It happened in a wooded area

Back in March, the premier's deputy minister Allan Seckel announced Beth James had "agreed to establish and lead the Wood Innovation Centre as Associate Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure." This, after Ms. James oversaw a series of workforce adjustments at Shared Services BC. But now she's left the civil service. In a brief email sent yesterday afternoon, transportation deputy minister Peter Milburn announced that departure, wishing her "all the best in her future endeavours." Transportation planning and policy assistant deputy minister Sandra Carroll will now be responsible for the centre. The following is a complete copy of that email.

From: Milburn, Peter R TRAN:EX
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 4:47 PM
Subject: Wood Innovation Design Centre Update

Good afternoon,

Beth James, Associate Deputy Minister for the Wood Innovation Design Centre, has left the public service. We wish Beth all the best in her future endeavours.

The Wood Innovation Design Centre is an important priority for our ministry so I have asked Sandra Carroll, Assistant Deputy Minister, Transportation Planning & Policy, to oversee the project.



This is great news for the province of BC. Beth James' departure - voluntary or involuntary - from BC's civil service is something that should have taken place years ago.

Two questions.

1/ Why does a Ministry of Transportation have something called a 'wood innovation centre', and

2/ Why would such a centre need someone of the rank of a ADM to run it?

This smells funny.

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