Weekly Wrap Up - August 27, 2010

This week, Public Eye exclusively revealed:

* the advertising materials for British Columbia Lottery Corp.'s new responsible gaming program were meant to "entice players to play but to do so in a responsible manner," according to meeting minutes for the Crown's board of directors;

*the provincial government's new drug review process could potentially include individuals with connections to the pharmaceutical industry;

* special approval is now required for developmental disabled individuals to receive government-funding to live in a group home;

* Abbotsford Mayor George Peary encouraged the province to review the inspection process used to ensure the safe storage of pesticides. This, after a barn storing pesticides burned to the ground, raising concerns the chemicals may have tainted a nearby city water supply well;

* the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce is warning thousands of jobs, as well as rural communities, will be jeopardized if the Campbell administration doesn't boost the geological survey branch's budget;

* the Capital Regional District announced it was looking to develop community wildfire protection plans for seven Juan de Fuca communities four days after a 35 hectare blaze was discovered near one of them; and

* last year, in a blog posting about the harmonized sales tax, the provincial Conservatives' future communications director Merv Unger stated "disingenuous opposition forces are pretending outrage, demanding more spending while out of the other side of their mouth harping about budget deficits."

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