Province sends ­adviser to help Catholic board

A provincial adviser heads to the Toronto Catholic board today to investigate trustee expenses after embarrassing revelations of spending abuses.



Norbert Hartmann — who just last year was appointed to oversee the Dufferin-Peel Catholic board’s finances after trustees there refused to balance the books — is to meet with the Toronto Catholic board’s director of education.



Hartmann is to help the board develop policies and guidelines around expenses, as well as a process for approving trustee expenditures after it was revealed Trustee Christine Nunziata charged thousands of dollars in personal expenses to taxpayers, including vacations and clothes.

She has since been forced to vacate her seat after missing four monthly meetings.

Chair Catherine LeBlanc-Miller said that after discussions with the education ministry, it was agreed the help of an adviser was needed.

She says the move will assure the public the board is doing all it can to rectify the problem. LeBlanc-Miller herself has had to reimburse the board $4,700 after filing improper taxi, TTC and parking expenses.

choices available

  • After taking office, all Toronto Catholic trustees sign forms signalling their choice to receive an $800-a-month travel allowance or instead file transportation expenses.