Toronto Police Station Ron Taverner was appointed Chief Operating Officer in the Ontario Heinrich Store and was discussed as Deputy Minister in the months before he was appointed as Police Commissioner in the Ontario Provincial.
Taverners, a close friend of Premier Doug Ford, rejected the idea of running a government cannabis store, and the Queen's Park's old bureaucrats clearly stated that the veteran Toronto Police Department had no normal qualifications to oversee the huge community ministry of security and repair services.
"Doug wanted to do something to Taverner. That's what we heard," said one source.
On Wednesday, the star sent detailed questions to several senior public officials, including the prime minister; his staff manager, the dean of french; Cabinet Secretary Steve Orsini; Deputy Minister of Public Security Mario Di Tommaso; and Taverners. None of them have replied, even confirmed that they have received a request for a Staray interview.
Taverners are set to work OPP Commissioner on Monday. Two reports on his appointment were requested on the basis of certain political objections to both the opposition MPP and the current OPP Commissioner.
Taverners and the Ford family go back for many years. The Taverners are Senior Officer in the Etobicoke Divisions, where the president and other family members live and Ford's family-owned Deco Labels is based. It's not unusual for Taverners to be in the garden home of the Ford home and often attend the annual Ford Fest Community Event.
"It is impossible to deny friendship," said former councilor of Etobicoke, Suzan Hall, who later served as a counselor for Rob Ford. The hall talks very much about Taverner, saying that a good policeman is very useful for the Etobicoke community. She said that if a group needs a clerical apparatus or help at any time, he is convinced that all that is needed from chapter 23 is sent.
Taverner's path to OPP's $ 275,000 job, which runs one of the largest forces in North America, began during the spring election with a decision that triggered the opening of a cannabis job.
According to the former Liberal government, career adviser Nancy Kennedy was the president of the Ontario Heinz Stock (OCS), who was preparing to retail banking through government-owned stores. Doug Ford's decision by the new conservative government is to limit OCS sales online, and instead allow private bricks and mortar raw materials. When the role of the OCS has diminished, Kennedy's closest sources indicate she does not want to stay. With strong financial experience gained in previous jobs, the Ford government asked to return to the public service and on 29 June Deputy Governor of the Treasury Board was held.
It facilitates the post of president of the Ontario Hemp Store. The source, which was close to the debate, said that government officials offered it to Taverner in the summer, but he refused. The star does not know why. During his 50 years of career, Taverners were arrested and arrested by the Toronto Police Service, often with media portraits of illicit drug traffickers. In the 1970s, he was part of a joint Toronto-OPP Task Force that is investigating biker groups and police officers have suggested to the star that Taverner might not have thought that it would be suitable for him to retail marijuana.
The next step was to make Taverner a Deputy Minister of the Community Security and Remediation Service, which manages police, prison, forensic and fire-fighting services throughout the province.
The star does not have direct verbal or documentary evidence that Ford has ordered its employees to find a job at Taverner. However, the Star has information from two sources who say that Ford was the oldest bureaucrats closer to them, which clearly showed them that Ford wanted to give Taverner some sort of job. They never told me why. Opposition critics and leader of the OPP have indicated that the election process was "political interference."
The sources of the story talked about anonymity, arguing that they were not allowed to talk about these issues and that they were afraid that their work would affect their names. Sources said the police and government circles had an open secret that Taverner was looking for a job.
In the summer, when the idea of appointing Taverner as a Deputy Minister for Community Security was introduced, former chairman of the Waterloo Police, Matts Torigians, was in charge. Torigian was a member for four years and was well received by the civil service, including Cabinet Secretary Steve Orsini, the province's best bureaucrat who had worked for Liberal Prime Minister Kathleen Wynne and asked to stay in Ford's government.
Sources told the star that Torigian had the feeling that August was no longer wanted by the government. A career policeman spent four years in the field of Community security and for seven years was Waterloo Police Chief. He has graduated from the FBI National Academy. Torigian was offered and hosted at the University of the University of the Global Affairs and Public Policy School of the University of Toronto to lead an international initiative on global police work.
During the August, sources say, there were discussions at the Queen Park between Ford employees that Tavernier should become a deputy minister. According to sources, Orsini said it would not be a good job for someone who has front-line police work but with little administrative experience needed to run a ministry with a $ 2.6 billion budget.
Orsini announced Torigian's departure from the ministry on September 24, saying on Twitter that he wanted to offer Torigiani a "big call and greetings."
One week later, on October 1, Orsini wrote a greetings to the new Deputy Minister of Security, Mario Di Tommaso, a Toronto Police Officer who was at that time Chancellor and Neighborhood Commander. Although the opening of some of the vice-ministers has been publicly disclosed, others are not, and it seems that there was no job posting for this purpose. An executive search engine used by the Ford government for other deputy ministers told the star on Thursday that he was not involved in Di Tommaso's deployment.
On October 22, Di Tommaso began work as Deputy Minister of the Security of the Commonwealth. On the same day, the Provincial Government, with the help of the executive search agency Odgers Berndtsson, issued a secondment for the OPP Commissioner. For the first time, the assignment required the applicants to be at such a level that an Officer, such as Taverners, would have been excluded.
Two days later, on October 24th, this posting was revised, eliminating the line that determined the candidates should be the Deputy Chief of Police or the minimum level of Commissioner's Assistant.
The Taverners were appointed by the OPP Commissioner on November 29th, causing an immediate contradiction in storms. Kevin Yarde and Leader Andrea Horwath, Critics of NDP Community Security and Correction Services, have been asking the Provincial Provincial Reconciliation Commissioner for reconsideration.
"If Taverner's oath goes on Monday, what will Ford's claim be?" Yarde announced in a statement from its office on Thursday. "It is extremely important that police forces operate without political interference and without conflicts of interest – real or perceptible."
Horvath also asked Taverner to delay his position, and calls on the All Party Committee to review the entire appointment process associated with the work of the OPP Commissioner.
The story behind the meeting revealed that the former Deco Labels employee, who is now the main political assistant to Ford, sold his private Veston house to Taverner last year, some of the opposition MPP suggestions point to a close link, but who rejected Sylvia Jones as "a volunteer seller, voluntary buyer. "
On Tuesday, OPP Temporary Commissioner Brad Blair, who himself had submitted an application for the best job, released an election letter to the provincial ombudsman who complained about the selection process. In one case, he notes that the first round of interviews that took place on November 12th, three men interviewed by the panel were Di Tommaso (he noted Taverner's direct executive at the Toronto Police Force), executive director of the search company's official Sal Badali and Deputy Prosecutor General Paulo Boniferro.
On the 20th of November in the next interview box with a smaller set of candidates, Ford's staff manager, Frank Dean, arrived instead of the Deputy Director-General.
Blair complained to the provincial ombudsman that, without explanation, the French suddenly left the interview room, and later he said that the French would no longer be involved. The source told the star that the French had left, as the Toronto star reporter, Rob Ferguson, had just questioned the story with which he worked. The next day, the story revealed that the French had urged senior politicians to help the police shift the ejection of cannabis shops, when the entertaining marijuana became legitimate and showed "people in handcuffs."
The other interviews were conducted with a two-person group. In his letter, Blair said that after that day, a decision was made on who would be the next OPP boss. The official announcement came out on November 29th.
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