LEVY: TCHC super muzzled and demoted to janitor for speaking up

He came to the last residents meeting on May 8 to speak about the negative impact of the 21 Park Rd. respite care shelter on the surrounding Collier-Asquith neighbourhood.

He was quoted in a column I wrote that very night.

But Roy Dorrington, an acting superintendent at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation building on Asquith Ave. was nowhere to be seen at a subsequent residents’ meeting Tuesday night.

More than one resident who attended told me Dorrington had been informed he was not to attend another meeting or to speak to the media.

Another source said that Dorrington was not only muzzled but demoted and transferred to another building in yet another attempt by TCHC to send a message to all employees to keep quiet.

TCHC spokesman Bruce Malloch denied he was demoted saying he was merely “filling in” for the regular super on Asquith while on holiday and was subsequently returned to his “base position.”

When pressed, Malloch said his base position is custodial maintenance.

A qualified super was returned to janitorial duties? Yep, Dorrington was demoted, methinks.

A development proposal concerning Toronto Community Housing properties along Dundas St. W., between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St. in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday March 5, 2017. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

And for what?

On May 8, Dorrington told the meeting he can’t keep up with problems in the 17-storey TCHC building — ones which have increased since the Park Rd. shelter opened last November.

He spoke of having to remove graffiti repeatedly and having to deal with human feces and needles in the building’s stairwells, where transients turned away from 21 Park Rd. come to sleep.

Dorrington begged for something to be done.

Knowing the culture at TCHC as well as I do, I’m willing to bet Dorrington relayed his concerns to his bosses at the housing authority and nothing was done.

Heck, imagine a super that actually cares about safety and security in the building he maintains — unlike so many of his lazy, pass-the-buck colleagues.

When I first approached TCHC CEO Kathy Chisholm for comment Wednesday morning she said that they have “designated staff” to attend public meetings and, in most cases, respond to media queries.

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After I suggested that perhaps TCHC wanted to simply sweep any concerns under the rug, I received a response assuring me that “tenant and community safety” are a top priority for TCHC.

“We are aware of the challenges that have been developing at 40 Asquith and are taking steps to address them,” Milsom said. “This includes focused patrols by our Community Safety Unit and placing a security guard in the building overnight to patrol for trespassers, identify issues and engage Toronto police where necessary.”

Well considering, as I heard, the area residents can’t “engage” the Toronto police to treat their safety concerns seriously, I’m not sure what magic TCHC can conjure up to have police address the issues raised by Dorrington.

But I digress.

If this situation is anything like the many I’ve covered about TCHC, I suspect the housing authority was simply embarrassed because Dorrington told the truth.

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