Toronto Hydro must be using the same spin meisters as the present dysfunctional Liberal Government in their almost daily press releases trying to say they are innocent of any misdeeds and are above the fray when it comes to hard hitting accusations that they are basically a bought out, sold out, dysfunctional and financially corrupted public service agency!
Here we have a hard hitting expose of the type of miserable rot that has crept into organizations that are supported totally by hard working Ontario citizens through tax dollars and consumer dollars!
Ontario’s honest hard working families have had enough of the parasitic culture that has overtaken their Province and it won’t be soon enough that the summonses and hearings begin in earnest!
Keep denying the foul stench emanating from these pork-barrelling gaggles of miscreants………..the punishment just gets more severe!
One of the consistent themes that has become clear from my findings over the course of the Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report series is that Toronto Hydro’s management frequently reports inaccurate and/or misleading statements about matters of vital public interest.
Often, the underlying issues are technical in nature.
One example is the utility’s misleading statements, in response to public concern about rising power rates, that its distribution rates were stable over the period from 2005 through 2011. Part 58 of this series unspins the utility’s financial tricks covering up the actual underlying increase — 25%. Toronto Hydro presents its phoney rate history on its web site and CEO Anthony Haines has used it in presentations to Toronto City Council. To my knowledge, neither the mainstream media nor the Ontario Energy Board have ever challenged the utility on its claim of historical rate stability.
Another example is the utility’s inaccurate claims that its responses to outages caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 were as prompt as possible and followed good utility practices. Parts 54 and 55 of this series presented evidence of the utility’s deliberate go-slow storm recovery strategy. I also point to the Ontario Energy Board’s regulatory incentives encouraging slow emergency recovery. To my knowledge, neither the mainstream media nor the Ontario Energy Board has ever challenged the utility’s claims about the adequacy of its recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Another example is the utility’s inaccurate and misleading statements that the Thornecliffe Park blackout of March 2013 was caused by aging infrastructure. Part 57, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67 report evidence that the real cause was negligent maintenance of relatively young equipment. CBC radio’s Metro Morning, in particular, gave prominent attention to the utility’s claim that the Thorncliffe Park blackout was caused by aging infrastructure. The utility’s reaction to my exposing their false blame statements was to offer hush money to blacked out consumers. To my knowledge, both the mainstream media and the Ontario Energy Board completely ignored evidence I published revealing the utility’s aging infrastructure claim justifying the Thornecliffe Park blackout were knowingly misleading.
But why would a large, technical organization with a vital public service purpose engage in such dishonesty? Even a skeptic might posit that the intention behind each case mentioned here might only have been to cover up operational deficiencies. With the guardians of the public interest unengaged, management’s fear of being held to account would have been lessened.
But then new information emerged about a different type of dishonesty.
Parts 68, 75 and 77 of this series introduced evidence of CEO Anthony Haines engaging in frequent, sustained perjury under oath with respect to his academic credentials. Haines has claimed in many statements to the Ontario Energy Board that he has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Lethbridge, which he claims to have attended from 1979 until 1984. Part 72 provides a letter from the Registrar of that institution noting that Haines enrolled in 1983 and left in 1984 but never graduated.
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013
Toronto Hydro Statement:
Toronto Hydro (“The Company”) is aware of Mr. Tom Adams’ continued criticism about the operations of The Company and President and CEO Anthony Haines.
“I regret that this continues to be an issue despite a rigorous review by the Board and the fact that Mr. Haines has apologized to the Board and City Council for any concerns that this matter has caused,” says David Williams, Chair of the Board, Toronto Hydro Corporation. “I have great confidence in Mr. Haines’ ability to lead the company as he has over the past 8 years.”
Mr. Haines adds, “I wish to reiterate that I have never deliberately misrepresented myself. I did complete the prerequisite program to gain my entrance into the Institute of Chartered Accountants articling program. My intention was not to mislead, and I apologize for the confusion.”
“The CEO of Toronto Hydro falsely claimed as far back as 1992 that he graduated from university, according to a newly unearthed transcript.”
The question should be: Why has this man NOT BEEN FIRED and why should he not return all his earnings at Toronto Hydro that he earned with a false degree as his credentials????
If you or I worked in the Private Sector and acted in this way, we would be charged with FRAUD and thrown in JAIL!
By: Kenyon Wallace News reporter, Published on Fri Sep 13 201
Anthony Haines insists he did not deliberately misrepresent his academic record, despite testifying in 1992 that he “graduated from” a non-existent bachelor of commerce program.
Anthony Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro, has become under fire over the academic credentials he claims.
The CEO of Toronto Hydro falsely claimed as far back as 1992 that he graduated from university, according to a newly unearthed transcript.
But Anthony Haines, who made $935,501 in total compensation last year, said he never deliberately misrepresented himself after testimony from more than 20 years ago came to light in which he claims to have a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Lethbridge.
In an interview with the Star Friday night, Haines said he was “deeply sorry” for the confusion.
“This has really taken us away from the really important things you and I should be talking about,” Haines said.
Questions about Haines’s academic credentials first arose in May when it was revealed that copies of his CV submitted to the Ontario Energy Board in recent years suggested he had such a degree from the university.
The University of Lethbridge says that it does not offer a bachelor of commerce program and that Haines was never awarded a degree.
In a closed-door meeting in July at Toronto City Hall, council directed the board of Toronto Hydro to investigate Haines’s academic credentials, a city insider with knowledge of the meeting told the Star. To date, the board has not provided any report to council.
The unearthing now of a transcript of testimony given by Haines in 1992 shows that he in fact claimed he was a University of Lethbridge graduate long before questions arose over his credentials while at Toronto Hydro.
In the early 1990s, Haines worked for Centra Gas B.C. as the company’s manager of strategic planning and regulatory affairs. In March 1992, he testified before the B.C. Utilities Commission as an expert witness as part of the company’s application to set distribution rates.
When the commission asked what his qualifications were, the transcript of the testimony quotes Haines as saying: “I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1984 from the bachelor of commerce program with an accounting major.”
When asked if the statement would lead someone to believe that he had a degree, Haines told the Star: “It’s not my intention to do that but I can understand that somebody could come to that conclusion … I apologize profusely for that.”
Toronto Hydro board chair David Williams, said in a news release issued by the corporation Friday evening that he regrets that Haines’s academic credentials continue to be an issue “despite a rigorous review by the Board and the fact that Mr. Haines has apologized to the Board and City Council for any concerns that this matter has caused.”
“I have great confidence in Mr. Haines’s ability to lead the company as he has over the past eight years,” said Williams.
The 1992 testimony was unearthed by energy consultant Tom Adams, who posted it on his website Friday afternoon. Adams first raised questions about Haines’s academic credentials when he wrote to Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy in May to express concerns about that university’s decision to confer an honorary doctorate of laws upon Haines.
Ryerson has since put that plan on hold.