Toronto mayor once coached Blue Jays, now his work with Rogers family is done

By Emily Bratcher, CNN Toronto Mayor John Tory says his work for the Rogers family is almost done. The mayor began work for Rogers Communications more than two years ago after the company bought…

Toronto mayor once coached Blue Jays, now his work with Rogers family is done

By Emily Bratcher, CNN

Toronto Mayor John Tory says his work for the Rogers family is almost done.

The mayor began work for Rogers Communications more than two years ago after the company bought the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and, Mayor Tory said, put him “in charge of their support services” including his day-to-day coaching.

While Tory has since declined to answer questions about his career move, over the past two years he’s sat with members of the family — including family friends, at public events and even on their airplanes.

Toronto Star reporter Dan Janison had an eye-opening look at the flights on Rogers to help Rogers’ employees, family and campaign workers travel.

“It’s no secret that the city of Toronto, despite its seemingly limitless resources, is struggling with soaring drug use, homelessness and mental health issues,” Janison wrote in a story published this week. “While Toronto is trying to be a very good place to live in Canada, its a terrible place to be in Toronto.”

So far, the mayor has walked his talk on the issues.

Speaking to CNN this week, he said he’s been trying to tackle the most pressing issues facing the city.

“Some of the highlights have been the relief of child poverty and looking at the homeless crisis — I’ve basically doubled the resources of the city’s homelessness services, which has helped.”

There’s been another issue causing some controversy: finances.

Tory first ran for mayor in 2014 after being appointed to the position by the City of Toronto.

“I don’t take on any seat or position or office lightly,” he said. “I have great respect for it, and I think I have a lot to offer to it.”

But news that he may have benefited financially as a result of his connections led to criticism.

Now, with just shy of two years remaining in his term, he’s working to finish out the job for the city that he said has given him the opportunity to work on so many issues “that mean a lot to me.”

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