Doug Ford made Toronto’s streets dirtier, literally
The Toronto Star reports that a 2012 decision to sole-source the city’s purchases of aftermarket auto parts has resulted in the partial breakdown of Toronto’s once-proud fleet of “dustless” street sweepers. The parts supplier, UAP Inc., has reportedly been sending replacement equipment that is incompatible with the particular brand of street sweeper the city uses, resulting in dustier, more garbage-littered roadways. One of the politicians most responsible for the problem, according to the Star, is Doug Ford. In 2012, he was the city councillor who put forth the motion that led to the sole-sourced contract’s approval. This is particularly embarrassing for Ford because both he and his brother Rob have railed against sole-sourced deals in the past, and have often implied that such contracts are inherently corrupt.