Last month, Waterfront Toronto came under fire for spending almost $1-million on umbrellas and rocks at Sugar Beach, now more of their expenses are raising eyebrows.
City councillor and Chair of the Public Works Committee, Denzil Minnan-Wong is piping mad about how much was spent on a new washroom facility at the Cherry Beach Sports field.
He says $600-thousand was spent on the men's and women's washroom and $175-thousand of that, was only for design work.
Minnan Wong told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday, he toured the men's side, and was shocked that the dryers were already rusted.
“People will not come from around the world to sit on our cans,” he said. “It is just a bathroom. It serves an important function and purpose, it has to be safe and it has to be clean and it has to flush properly. We don’t need a fancy designer to build skylights in these bathrooms.”
Waterfront Toronto defended the project saying that the cost of the design also included an environmental and architectural evaluation of the area. Councillor Paula Fletcher also defended it saying there were a few problems to get around, like a lack of a sewer line and that the sports complex is on remediated land.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford released a statement early this morning, BLASTING Waterfront Toronto. He says taxpayers can't trust their leadership, and it's a blatant disregard for taxpayers' money.
Mayor Rob Ford is also fuming about these latest expenses. He tweeted out a statement early Thursday morning:
"Since 2011, the Ford Administration has repeatedly expressed serious concerns over an apparent lack of accountability at Waterfront Toronto.
Newest reports suggest that Waterfront Toronto wasted $600,000 of hard earned taxpayers’ money on a single public washroom facility, including over $175,000 on design work alone. That is roughly the cost of an average home in Toronto.
This is simply the latest example in a pattern of blatant disregard for taxpayers’ money at Waterfront Toronto.
We recently learned that $1,000,000 was squandered on 2 rocks and 36 umbrellas at Sugar Beach. This is not how taxpayers want their hard earned money spent.
Although Waterfront Toronto does not report directly to the Mayor, or to Toronto City Council, all government bodies are responsible to the taxpayer.
Since 2001, we haven’t seen value for money at Waterfront Toronto.
If taxpayers cannot trust the leadership of Waterfront Toronto to build a washroom, how can we trust them with billions of dollars to revitalize one of Toronto’s most important assets?"