Embattled B.C. non-profit housing agency stands behind CEO; housing minister shocked
B.C.’s housing minister said it’s “shocking” that Atira Women’s Resource Society is standing behind its CEO despite evidence of systemic conflict of interest between the non-profit housing agency and B.C. Housing’s former CEO.
Meanwhile, B.C Housing is demanding that Atira immediately return its $1.9 million surplus.
Speaking to reporters in Victoria Tuesday, Kahlon was baffled that Atira CEO Janice Abbott claimed to have not read the Ernst and Young report released Monday.
The investigation found Atira, B.C.’s largest non-profit housing provider, received preferential treatment for housing contracts because Abbott is married to B.C. Housing’s former CEO Shayne Ramsay. Ramsay resigned in August after 22 years as B.C. Housing’s top boss.
“The CEO says she hasn’t even read it. It shows a level of lack of concern for the information that’s been provided,” Kahlon said. “Certainly, my hope was that it wouldn’t be business as usual.”
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