Toronto police supervisor. Ron Taverner was offered the highest position in the Cannabis Ontario Shop and was considered for a post deputy minister during the months leading to his appointment to the post of Provincial Police Commissioner of Ontario, and the sources have told the Star .
Taverner, a close friend of Premier Doug Ford, rejected the idea of running a government cannabis shop, and long time bureaucrats at Queen's Park made it clear that the regional police officer of Toronto had no ordinary qualifications to oversee & 39; the huge Ministry of Community Defense and Corrective Services.
"Doug wanted to do something for Taverner. That's what we hear," said one source.
On Wednesday, the Star sent out detailed questions about this to a number of top government officials, including the chief; his main staff, Dean French; cabinet secretary Steve Orsini; the deputy community security minister, Mario Di Tommaso; a Taverner. None of them have responded, even to acknowledge receipt of the Star's request for an interview.
Taverner is the start of the OPP commissioner post on Monday. Two appointments reviews were requested, following separate political interference allegations by the opposition MPs and the current temporary OPP commissioner.
Taverner and Ford family go back many years. Taverner is the senior officer in the Etobicoke regions where the main members and other members of the family live and where the Ford family company, Deco Labels. Taverner has not been unusual for a backyard barbecue held by the Ford family, and often attends the Ford Fest annual community event.
"Do not deny friendship," said Etobicoke Councilor Suzan Hall, who served with the late Rob Ford when he was a councilor. The Hall speaks very much of Taverner, saying that the copper copper has been very useful for community groups in Etobicoke. He said that if a group needs an equipment or support from officers, "he's making sure that what is needed is sent over from 23 Departments.
The Taverner road began to OPP $ 275,000, leading one of the largest forces in North America, at the spring election with a decision that created a job opening in the cannabis shop.
Under the previous Liberal government, Nancy Kennedy's career civil servant was the president of the Cannabis Ontario Shop (OCS), which was preparing for a retail pot through government-owned stores. Initial Conservative government Doug Ford decided to restrict the OCS to sell online, and instead allow private brick outlets and mortar to be privately owned. With the role of the OCS reduced, sources are close to Kennedy saying she did not want to wait. With a strong financial background of previous posts, Ford's government asked to return to the public service and became deputy minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat, effective on June 29.
The post of president of the Cannabis Ontario Shop opened. He said a source close to the discussions that it was offered by government officials to Taverner during the summer, but he refused. The Star does not know why. Taverner, in his 50-year career with the Police Service of Toronto, has tried and been arrested in a number of drug cases, often introducing a senior officer in media photo opportunities with luggage bags. In the 1970s he was part of a Toronto-OPP joint task force investigating cyclists, and police officers have suggested to the Star that Taverner has not felt that it is a good fit for him to be a marijuana retail.
Next time there was a suggestion to make Taverner a deputy minister at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, which presides over police, prisons, forensic and fire markets across the province.
The Star has no direct oral or documentary evidence that Ford ordered his staff to find a job for Taverner. However, the Star has information from two sources that say that senior bureaucrats near Ford explain to them that Ford wants to give some type of work to Taverner. They never said why. Opposition critics and OPP's acting principal have suggested that "political interference" is in the selection process.
Star sources spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to talk about these issues and were afraid of effects in their employment if they were speaking on the record. He said the sources, in policing and government circles, was an open secret that an application was being searched for Taverner.
Over the summer, when the idea of appointing Taverner as a deputy community security minister was floated, the situation was held by the former former police force of the Waterloo Division of Matt Torigian. Torigian had been a proxy for four years and the civil service was very much believed, including secretary of the cabinet, Steve Orsini, the chief bureaucracy of the province, who served under the Senior Catholic Kathleen Manager Wynne and she was asked to wait for the Ford government.
Sources have told the Star that by Torigian, by August, he felt that he did not want it now in the Ford order. The career police officer had spent four years in Community Safety and seven years as the main police force of Waterloo. He has graduated from courses at the FBI National Academy. Torigian was offered and an appointment was received at the University of Toronto's Munk School, Global Affairs and Public Policy, to lead an international global policing initiative.
During August, sources say, negotiations in the Queen's Park among Ford staff said that Taverner should become a deputy minister. According to the sources, Orsini said that that would not be a good job for someone with frontline policing but little administrative experience of the type needed to run ministry with a budget of $ 2.6 billion.
Orsini announced a departure from the ministry on September 24, saying on Twitter that he wants to offer a "Congratulations" congratulations and congratulations. "
A week later, on October 1, Orsini withdrew a new community security minister deputy, Mario Di Tommaso, a career officer of Toronto, who was then the superintendent of community staff and neighborhood orders. Although some deputy minister's openings are posted publicly, others are not, and there seems to be no post for this one. The executive searching firm said Ford government had been using it to deputy other ministers at the Star on Thursday that was not part of posting Di Tommaso.
Di Tommaso started acting as deputy community security minister on October 22. That day, the provincial government, through the active search company, Odgers Berndtson, was postponed for the post of OPP commissioner. When it was released first, he called the post for candidates to have a degree that would have excluded an officer at the superintendent's level, such as Taverner.
Two days later, on October 24, that post was amended, eliminating the line which indicated that candidates must have a minimum of deputy chief police or assistant commissioner.
Taverner was appointed OPP commissioner on November 29, prompting a storm of debates immediately. The community safety critic and correctional services of the NDP, Kevin Yarde, and Leader Andrea Horwath have asked the commissioner of the integrity of the province to look at the appointment.
"If a taverner swearing-in is going on Monday, what will Ford ask about?" Yarde said in a statement to her office on Thursday. "It is vital that forces operate without political interference and without conflicts of interest – real or perceived."
Horwath has also asked Taverner to delay the position and asks for an all-party committee to review the entire appointments process that is related to the OPP commissioner's post.
Seren's story showed that an employee before Labels Deco, who is now the highest political assistant for Ford, has sold his Weston Inn privately to Taverner last year, which suggested something that MPPs rejected as a sign of close contact, but what minister Sylvia Jones rejected as a "ready seller, ready buyer."
On March, OPP, Brad Blair, who had applied for the highest position, gave a stunning letter to the provincial ombudsman complaining about the selection process. In one case, he stated that At the end of November 12 the interview panel, Di Tommaso (who indicated that Taverner's direct supervisor was Police police), Sal Badali's executive searching officer, and general deputy attorney Paul Beetle
In the next round of interviews with a smaller pool of applicants, on November 20, Ford's main staff, Dean French, were in place for the general deputy attorney.
Blair, in his letter of complaint to the provincial ombudsman, said that French had not left the interview area without any explanation, and it was later said that French would no longer participate. A source told the Star that French was leaving because Rob Ferguson, the correspondent of Toronto Star, had sent questions about a story he was working on. The story, which was announced the next day, revealed that French had ordered senior political assistants to direct the police into exotic cannabis storage destinations, the daytime marijuana became lawful, and to show "people in costumes."
The rest of the interviews were made with a panel of two people. In his letter, Blair said that it seemed that a decision was made later that day on who the next OPP head would be. The official announcement came out on November 29.
Kevin Donovan can be reached at 416-312-3503 or at [email protected] Follow him @_kevindonovan