(06-22-2012, 04:43 PM)Kreeper Wrote: Isn't it strange how computers get blamed for things like this?here in toronto we're used to city hall ripping us off been doing it for so long it's become the norm one day soon toronto will become just like detroit abandoned and those assholes won't have anyone to blame but themselves the bastards do nothing but raise taxes and charge fees for everything they even banned street ball hockey a canadian pass time! and if kids want to play soccer in a public field? there's a fee to buy a shithole house is no nless then 5 hundred grand and property tax goes up 2% or more each year the asshats also have allowed an all black school, and have banned fishing at the lakeshore unless you pay a fee of course and parking? forget it park anywhere and you'll get a ticket or towed and now maybe even booted yeah i rant but only cause i see what the fuckers at city hall are doing toronto used to be a great place to live but now it's become an over taxed/price shithole oh and city hall also wants to tax people for shopping i n the city want auto insurance to drive ? pay up to $400 a month rant over carry on peeps i've become ashamed to tell anyone i was born and raised here
Toronto schools pay high prices for small jobs
Quote:Here’s what taxpayers were charged for work done at Toronto public schools:it's no biggy
Installing a $17 pencil sharpener: $143 to put in four screws.
The installation of a sign on a school’s front lawn: $19,000
An electrical outlet on the wall in a school library: $3,000
A “breakfast club” kitchen: $250,000
When the librarian at the electrical outlet school saw the bill she hit the roof, wondering at “the number of books that could have been purchased with $3000.”
A Star investigation has found examples of charges that are out of whack with the amount of work done. The work in question was carried out by some of the 900-strong maintenance and construction trades people who have an exclusive contract with the Toronto District School Board. In the case of the electrical plug, the job took four hours, but taxpayers were billed 76 hours, which sources say was done to account for the time of idle workers who had no assignments that week.
What makes the situation so serious is that Toronto public schools are facing a budget crunch so deep one trustee called it a “bloodbath.” Trustees must find $109 million in cuts, which may cut supports for special needs students, and close some classrooms and cafeterias.
Principals, trustees and parents say that much needed work on Toronto’s aging schools is not getting done. Principals were terrified of repercussions from their management and the union and would not go on the record for this story. Some who have complained say they have been threatened by the union with losing their jobs if they speak up.
Union boss Jimmy Hazel, when first asked about these high costs two weeks ago, unleashed a stream of profanity at a Star reporter.
“We don’t need to f------ prove anything to anybody about costs,” Hazel said. “A s---load more work was done to justify the cost of that plug job I can tell you.”
Hazel protested that “we have a lot of enemies at the (school) board as well as a lot of friends.”
Hazel now says the problem was a “clerical error” and much of the money was refunded to the schools in question.
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