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New premier in hot seat as leaked report outlines mismanagement at BC Housing provider – BC

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leaked report B.C.’s new prime minister and his new Democrats were forced to win seats after outlining widespread mismanagement of a high-profile government-funded housing provider.

BDO Canada LLP reports: Attila Women’s Resources Association (AWRS) made decisions based on “inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information”, applied “inconsistent accounting practices across the portfolio” and determined that “BC Housing covers excess We operated the budget based on the assumption that

BC Housing commissioned a financial review on September 26, 2017 and was sent to the nonprofit on November 7, 2018. BC liberalthe person who claims David Eby When I was Minister of Housing, I learned about this report and buried him. BC Housing continued to fund the group.

Eby said Tuesday afternoon on CKNW’s Jas Johal Show that he had not seen a review of BDO “to the best of[his]knowledge.”

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“I will definitely be on it,” said Evie. “I think it’s very important when we expand housing and when we work In the non-profit sector that British Columbians believe in.

“That’s why we’ve done some pretty extensive restructuring at BC Housing to help people in British Columbia feel more confident in the work being done there.”

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BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon told reporters about the “disruption and total mismanagement” of BC Housing, a state-owned company that reports to the attorney general and housing minister. Eby held the position from July 2017 until he was in July 2022.

Falcon, the former finance minister, said of the 30-page report leaked by the whistleblower that it was “a pretty frightening read.” “It’s not about how much money the government is spending or what the government is making, it’s about what results we’re getting.”

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Eby did not participate in Tuesday’s question period and did not have time for an interview with Global News at a separate event in response to allegations of “incompetence” and “disruption” within BC housing under his watch. said.

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However, he told Jas Johar Shaw that BC Housing was “a pretty small organization” under BC Liberal and that “their governance needs to catch up.”

Eby said:

During a question period, current housing minister Murray Rankin told BC Liberals that there has been “huge growth” and “huge growth to be proud of” within Crown companies over the past two years. He said the NDP government was tackling the housing crisis “head-on” and “completely disagreed with the characterization” of mismanagement put forward by Falcon.

“We are aware that there is a housing crisis in this house and that is why this week we are announcing a historic piece of legislation – the Housing Supply Act. We can create much-needed housing in areas of the state,” Rankin said.

“We are aiming to spend $7 billion over 10 years to build new homes.”

Global News reached out to BC Housing for comment.

Atira CEO Janice Abbott said she was unavailable for an interview Tuesday, but BDO’s review globe and mail When Thailand Earlier this year.

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BDO’s review found that Attira was struggling with a series of annual deficits, plus a pattern of meetings about late financial reporting and lack of cash flow, and BC Housing had asked for help with the review. At that time, Attila had 22 buildings supporting various accommodation facilities and the main funder was He BC Housing.

This review included fiscal years going back to March 2009. BC Liberal Government held the housing portfolio from 2001 to mid-2017.

The review said Attila’s financial mismanagement led staff to seek ways to relieve cash flow pressure, resulting in “other downstream implications” and made 11 recommendations to the board. increase. These recommendations included clarification of the relationship and budget approval process between Atira and BC Housing, clarification of procurement and purchase processes, improved tracking of commitments and payments, and the ability of key roles in its oversight and operations. and a review of abilities. Finance and HR team.


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After a period of questions, Rankin pointed to a review that featured activity at Atira when the BC Liberals were in charge.

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“I understand that the issue was resolved through conversations and exchanges between (BC Housing and Attila),” he told reporters.

In response, BC Liberal spokesman Andrew Reeve said the BDO had chosen to focus on Attila’s 2018 financial statements rather than historical accounts.

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Less than five months after more than half of BC Housing’s board of directors were fired, the sordid reports have resurfaced. These layoffs were attributed to unclear roles and responsibilities within the organization, largely undocumented project management processes, a risk-based approach not applied, and formal data governance in place. It occurred after receiving the survey result that there was no.

of may report Ernst & Young auditors produced 26 findings and 44 recommendations. BC Housing’s organizational structure has resulted in siled service delivery, the system does not meet the needs of ‘functional areas’, and 80-85% of services are provided through non-profit housing providers. The manual monitoring process of the housing was very difficult. exclusive.

Shayne Ramsay, longtime CEO of BC Housing Retired in August After repeated threats to his safety and a lack of confidence that he could solve the complex problems facing BC Housing.

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According to Atira’s website, it has so far accommodated 1,500 women and children and serves an additional 8,000. We serve Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Burnaby, Surrey and White Rock.

The provider operates the Winters Hotel, a single-room hotel in downtown Vancouver, where two people died and five were injured in a fire caused by an unattended candle last spring.

The building’s sprinklers had been shut down following a fire several days prior to the incident, and Attira had been ordered to maintain a fire suppression system and install fire monitoring at the time. Some fire extinguishers in the building had not yet been replaced when the fire broke out on April 11th.

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