It's going to take more than prayers to fix the ministry of children and family development. But it seems somehow appropriate that, last Thursday, Victoria's old Metropolitan United Church (now the Alix Goolden Performance Hall) played host to a scratch and sniff session between a couple hundred of the ministry's headquarters staff and their new boss, former international contractor of mystery (Public Eye passim) Lesley du Toit. As expected, Ms. du Toit spent much of that session discussing her past and the future of children and family development. But there was also the hint of a suggestion that those who don't want to be part of the reform process at the ministry might want to consider opportunities in other parts of government. Meanwhile, in related news, we're told Ms. du Toit will be attending her first ministry executive meeting on Wednesday.
April 24, 2006