Auditors have been called in to probe the government-created agency that recycles used tires in Ontario after a Star expose detailed spending on luxury hotels, alcohol and donations to the Liberal Party of Ontario.
The Ontario Tire Stewardship — funded by consumer “eco-fees” — will be scrutinized for its spending, contracts, plans for its $50-million surplus and a recent allegation that a departed executive stole recycling fees, said Michael Scott, CEO of Waste Diversion Ontario, which oversees recycling programs.
“We will need to ensure the auditors go as deep as they need to, to address any issues of trust and transparency,” Scott said. “It’s very important that the public trust in these programs is maintained. Trust is crucial.”