What a bad time for a bun fight.
Just as the local public agency in charge of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is run off its feet, it’s been distracted by a controversy of its own making.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit and the County of Middlesex, one of its funders and, until recently, its landlord, are locked in a dispute that has nothing to do with public health. The county contacted Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner for advice on how part of the standoff should be resolved.
When it moved to Citi Plaza, the health unit left a mess at its old quarters at 50 King Street, leased from the county at $92,000 a month. It was a big move for the agency, which has a $35 million annual budget and employs about 300.
The move was “completed” at the end of March. A few days later, a previously announced $30 million purchase by York Developments of 50 King and adjacent 399 Ridout Street, was expected to close. A high-rise development is slated for the site, after 50 King is demolished and the historic courthouse somehow incorporated. The latter houses the county offices. The closing date has been extended to June 1.