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Gene Jones, the new TCHC boss, used to go on nighttime drug raids

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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.”

TCHC reaches across border to pick a new CEO [Toronto Star]
New public housing boss readies himself to clean up after turbulent year [Globe and Mail]

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Why selling off Toronto’s public housing is a bad idea

The Toronto Community Housing scandal has given rise to fears that Rob Ford will impose a U.S.-style rent voucher system

Illustration of Rob Ford at Regent Park

Auditors don’t usually gain celebrity status. But the modern Canadian public sector auditor general is an exception. Sheila Fraser, who helped bring down the federal Liberal government with her report on the sponsorship scandal, may be Canada’s most high-profile auditor general ever. Across the country, her provincial equivalents are beloved by opposition parties, who often team up with them to challenge the government. But here in Toronto, we have something new and possibly unique—a city auditor general, Jeff Griffiths, who for all practical political purposes has been used by Rob Ford to challenge both the public service and the mayor’s de facto opposition on city council.

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Toronto Community Housing CEO booted from her job, but oh-so-many questions remain

Keiko Nakamura, former CEO of TCHC (Image: TCHC)

In news that was about as inevitable as this morning’s “subways hosed down after St. Patrick’s Day festivities,” Toronto Community Housing Corporation CEO Keiko Nakamura was fired by Rob Ford’s hand-picked housing czar, Case Ootes, yesterday. Nakamura was basically the last woman standing after the Fords engineered their Night of the Long Knives last week in council, so this seems to put the TCHC more or less directly under Ootes’s control and, less directly, under the control of the Fords.

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Ford’s plan to install TCHC czar fails in council. What now?

Case Ootes (Image: toronto.ca)

In probably the first major reversal of his term as mayor, council failed to support Rob Ford’s attempt to dismantle the Toronto Community Housing Corporation board this morning. In a motion filed yesterday, the mayor wanted council to approve a) dismissing the entire TCHC board, including those who hadn’t already resigned, and b) appointing a single managing director who would act with all the powers of the board until council reconstituted the full TCHC board. Here’s the thing: because the motion was submitted late in the day Monday, it needed two thirds of councillors to support it before it could be discussed at council. This morning at 10:30, it failed to get enough votes, with only 26–16 in support.

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Delicate flowers at TCHC board resign, blame the mayor

David Mitchell makes housing repair announcements back in 2008 (Image: TOCommunityHousing/YouTube)

And now, the latest in the “Rob Ford gets what he wants” series.

After the mayor demanded the resignation of the civilian members of the board of directors for Toronto Community Housing Corporation, they responded with a three-page letter explaining how that wasn’t going to happen. Well, that was Tuesday. Today’s Thursday, and this morning, shortly before 11, the civilian board members announced they were resigning after all. In their announcement, the chair of the board put the onus on the mayor. According to the National Post’s Natalie Alcoba: “We cannot effectively work when the mayor is unreachable for constructive dialogue,” said now-former TCHC chair David Mitchell.

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