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Director of Office of Emergency Management for Toronto fired in midst of COVID-19 outbreak

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 6:20 pm EDT

Summary

Charles Jansen, the Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Toronto, has been fired.

It's not yet clear why Jansen has been dismissed.

“The City of Toronto does not discuss personnel matters," spokesperson Brad Ross said.

Sources confirm to CityNews that Charles Jansen, the Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Toronto, has been fired.

It’s not yet clear why Jansen has been dismissed.

“The City of Toronto does not discuss personnel matters,” spokesperson Brad Ross said.

The move comes just a day after the province of Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From the moment COVID-19 began to emerge as a public concern in January, Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, as the head of the City’s Office of Emergency Management, has led the City’s operational response, and continues to do so,” Ross said.

According to Jansen’s Lindedin page, he began the job in October 2019 and his brief tenure ended in March 2020.

Watch: Still more to do to flatten the pandemic curve, say city officials


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