Niagara Regional Council’s August 16th ‘Special Meeting’ Was Mostly A Bust

Where Is The Courage On Council To Call The Ontario Ombudsman In To Investigate CAO Hiring Controversy?

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted August 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Was the 2016 process used to hire Niagara Region’s current CAO tainted or corrupted in any way?

Did the Region’s CAO Carmen D’Angelo receive information he should not have when he was applying for the $230,000-a-year job – information that may have given him an unfair advantage over other candidates applying for the same position job?

Was any information of that nature provided to D’Angelo by one or more individuals in Niagara Regional Chair Al Caslin’s office?

How much, if anything did Caslin know about this?

A special meeting of Niagara Region’s council ended this August 16th with questions around hiring of the Region’s CAO left unanswered

Those are among the questions residents across Niagara were hoping to finally learn answers to at the August 16th special meeting that 18 members of the Region’s council petitioned for an d ultimately went ahead with despite objections from Caslin himself. Continue reading

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An Advisory To All From Niagara Region’s Public Health Department – Increase In Rabies Cases In Niagara

“So far, in 2018, there have been six raccoons and four skunks test positive for rabies.” 

From Niagara Region’s Public Health Department

Posted August 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Regional Headquarters in Thorold

Niagara, Ontario – This week, two skunks in an urban area of Welland, and one raccoon in rural Lincoln have tested positive for rabies. 

Niagara Region Public Health has seen an increase in the number of animals testing positive for rabies in Niagara. 

So far, in 2018, there have been six raccoons and four skunks test positive for rabies.  In 2017, there were a total of 21 animals that tested positive for rabies (19 raccoons, two skunks) and 12 in 2016 (10 raccoons, two skunks).  Continue reading

Niagara Conservationist Files Appeal To Rescue Thundering Waters Forest From Urban Development

“The protection of Thundering Waters may take up to three appeals to win the legal battle.”

News from John Bacher, a veteran conservationist living in Niagara, Ontario

Posted August 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Earlier this August, in the Niagara Falls Clerk’s Department I filed a letter of appeal against Amendment 128 to the Niagara Falls Official Plan. The amendment seeks to pave over about 120 acres of the approximately 500 acres Thundering Waters Forest.

Although most of the Thundering Waters Forest is provincially protected wetland barred from development, much of the Amendment 120 lands known as the Riverfront Community are an unusual savanna complex. It is dominated by a native shrub species, the Dotted Hawthorn. Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Advances New Environmental Initiatives Along the Niagara Parkway an d Niagara River Shore

“These initiatives … place a renewed focus on environmental sustainability and have established goals for restoring native species and culling invasive species.”

News from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted August 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

  • New plan includes emphasis on shoreline renewal, removal of invasive species and restoration all along the Niagara River Corridor

  • Public Information Sessions to be held in September to receive public feedback

 Niagara Falls, Ontario  – As steward to the environmental and cultural heritage all along the Niagara River Corridor, The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the advancement of several environmental initiatives.

Ontario’s Niagara Parkway, overlooking the Niagara River, one of the most significant connecting channels in the Great Lakes basin.

These initiatives, as well as Niagara Parks new 10-year Strategic Plan, place a renewed focus on environmental sustainability and have established goals for restoring native species and culling invasive species, while enhancing the many formalized viewing areas, parkettes, picnic areas, and other shoreline sites for the benefit of wildlife and the public.

These goals will be coordinated with Niagara Parks’ new Cycling strategy, which is currently in development. Continue reading

Aretha’s Hometown Newspaper Does Her Up Right

Queen of Soul’s Passing Is Front-Page News in Newspapers across the United States, Canada and Around the World

Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted August 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Detroit Free Press, in the Motor City where Aretha Franklin lived most of her life and where she died at home this August 16th following a long battle with cancer, devoted  its whole front page to the Queen of Soul this August 17.

Of Aretha, The Detroit Free Press writes –

“Aretha Franklin was the loftiest name in the rich history of Detroit music and one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Continue reading

Ontario’s “Government for the People” Is “Delivering” for “You”!

“Promises Made, Promises Kept.” Doug Ford Says He’s Giving The People wWhat They Want.

“We told people what we were going to do. We promised them action. And we are delivering. If there are four words that define this summer they are: Promises made, promises kept.”                    – Todd Smith, Doug Ford’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services

A News Release from Doug Ford’s “Government for the People”

Posted August 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –

From killing a cap to control climate changing carbon emissions and reducing social assistance to people at the lower end of the income scale for reasons of “compassion,” to vowing to deliver you a “beer for a buck” by Labour Day, Doug Ford and the majority government he was awarded after receiving less than half the votes cast in this spring’s Ontario election is following through on his bumper sticker promises aimed at “putting more money back in your pocket.”

What are you going to do with the extra money you get from all this – plan a vacation to Disney World? Buy a new toaster or perhaps an ice bucket for all that cheap beer? Continue reading

Marathon Regional Council Meeting Produces No New Answers On CAO Hiring Controversy

A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted August 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton stands and makes a point at a special meeting of Niagara Region’s council this August 16th to address concerns over 2016 CAO hiring

Niagara, Ontario – After more than five hours of open and closed discussions at a special meeting of Niagara Region’s council this August 16th, the public learned very little that is new about the CAO hiring controversy that has shaken even more trust in and respect for regional government in recent months.

What the meeting mostly did was confirm which members of the council are determined to get to the bottom of questions around the October, 2016 hiring of Carmen D’Angelo to the top administrative job at the Region and which ones want to keep a lid on any further questions.

But more on them later. Continue reading