Oct 05, 2012
By Scott Walker
Toronto city councillors have decided not to move forward with a plan to sell the Toronto Zoo. While Mayor Ford said yesterday he would like to see a sale happen, Councllor Georgio Mammoliti warned China could renege on shipping a pair of pandas to Toronto if the zoo were privatized. Instead it will become a not-for-profit zoological society.
Earlier in the day, council voted 38-0 in favour of accepting recommendations in a report by city’s Ombudsman. Fiona Crean faced a grilling from the mayor’s allies over allegations that Rob Ford’s office interfered with the process that selects civilians for the city’s boards and agencies. The mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, accused the Ombudsman of acting on hearsay. But Crean says everything in her report is backed up by sworn testimony.