Already unnerved by two brazen public shootings this summer, the city is now grappling with the Scarborough shooting that ended the lives of 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay and wounded more than 20 others. We’ve pulled together the main threads of discussion playing out in the media, including what Rob Ford plans to do about gangs in Toronto, and what changes are ahead for residents in community housing.
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Though TTC theatrics are hogging the spotlight today, there’s also some drama to report at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation: chief financial officer Len Koroneos quit abruptly earlier this month after being passed over for the chief executive gig in favour of Detroit’s Gene Jones. Koroneos started as CFO in September 2010 and was named interim CEO six months later when Rob Ford purged the board; he’s miffed because he felt he was doing everything right, and yet the top job went to someone else. Councillor Paula Fletcher believes his departure adds to the gaps in the TCHC’s leadership (its chief development officer, chief administrative officer and general counsel all previously opted to leave), and says that the new board has less housing knowledge than the one forced out by Ford. However, Jones seemed unbothered by the chatter—we imagine someone used to middle-of-the-night drug raids would be pretty unflappable. [Toronto Star]
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation has been muddling along without a permanent CEO since Keiko Nakamura was fired last year, but the scandal-ridden agency has finally found its guy. And he sounds pretty awesome. Not only does American Gene Jones sport a cool moustache, he has also cleaned up several troubled social housing agencies across the U.S., most recently the Detroit Housing Commission. And, in a Q&A with the Toronto Star, Jones explained that, when he was director of the Indianapolis Housing Agency, he’d suit up in a flak jacket and accompany police on middle-of-the-night drug raids to experience a neighbourhood’s crime dynamic firsthand. Even the $750-million repair backlog and mass firings at the TCHC don’t faze him. Jones told the Globe and Mail that the shenanigans outlined in the Auditor General’s reports were “typical” in the U.S., “so there’s nothing here that they’ve done that I haven’t seen being done.”