Nova Scotia’s Housing Department says a new policy will address issues of conflicts of interest highlighted in a recent auditor general’s report.
A public housing official discussed the new policy on Wednesday during a hearing of the Nova Scotia legislature’s public accounts committee, which met to discuss auditor general Kim Adair’s Jan. 17 report. That report found numerous incidents of conflicts of interest tied to Jamie Vigliarolo, former director of the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority.
Adair reported that the authority, which was dissolved last year and amalgamated into a provincial housing agency, awarded almost $1 million in contracts in 2021 to a security company that had ties to Vigliarolo.
Pam Menchenton, executive director of client services for provincial public housing, told the committee that the new policy establishes clear guidelines for identifying and reporting potential conflicts of interest. The old policy, she said, “may not have been applied consistently.”