Dave Augustyn Kicks Off His Campaign For Niagara’s Top Elected Job With The Release Of His “Blueprint For A Better Region”

“For the first time ever, you and the other residents of Niagara have a chance to choose our Regional Chair. Finally, you have the power to make a truly democratic choice. Let’s take this opportunity to reset the Region and focus on what matters across the Niagara Peninsula.” – from the “Blueprint” Town of Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn rolled out this July 12th as he launched his campaign to run for Niagara Regional Chair

An  Introductory Message and Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Pelham Mayor Dave Auguystyn, following his announcement to run for Niagara regional chair this July 12th.

Niagara, Ontario – This July 12th, with little more than 100 days left before voters across Niagara go to the polls in the October 22nd municipal elections, Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn, who has taken a lot of hits over the past three and a half years for standing up to the cabal now ruling the roost on Niagara Region’s council, announced his plans to run for Niagara regional chair in the first election that gives citizens at large the opportunity to choose who holds that position.

As far as this journalist is concerned, no other regional council in my almost 40 years as a news reporter in Niagara, has come close to being as divisive, or to conducting itself with the lack of civility and decency as this regional council of 2014 to 2018 – a council chaired by former St. Catharines regional councillor Al Caslin, who just recently announced his intentions to run for the job again.

In the past three and a half years there has been example after ugly and disturbing example – all captured on video and some that will be highlighted here as October 22nd draws closer – of councillors attacking or tarring each other, and of treating individuals speaking before the council as delegations being treated in condescending and disrespectful ways.

In one particularly dark moment, while Niagara Region’s council was in closed session last December, 2017, St. Catharines Standard reporter Bill Sawchuk (right) had his computer and notes seized by regional staff and was ordered out of the regional headquarters. The incident has been the subject of an investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office. A report on the findings from that investigation  is expected from the Office  soon. Photo by Emily Spanton

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Ripping Up Renewable Energy Contracts Will Cost Ontarians Money, Jobs And Their Environment

“We’re calling on (Ontario Premier Doug) Ford to put a pause on cancelling these contracts until we know just how much it’ll hurt.”

A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Posted July 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Toronto, Ontario – NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns says Doug Ford’s latest attack on the environment – ripping up 758 renewable energy contracts – could cost thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars, and damage the quality of the air and water in Ontario.

“It’s Kathleen Wynne’s gas plants scandal all over again,” said Tabuns. “People don’t want to see our beautiful lakes get dirtier and our air get smoggier, and they absolutely do not want to pay extra to watch that happen. Continue reading

Hail, Britannia!

‘Britons never, never, never shall be slaves,’ so one of the old British rallying cry goes.

Canada should no longer be a slave to Trump either – on Trade, on NATO or any other matter vital to the future of our lives

A Brief Comment from Doug Draper

Posted July 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Trump landed on British soil this second week of July and right on cue, up in the skies above London went the Trump Baby Balloon, complete with diapers, small hands and a little phone for tweeting – all to the cheers of countless many British citizens who don’t want Trump in their country.

And who can blame them?

The nerve of this reality show character insulting and slamming Britain, along with Canada and other long-time allies, for not investing enough in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after Britain took such a horrible pounding during the Second World War and it had to beg the United States over and over again to finally join the fight against Hitler’s Nazis. Continue reading

Canadian Youth Demand Climate Action

You Can Support Young Canadians In This Effort. Sign The Petition Below

Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large

July 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Project Two Degrees started this petition to Prime Minister of Canada/Premier ministre du Canada Justin Trudeau and 4 others

Climate change is an environmental, economic, and humanitarian crisis. The government’s current environmental plan is inadequate to ensure a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for us, the youth of Canada and our unborn children.

Our government’s current plan leads to more investment in non-renewable energy and the continuation of subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading

Brock University Chancellor launches Indigenous film festival

Festival Runs Friday, July 13th thru Sunday, July 15th

News from Brock University in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted July 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A strong line-up of films from around the world will highlight a new Indigenous-focused event this weekend on Manitoulin Island.

The Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF), a joint venture between Weengushk Film Institute (WFI) and Brock University, was created to highlight Indigenous talent including actors, writers, directors and filmmakers from around the world. Continue reading

Niagara At Large Will Have More On Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn’s Run For Regional Chair and its Promise for our Region’s Future This Friday, July 13th

Stay Tuned For That. And stay tuned for the reasons why, in these scoundrel times in Niagara regional government, Niagara At Large feels it is so necessary   to support Dave Augustyn’s campaign – Now!

Posted by Doug Draper

July 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Here is an image that is already circulating on social media following Augustyn’s announcement this July 12th to run for Niagara Regional Chair that you might enjoy.

Here’s hoping Dave Augustyn can win and pull that dark cloud that has formed over our regional government over the past three and a half years away!

For the sake of a better future for everybody across this Niagara region, let’s get behind him and other good candidates running in this October’s municipal elections.

For more information on Dave Augustyn’s announcement to run for the top political job in Niagara, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/07/12/breaking-news-dave-augustyn-mayor-of-pelham-for-12-years-and-member-of-niagara-regions-council-announces-his-run-for-niagara-regoinal-chair/ .

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BREAKING NEWS – Dave Augustyn, Mayor of Pelham for 12 years and member of Niagara Region’s Council, announces his run for Niagara Regional Chair

“Working together we can restore Niagara’s reputation, increase prosperity, encourage more livable communities while protecting the environment, and creating more care and compassion for you, your children and your grandchildren.” – Pelham Mayor and candidate for Niagara Regional Chair, Dave Augustyn

Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn has made it official. He is running for Niagara Regional Chair.

A News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Countless hundreds, if not countless thousands of residents across Niagara and been waiting and hoping for this.

And in a packed Tim Horton’s in his home municipality of Pelham this July 12th, while people stood and applauded, it finally happened.

Dave Augustyn, a three-term Town of Pelham  mayor and member of Niagara’s regional council – one of the few in municipal politics who has  continuously and fearlessly stood up against the Caslin and his gang at the Region over the past three and a half years, announced and filed his papers this July 12th to run in the first Niagara-wide race for Regional Chair.

Dave Augustyn making his announcement to run for Niagara Regional Chair at a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Pelham this July 12th. Photo by Doug Draper

As supporters, including former Niagara Regional Chair Debbie Zimmeman, former Niagara Centre MP Malcom Allen, former Port Colborne mayor and regional councillor Bob Saracino, former St. Catharines mayor and regional councillor Brian McMullan, Niagara Falls City Councillor Carolyn Ioannoni and many others listened on, Augustyn pledged to focus on three things  – “integrity, prosperity and compassion so that we might build a better Niagara for everyone.” Continue reading