When are the next municipal elections? Bring them on!
A Brief Message from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted September 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
“We’ve gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do.”
Some of you may remember the words to that old song by Eric Burdon and The Animals, and after a whole evening this past Thursday, September 14th of live streaming Niagara’s regional council meeting and spending this past Monday morning feeling like I had crossed over into the twilight zone at a meeting of the same government’s so-called Audit Committee, I gotta get out of this region for a day and decompress.
Port Colborne regional councilor David Barrick and Niagara’s superhero for open democracy and fiscal accountability wins his month’s long bid for an “independent, third-party audit of the Town of Pelham’s books.
Sitting at that audit committee meeting, watching Port Colborne regional councillor David Barrick (also a senior manager at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority), scolding someone else (in this case a lawyer for the Town of Pelham) and declaring outrage at the lawyer’s refusal to answer his questions about the town’s financial business, then declare that he was plowing ahead with his inquiry as a way of standing up for open democracy, was too much magic bus and purple haze.
It was like – get me the hell out of this asylum.
Sometimes it is best not o post the words that immediately come to mind after such alternative reality episodes.
So I will have more to say about this and about the growing number of Niagara At Larger readers and citizens in this region who are just plain saying; “Let’s get rid of regional government,” when I return from my retreat this September 21st.
In the meantime, this day of escape is kind of like that old line about banging your head against a concrete block. “It feels so good when you stop.”
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