Over $250-Thousand in Gift Cards Given to TDSB workers
There are new revelations regarding the Toronto District School Board and questionable spending.
This after the Skilled Trades Council charged the TDSB $3000 to install an electrical receptacle and tradesman charged $143 to install a pencil sharpener.
Now, the Toronto Star claims gift cards are being given to trades council workers on taxpayer dime.
The province set up a special fund for education support workers which was supposed to have funds for professional development but, hundreds of thousands of dollars from that fund have somehow been handed over to the union's trades workers.
Store gift cards in denominations of $300 and $500 to TigerDirect have been used by hundreds of workers to purchase electronics, games or to help pay off computer purchases. The Star claims at least $253-thousand in gift cards has been spent, but it could also be as much as double that amount.
Over $17-million has been provided by the province to school board workers across Ontario within the past few years, and that was meant to be used to again, "enhance professional development and training opportunities for educations support workers."
According to a 2009 trades council document by Chief Hazel, every permanent member of the TDSB council would get a $300 gift card with their name and account number printed on it.