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Trustees facing tougher regulations

Should Toronto Catholic trustees ever again decide to vote themselvesbenefits they aren’t entitled to, all or part of their pay could bewithheld until they have reimbursed the board.

Should Toronto Catholic trustees ever again decide to vote themselves benefits they aren’t entitled to, all or part of their pay could be withheld until they have reimbursed the board.

The motion comes before the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s supervision team tomorrow and is meant to clarify the rules, said spokesperson Emmy Milne.

The motion would also limit trustees to a BlackBerry, no additional cellphone and a maximum monthly bill of $215. In the past, some trustees have racked up thousands in cellphone bills.

In 2007, trustees voted themselves medical and dental benefits, similar to those provided to board employees, despite being told by board lawyers such a move violated the Education Act.

The benefits were stripped at the end of June 2008 after the board was taken over by a supervisor who had been sent in by the province.

 
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