The flurry of these wintry notes had been on the increase ever since December 18, 2014, her last Cabinet shuffle when she was forced to shift Advance Education Minister Amrik Virk to the Document Bomb Disposable Department because of leaked copies of his emails while at KPU. Turned out that Virk HAD been the driving force as a Governor to circumvent the O.I.C. freeze on KPU hiring salaries. As a former RCMP officer he should have known, better.
Virk's one line December Mandate from Premier Christy Clark has been simple: SHRED EVERYTHING
What does she get from the miscreant on April 30th????:
HAVE LOST HARD DRIVE. EDUCATION. CONTAINS 3,000,000 STUDENT NAMES. WHAT TO DO.
In July, a records review by education ministry staff triggered a search for the hard drives – each device smaller than an average shoe box 12 X 7 X 4. It was only when the other hard drive was located in late August – also unencrypted – that B.C. government officials realized just how significant the data loss was.
The ministry sent a team of 50 people to tear open hundreds of sealed boxes in a warehouse near Victoria, but when that effort failed to locate the missing hard drive, officials notified Mr. Virk and Elizabeth Denham, B.C.’s independent privacy commissioner, on Sept. 18.
And if you're as curious as we are about why the 50 people would have to TEAR open hundreds of sealed boxes in a warehouse near Victoria.... doesn't that show that HUNDREDS of sealed boxes haven't been properly documented for the database either?
September 22, 2015 Rob Shaw
...... The government doesn’t know if the hard drive has been stolen, misplaced or destroyed, said Virk.But it leaves anyone currently aged 10 to 47 potentially at risk of having a copy of their name, birth date, gender, address, special needs status, grade point average and provincial exam score shared or accessed inappropriately.
As well, the drive contains potentially embarrassing data on why some students withdrew from school — such as substance abuse, mental health or family problems — and sensitive information about children in government care, including adoption status, intellectual disability programs, health and behavioural issues.......
While education ministry staff were doing their frantic search for most of July, their illustrious leader, Education Minister Peter Fassbender, responsible for the lost hard drive, is PROMOTED on July 30th.
Typically any garbage that the BC Liberal Government wants to dump is done on a long weekend July 30 was the evening before the start of a long weekend, BC Day. Peter Fassbender is 'responsible' for Community, Sport and Cultural Development portfolio which was formerly held by Coralee Oakes.
Christy Clark Cabinet 2011- Present
George Abbott, Education Minister who dreamed up the External Hard drive Idea in 2011???
No! 2011 Yes but No!
How about the Health Minister who FIRED eight health Researchers?
You mean MacDiarmid? appointed by micro manager Premier Gordon Campbell
From the Office of the Premier,
Dear Mr. Mike Bernier (MLA),
I am pleased to announce your removal from the backbenches to the front row pew of accountable Ministers. Your status of having no skeletons in your closet is an asset, at this time. Your date of appointment to the Cabinet Caucus is July 30th, 2015. Your portfolio is the Ministry of Education.
Congratulations, and to put your mind at ease I am asking you not to double the efforts of Peter Fassbender after his having lost sight of 3 million student records.
Vaughn Palmer: September 24, 2015
“It is deeply concerning to learn about another case of a major privacy breach involving unencrypted data,” said Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. “Especially troubling, given that the education records on the external hard drive contained the personal information of more than three million students.”