Weekly Wrap Up - May 28, 2010

This week, Public Eye exclusively revealed:

* concerns the Knowledge Network is about to become a cog in the Campbell administration's spin machine;

* with its poll numbers plummeting, the Campbell administration has moved to keep a closer eye on the records being released by Crown corporations in response to freedom of information requests;

* the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association has asked for investigation into an order requiring Crown corporations to notify the provincial government of records they're planning to release in response to freedom of information requests;

* the Liberals have ordered Crown corporations to not engage lobbyists in their "dealings with Government;"

* the government has introduced legislation requiring the independent commissioner responsible for regulating British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. to determine whether the company has an unfair advantage over the private sector in any of the competitive services it provides;

* Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom's top political aide has been hired as a senior government affairs advisor with a major oil and gas company;

* after five years on the job, energy, mines and petroleum resources deputy minister Greg Reimer will soon be leaving the provincial government to become the new executive vice-president of transmission and distribution at BC Hydro Corp.;

* the provincial New Democrats recently cancelled a $150 ticket event in the capital city that would have featured leader Carole James and the "BC NDP team;" and

* ACS Public Sector Solutions Inc. wouldn't be invited to bid on TransLink's $171.30 million smart card and fare gate project.

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