Toronto District School Board donated thousands to charity set up by chair
The Toronto District School Board has dispersed tens of thousands of dollars in provincial government funding to a charitable organization founded by board chair Chris Bolton, The Globe and Mail has learned.
Friends of Community Schools, founded by Mr. Bolton in 1996, is one of dozens of charitable groups that has received money from a provincially funded program operated by the TDSB, according to documents obtained by The Globe. Mr. Bolton did not officially declare his potential conflict of interest.
Mr. Bolton stepped down as a trustee of Friends of Community Schools in December, 2010, when he became chairman of the TDSB. He maintains close ties to Friends of Community Schools through his live-in partner, Terry Ross, chairman and president of the charity. The couple’s Toronto residence is listed as the charity’s address.