Zoo drops $60K in legal fees following split

The Toronto Zoo spent just over $60,000 in legal fees last year to windup the Toronto Zoo Foundation, following an acrimonious split with thefundraising group.

The Toronto Zoo spent just over $60,000 in legal fees last year to wind up the Toronto Zoo Foundation, following an acrimonious split with the fundraising group.

It spent a further $14,063 hiring a public relations consultant, according to a report to the government management committee. The breakup concluded in May, when the zoo foundation dissolved itself and transferred about $9 million still in its coffers to the Toronto Community Foundation.

The report on consulting services shows that Carter Professional Corporation billed the zoo $60,282 last year for “legal and consultation services” related to the foundation’s transfer of its assets.

Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, who sits on the zoo’s board of governors, said the bill didn’t seem unreasonable, given the amount of money at stake. The records also show the zoo paid $14,063 for outside public relations advice. The zoo has its own public relations staff.

 
 
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