I read with a great deal of interest Andrea Gordon’ s piece on the Toronto Catholic District School Board and its alliance with Villa Charities in a project that envisages the demolition of a historical and cultural icon such as the Columbus Centre.
There is certainly much rotten when two bodies entrusted by the community to preserve and enhance our cultural heritage ally themselves in a project whose ultimate outcome is the development of five hectares of the Columbus Centre campus for private gain.
And it is doubly rotten when a body such as the TCDSB, a creature of the province and sustained by taxpayers’ money, will build a new school on land to be acquired from Villa Charities for more than $20 million. Especially when it already owns two schools and about 6.5 hectares of land immediately south of the CC campus, plus an additional 1.3 hectares it acquired in January for $18 million from Sisters of the Good Shepard.
These forays in land assembly and land speculation should definitely be within the scope of the provincial auditor general. (more...)
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