Com­mu­nity cen­tre re­port re­leased

Thornhill Post - - Neighbourhood News - — JC

A com­mu­nity cen­tre in Thorn­hill “clearly re­ceived pref­er­en­tial treat­ment” in a fund­ing re­quest, a newly re­leased ethics re­port has found. The cul­mi­na­tion of fed­eral ethics com­mis­sioner Mary Daw­son’s three­year ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the March 10 re­port re­veals Public Works Min­is­ter Diane Fin­ley vi­o­lated the Con­flict of In­ter­est Act when she awarded $1 mil­lion to Markham Cen­tre for Skills and In­de­pen­dence, one of 167 pro­pos­als that met the ini­tial screen­ing cri­te­ria un­der the fed­eral En­abling Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Fund pro­gram but one of 32 pro­pos­als that failed its in­ter­nal as­sess­ment, with one of the low­est rat­ings.

NDP ethics critic Char­lie An­gus calls it “an abuse of the public trust and it raises cyn­i­cism and it’s frankly an abuse of tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars.”

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