April 28, 2017
David Rider, Jennifer Pagliaro
The Toronto Star
City manager Peter Wallace said the audit exposed a major systemic failure within the city bureaucracy to identify possible corruption. (CHRIS SO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)
Ontario Provincial Police officers are investigating suspicions that companies rigged bids for City of Toronto paving contracts to drive up profits while costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The findings were reported by Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler who originally investigated the issue to ensure that the process of hiring private companies was both competitive and fair. She has also consulted with police on the matter and disclosed that the rigged bids have led to $2.5 million in unnecessary spending for the city.
“I’m concerned that this is the slippery slope,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, adding that signs of “fraudulent and insidious behaviour both externally and internally is just the beginning of this story, not the end.”