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May 1, 2010

City hall managers, adminstrators, others guilty of tax evasion


THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD.  It really is so  is hard to believe that when the ordinary citizen can easily see it now, perceive the facts, truth  that it was not a  deliberate act, a deliberate oversight too, in this modern age of competent managers, that  the  so called professionals now too,  the same managers who now are supposedly smart , intelligent to run the finances,  administration, public servants at the largest city in Canada, that they now were also so ignorant in that  they were committing major tax evasion for years too. Sounds more like a deliberate criminal act that is being carried on in other places, churches, police, other GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES included.. and what they will all get a slap on the wrist for it too? Notice the media spin on the crimes, story now too.. ALL JUST AS BAD AS THE QUEBEC POLITICS, GOVERNMENT.. Unacceptable pretentious justice too. EXCELLENCE WELCOMES SCRUTINY. 
Councillors to surrender tax-free TTC passes Globe and Mail – A tax-free TTC ride is over for city councillors. The Toronto Transit Commission has asked all 44 councillors and the mayor to immediately return their 2010 Metropasses to appease the Canada Revenue Agency, which concluded earlier this year that free transit trips and a slew of other perks count as taxable benefits. Councillors’ free passes to the Toronto Zoo, the Sony Centre and city-owned golf courses could soon be treated the same way. Excluded was the councillors’ free access to city-owned Green P lots. etc… 

Toronto councillors lose tax-free TTC passes Following a Canada Revenue Agency audit of the City of Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission has asked all city councillors and the mayor to return their tax-free complimentary 2010 Metro passes.  The announcement comes after the CRA concluded earlier this year that free transit rides and other perks count as taxable benefits. Councillors choosing to keep the free Metropass will be required to pay taxes on the $1,188 benefit.

Councillors ordered to return free transit passes Toronto Star “It took 10 years but, at the end of the day, councillors will have to pay to get on the bus like everyone else,” Ford said.

 Just cause so many others still do it. cheat, lie, steal it all  does not make it right.
680 News –
The Toronto Transit Commission is expected to have a record year for ridership,  dues also to 25 cent fare increase introduced at the beginning of the year, leading to an estimated $20 million surplus. So how do they use it to reduce the price of fares for the citizens? or they continue to give expensive, lavish perks, freebies to city hall managers?
Meanwhile the  top brass at the Toronto Transit Commission yesterday  confessed openly to the news reporter  what Transit riders already know: Its trains and buses are overcrowded and its subway stations are dirty and confusing. Their Spin doctors are promising changes here now. The Toronto Transit Commission will undo the service cuts it made to save cash in 2010 and spring for the cost of the 42 new station managers to improve customer service on subways. TTC will look at rehiring the 32 drivers it cut in March, and also cancelling a further cut of 32 drivers that had been planned for September. Transit fare savings? Dream on. or just more Empire building.  Which reminds me what about all of those managers still too that too often do take still home the office computer equipment, software and so  are they also not still guilty of thet, tax evasions too.
Why do most of the politicians fear all disclosures now?  Jesus himself had said that of she or he that cannot be trusted to handle the small money matters they now next cannot be trusted to handle the big ones too.   Spending scandals have now rocked governments in Canada and continually too. In February, Nova Scotia’s auditor general concluded inappropriate claims were made by some politicians for personal items, including almost $8,000 spent on a generator that was installed in a politician’s home. Reports by Newfoundland and Labrador’s auditor general led to criminal charges against a former legislature employee and four former politicians who received sentences ranging from 15 months to two years. How can any of the Ministers be trusted to supervise others, resources when they still really cannot be trusted and do need to be supervised themselves, held accountiable.
“”it is inconceivable that in a political era in which voters demand accountability, federal politicians can forever fend off the demand to reveal their expenses. “I think it’s a political minefield for them not to allow the auditor general in,” said Ken Dye, Canada’s auditor general from 1981 to 1991. “You wonder why they’re resisting. What are they trying to hide? I think that in a time of accountability I have no trouble at all having the country’s auditor general examine any bit of public money.” You’d think the same would hold true for a governing Conservative party that came to office in 2006 on a platform of transparency and accountability, or the three opposition parties who make daily denunciations about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s penchant of secrecy. Instead, all are complicit in upholding the culture of hidden receipts in Ottawa, one of just a few tranches of taxpayer money that is shielded from public audit. There also needs to be serious discussion about the terms of the probe the auditor general wants to conduct, he said. Fraser recently explained to a Senate Finance committee that what she envisions is a performance audit, which examines whether taxpayers have received value for the money spent by politicians, rather than a narrow double-check of Parliament’s balance sheet. Why, in an era of wedge politics where parties stake out the moral high ground if only to better thump their opponents, no one wants to be the first to come clean with their expenses is another enduring mystery of this matter. When the Star conducted an investigation into how MPs were spending their office budgets last year, the vast majority were unwilling to disclose how they spend their share of taxpayers’ money. ”–auditor-battling-ottawa-s-culture-of-hidden-receipts?bn=1  
Ha ha ha So they now still all cannot cannot be trusted now not to lie on their expense account so can we trust them all still now even anywhere else? Of course not! It is no wonder it takes such a long time to get something done in Ottawa! The way a politician conducts his parliamentary business is clearly still, political and “murky,” with a lot of the money likley used for the political parties expenses and not for the legitimate citizen, or governing business expenses.
 PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. MANAGERS MUST manage is such a simple truth, so axiomatic that it is hard to believe that so many people who are called managers – or call themselves managers – completely miss it. 

Too many managers participate in the blame game. They blame the government, their peers and subordinates, the marketplace, competition and some take it to the real extreme and blame God. Avoiding responsibility for personal behaviour in business is probably the most fundamental weakness that a manager can possess.

The best managers I know are the ones who hold themselves accountable, take responsibility for their behaviour and actions and hold their colleagues equally accountable for their behaviour. This characteristic is often the seminal reason for managerial success. But it is hard to practise. When practised, however, it is the most liberating and energising force a manager can possess.

February 11, 2010

Toronto Councillor Adam Giambrone lies


People in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included  are always to be exemplary in behavior,  conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary  judged, prosecuted  for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.    
Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is one of the best approach serving everyone’s best interest too.The oldest rule in journalism if you want to find the crooks first follow the money trail, next check their adulterous life, and next see if they are drunks too..
Now the Toronto mayor candidate, Councilor Adam Giambronehad ended his 11-day-old mayoral campaign Wednesday  but not before first lying, misleading the Public and the news media and so how can we all still trust him now also with any public office.
 No such thing as a little bit pregnant..
Does he lie on his expense account now  too?  
Answer: Yes he does.. Giambrone expensed cab ride for date   TTC chair Adam Giambrone took a cab to meet his lover-to-be last year, on the same date and time as a cab fare expensed to the city.On Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, Giambrone had a first date with university student Kristen Lucas, then 19, at the Drake Hotel, on Queen W., three blocks east of Dufferin. They met at the bar around 6:30 p.m., according to Lucas.In expenses released Wednesday, Giambrone includes a $10 fare for “Ward visits” from Ossington and Bloor to Queen and Dufferin on that same Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Lucas revealed her relationship with Giambrone — including sex on his City Hall office couch — to the Toronto Star in February. Public furor over his subsequent denials led to his decision to drop out of the mayoral race. He later admitted to relationships with multiple women and apologized to Sarah McQuarrie, whom he described as his longtime live-in girlfriend.  Giambrone, 32, remains chair of the $500-million-a-year Toronto Transit Commission. His admission that he might have expensed a cab ride to date with Lucas is certain to rekindle calls for his resignation from the chairmanship of the transit service, which has suffered a spate of bad publicity and complaints as it undergoes a significant expansion and renewal of equipment.–giambrone-expensed-cab-ride-for-date 
and is he just as stupid now elsewhere too? It sure seems so now too..

Councillor Adam Giambrone ended amid a sex scandal that saw a university student tell the Toronto Star that she had an affair with the 32-year-old Giambrone that started in late 2008 when she was 19. Kristen Lucas told the Star’s Linda Diebel that she and Giambrone had late-night sex on his City Hall couch. She showed text messages in which he portrayed his live-in relationship with Sarah McQuarrie as window dressing for his political career and that the TTC chair told her about a fare hike long before it was public knowledge. Giambrone at first told the Star his relationship with Lucas was improper but not sexual, but admitted a day later that was a lie and he has had multiple affairs in the past year. At a   news conference  Giambrone apologized profusely to McQuarrie, his supporters and the public.

Giambrone was an idiot for having flings while being in politics and he was an even bigger idiot for thinking he could run for Mayor of Toronto and not have the flings exposed.  If you want to play around, make sure you are single – remember Trudeau..  Look, it’s a matter of ethics and morality isn’t it? The question becomes whether the breach indicates that the breacher is unable to hold office or has lost the moral authority to do so.  People do make mistakes, we’re only human. But when it goes from having one affair coming out of a moment of weakness to having several affairs over an extended period, that goes from making a mistake to demonstrating a lack of values.   This is particularly relevent when the individual, such as Elliott Spitzer, makes such a fuss all the while about everybody else’s moral shortcomings. Then you’re a hypocrite to boot.   Giambrone’s biggest mistake was doing the horizontal mombo in his City Hall office. Being a stupid human is one thing. Being a stupid politician is another matter altogether.   Hope the hundred bucks he saved on a motel room was worth the late night thrill ride in his office.

Acknowledging “deceit in (his) private life,” Adam Giambrone did the right thing yesterday in withdrawing from Toronto’s mayoral race, just 10 days after officially entering it. But the city councillor also indicated his intention to continue chairing the Toronto Transit Commission. He should think again….  the publicity he has attracted this week is now an enormous distraction, and his initial attempts to lie his way out of the story have seriously undermined his credibility. And the TTC – now more than ever – needs a focused and credible person at the helm. “It is clear that Mr. Giambrone is not in a position to commit that degree of focus or provide the leadership that is necessary to get the job done for riders, workers or taxpayers,” said mayoral candidate George Smitherman in a statement yesterday. It is hard to argue with that assessment. Increasingly frustrated by a fare hike and by disappointing service, the public has been monitoring and criticizing TTC workers with unusual vigour. Complaints are soaring. The transit union is firing back at the public and charging that employees are being unfairly stalked. And management is struggling to cope with what it admits is a “culture of complacency and malaise.” In short, our transit system is in apparent disarray and in need of the sort of leadership Giambrone can’t likely provide in the current circumstance. Effective leadership requires sound judgment and public trust. Giambrone has lost the latter by demonstrating that he is deficient in the former, given the way he has handled the revelations about his private life. For the sake of the transit system that he wants to thrive, Giambrone should resign as TTC chair.
Chairing the nine-member Toronto Transit Commission is a major job  and the current chair, Councillor Adam Giambrone, has been weakened by scandal this week – prompting talk at city hall of his rightful  ouster and ASAP too.
It seems we have too many cheats, thieves, liars, alcoholics, adulterers for cops and for politicians still in Canada.. for basically there is no such thing as a little bit pregnant, it seens you are basically honest or merely another crook… 
 Giambrone confirms he will not seek re-election –  Toronto city councillor and former mayoral candidate Adam Giambrone has announced he will not be seeking re-election this year. Giambrone confirmed the news on his Twitter account at around 11 pm Monday.

Giambrone Won’t Run Again CityNews

 Now why is this such  a popular post? The People like to see a bad guy surprsingly getting his dues? and what did his wife do next too?

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