Queen’s Park’s bulk-buy scheme costing Toronto millions: Confidential report
TORONTO – Toronto is forced to buy natural gas for its social housing projects through a bulk purchasing agency set up by the provincial government — a scheme that costs taxpayers an extra $6.3 million a year, a confidential city report says.
Mayor John Tory has quietly petitioned Premier Kathleen Wynne for permission to ditch the provincially mandated purchasing arrangement with the controversial Housing Services Corporation (HSC).
The ballooning agency, which was established to buy bulk natural gas and insurance as a cost-saving measure for Ontario social housing providers, has been publicly criticized for the $48 steak/world travel spending habits of its leadership.
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