Last month, The Vancouver Sun's Nicholas Read reported "former education minister Christy Clark and Vancouver businesswoman Wendy Cocchia want to establish a publicly funded school in Vancouver for children with disabilities." Ms. Cocchia, the owner of the Absolute Spa Group, envisions "a publicly funded kindergarten-to-Grade 12 school for up to 200 students along the lines of the Mediated Learning Academy in Coquitlam, an independent institution where 102 children representing more than 30 different medical diagnoses attend classes no bigger than 10 students each." But that's not the only recent foray Absolute Spa has made into the world of provincial politics. The company donated $295 to the provincial Liberals on March 29, 2006 - its first such contribution according to a review of financial reports filed since 1999 with Elections British Columbia. Absolute Spa hasn't yet returned a call requesting comment on that donation.
April 11, 2007