As the Vancouver Trump Tower files for bankruptcy, it brought to mind the fate of the Toronto Trump Tower:
The project was the dream of Trump’s original partner, Leib Waldman, a Toronto condo developer with a track record of several successful towers and apartment blocks across the GTA. Waldman hired the prestigious architect Eberhard Zeidler and raised seed money in the Orthodox Jewish community in Toronto, New York and London, U.K.
Waldman’s minority investors, some of whom have never been publicly identified, have varied and often colourful backgrounds, but no experience in condo tower development.
In the Where Are They Now segment, here's Leib Waldman:
Obtained on suspicion through a long and sophisticated series of acts of fraud and concealment by the suspects, each according to his part. As well as a series of offenses in the areas of planning and construction and tax – so the project was built while evading a procedure to change the designation of the plot, paying the full amount required to the authorities for the improvement of the property, and the rest of the requirements for a commercial and residential developer.
On the one hand, it made me wonder if Canada's militant protection of the environment didn't actually dovetail with protecting the Rothschild monopoly on Canadian natural ressources and pipelines. It made me realize maybe the very generous payout to Natives in the North by the government had been less about brilliant human rights lawyering. It made me think also about the young Rothschild behind the collection data connected to my last Toronto home. And I'm just wrapping my head around how my historical novella premised on the discovery of an uncatalogued master painting just maybe might have been in the orbit of the Rothschild family novelist's later novel. I'm also trying not to inflate myself too much, but when one of them makes a point to deploy a small detail in order to approach my car after my morning dog walk to spout nonsense at my car window in DDO, you start to ask... when the f*(k will they ever stop meddling?