We know it sounds unbelievable, but apparently there are still people working at the provincial government's public affairs bureau. Here's the evidence: insiders tell us communications director Shawn Robbins, who was interned at transportation (and highways) during the Coquihalla Highway privatization debacle, is being transferred from energy and mines to agriculture, food and fisheries. That ministry has been without a permanent spinmaster since former CKNW legislative reporter Graham Currie replaced Betty Nicholson at skills, development and labour.
We are also pleased to report Ms. Nicholson, who has been trying to retire for the past two months (if not longer), will finally be decommissioned this week. No word yet on who will take her place at sustainable resource management. But rumour has it Mr. Robbins' old job will be filled by acting treaty negotiations office communications director Tamara Little, who is married to Tom Syer, the premier's prince of issues management. Ms. Little is making room for Deborah Bowman, who will also heading up the attorney general's public affairs bureau.