Mayor John Tory spending $3,500 a month on diversity consultant

TORONTO – Mayor John Tory is spending $3,500 a month from his taxpayer-funded office budget for a consultant to help him with outreach to the city’s diverse cultural communities.

When asked about it on Friday by the Sun, Tory’s spokesman Amanda Galbraith defended the expense for Ruby Latif to work as the mayor’s “director of community outreach” and argued it was “exceptional value” for taxpayers’ dollars.

Two invoices totalling $10,000 plus HST from Latif’s consulting company, Milieu Strategy and Consulting, are contained in Tory’s office budget expenses posted on the city’s website this week as part of council’s routine office budget expense disclosure…