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UPDATE: "Tens of millions" allegedly wasted in Union Station project
Source accuses the City of Toronto of being "reckless" with taxpayers dollars.
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Conceptual art shows part of the planned renovations at Union Station.
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A new report in the Globe and Mail suggests that tens of millions of dollars have been wasted on the renovation of Union Station, and there is question whether part of the project will be complete in time for the Pan Am Games.

The Globe obtained documents through freedom-of-information requests and interviews with unnamed sources.

City officials have insisted the renovation is on time and on budget but the crews are working with no approved timeline for specific work to be completed.

The newspaper cites one source as saying that because there's no timeline for specific work, there have been situations where one crew would build a wall, another crew would need to do work behind that wall after it was put up, so they'd have to tear it down and later rebuild it.

Another source accuses the city of Toronto of being "reckless" with taxpayer dollars.

The problem seems to be the lack of a working schedule. In the past, there have been reports of problems between the city and the company managing the project, Carillion Construction.

City officials are to review the contract with the company later this year and whether Carillion should continue managing the project once the first phase is complete.

Speaking with reporters at city hall Monday, deputy mayor Norm Kelly says he has had discussions with city staff about the problems that have come up.

"They're aware of the situation and how it's being perceived, and they're going to do their very best to do the appropriate corrections," he says.

Kelly adds that this has been a "wake-up call."

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the public works committee, says that if Carillion can't provide proper answers on the schedule and costs, city staff should strongly consider what the options are moving forward, in terms of management.

The Union Station job was approved five years ago with a budget of $640 million. The latest estimates make it an $800-million-dollar job, and counting.

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Conceptual art shows part of the planned renovations at Union Station.
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A new report in the Globe and Mail suggests that tens of millions of dollars have been wasted on the renovation of Union Station, and there is question whether part of the project will be complete in time for the Pan Am Games.

The Globe obtained documents through freedom-of-information requests and interviews with unnamed sources.

City officials have insisted the renovation is on time and on budget but the crews are working with no approved timeline for specific work to be completed.

The newspaper cites one source as saying that because there's no timeline for specific work, there have been situations where one crew would build a wall, another crew would need to do work behind that wall after it was put up, so they'd have to tear it down and later rebuild it.

Another source accuses the city of Toronto of being "reckless" with taxpayer dollars.

The problem seems to be the lack of a working schedule. In the past, there have been reports of problems between the city and the company managing the project, Carillion Construction.

City officials are to review the contract with the company later this year and whether Carillion should continue managing the project once the first phase is complete.

Speaking with reporters at city hall Monday, deputy mayor Norm Kelly says he has had discussions with city staff about the problems that have come up.

"They're aware of the situation and how it's being perceived, and they're going to do their very best to do the appropriate corrections," he says.

Kelly adds that this has been a "wake-up call."

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the public works committee, says that if Carillion can't provide proper answers on the schedule and costs, city staff should strongly consider what the options are moving forward, in terms of management.

The Union Station job was approved five years ago with a budget of $640 million. The latest estimates make it an $800-million-dollar job, and counting.

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