Sugar Beach umbrellas supplied by neighbour of Ford family business
The expensive, lighted umbrellas at Sugar Beach — which Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, say are a waste of taxpayer dollars — were supplied by a company close to the Ford family business, CBC News has learned.
The umbrellas were supplied by renowned manufacturer Soheil Mosun, which is located right beside the Ford-owned Deco Labels & Tags, on Greensboro Drive in Etobicoke.
Soheil Mosun is owned by Darius Mosun who, with the Fords’ blessing, was appointed to the board of the Toronto Parking Authority in 2011. Mosun gets paid $500 to attend each of the city agency's board meetings
"The development at Sugar Beach was also supported by late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, often described by the Fords as a mentor and friend. Ottawa picked up almost the entire tab to build it, according to Waterfront Toronto.
“The total cost of Sugar Beach is $14.2 million, $13.4 [million] is the federal government, and the remaining $700,000 was the City of Toronto,” said James Roche, director of design and construction at Waterfront Toronto. "