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May 19, 2005
Statement by City Manager, Shirley Hoy
  
An investigation by Toronto Water over the past several months has resulted in
several employees being dismissed or suspended from employment at the City of
Toronto. Complaints were brought to the City’s attention through the Fraud and
Waste Hotline, and also directly from residents about inappropriate, and
possibly illegal, activities involving staff and private contractors.
Investigations revealed that some City policies and practices were contravened,
including the City’s Conflict of Interest policy.

The City of Toronto takes every complaint it receives seriously. Materials
collected through the internal investigation have been turned over to Toronto
Police. The Auditor General has also been apprised of the results of the
investigation, disciplinary actions, and the corrective action the City has
taken, including new training programs for supervisors, transferring staff, and
reassigning work where appropriate.

In all, six Toronto Water employees have been dismissed and four have been
suspended without pay. Employees disciplined include frontline workers and
supervisory staff. None of these employees worked in the City’s water treatment
plants.

Last January, I reminded all 35,000 City staff of workplace expectations;
namely what constitutes acceptable behaviour as a member of the Toronto Public
Service. Activities such as these malign the reputation of City employees, the
vast majority of whom are conscientious, hardworking and dedicated public
servants.

The City of Toronto will continue to investigate all instances of fraud and
waste when brought to its attention. Toronto residents should be assured that
the City has a zero tolerance policy on instances of fraud, or any other
criminal activity, by its employees.


Media contact:

Brad Ross
City of Toronto Media Relations
416-392-8937
416-919-6503 (cell)



 

 

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