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Another TCHC employee with ties to Ford resigns

Lisa-Joan Overholt was the Senior Director of Community Safety and Council Liason...

One of the people who were mentioned in a scathing report released by the Toronto Ombudsman, is no longer employed by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Lisa-Joan Overholt was the Senior Director, Community Safety and Council Liaison and her resignation was effective May 5th.

Last month, Ombudsman Fiona Crean pointed out a slew of improper hiring practices.

Some of those problems cost CEO Gene Jones his job.

In the wake of that report, Overholt was singled out because of her ties to Mayor Rob Ford. Four years ago, she was working on Ford's campaign to be Mayor.

Crean had said the position that Overholt held was a job that was recently created, was never advertised, and simply given to her, along with a 30 thousand dollar raise.

Her salary at the TCHC was more than 112 thousand dollars last year.

In the meantime City Council voted to adopt the Ombudsman's report on the TCHC and its improper hiring practices and voted in favour of an ammended  motion put forth by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly that requested the City Manager establish a team of city staffers to "provide assistance to the TCH Board of Directors and its executive leadership team."

Councillor Janet Davis ammended the motion to include a call for the City Manager and Acting CEO of the TCHC to consider using third party Human Resource consultants "to ensure the distinct roles of service manager and shareholder are maintained through this process".  The ammended motion passed.

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  1. dama posted on 05/06/2014 03:58 PM
    Come on... it is a common practise.. you scratch my back and I will scratch yours..
    even in companies when a new manager is hired.. they will bring in their own people..
    and it is no different in politic...
    1. Mark7 posted on 05/06/2014 04:27 PM
      @dama Perhaps, but this exactly he kind of behaviour Rob Ford promised to get rid of when he became mayor...more lies, more cover-ups.

      Gravy train still chuggin' along.
    2. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 05:02 PM
      @Mark7 Rob should have dismissed himself but he loves the train full of gravy too much.

      See what happens when you don't have to answer to the people and you consider yourself above the law?
  2. Frankie posted on 05/06/2014 04:27 PM
    Where was Crean when Miller gave a contract to Bombardier for subway cars when they were more expensive than competition so he could lick the union's ass? Many more examples including an explanation why she has no white males in her office.

    She may be perfectly correct in her reporting; my issue is the complete bias of what she chooses.

    She should be fired so we can bring some balance. She's probably set TCHC back 10 years in cleaning up the mess as anyone wanting to really clean up the mess will know they'll be fired by the left who don't give a damn about residents and taxpayers.
    1. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 05/08/2014 04:10 PM
      @Frankie "Where was Crean when Miller gave a contract to Bombardier for subway cars ..."

      Not working as City of Toronto Ombudsman. She was hired in 2008 while the subway cars deal was done in 2006.

      "She may be perfectly correct in her reporting; my issue is the complete bias of what she chooses."

      She answers complaints. Did you put in a complaint about the subway cars?

      "Miller gave a contract to Bombardier for subway cars when they were more expensive than competition"

      Not true. Siemens was screened out because they never built full size subway cars before, only light rail. So far as I know, eight years later, they still haven't got a contract anywhere for subway trains.
    2. HP posted on 05/08/2014 04:28 PM
      @Frankie Bombardier got the contract because it was the only Canadian company in the business. Miller's very good plan was that Canadian taxpayer dollars should be used to support Canadian companies and jobs.

      Perhaps it's a good thing that there are no white males in her office as none could be found to be as good or better than the staff she hired. I always say that taxpayers should hire the best people possible, unlike Mayor Ford who hired "his Ni**er" (Rob's words) to run the TCHC...how did that work out?

      Can you give us some examples of this bias you speak of?
  3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 04:29 PM
    Now Doug Ford (Mr. coverup) is being talked about to run for mayor.
    That is all we need. A continuation of the same problems this family produces.
    Drugs and controversy.
    Details are probably being ironed out at in the sisters basement.
  4. JohnH_6636 posted on 05/06/2014 04:35 PM
    There seem to be a lot of job openings in City departments. I should probably apply for....no wait a minute....why would I?
    1. tanjo posted on 05/07/2014 04:15 PM
      @JohnH_6636 ... because the more effective, service-oriented people there are working in the public service, the less of an impact those with entitlement will have.

      That's why.

      It's a marathon, not a sprint. Holyday understood this.
  5. arthur posted on 05/06/2014 04:39 PM
    position that was created for her, was never advertised, she made more than 112 k, given 30 k raise, she worked on Fords campaign. Jones is there because of Ford.
    if it smells dirty it usually is.
    watching out for your tax dollars people!!!
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