Safe-injection group pays for NDP MLA's Disneyland vacation

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Mickey Mouse is seen during the Magic Disney Parade at the 20th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland Resort in Marne-la-Vallee, outside Paris, March 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

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, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET

Vancouver MLA Jenny Kwan vowed between sobs Friday to take an unpaid leave and pay back more than $34,000 a safe-injection group spent on her family vacations.

The details came out in a pair of audits of the Portland Hotel Society, a non-profit organization that runs Canada's only safe-injection site.

Kwan said in a press conference Friday she thought her ex-husband, PHS director Dan Small, had paid for the trips "out of pocket."

Among their PHS-funded trips was a $2,695 vacation to Disneyland for Small, Kwan and their two kids.

Two separate audits suggested the non-profit misspent millions, including out-of-country travel, misuse of corporate credit cards, missing receipts and unusual payments.

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

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

Kwan, the NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, also said Friday she would take a leave of absence.

--with files from Ada Slivinski and David P. Ball

 


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