Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg's elevation to the executive council earlier this summer has left the legislature's select standing committee on children and youth without a chair. So who's going to replace him? Well, it is understood that - when the committee next convenes - former minister of state for intermediate, long term and home care Katherine Whittred will be appointed to that politically-sensitive position. The committee is responsible for "fostering greater awareness and understanding of the child welfare system" - as well as "receiving and reviewing service plans, annual reports and ongoing reports" from the representative for children and youth. It can also "refer individual cases to the Representative to investigate when deemed fit."
September 5, 2006