Weekly Wrap Up - February 19, 2010

This week, Public Eye exclusively revealed:

* in January, Mary Polak said she was "perplexed" about an accusation that her ministry has stopped responding to recommendations made by the government's independent child protection watchdog. But, according to records exclusively obtained via a freedom of information request, the watchdog - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond - privately raised that issue with the children and family development minister's top bureaucrat two months before going public with it;

* nine years after it scrapped photo radar, the provincial government is asking British Columbians if think such a system would be effective in reducing speed and crashes on the province's roads;

* despite that polling, a government spokesperson said, "There is no discussion within the ministry to bring back photo radar and government is not considering bringing back photo radar;"

* an "inappropriate" mural has been hanging at the Vancouver Fire Department's Downtown Eastside fire hall for the past 15 years. The mural was removed following an inquiry by Public Eye;

* a confidential PowerPoint presentation on the ministry of children and family development's effort to massively overhaul the way children are protected in this province;

* the government quietly announced last week it will be hiring a consulting firm to monitor the consolidation of "corporate, clinical support and back office functions" at Lower Mainland health authorities;

* the surprise Valentine's Day present provincial New Democrat leader Carole James got from her husband.

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