Trustee charged with harassment, confinement

Howard Goodman released after arrest, to appear in court Dec. 18

Howard Goodman in photo on Toronto District School Board site.
Howard Goodman in photo on Toronto District School Board site. (TDSB.ON.CA)

Long-time trustee Howard Goodman was arrested Wednesday and charged with forcible confinement and harassing someone for over a year.

“He has now been released,” says Toronto police spokesperson Jenifferjit Sidhu.

Goodman is scheduled to appear in court on Dec 18.

Goodman has represented the Eglinton-Lawrence ward on the Toronto District School Board since 2003 but did not run for re-election last month.

Scarborough-Agincourt truste Sam Sotiropoulos has openly accused Goodman of harassing and confining the TDSB’s director of education, Donna Quan.

Sotiropoulos details seeing Goodman physically prevent Director Quan from leaving a room in his formal complaint to TDSB chair Chris Bolton.

Sotiropoulos called Goodman’s actions “bullying” and said there was a “culture of fear” at the TDSB.

Bolton did not answer an interview request. .

Representatives of the TDSB also declined to comment on the issue.