Yesterday, Public Eye and Strategic Thoughts reported on the direct awarding of $407,800 worth of information technology contracts to four companies: ACB Consulting, CRB Consulting, Ramsay IT Solutions Ltd. and Health Information Canada Incorporated (HII) Interestingly, three of those companies - ACB Consulting, CRB Consulting and Health Information Canada Incorporated (HII) - were among the primary contractors for the CareNet Technology Society - this, according to a May 2004 audit. CareNet, you may remember, was a controversial and now bankrupt non-profit society managed by Doug Walls, the premier's cousin-in-law. It made headlines when an investigation revealed the Ministry of Children and Family Development improperly wrote-off a $537,180 debt owed to the provincial government by the society. It was also later discovered taxpayer-funded social service agencies had contributed $1.2 million to the society, which never delivered on its promise to develop a complex software system that would coordinate and integrate agency and ministry services.
July 12, 2005