UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2013.
Rural garbage pickup, recycling rejected in Comox ValleyPublished: November 17, 2013 11:00 AM
Updated: November 17, 2013 11:54 AM
In a referendum Saturday, voters rejected a proposal for garbage pickup and recycling in rural areas of the Comox Valley.Unofficial results of the proposed roadside solid waste pickup service in electoral areas of A, B and C show 73 per cent of 4,289 voters said no.The turnout percentage was 29 per cent.
Official results will be posted by Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Star BC Liberal Pollster Registers as Government Lobbyist
Dimitri Pantazopoulos didn’t break any rules, but critics ask if insiders should so soon make the switch.
By Bob Mackin, 14 Aug 2013, TheTyee.ca
The BC Liberal pollster who claims his research predicted May’s election upset win over the NDP registered to lobby the government for a garbage-hauling company less than two months after he quit his assistant deputy minister job.
But Dimitri Pantazopoulos and the B.C. Public Service Agency both deny any rules were broken.
The July edition of the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists’ “Who’s Lobbying Who” noted Pantazopoulos was “setting up meetings with several MLAs on behalf of BFI Canada Inc. regarding a decision related to the establishment of an incinerator facility.”
Pantazopoulos’s July 12 registration listed 10 target contacts, including deputy premier Rich Coleman, Environment Minister Mary Polak, Finance Minister Mike de Jong and Transport Minister Todd Stone. The registration does not mention what, if any, meetings or communication have taken place.
The Post Employment Restrictions for Senior Management in the B.C. Public Service policystates: “Until one year after your employment ends, you must not lobby or otherwise make representations for any outside entity to any ministry or organization of the government in which you were employed at any time during the year immediately preceding the termination of your employment.”
Conservative strategist Pantazopoulos worked for Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day and Rob Ford before Premier Christy Clark hired him as her principal secretary on April 4, 2011. He became assistant deputy minister of Intergovernmental Relations and Trade on Feb. 15, 2012 and quit May 22, 2013, eight days after the election. His duties included federal-provincial and interprovincial relations and coordination of trade missions.