Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.: Public money spent improperly: auditor's report
- Public money spent improperly: auditor's report
SASKATOON - Poor oversight by the Department of Health allowed the Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc. to spend close to $600,000 improperly, according to a report by the provincial auditor released Friday.
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In the report, Fred Wendel says problems occurred after the council's board of directors took control of the finances.
From June 2001 to Feb. 2004, money paid to the council by the Minister of Health was not "fully accounted for" and not "used appropriately."
Close to 7 per cent of the council's budget was spent by board members on travel, meals and expense claims. Questionable expenses include payments for building repairs and renovations that did not happen.
The board of directors during that time period has now been fired. The RCMP are also investigating.
The auditor makes 13 recommendations in the report, including strict guidelines for the council's board of directors to follow.
Wendel also calls on the health department to take a more active role in making sure public money is spent properly.
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