The walls are going up at Toronto’s city hall.
Even though the city’s new mayor pledged to build bridges among councillors, one of his first moves has been to shut them out by soundproofing his boardroom. In a strange stroke of irony, it appears the boardroom shares a pretty thin divider with former mayor Rob Ford’s office. As a result, ol’ Ford has been able to hear Tory talking about things that he probably didn’t want him to hear.
According to reports, the issue is that the drywall in the offices of city hall doesn’t extend above the tiles in the ceiling, so the sound is able to carry through the open space above the partitions. Rather than actually installing soundproofing, the walls are simply going to be extended to stop the problem.
The building’s paper-thin walls have been a long-standing issue. The Globe and Mail reports that a councillor used to bang his shoe against them when things got too loud in the adjacent office. Rob Ford even admitted to being able to overhear conversations after he left the mayor’s office last year.
““My office is right beside the boardroom so I heard a lot of conversations that I shouldn’t have heard,” he told the newspaper. “My name was mentioned a few times, too.”
“That’s politics,” he said.
It’s unclear whether a specific incident led Tory to make the call, nor has he said how much the work will cost. But workers already visited the building to talk about possible options last week.
With all the apparent eavesdropping going on in city hall though, it’s hard to imagine how a notorious crack scandal could’ve went under the radar for so long.
Guess that’s just “politics,” too.