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Kwan linked to Portland Hotel Society ‘mess’ 0

Ada Slivinski, David P. Ball, 24 hours

BC NDP Jenny Kwan speaks out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday May 7, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI / 24 HOURS)

BC NDP Jenny Kwan speaks out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday May 7, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI / 24 HOURS)

A $2,695-family trip to Disneyland has drawn BC New Democrat MLA Jenny Kwan into the fiscal crisis engulfing the Portland Hotel Society.

 

In a statement Thursday, Kwan said her estranged husband, PHS director Dan Small, told her he had “paid out of his pocket” for her part in a 2012 trip, which emerged in an audit of the Insite operator's finances.

She called on him to repay it. “If he doesn’t, then I will,” Kwan said.

The news comes after two separate audits suggested the Downtown Eastside nonprofit misspent millions.

“It’s a mess quite honestly,” Health Minister Terry Lake said. “We’re talking into the millions of dollars that are questionable or unsubstantiated.”

The audits found unsupported spending, including out-of-country travel, misuse of corporate credit cards, missing receipts and unusual payments.

PHS is now being run by an interim board after executive director Mark Townsend, Small and others resigned.

 

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