Moonlighting?

Do you admire the job Jane Morely has been doing as the provincial government's child and youth officer? Would your company or organization benefit from her skills in crisis management, perhaps? Well, apparently, you can hire her for the bargain basement price of "$200 to $260 (per hour) depending on the nature of the mediation" - this, according to her personal Website. The site notes, on top of her duties as the child and youth officer, "I am a lawyer, a mediator and an arbitrator. My private practice is based both in Vancouver and Victoria. My experience, and interests, in the law and in court and alternative-to-court processes has been varied. As Bob Marley put it: 'I like it, I like it this way'." And how, you may ask, does she find the time to like it that way, maintaining her practice while being paid "a per diem of $1,300, to a maximum amount of $182,000 per year" for her government work? Well, based on those numbers and the assumption Ms. Morley will be working a standard seven hour civil service work day, it looks as if she was hired on the equivalent of a half-time basis. That may have changed. And Ms. Morley could have given up her private practice since updating her Website. But she has not yet returned a phone call inquiring about the matter because she's been, according to her staff, too busy. The following is a complete copy of Ms. Morely's employment contract.

APR 10 2003

Jane Morley, Q.C.
Suite 417-645 Fort Street
Victoria BC V8W 1G2

Dear Jane Morley:

This letter is written in anticipation of, and is subject to, your appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as Child and Youth Officer. Under s. 2 of the Office for Children and Youth Act, I am authorized to enter into a contract containing mutually agreed terms and conditions with the Child and Youth Officer. The terms and conditions of your appointment are set out below.

Your appointment will be for a four year period, commencing May 1, 2003. You will provide your services as Child and Youth Officer, devoting such time as is nEcessary to fulfill your functions and duties under the Act. You will be paid a per diem of $1300, to a maximum amount of $182,000 per year.

It is understood that you will be required to travel from time to time in the performance of your duties. Group III rates will apply to your expenses for transportation, accomodation, meal and out-of-pocket expenses while on travel status. When the duties of your office require travel to Vancouver, you will be reimbursed at government approved hotel rates for that city, including applicable hotel taxes, whenever an overnight stay is required.

It is further agreed that you will work with the Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, Planning and Legislation, to develop mutually agreeable deliverables, outcomes and performance measures no later than August 31, 2003.

These terms and conditions will be reviewed in eight (8) months for the purposes of determining whether the current arrangements, regarding the rate of remuneration and the time devoted to the office, is adequate for the discharge of your statutory duties. Should it be determined that changes to the provisions are required, such changes will take effect on May 1, 2004 and will extend for the remainder of the life of this contract unless otherwise agreed by both parties.

Once you have signed the letter below indicating your acceptance of these terms and conditions, please return the original letter to my office.

Yours truly,

Geoff Plant
Attorney General

pc: Robert G.W. Lapper
Acting Deputy Attorney General

David L. Winider
Assistant Deputy Minister
Policy, Planning and Legislation

I have read and accepted the terms and conditions outlined above.

Jane Morley, Q.C.

Date: April 14, 2003

7 Comments

Maybe I am naive, but at a rate of 13000 per diem to a maximum of 182000...

Doesn't that mean she could potentially be paid $182,000 for 14 days work?

Sure it says "devoting such time as is ncessary to fulfill your functions and duties under the Act."

There may be differences of opinion about how best to monitor the child welfare system or review the deaths of children, and hopefully kids in BC will benefit from Ted Hughes' review of the system, but no one will ever convince me that Jane Morley isn't worth every cent of her $182,000 yearly salary. Regardless of her part-time status, she has been routinely putting in close to double the 7-hour work day of a typical civil servant since she started in 2003, and is the most tuned-in, accessible and intelligent supervisor that I have had in 28 years in the child welfare field. Enough with the personal attacks.

I agree with Dulcie. Jane is the hardest working civil servant I have ever met. She has made a positive difference in each and every position that she taken on.She is worth what she is paid.

doesn't the song go "I like it like this", not "I like it this way"?

Er ... ahem ... does this Jane Morley have anything to do with the cancellation of Christmas gifts for children in B.C. foster care??

Well Bruce and Dulcie are Liberal suporters who are trying to advance their careers in social services.Maybe this will get you some kudos Bruce.Morley has been abysmal and it is beyond comprehension to say she has done an adequate job, unless of course you support the Fiberal agenda of "if you say it often enough people will believe you."You know, better services ,while they cut off crucial funding and try and hide from the public the extreme agendas.Morley has certyainly been a competent flack but the gig is up.

Well Bruce and Dulcie are Liberal suporters who are trying to advance their careers in social services.Maybe this will get you some kudos Bruce.Morley has been abysmal and it is beyond comprehension to say she has done an adequate job, unless of course you support the Fiberal agenda of "if you say it often enough people will believe you."You know, better services ,while they cut off crucial funding and try and hide from the public the extreme agendas.Morley has certainly been a competent flack but the gig is up.

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