The umbrellas were supplied by renowned manufacturer Soheil Mosun, which is located right beside the Ford-owned Deco Labels & Tags, on Greensboro Drive in Etobicoke.
Soheil Mosun is owned by Darius Mosun who, with the Fords’ blessing, was appointed to the board of the Toronto Parking Authority in 2011. Mosun gets paid $500 to attend each of the city agency's board meetings.
The Fords have criticized the umbrellas — which cost $12,000 each and were installed in June 2010, during the last mayoral election — as a waste of taxpayer money.
They have suggested it wouldn’t have happened on their watch.
Doug Ford told CBC News he was unaware Mosun had made the umbrellas. Ford said he was criticizing Waterfront Toronto's spending, not Mosun or the quality of its work.
Darius Mosun declined to be interviewed.
The development at Sugar Beach was also supported by late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, often described by the Fords as a mentor and friend. Ottawa picked up almost the entire tab to build it, according to Waterfront Toronto.
“The total cost of Sugar Beach is $14.2 million, $13.4 [million] is the federal government, and the remaining $700,000 was the City of Toronto,” said James Roche, director of design and construction at Waterfront Toronto.