On The Eve of the Trump Presidency

‘Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.’

Posted by Doug Draper, January 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

American actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on Saturday Night Live, wears a had reading; 'Make America Great Again' in Russian.

American actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on Saturday Night Live, wears a had reading; ‘Make America Great Again’ in Russian.

“I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean, I love the country but I can’t stand the scene,  And I’m neither left or right, I’m just staying home tonight, Getting lost in that hopeless little screen, But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags, As time cannot decay I’m junk but I’m still holding up this little wild bouquet Democracy is coming to the USA To the USA”

  • Lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Democracy

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“It’s coming to America first, The cradle of the best and of the worst, It’s here they got the range, And the machinery for change, And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst, It’s here the family’s broken,  And it’s here the lonely say, That the heart has got to open In a fundamental way,  Democracy is coming to the USA”

Lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Democracy

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

CBC Story Zeros In On Charges of MisConduct &  t, Misuse Of Public Money Swirling Around NPCA

A Brief One from NAL publisher Doug Draper

Posted January 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This January 18th, CBC posted a story on questions and concerns now dogging the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and how it is conducting business with millions of dollars annually of our tax money.

Here is the headline and first few paragraphs of the CBC story, followed  by a link you can click on to read the whole story. Stay tune for more on this issue from Niagara At Large, CBC and other news and commentary sources –

Niagara residents demonstrate in front of Balls Falls' Centre where Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's board met this January 18th. Photo courtesy of Mike Haines

Niagara residents demonstrate in front of Balls Falls’ Centre where Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board met this January 18th. Photo courtesy of Mike Haines

Niagara conservation authority used public money to hire lobbyists — to promote development

A retired Royal Canadian Air Force officer who is facing a $200,000 lawsuit for defamation by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority brought a battalion of supporters to the group’s annual general meeting Wednesday. Continue reading

A Message from Niagara citizen Ed Smith to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s Board of Directors

Posted by NAL publisher Doug Draper on Niagara At Large, January 19th, 2017

Niagara citizen Ed Smith delivers his message to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's board of directors

Niagara citizen Ed Smith delivers his message to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors

This January 18th, 2017, Niagara citizen Ed Smith, who has been slapped with a $200,000 lawsuit by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and its former CAO Carmen D’Angelo, stood before the NPCA’s board and delivered the following address to them – one that we, as citizens in a democracy, all need to read.

By the way, the NPCA board approved a motion to have an audit done on its operations. Niagara At Large will post a news commentary on that development and what further needs to be done to reclaim this Conservation Authority for the people of this region this coming January 20th. Stay tuned.

Now here are Ed Smith’s words to this board

“Ladies and gentlemen: 

Public trust.

Whatever trust the public places in its officials must be respected. Under the right circumstances the loss of public trust can mean the loss of the right to govern, in a healthy democracy public trust is foundational. Continue reading

Clintons Should Not ‘Normalize’ Trump’s Presidency by Attending Inauguration

“All of us should refuse to witness Donald Trump’s oath of office  and instead observe a minute of silence out of concern for the future of American democracy.”  ‘- former U.S. Labour Secretary Robert Reich

A Brief Message from the Facebook pages of Robert Reich, a university professor, author and former Secretary of Labour in the White House administration of President Bill Clinton

Posted January 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper

Donald Trump and the Clintons have wined and dined before. "throw her in jail' or not, they swim in the same elite circles.

Donald Trump and the Clintons have wined and dined before. “throw her in jail’ or not, they swim in the same elite circles.

This was Robert Reich’s Facebook response to the recent news that Bill and Hillary Clinton, who were called liars, crooks and almost everything else short of child molesters  by Donald Trump during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, are planning to attend the inauguration and swearing in ceremonies for Donald Trump this comping January, 2017.

In a few words, I think it expresses some of the views of many of the Americans I know – more than a few of who are feeling sick to their stomachs right now – and many others around the world to Trump’s coming presidency.

From Robert Reich –

“By attending Trump’s inauguration, they (the Clintons) are’ normalizing it – as if Trump were just another president and this were just another inauguration. He’s not. It’s not. Continue reading

Greater Niagara Chamber Forms Niagara Chinese Business Council

“We are tremendously excited to have been approached with this opportunity. The GNCC’s mission is to help Niagara’s businesses succeed, and we are glad to help Niagara’s Chinese business community.” — Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

News form the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
Posted January 18th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – This January 2017, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) hosted the first meeting of the newly-formed Niagara Chinese Business Council (NCBC).

GNCC Board of Directors with GNCC CEO Mishka Balsom (front, at far left), NCBC Chair Chris Zhu (front, second from left), GNCC Chair Ian Kowalchuk (front, second from right) and NCBC Vice-Chair Tony Zhang (front, far right). Photo courtesy of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

GNCC Board of Directors with GNCC CEO Mishka Balsom (front, at far left), NCBC Chair Chris Zhu (front, second from left), GNCC Chair Ian Kowalchuk (front, second from right) and NCBC Vice-Chair Tony Zhang (front, far right). Photo courtesy of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The GNCC was approached by a group of Chinese businesspeople in Niagara who sought to form a new business organization for Niagara’s Chinese business community. Continue reading

Niagara MP Hosts Public Information Sessions On Canada Revenue & Service Canada Issues

Posted January 18th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

 

MPP Cindy Forster Seeks Answers from Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority To Concerns Raised By Niagara Area Constituents

“I am requesting a copy of documentation between NPCA and OMB that approves any salary, expenses, or allowances or contracts to any board members since 2014. Was Carmen D’Angelo while a board member, given a paid contract for strategic planning work?” – an excerpt from a letter MPP Cindy Forster sent to the NPCA this January 16th requesting answers

“I am told the labour relationship with the employer is deplorable, grievances unresolved with everyone one them going to arbitration, a very costly process to the taxpayers that could be used for conservation.” – another excerpt from a letter MPP Cindy Forster sent to the NPCA this January 16th requesting answers.

“How much money has it cost the NPCA and its foundation and the taxpayers between 2013-2016 for the restructuring that has taken place in terms of severances and any legal actions arising out of wrongful dismissal claims?” – yet another excerpt from a letter MPP Cindy Forster sent to the NPCA this January 16th requesting answers.

READ THE FULL TEXT OF CINDY FORSTER’S LETTER BELOW

Posted by Doug Draper, publisher of your online news site Niagara At Large

MPP for the Niagara, Ontario riding of Welland, Cindy Forster continues to push for more public accountability from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

MPP for the Niagara, Ontario riding of Welland, Cindy Forster continues to push for more public accountability from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

January 17th, 2017

In November of last year Cindy Forster, an Ontario Member of Parliament for the Niagara riding of Welland, followed up Niagara area citizen Ed Smith in a call for a forensic audit and full investigation of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s operations.

Forster also met with members of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authorities board and management in November to discuss concerns raised by her constituents and other citizens, including municipal councillors, across the Niagara and Hamilton region about how the NPCA is using millions of dollars of our municipal tax dollars each year. Continue reading