ETHICS WATCH­DOG CHIDES CEO OF NCC FOR 12 VI­O­LA­TIONS

Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

The fed­eral ethics watch­dog says the head of an agency over­see­ing im­por­tant fed­eral sites in and around Ot­tawa vi­o­lated con­flict-of-in­ter­est rules a dozen times. Mario Dion’s re­port, is­sued Wednes­day, says Mark Krist­man­son, CEO of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Com­mis­sion, ran afoul of ethics stan­dards when he ac­cepted in­vi­ta­tions to events from or­ga­ni­za­tions with of­fi­cial busi­ness ties to the com­mis­sion. The or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture, Via Rail and the Royal Cana­dian Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety. Krist­man­son was “per­son­ally in­volved” in de­ci­sions about con­struc­tion projects at the arts cen­tre and na­ture mu­seum, the ap­proval of Via Rail’s de­sign for Ot­tawa’s train sta­tion, as well as the so­ci­ety’s lease of a prized fed­eral prop­erty at 50 Sus­sex Dr., on the Ot­tawa River.

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