By Doug Draper
Well, it was an interesting municipal election night in Niagara – and for some a scary one a few nights prior to Halloween.
It was also one that saw a greater turnover of faces at the regional council level than we have possibly seen since regional government was established in Niagara more than four decades ago.
Just to give a few examples, Bob Gale, a Niagara Falls businessman, owner of those Gale Gas Bars you may have fueled up at and the guy that blew the whistle, a few years back, at some nefarious practices going on at the Niagara Parks Commission, will be going to regional council as a representative for Niagara Falls.
Mayor Vance Badawey of Port Colborne, who decided to run for a regional council seat this time with a possible eye to the regional chair seat, will not be back. He lost to Port Colborne regional councillor incumbent David Barrick, who is also hand-picked about a year ago by board members of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for a management position in that public agency. Continue reading