How did Beth James - a former assistant deputy minister at small business and economic development - became an acting associate deputy minister at children and family development? That's a question some of our astute readers continue to ask, almost a month after she was named to that post. Well, according to our operatives, her appointment is related to the fact that, late last year, Ms. James was assigned to work closely with deputy solicitor general David Morhart on his internal review into the failed transfer of child death files to the coroner's office three years ago. Mr. Morhart's investigation is now being completed by Ted Hughes as part of the former conflict of interest commissioner's B.C. Children and Youth Review.
March 6, 2006