LEVY: Councillor Michael Thompson hit by the journey bug — in your dime

A year-end expense report, which was on the manager committee agenda final week, exhibits that Councillor Michael Thompson’s jet-setting price taxpayers $30,000 in 2018.

Even throughout an election 12 months, the councillor and financial growth chairman managed to fly off twice and 3 times a month to such unique locations as Buenos Aires, Panama, Mexico Metropolis, Good, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Chengdu, China.

A South American-Mexico journey — labelled the Argentina Mexico Advance Commerce Mission — occurred through the depths of winter from Feb. 17-23. That journey price taxpayers $5,230.

Lower than a month later, from March 10-19, he jetted off to France, Turkey and the Netherlands to an actual property convention — to apparently showcase Toronto’s actual property alternatives.

Councillor Michael Thompson (L) huddles with Mayor John Tory at a March 7 committee assembly. (CRAIG ROBERTSON, Toronto Solar)

Too dangerous, he isn’t going this 12 months.  I perceive there are a number of empty storefronts on King St., between Bathurst and Jarvis Sts. — courtesy of the pilot mission he, Joe Cressy, town’s transportation bureaucrats and Mayor John Tory have supported which chases automobiles away from this as soon as vibrant thoroughfare.

This journey solely price taxpayers $5,640. In keeping with metropolis paperwork, Thompson’s jaunt to Turkey was paid for by the Consulate of Turkey.

There should have been a heckuva lot of showcasing to do since former councillor Michelle Holland joined him, spending $9,234 doing so.

Thompson additionally accompanied the mayor on a two-day movie enterprise mission in April of final 12 months, spending $1,373 on that. The mayor’s tab for a similar journey was $2,084.

That doesn’t embrace two staffers from the mayor’s workplace who accompanied him — Vic Gupta and Emily Hillstrom. They price taxpayers $Four,449 altogether.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the efforts by Thompson and the mayor to draw the Collision (tech) convention to Toronto this Could.

The mayor’s spokesman Don Peat referred to as Collision North America’s “quickest rising tech convention.” He mentioned internet hosting the convention will present a “excellent alternative to advertise Toronto as a spot for international funding.”

Toronto shall be a sponsor of the convention, though Peat mentioned that quantity has but to be decided.

Thompson went to the Collision internet submit final Could in New Orleans. He was there from Could 1-6, costing taxpayers $Three,727. The net summit was from April 30-Could Three.

Simply days after he was re-elected, the financial growth jetsetter headed to Lisbon, Portugal — together with Tory and his former chief of employees Chris Eby — to but once more “appeal to Collision.”

Thompson stayed from Nov. 2-9, racking up a invoice of $Four,543. Tory price taxpayers $1,716 for his keep from Nov. Three-6 and Eby spent $2,887 for his Nov. Three-7 keep.

The summit in Lisbon was from Nov. Four-7.

I attempted to achieve Thompson by e-mails and calls to his workplace to ask whether or not he’d penned any experiences to council on the value-added of his journeys. I used to be additionally to know why he stayed longer than the precise summit in New Orleans and in Lisbon.

I didn’t even get the courtesy of an acknowledgement.

In the meantime, the report additionally exhibits some fairly excessive funds to sure nominees to Toronto businesses, boards and commissions.

David McFadden, chairman of Toronto Hydro, took in $75,000 final 12 months for a part-time gig.

Toronto police companies board chairman Andy Pringle — Tory’s long-time buddy — made $90,963.

The Toronto Native Attraction Physique — which was fashioned in 2017 and hears appeals on committee of adjustment issues — has a slew of municipal legal professionals on it.

Ian Lord, a specialist in municipal planning legislation, took residence $106,792 for his efforts final 12 months. Lawyer Stan Makuch made $53,485.

David Wilson, a former director on the Rogers Communications board, made a whopping $180,000 final 12 months to behave as chairman of the GTAA. His bills totalled $20,551.




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