AUDIO: Ford brothers attack TTC chair Stintz over news stand contract
The bounce is back in Rob Ford's step after winning his appeal in the conflict of interest case that could have cost him his job.
Even the mayor's shoulders looked like they had dropped a bit while he hosted Sunday's edition of NEWSTALK 1010's The City.
Ford sounded relaxed and at ease as he kicked off the show by congratulating Kathleen Wynne, who was elected the new premier of Ontario at the Liberal's leadership convention the night before.
"I've met Kathleen a number of times and she's very pleasant," says Ford.
"I'm looking forward to working with her."
Ford also took a few moments to thank his family, friends, and Toronto residents for their support during his recent legal troubles. He then expressed his wish to further his agenda of "efficiencies, economic development, job creation, and transportation" as he continues his term at City Hall.
However, the tone of the show changed when the brothers discussed a 15-year, $48-million dollar agreement reached recently between the TTC and Tobmar Investments International, the company that runs 65 Gateway news stands on Toronto's transit system.
Councillor Doug Ford accused TTC commissioner Karen Stintz of blindsiding city council, claiming she made plans to put the contract up for bids on an open market while lobbying to have only Tobmar involved in the negotiating process.
"How do you know its a good deal when (sic) you don't go out and get a competitive bid?" Ford asked rhetorically, adding that such a move would likely spell trouble for a top executive in the private sector.
Mayor Rob Ford claims that keeping the contract off the open market could have cost the city as much as 10% of the value of the deal struck with Tobmar, roughly $5 million.
Councillor Ford went on to blame the situation on what he perceives as Stintz' lack of experience in business.
"This is what happens from a person who, in my opinion, has never run a business in their entire lives (sic)," says Ford.
When asked by NEWSTALK 1010, Stintz said that there was no way that the mayor could have been blindsided by the move.
"(The mayor's) staff go through the (TTC Commission briefing) agendas with me and (TTC CEO Andy Byford) in detail and ... at no time was I aware, from the mayor's staff or the mayor himself, that there was any concern about this deal," says Stintz.
She went on to add that Rob Ford has had ample opportunity to voice his opinions, adding that the news stand contract first came up at TTC meetings in October 2012.
"I personally left the mayor 2 messages on his cell phone, inviting him to contact me if he had any concerns," she says.
When after after the show about what he thinks of the job Karen Stintz does for the TTC, Councillor Doug Ford didn't mince words:
"This is a lucrative contract and lobbyists were talking to the chair. The chair is responsible. In my opinion, you can't be a chair of a $1.4 billion corporation when you don't have business experience whatsoever. Simple. End of story."
A lack of communication in the frosty relationship between Stintz and Mayor Rob Ford seems to play into this dispute.
While both parties admit to being in partial communication through their staff and voicemail messages, the two still have yet to have a direct discussion about the news stand contract.
Saying that he is disappointed in how the Transit Commission handled awarding the deal, Rob Ford promises to 'look into' the process.