The true details of Mazza’s salaries while CEO of ORNGE Ambulance service is now bubbling to the surface of this tax payer supported swamp of misery!
Now Kathleen Wynne is at the helm of this upside down ship once called the SS McGuinty but now under the cloud of OPP investigations inside her own office along with the investigation inside ORNG we now find Chris Mazza’ salaries are much much higher than we were all led to believe by the former McGuinty flunkies like Deb Matthews who still claims she knows nothing, sees nothing, hears nothing about this ORNGE rip-off!
Read the following and weep for the Province that was once the “engine that drove Canada”!
The Star Dec 2/2013
New accounting documents obtained by the Star reveal former CEO was paid $9.3 million in public funds during his tenure — much more than previously disclosed — including salary, stipends, bonuses and loans.
TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO / REN� JOHNSTON
ORNGE founder Dr. Chris Mazza testifies at Queen’s Park last year at hearings into the provincial air ambulance service. New accounting documents provided to provincial auditors show that Mazza was paid $9.3 million during his six years at ORNGE.
By: Kevin Donovan Investigations
ORNGE founder Dr. Chris Mazza received $9.3 million in public money from the air ambulance firm during his six years there, according to new documents obtained by the Star.
The accounting by ORNGE, prepared for a provincial audit team, reveals Mazza was paid much more than the public previously knew and details his entire compensation, not just payments in his last two years before losing his job as president and CEO.
By 2007, the second year ORNGE was in operation, Mazza was already taking in $1 million, though that information was never disclosed publicly. Instead, the public was told through the provincial sunshine list that Mazza received $298,254 that year. The next year, the public lost sight of all payments to Mazza because a series of legal moves stopped almost all public disclosure by ORNGE.
In a written statement, ORNGE said Sunday “it would be inappropriate to comment on the actions of individuals who have not been affiliated with ORNGE for nearly two years.”
ORNGE spokesman James MacDonald said the current leadership of the air ambulance firm is “committed to transparency, accountability and respect for public dollars.” ORNGE receives about $150 million in taxpayer money each year.
Mazza did not respond to a request for comment.
Throughout the ORNGE controversy, provincial bureaucrats and ministers have said that news in 2011 of Mazza’s high salary came as a shock.
The accounting documents detail the steady progression of Mazza’s receipt of ORNGE dollars beginning in 2006. The amounts include his salary, a medical “stipend,” bonuses and some loans that he never paid off.
Mazza lost his job as CEO and president in early 2012 when, following a Star investigation, the province made several decisions that caused ORNGE’s board of directors to resign and most of the air ambulance firm’s top executives to be shown the door. ORNGE has gone through a top-to-bottom housecleaning since that time.
The research by ORNGE on Mazza’s income was done in early 2012 when Ministry of Finance auditors were sent in to ORNGE.
The new documents show that in Mazza’s first full year as boss in 2006, he took in $869,354. By the next year, 2007, he was up to just over $1 million. In 2008 he took in a similar amount, but then in 2009 it zoomed up to $1.3 million. In 2010, he took in $2.1 million and in his final year, 2011, $2.7 million.
In 2005, a partial year as ORNGE had just been created, he took in $251,764. That was the year Mazza convinced then health minister George Smitherman that Ontario needed a brand new style of provincial air ambulance firm. Mazza was given the top job.
The document notes the $1.2 million in loans provided to Mazza (one was for him to rebuild a house) and details the six interest payments he made, totalling just $7,375.
The salaries of Mazza and other executives became shielded from the public when a series of for-profit companies were created by the non-profit, publicly funded ORNGE. Mazza and others drew their salaries from those for-profit companies, which in turn drew their funds from provincial taxpayers. An OPP investigation is ongoing into a $6.7-million payment that one of the Mazza companies received from an Italian firm that sold ORNGE 12 helicopters.