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GLIN==> Toronto Wastewater Utility Study



Posted on behalf of  Jason Thorne <input@h2info.org>

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Toronto Wastewater Utility Study
www.h2info.org

Should the City of Toronto manage its drinking water and sewer systems with
a public corporation, an arm's length commission, or a department within the
City?

That is the question under consideration by the City of Toronto as part of
its Water and Wastewater Utility Study.

H2infO - The Water Information Network is hosting an on-line discussion
forum on its web site at www.H2infO.org for citizens, environmental groups,
and others regarding this study and its impacts.

If you have any information about the advantages and disadvantages of public
corporations, utilities, arm's length commissions including experiences in
other jurisdictions in managing water systems, then H2infO wants to hear
from you!

Your input will help local groups and citizens as they formulate their
comments to the City of Toronto.

Join the discussion at www.H2infO.org .

BACKGROUND

In November 2001, Toronto City Council directed the City's Chief
Administrative Officer (CAO) to conduct a study on public sector governance
options for water and wastewater services currently managed by the Works and
Emergency Services department.

A working group consisting of the CAO's office and various departments,
including Corporate Services, Finance, Public Health and Works and Emergency
Services will conduct this study. Research into the practices of other
jurisdictions and relevant legislation is underway. The working group will
analyse the administrative and financial implications of each option.
Consultation with union representatives, the public and stakeholders will
also be part of the study.

The study will cover governance issues, risk analysis, legal requirements,
corporate service agreements, human resource issues, infrastructure funding,
and impacts on the tax base, the water rates and other City departments and
services. It will identify the most appropriate public sector governance
model and develop an implementation plan for the recommended model.

Options being studied include:

==> Division or department within the city structure (with changes to the
'status quo' such as restructuring the Water and Wastewater Services
division as a stand alone department and/or establishing a separate Standing
Committee of Council, responsible for reviewing water and wastewater
policies, budgets, and operational issues).

==> Municipal Service Board (establish a special purpose body responsible
for water and wastewater services; Council appoints Board members and the
City owns all assets).

==> Publicly-owned Utility Corporation (create a corporation of which the
City of Toronto is the sole shareholder; Council appoints a Board of
Directors to run the corporation and sets corporate objectives and
principles; the corporation operates as a business owned by the City).

H2infO is a project of RiverSides Stewardship Alliance, the Toronto
Environmental Alliance, and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and
Policy.



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