2h. Did the project get $500,000 of taxpayer money to run a PR campaign to influence the outcome?
The money received from BC Housing is a loan, not a handout of taxpayer dollars. The $500,000 loan must be repaid by the church whether the project goes ahead or not.
A comprehensive financial model was developed for BC Housing to meet their stringent requirements demonstrating the project is viable before a project planning loan was approved. It is reasonable that the project would spend some money on communications.