Karen Stintz accused of receiving 'preferential treatment' during ice storm

Mayoral candidate Karen Stintz holds a press conference in Toronto on March 24, 2014. (Ernest...

Mayoral candidate Karen Stintz holds a press conference in Toronto on March 24, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

TORONTO - Talk about a power play.

CUPE Local One accused mayoral candidate Karen Stintz — a city councillor — of receiving “preferential treatment” in getting power restored to her house during December’s ice storm.

Stintz denied the allegation, saying she would be “shocked” if any councillors received special treatment from Toronto Hydro after the ice storm left around 300,000 residents without power.

Local One president John Camilleri said Tuesday that one of his members insisted he was told to get the power back on to Stintz’s house “as soon as possible” because “there is a councillor that lives there.”

“That’s what I was told (by the union member),” Camilleri added. “It didn’t go through the proper channels.”

He said the employee is afraid to speak publicly because Toronto Hydro workers don’t have whistleblower protection.

Stintz said her home was without power for one day in the aftermath of the ice storm.

“I lost power with everybody else and I got power with the rest of the neighbourhood,” said Stintz.


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