City of Toronto
September 24, 2013RE: ZOO GOVERNANCEBy : Miguel Avila
Citizens Advisory CommitteeMr. Mayor, Toronto Taxpayers are happy to learn that the Elephants are finallyleaving the ZOO ( and soon to be released from the elephant-napping clutches of zoo staff and management in their desperate need to keep jobs) Well done!.Hold down, we are not out of the wood just yet, Today, this Committee is meetingto debate the City Manager report and the Zoo's report on their OUTRAGEOUSand impossible-to-justify Governance changes (Item EX34.7).Torontonians are not aware of any ransoms paid, nor are they aware of any last-minute attempts (yet) to reverse the transfer to California. However, never underestimate the silliness of the Toronto Zoo management to mess things upbefore Thanksgiving.Torontonians know for a fact that anything is possible in Toronto Zoo-land. Thehoopla of staff wanted to keep their jobs, management didn't want to look likefools, because the KNOW IT ALL.. and City Council actually debated thissilliness twice...how embarrassing .Dear Committee members it will still cost the City of Toronto MILLIONS of dollars per year to subsidize the Zoo's operating expenses (along with the $5Million or so per year in capital expenditures), you really think by 2021 the Zoo
would be able to walk on their own? They need the City’s subsidies to
accomplish just that.Mr. Mayor, Torontonians from all walks of life sense desperation as the CityManager has put some conditions to the plans that the ZOO is asking for.Asusual the Zoo Board and Management would rely on overpaid consultants tocome to the rescue.. but the overpaid consultants estimate that UNDERFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS (not their BASE projections), the Toronto Zoo maybreak even in operating expenses by 2021. Yes, sponsors, third-partyagreements and donations will do the trick...
SURE THEY WILL. theconsultants have been paid so they can not be hold accountable for any error.FACTS AND SOLUTIONS IN THE LONG RUN: