Meet the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’ new CAO!!??? David Barrick

Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large

December 13th, 2018

David Barrick

Niagara’s new Regional Council was in session this December 13th, discussing how appointments to the board of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) should be done in the future, when a few of us attending the session discovered a story that had just popped up on the internet.

“Barrick fired by NPCA, rehired, appointed as CAO – Former Port Colborne councillor’s hiring subject of Auditor General’s report earlier this year,” read the headline in the St. Catharines Standard story.

Fired, then rehired and appointed CAO?

Under whose authority?

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There Could Be a Major Shake Up in Numbers on NPCA’s Board

City of Hamilton Councillors Vote for Four Members on Board of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – Up From Two

According to Province’s Conservation Act, Niagara Should Only Have Five Members, Not Twelve, says  Hamilton Councillor

News from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted December 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara’s new Regional Council and 12 local councils may have to take another look at how many representatives they can appoint to seats on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors.

For more than two decades now, the NPCA board has operated with a total of 15 members – 12 appointed by municipalities in Niagara, two appointed by the City of Hamilton and one appointed by Haldimand County.

There could soon be a big change in the number of members sitting around this NPCA board table, and in the number of representatives Niagara has sitting on the board. File photo by Doug Draper

A motion passed unanimously by Hamilton city councillors at a general issues committee meeting this December 12th aims to force a huge change in those numbers.

The motion, tabled by Hamilton Councillor Brenda Johnson, calls for Hamilton to now appoint four members to the NPCA board – two councillors and two members of the public – and Johnson told Niagara At Large in a phone interview this December 12th that she expects the motion to get final approval in the city’s council meets this coming December 19th. Continue reading

New Regional Chair Promises A Council Term That  ‘Puts The Interests Of Niagara’s Residents First’

Niagara Region’s new Chair, Jim Bradley

“During the recent municipal campaign all of us received a clear message from the voters. A justified demand that council conduct its business with honesty, integrity, civility, fairness, openness and accountability. Without a doubt there is an expectation that elected officials must embraces these attributes at all times and in all circumstances is a profound message that all of us will heed I’m sure in the term ahead.”  – Niagara’s new Regional Chair Jim Bradley

The Full Text of Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley’s Inaugural Address to the Region’s Council, delivered Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – A number of Niagara residents who had the opportunity to attend the inaugural ceremonies for the new term of Niagara Region’s council this past December 6th or watch the proceedings online, commented on how heartening it was to hear the words new Regional Chair Jim Bradley delivered in his inaugural address – particularly after all the controversy and turmoil we’ve been put through at the regional government level over the past four years.

Niagara’s new Regional Chair Jim Bradley shortly after his inauguration with Debbie Zimmerman, who was Niagara’s regional chair from 1997 to 2003. Photo used with permission from Debbie Zimmerman’s Facebook page

In that spirit, I decided that we would post the full text of Bradley’s inaugural address as soon as it became available electronically, which was this December 11th.

So for those who heard it the first time, and for all those who did not get a chance to hear it, here it is with the promise Jim Bradley finishes with – that Niagara will finally get back to moving forward again with the kind of representation we expect and deserve.

Now here is Bradley’s full inaugural address.)

”I would like to begin this afternoon by extending to all who are in attendance in the Chamber and in Regional Headquarters a warm welcome as the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara begins a new four-year term which commences today that will be completed in the latter part of 2022. Continue reading

Bramption, Ontario-based Industry Announces $40 million manufacturing facility for St. Catharines

The total facility investment and improvements are estimated at a value of $40 million and will create up to 100 new high-skilled jobs

“This announcement is exciting not just because of Steelcon’s investment, but also because of the industry-leading technology that the SIN beam brings to the North American market. We look forward to working together to open the facility and advancing the future of manufacturing right here, in St. Catharines.” Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines, Ontario.

News from the City of St. Catharines

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Steelcon Fabrication Inc. has announced a new $40 million manufacturing facility will open in St. Catharines to produce its leading SIN-beam product for the North American market.

From left, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, Danny Bianco, Carmine Bianco, Director of Economic Development Brian York and Fabian Hoggard at SIN Structures new location on 87 Grantham Ave., St. Catharines

A family-owned company based in Brampton, Steelcon uses advanced technologies to produce construction beams that are lighter, use less steel, and have less of an impact on the environment while making construction more efficient. Continue reading

Doug Ford Spent His First Six Months on Cuts, Back-Room Deals and Sowing Division

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“While Doug Ford is telling everyday people the cupboards are bare, he is making sure that his friends, and the most wealthy Ontarians are more than taken care of.” – Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

A News Release from the Office of Ontario’s Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

(Andrea Horwath and her Ontario New Democrats released the following this past December 6th, when the 2018 summer and fall session of the provincial legislature came to a close.)

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that Doug Ford and his Conservatives spent their first six months in the legislature making things worse for everyday people.

“The Liberal government let us down,” said Horwath. “But, in six months at Queen’s Park, Doug Ford has made things even worse for people. This is a government that makes decisions in back rooms, with and for their insiders.

“While Doug Ford is telling everyday people the cupboards are bare, he is making sure that his friends, and the most wealthy Ontarians are more than taken care of.” Continue reading

Ontario Government Commits More Supports for Compassionate Hospice Palliative Care – Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff .

“Our Government is committed to providing high quality care for those who are ill and near the end-of-life. We will keep working so that everyone can access compassionate care that respects the wishes of the patient and their loved ones.”                                         – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam O osterhoff

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park – This December 10th, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister announced that our Government is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across Ontario.  Continue reading

A ‘Sunrise Ceremony’ In Niagara Falls for what are left of our Great Lakes waters and wetlands

All are Invited to George Bukator Park off  Chippawa Parkway and Stanley Avenue  in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Saturday, December 15th at

An Invite to All from Niagara’s Indigenous Community

Posted December 10th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –

The following invitation to to this special event is being circulated by members of the Indigenous community , including Karl Dockstader  who has been fighting passionately with many others across our region to save the provincially significant wetlands and other natural riches in the sprawling Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls from an urban development project that could and shoud be built somewhere else.

“Ceremony won’t bring back the Wetlands, but respecting water as living will bring us strength,” said Dockstader in a recent Facebook note about this Sunrise Ceremony event. Continue reading