Earlier, we exclusively told you Brian Berglund - one of the primary contractors for the controversial CareNet Technology Society - had been hired as the chief information officer for Community Living British Columbia. At the time, the authority's communications director Sally Greenwood refused to disclose the value of that contract, noting "In these situations it is my responsibility to err on the side of caution and to utilize the (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) as a means of ensuring appropriate confidentiality while supporting transparency." This, despite the fact government routinely discloses the value of such contracts. And now we may know why Ms. Greenwood was reluctant to talk about the price tag for the authority's new chief information officer. Under inquiry from provincial New Democrat critic Adrian Dix, Children and Family Development Minister Stan Hagen revealed Mr. Berglund would be paid "a maximum of $216,000 each year, including allowance for expenses." That pricey contract was awarded following a competitive bid process that was open for 15 days.
March 24, 2006