Close adviser to Premier Doug Ford had real estate deal with future OPP commissioner Ron Taverner | The Star
Over the years, he has owned property in many places, but not in Toronto. Among other places he has lived: Caledon, Wasaga Beach and Barrie.
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Property records show Taverner purchased the white stucco and brick house on Church St., built in 1928, on July 21, 2017. The corner lot the house sits on measures 52 by 98 feet. The same day, Taverner took out a $440,000 mortgage from National Bank. The mortgage documents do not list a payment schedule or interest rate. The mortgage is payable “on demand,” according to the document.
Simone Daniels had lived in the house for five years. Prior to 2012, land title documents show the home was owned by a woman with a near-identical name to Daniels (the woman’s last name is listed as “Daniel” and she is 23 years older than Daniels). In 2012, the woman transferred the home to Daniels and herself as joint tenants at a price of $102,500. Then, in 2015, Daniels and the other woman transferred the property to Daniels for a price of $96,926. Two years later (Daniels was married by this time and moved to Thornhill) Daniels sold the house to Taverner for $550,000.
The Star made repeated attempts by phone, email and in person (at Taverner’s home) to get comment from the premier’s office, Daniels and Taverner in an attempt to determine how Taverner heard the Weston house was for sale and what price it was listed at. The area has a wide variety of houses and the Star was not able to arrive at a true comparable value based on other sales. Two smaller houses sold in the last year for less than $550,000 but most houses in the area sold for more than $550,000.
For Taverner, it’s a convenient location, just a 15-minute drive from his office at 23 Division at Finch and Kipling Aves. The OPP’s head office is in Orillia. Property records shows Taverner owns a property in Barrie, southwest of Orillia.
In the legislature Thursday, after the Star story about the transaction was raised, community safety minister Jones read out a series of testimonials to Taverner’s time as a Toronto police officer, concluding with a message for the NDP.
“I hope, when Ron Taverner becomes the OPP commissioner on Dec. 17, the NDP will finally do what everyone else in this province understands who knows him, and congratulates him and thank him for his service.”
Taverner’s salary as Toronto police superintendent is $178,968, with $16,000 in taxable benefits, according to the most recent provincial Sunshine List. As OPP commissioner, based on the salary of outgoing OPP boss Vince Hawkes, Taverner will earn roughly $276,000 annually.
Kevin Donovan can be reached at 416-312-3503 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @_kevindonovan
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