HID­DEN EXPENSES

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How much are they?

The amounts vary widely be­tween ex­ec­u­tives St. Joseph’s Health­care CEO Kevin Smith ex­pensed $1,800 to the foun­da­tion dur­ing the last fis­cal year that ended March 31 2016. Rob MacIsaac claimed an av­er­age of $237.63 a month to the foun­da­tion when he was pres­i­dent of Mo­hawk Col­lege. Cur­rent Mo­hawk Col­lege Pres­i­dent Ron McKer­lie expenses $776.10 from Septem­ber 2014 to Jan­uary 2017. McKer­lie is pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion, while nei­ther MacIsaac nor Smith has lead­er­ship roles in the fundrais­ing en­tity.

How does it com­pare to the pub­lic expenses?

For Smith it’s not pos­si­ble to know be­cause St. Joseph’s Health Sys­tem has not posted any expenses for the last fis­cal year and only par­tial expenses for the year be­fore that. The last full fis­cal year dis­closed was April 1 2013 to March 31 2014, with nearly $14,000 ex­pensed. It’s also not pos­si­ble to com­pare MacIsaac’s past Mo­hawk expenses be­cause they are no longer posted. McKer­lie claimed $21,135.08 in expenses as pres­i­dent of the col­lege from 2014 to 2017.

What was claimed?

A look at McKer­lie’s expenses show vast dif­fer­ences in what was claimed be­tween the hid­den and pub­lic expenses. About 91 per cent of the shielded expenses are meals. The rest are for park­ing. When it comes to the pub­lic expenses, about 38 per cent are gas and car main­te­nance. About 21 per cent are ho­tels with a fur­ther 12 per cent each spent on flights and con­fer­ence and event fees. Meals ac­counts for eight per cent of the pub­lic expenses and four per cent each are park­ing and trans­porta­tion, such as taxis and GO trains. A fi­nal one per cent was spent buy­ing books, such as “The Im­per­fect Board Mem­ber,” “The In­spired Work­place” and “Quiet: The Power of In­tro­verts In A World That Can’t Stop Talk­ing.”

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