Jeff Lee from the Vancouver Sun is reporting this evening that former Vision mayoral candidate Jim Green has been hired by Millennium Development to assist with the controversial Olympic Village project.
Here's an excerpt from the Sun's website:
Green told The Vancouver Sun Monday afternoon that he will be working with the company on a six-month contract as it tries to get back on track with the troubled False Creek development.
"My job is to ensure the project goes ahead as planned," he said. "Millennium wants to get this project done and it also wants to deliver on the social housing component it is building for the city."
Councillor Geoff 'Mayor' Meggs is quoted in the story as saying the hiring of his long-time friend will have absolutely no impact on the success of the project:
"I don't know if it has any effect on the city, I don't think it hurts, but I don't think it makes any difference, I'm serious. Not to detract from the great qualities of my friend,"
The Sun goes on to say:
Green said he's not being paid by city taxpayers and that he had not spoken to Mayor Gregor Robertson about his new job.
He said he was approached by the owners of Millennium around Christmas to help as the company continued to reel from financing trouble caused when its lender, Fortress Investment Group, halted payments on a $750 million loan.