Last week, The Vancouver Courier's Allen Garr broke the news the City of Vancouver had awarded Ken Dobell - along with former RAVCO Project Management Ltd. senior vice-president Don Fairbairn - a $300,000 contract "without it going to tender or without it going out for proposals from the public." Under that contract, Mr. Dobell and his partner will be responsible for proposing "a new model for addressing the problem of homelessness amongst residents battling addiction and/or mental health." This certainly makes Mr. Dobell, the premier's former chief of staff, a very busy boy.
As our astute readers may remember, last year Mr. Dobell signed a contract worth a maximum of $230,000 with the West Annex to provide advice to Gordon Campbell. Under that contract, he's also responsible for providing "high level liaison with the RAV project on major issues" and supporting the transportation ministry in "developing the transportation related elements of the Gateway program and the concept of a corporation to implement this program."
In addition, Mr. Dobell chairs the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project, as well as the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games's finance committee. And he's a director with 2010 LegaciesNow, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Law Society of British Columbia. One wonders how he can find the time to do all this work?