Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bill 122 and those nasty audits...

Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013 - which we recently blogged, has gone to Committee - the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Interesting choice of committee, maybe it was the only available to deal with this piece of legislation...who knows. However, the Committee membership is equally interesting: the chair and vice-chair both PCs, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education also on the committee. It does not look like they will do anything until the spring session.

And since we're on the topic of collective bargaining, accountability, and taxpayers monies, the TDSB appears to have had a financial "mishap".

TDSB gave senior staff $1.3 million in raises despite provincial wage freeze: audit

Toronto Star Article
An audit of the country’s largest school board found almost $1.3 million in unauthorized raises for senior staff since 2010, as well as improper approval of contracts and payments to charities with clear links to trustees or employees.

InsideToronto.com Article
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials responded to a forensic audit report released Tuesday, Dec. 10 that revealed TDSB senior staff received more than $1 million in raises between March 2010 and August 2013 despite a provincial wage freeze for the broader public sector (BPS)...“I recognize we do need to improve,” said Quan, who recently accepted the role as TDSB education director on a full-time basis. “There’s room for growth there.”