The provincial government's plan to setup regional authorities to deliver children and family services to the aboriginal community has hit another snag, according to a senior bureaucrat. Those authorities, which will be governed and managed by members of that community, have been in the works since December 2001 - albiet with many, many, many stoppages along the way. But a need for further consultation has been identified. And changes to the whole scheme may also be made by Lesley du Toit, the international contractor of mystery (Public Eye passim) hired by the premier's office to help fix British Columbia's embattled child protection system. As a result, the bureaucrat says the children and family development's acting deputy minister Arn van Iersel has given instructions that there should no new hiring or program funding until Ms. du Toit completes her work.
March 15, 2006