Al­berta film grants abused: watch­dog

Times Colonist - - Arts -

ED­MON­TON — Al­berta’s au­di­tor gen­eral said the prov­ince’s mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar grant pro­gram for film and TV pro­duc­tions has been abused be­cause of loose rules and poor over­sight.

Mer­wan Sa­her said grant re­cip­i­ents have been break­ing the rules by hir­ing peo­ple and buy­ing ser­vices from out of prov­ince — and he said one per­son claimed salary ex­penses on the set for three dif­fer­ent jobs.

The $43-mil­lion Al­berta Pro­duc­tion Grant dis­al­lowed out-of-prov­ince spend­ing, but Sa­her said the Tourism Depart­ment told him their rules on in­el­i­gi­ble spend­ing were so loose, they couldn’t en­force them. — CP

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