Surf porn on your own time: Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a Great Horned Owl named Alexandra at the Toronto Sportsmen Show on...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a Great Horned Owl named Alexandra at the Toronto Sportsmen Show on Friday. (DON PEAT/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford says he won't tolerate fraud amongst city workers or improprieties at Toronto Community Housing.

Ford made the comments during a visit to the opening day of the Toronto Sportsmen's Show at Exhibition Place. During his tour, Ford reeled in some trout from an artificial pond, got up close and personal with a possum and a skunk, fired off a few pellets in the air gun range and held a Great Horned Owl named Alexandra.

As the Sun reported Wednesday, Toronto auditor general Jeff Griffiths' latest annual fraud report detailed a laundry list of city employees caught behaving badly including one caught and fired for looking at porn on a city-owned computer. The report estimates the city had around $500,000 in quantifiable losses due to fraud in 2012.

Ford stressed he won't put up with employees bilking the system.

"We've got to get rid of these employees," Ford said Thursday. "We can't have employees getting paid to sit there and watch porn. Do that on your private time but not during working hours. I wouldn't have any time or tolerate that nonsense. I'd just let them go."

The mayor wasn't sure if that kind of fraud outlined in the auditor's report was rampant.

"I don't know," he said.

"We don't want employees like that."

TCHC CEO Gene Jones announced Wednesday the corporation had a third-party investigation underway to look at "possible improprieties" involving employees and vendors when it comes to repairs.

Asked about the TCHC investigation, Ford stressed the board is "getting things cleaned up."

"I've heard for years there have been problems there but it is hard to catch these people sometimes," he said.

"Hopefully we catch 'em and prosecute them. I won't tolerate anybody committing fraud in the city and if they do get caught and they are found guilty in the courts, they're done - I don't want them back at the city."

The mayor said he suspects the problem at TCHC is "pretty deep."

"From the stories I've heard and stuff, it's been going on a long time," he said. "I think we could have a serious problem on our hands. We're going to clean house."

As for the announcement earlier this week that Cordish Company was pulling out of the $1-billion Woodbine Live! development, Ford was confident some sort of development will go ahead at the Rexdale site.

"I don't think it is dead," he said. "They can't use the word 'Live!' because Cordish owns that but something is going to happen."

"Something is going to come around for sure."

Asked about a letter from some developers objecting to a downtown casino this week, Ford maintained if he sees a proposal that makes the city money and creates good-paying jobs he will "entertain it."

"I have no idea how the votes are going to go at council but I don't know how people can refuse $150 million to $200 million in revenue and 10,000 good-paying jobs," he said.

"I don't see how they can say no to that."

Ford said he's still trying to set up a meeting with premier-designate Kathleen Wynne.

"She's extremely busy so we're just trying to find some time," he said.

 

 


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