Nova Scotia housing officials promise new policy to address conflict of interest – Halifax | PKBNEWS

The Nova Scotia Department of Housing says a new policy will address conflict of interest issues highlighted in a recent auditor general’s report.

The provincial public accounts committee met today to discuss Auditor General Kim Adair’s January 17 report, which revealed numerous incidents of conflict of interest within the former Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority.

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The report said the director who oversaw the province’s largest housing authority, responsible for more than 4,000 housing units at 90 properties in the Halifax and Hants County areas, had conflicts of interest that did not were not disclosed.

The authority, which was disbanded last year and merged into a provincial housing agency, in 2020 awarded nearly $1 million in contracts to a security firm linked 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 close gaps that previously existed.

She says the previous policy “may not have been applied consistently” and that the new version sets out clear guidelines for identifying and reporting potential conflicts of interest.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2023.

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