couldn’t even make it all the way to the deadline before plowing ahead with his plans to cut.

“He may have thought he was being sneaky by making these cuts in the dead of a Friday night, but he won’t be able to hide the pain and disappointment students, teachers, educators and parents will feel as a result.”

The full list of reduced and cancelled funding is still being tallied among dozens of separate memos to each school board, but Stiles said the NDP will be fighting every cut.

“This is not a price our children should have to pay,” said Stiles. “They deserve better. They deserve more opportunities and resources, not less.”

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So the latest is now that Taverner has asked for his old job back.  If his appointment was above board and legit, why would he first delay the swearing in, then ask for his old job back?

That says a lot without saying anything.  

What is most impressive is the speed with which the Ford regime is showing that they are worse than what they campaigned to replace.

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss....

https://globalnews.ca/news/4769688/ron-taverner-rescinds-resignation/

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Indeed, by airline standards he should have been rehired to the bottom of the list and find himself writing tickets on Christmas day for constable pay (bottom tier).

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With another group having their right to collective bargaining taken away which is a result of an emergency recall of the provincial legislature, why has our newly elected premier not made himself available for questions?

Why won't he answer to the school cuts announced late Friday evening, the appointment of his friend as OPP commissioner, and for the back to work legislation that once again removes rights from the worker?

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Iafelice said, for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, EPO transfer payments will total $400 million to third-party organizations and school boards. The amount represents a $25-million reduction over allocations made in the previous fiscal year, she said.

Board called in staff to make sense of the cut

 

Robin Pilkey, chair of the TDSB, said in an interview on Sunday that the board is trying to make financial sense of the impact of the cut and very little information has been provided. Pilkey is the school trustee for Ward 7, Parkdale-High Park.

 

I chuckled as the chair of the TDSB was interviewed on local tv....not sure how many viewers noticed she was standing in front of her Porsche Cayenne.

From a total budget of education spending projected to be $29 BILLION !!!  From a province that has annual deficit of $16 Billion and total debt of $350 BILLION. This $25 mill is spread out throughout the province.

Just trying to put things in perspective.

And here is where the Liberal government spends it:

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https://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/the-2018-ontario-budget-in-charts-and-numbers/

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Doug is too busy cleaning up the mess that Wynne left....as for the power workers, I would like the NDP to answer why people lose lights and heat in the coldest period of the winter if talks broke down...tough choice but the government was between a rock and a hard place. Imo

“The notice of a strike also came on Friday, a day after members of the Power Workers' Union rejected a contract offer from OPG. 

OPG spokesperson Neal Kelly told CBC News that means workers could start a days-long process of shutting down nuclear power plants, before potentially launching a strike on Jan. 4, 2019.

The organization that manages Ontario's power system said in a statement Friday that a strike at OPG would put the system's reliability at risk.

"The shutdown of OPG's nuclear and hydroelectric facilities could occur in approximately three weeks. At that point Ontario would not have the generation needed to meet consumer demand and customers would begin losing power," the Independent Electricity System Operator said in a statement.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-legislature-debate-ontario-power-generation-bill-1.4948729

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we could just let them go and buy power from Quebec at less than half the price.  I'm good with that.

 

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