Nova Scotia’s housing department says a new policy will address conflict of interest issues recently highlighted in the auditor general’s report.
Provincial Public Accounts Committee meeting held today to discuss the Auditor General Kim Adair 17 report, which found several instances of conflict of interest within the former Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority.
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The report said the director, who oversees the largest housing authority in the province, responsible for more than 4,000 housing units in 90 properties in the Halifax and Hunts County areas, had a conflict of interest that was not disclosed .
The authority, which was disbanded last year and amalgamated into a provincial housing agency, awarded a nearly $1 million contract in 2020 to a security company that had ties to the authority’s director.
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Pam Menchenton, executive director of client services for provincial public housing, says a new conflict of interest policy for provincial housing will address the gaps that previously existed.
She says the previous policy “could not be consistently enforced,” and the new version establishes clear guidelines for identifying and reporting potential conflicts of interest.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2023.
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