Toronto SUN: Repair woes to blame for rats in TCHC buildings: Tory

Mayor John Tory visits a TCHC construction project in Toronto on Monday March 30, 2015. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Mayor John Tory visits a TCHC construction project in Toronto on Monday March 30, 2015. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO¬†–¬†Dead rats rotting in Toronto Community Housing building hallways are a symptom of the lack of funding for repairs, Mayor John Tory argued Monday.

As he called on the provincial and federal governments to provide millions to make capital repairs in TCHC buildings, Tory was asked for his reaction to conditions in TCHC buildings documented by Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy.

“The rats are getting into these buildings in some cases through holes that result from a lack of good repair and there are holes in the wall,” said Tory.

“I’ve seen it. I’ve been to many Toronto Community Housing communities and seen the holes in the wall, seen the leaky plumbing, seen all the different things that result, in part, and in large part I would say, from a poor state of repair of those buildings.

“If we can have the partnership of the other two governments to join us in allocating the money — a third each to complete those repairs — we’ll be able to get even more done and I would argue maybe a little faster.”

But Tory added he’s “not satisfied” with the overall way TCHC is run and that’s why he has commissioned a housing task force led by Senator Art Eggleton to find solutions.

Asked why three TCHC executives got bonuses earlier this year for their work if he’s not satisfied with the corporation, Tory said he has urged the affordable housing provider to only dole out performance pay based on strict criteria that include “absolutely measurable improvements.

“I believe performance pay, incentive pay that says to people, ‘We want you to focus yourself on something very specific by way of improvement in the way you’re running something,’ is desirable and it is meant to be part of your compensation package — not extra pay. And if you don’t do it, you don’t get it,” he said. web security .