Weekly Wrap Up - April 22, 2011

This week, Public Eye exclusively revealed:

* in 2009, Ray Parks retired as the chief executive officer of the government agency responsible for managing Crown-owned properties in the capital region. But for the past two years he's been doing the same job, for the same pay, while collecting his public service pension - an arrangement allowed by that retirement plan;

* The Gulf Island Film and Television School has declared itself to be the "(unofficial) Green Media Centre" and will be rolling out a series of videos in support of party leader Elizabeth May;

* the provincial government's gambling arm is looking into outsourcing its payroll department;

* British Columbia's labour movement once again bet on a winner. According to an analysis of donations over $250 made to the provincial New Democrats' leadership candidates, Adrian Dix received $24,500 from the trade unions - the most among his competitors;

* Ronald McDonald looks like he's getting into the debate over the harmonized sales tax. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. has hired government relations consultant Bruce Young to lobby the province about the tax; and

* Byng Giraud will be managing the No side's campaign during the upcoming referendum on whether to scrap the harmonized sales tax.

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