Auditor General of Ontario 'not conducting audit' of NPCA

News Jul 04, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is waiting for the Auditor General of Ontario to decide if it will agree to examine its operations.

For the second month, authority chairman Sandy Annunizata told the June 28 board meeting he has yet to talk to the auditor general about conducting an operations audit of the organization.

“There has been no word from the auditor general,” he said.

That telephone call from the auditor general may take a few more months, according to a Auditor General’s spokeswoman.

Christine Pedias said in an email that the Auditor General’s office is “not conducting an audit of the NPCA.”

She refused to comment on whether the Auditor General will be initiating an audit of the authority in the future.

“I have no further updates at this time,” she stated.

It has been over two months since the authority’s board changed direction and dropped its own audit process. At a special April board meeting members voted unanimously to repeal a motion approved in February calling for the authority to seek a request for proposals to hire an independent agency to oversee an operations audit and to accept Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s offer to conduct a value-for-money audit of the authority.

At the time, a number of area MPPs as well as municipalities, including Hamilton, have called on the authority to abandon the internal audit process and accept the offer from the Auditor General’s office.

In a January motion introduced by Lincoln Regional Coun. and board member Bill Hodgson, the board set aside $150,000 to pay for an audit. Hodgson has since resigned from the board after members voted to censure the politician for alleged involvement in the board’s internal request for proposals process.

Pedias said the Auditor General’s office met with Annunizata a few months ago, but refused to comment further on the audit process.

Annunizata said that during a conference call with the Auditor General’s office earlier this year, Lysyk committed to “listen” to their stakeholders, but she would not get involved in the board’s audit process.

Niagara Peninsula Authority chairman waits for Auditor General to conduct audit

News Jul 04, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is waiting for the Auditor General of Ontario to decide if it will agree to examine its operations.

For the second month, authority chairman Sandy Annunizata told the June 28 board meeting he has yet to talk to the auditor general about conducting an operations audit of the organization.

“There has been no word from the auditor general,” he said.

That telephone call from the auditor general may take a few more months, according to a Auditor General’s spokeswoman.

Christine Pedias said in an email that the Auditor General’s office is “not conducting an audit of the NPCA.”

She refused to comment on whether the Auditor General will be initiating an audit of the authority in the future.

“I have no further updates at this time,” she stated.

It has been over two months since the authority’s board changed direction and dropped its own audit process. At a special April board meeting members voted unanimously to repeal a motion approved in February calling for the authority to seek a request for proposals to hire an independent agency to oversee an operations audit and to accept Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s offer to conduct a value-for-money audit of the authority.

At the time, a number of area MPPs as well as municipalities, including Hamilton, have called on the authority to abandon the internal audit process and accept the offer from the Auditor General’s office.

In a January motion introduced by Lincoln Regional Coun. and board member Bill Hodgson, the board set aside $150,000 to pay for an audit. Hodgson has since resigned from the board after members voted to censure the politician for alleged involvement in the board’s internal request for proposals process.

Pedias said the Auditor General’s office met with Annunizata a few months ago, but refused to comment further on the audit process.

Annunizata said that during a conference call with the Auditor General’s office earlier this year, Lysyk committed to “listen” to their stakeholders, but she would not get involved in the board’s audit process.

Niagara Peninsula Authority chairman waits for Auditor General to conduct audit

News Jul 04, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is waiting for the Auditor General of Ontario to decide if it will agree to examine its operations.

For the second month, authority chairman Sandy Annunizata told the June 28 board meeting he has yet to talk to the auditor general about conducting an operations audit of the organization.

“There has been no word from the auditor general,” he said.

That telephone call from the auditor general may take a few more months, according to a Auditor General’s spokeswoman.

Christine Pedias said in an email that the Auditor General’s office is “not conducting an audit of the NPCA.”

She refused to comment on whether the Auditor General will be initiating an audit of the authority in the future.

“I have no further updates at this time,” she stated.

It has been over two months since the authority’s board changed direction and dropped its own audit process. At a special April board meeting members voted unanimously to repeal a motion approved in February calling for the authority to seek a request for proposals to hire an independent agency to oversee an operations audit and to accept Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s offer to conduct a value-for-money audit of the authority.

At the time, a number of area MPPs as well as municipalities, including Hamilton, have called on the authority to abandon the internal audit process and accept the offer from the Auditor General’s office.

In a January motion introduced by Lincoln Regional Coun. and board member Bill Hodgson, the board set aside $150,000 to pay for an audit. Hodgson has since resigned from the board after members voted to censure the politician for alleged involvement in the board’s internal request for proposals process.

Pedias said the Auditor General’s office met with Annunizata a few months ago, but refused to comment further on the audit process.

Annunizata said that during a conference call with the Auditor General’s office earlier this year, Lysyk committed to “listen” to their stakeholders, but she would not get involved in the board’s audit process.