Earlier, we ruminated on our good friend Ken Dobell's present public service activities - which see him lobbying the province on behalf of the City of Vancouver while working as a special advisor to the premier. And now Vancouver Courier's Allen Garr has obtained documentation showing the effective start date for Mr. Dobell's work with the city was backdated to August 15 - almost two months before council approved his contract. And here's another fascinating factoid from Mr. Garr's column: in 2005, Public Eye published a copy of the former top bureaucrat's contract with the premier's office. But, before releasing that contract to your humble organ, freedom of information officials blacked out the hourly rate for Mr. Dobell's services. Today, though, Mr.Garr is reporting that rate is $250 per hour. As a deputy minister, Mr. Dobell made $110.95 per hour, according to public accounts.
January 10, 2007