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City committee wants to dump entire Sony Centre board

It sites the ballooning costs of renovations as the reason

The audit committee of city council is recommending that the entire board of directors of another city agency be turfed.

This time the committee has its sights on the 13-member board of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts at Yonge St. and Front St. downtown. It recommends council install an interim board made up of 3 city councillors and 3 senior managers at city hall.

This has to do with the ballooning costs of renovation work at Sony Centre. The original tab was $28.5-million, but that has swelled to more than $40-million.

It was supposed to be financed through the sale of development rights to a 57-storey condo tower. All in, it appears the city is still on the hook for as much as $10-million.

City auditor-general Jeff Griffiths uncovered several contracts on the reno job which were not put out for competitive biding and there were several missing documents. Among the questionable contracts, paying for a business plan with a price tag of $3.4-million which is an amount deemed absurd by councillor Josh Matlow.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/29/2014 09:35 AM
    FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
    1. Alex posted on 05/29/2014 05:27 PM
      @Karl Burgin Why would we want four more Ford years?
      Look what the first five have done?
      Time for a fresh change!
      Vote John Tory!
    2. Alex posted on 05/29/2014 05:29 PM
      @Alex WAIT I CHANGED MY MIND, we're not paying nearly enough in taxes, vote CHOW-CHOW-CHOW!
  2. Frankie posted on 05/29/2014 09:56 AM
    Listening to Shelley Carroll and her nonsense is enough to make you puke. Excuse after excuse after excuse. Why should councillors who know nothing about development be responsible for these projects. Would we expect a city councillor to oversee a surgery?

    Any business running this way would be bankrupt! We need a major overhaul of this gravy train.
    1. Ann Molnar posted on 05/29/2014 11:05 AM
      @Frankie Re John Moore show: I was confused about the talk of overspending in regards to renos of the downtown theatres - at one point is was the Sony and then it seemed it was the St. Lawrence Centre. And nobody seems to know who is responsible for what - in private business someone would get fired.
    2. dama posted on 05/29/2014 04:12 PM
      @Ann Molnar Thats because there are too many committees and chair person..and the councillors that sit on these committees most of the time do not know what is going on.. hence the over expenditures of projects.. CEOs of these agencies, are in the dark too.. hence all of them should be fired..

      Pam Am.. over budget.. and David Peterson thought that he is doing a good job.. just bcos he is a Liberal.. and Wynne awarded him with this plump position...
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