Niagara’s Regional Government Raises Flag for ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women’

News from Niagara Regional Headquarters  

Posted November 26th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – This past Friday, Nov. 25th  marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, ending on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.

With Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley (left) looking on, a flag for eliminating voilence against women is raised at the Region’s headquarters in Thorold, Ontario

This November 25th, we raised the Wrapped in Courage and the “No More Stolen Sisters” flags, which will remain raised for 16 days to show our support, build awareness, and promote advocacy to end gender based violence. Continue reading

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Ontario NDP Asks Auditor General to Investigate Ford’s Greenbelt Carve-Up

NDP MPP is asking the AG to investigate who will benefit from Doug Ford’s scheme to remove thousands of acres from the Greenbelt

News from Ontario’s Official Opposition New Democratic Party

Posted November 25th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — Marit Stiles, NDP MPP for Davenport, has written to the Auditor General to ask for an investigation into how much property owners stand to benefit from Doug Ford’s scheme to remove thousands of acres from the Greenbelt — and whether it’s in the public interest.

Should Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk and her team get involved in investigating who may be profiting from the Ford government’s plans to carve up the Greenbelt for urban sprawl?

Stiles’ request comes on the heels of investigative reports that have revealed the suspicious timing of recent purchases of Greenbelt land by powerful landowners with donor and political ties to the Ontario PC Party.

To read Ontario NDP’s Letter to Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, click on – (https://mcusercontent.com/353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150/files/d7e323fe-5127-e1e5-5943-8ece8409122c/2022_11_24_Stiles_AG_Letter.pdf) .

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New Regional Council Follows Ford Gov. Order to Reappoint Jim Bradley Chair

Inaugural Meeting has Many Councillors Resigned to Idea that Ford’s Assault on Municipal Government Decision-Making will Prevail

In an Interview, Niagara Regional Chair Assures Niagara At Large his “first responsibility will continue to be to the people of Niagara.”

Niagara citizens rally for local democracy and for saving our greenl lands against an assault on both by the Ford government as Niagara Region’s new council met this November 24th for its inaugural meeting.

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 24th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – After walking into Niagara Region’s headquarters today, passed more than a hundred citizens holding up signs scorning the Ford Government’s assault on local democracy and on what are left of our precious farmland, wetlands and other natural places, a majority on the newly inaugurated regional council said yes to Ford reappoint Jim Bradley as Regional Chair.

Photos of rally at Niagara Regional headquarters by Doug Draper

The only ones who voted no to a straight-out reappointment of Bradley without the usual voting process that the Region’s council goes through for the Chair’s position were recently elected St. Catharines regional councillor Haley Bateman and second-term Welland regional councillor Leanna Villella.

Haley Bateman was specific in her views for saying no to simply following Ford’s order, making it clear it had nothing to do with her respect for Jim Bradley, but everything to do with the Ford government marching in to Niagara and dictating who will be our municipal leader. Continue reading

Doug Ford Stomps on Local Democracy in Niagara and Elsewhere in Ontario

Ford  Reappoints Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley as his Man to Get Things Done  For Him  in Our Region

“The Ford government’s Bill 39 will … allow the government to override local decision-making and handpick regional chairs in Niagara, Peel, and York.”

A News Release from the Official Oppostion New Democratic Party in Ontario

Posted November 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Doug Ford has spent weeks disrespecting democracy

QUEEN’S PARK — As MPPs debate the government’s Bill 39, legislation that would give Doug Ford permission to bulldoze local decision-making and handpick the heads of regional councils, Ontario NDP Interim Leader Peter Tabuns said that in recent weeks, Ford has trampled democratic freedoms in Ontario multiple times.

“In recent weeks, the Ford government seems to be dead set on flouting democracy at every turn,” Tabuns said. “Ford used the sledgehammer of the notwithstanding clause to override workers’ constitutional right to strike, he limited the usual public consultation at committee hearings and he’s pushing to allow the mayors of Ontario’s largest cities to rule their councils by minority. Continue reading

Ford Government’s Destructive Bill 23 and Waverly Woods in Fort Erie, Niagara

“Destruction of endangered species habitat and important historical items will be happening soon at Waverly Woods. I know we are all heart-broken. But things are about to get worse for all of Ontario if Bill 23 passes on Monday November 28.”         – Marcie Jacklin, a Fort Erie, Niagara resident and a champion for saving Waverly Woods along the Lake Erie shores

A Call-Out for Citizens to Rise Up Against Bill 23 from Marcie Jacklin

Posted November 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Marcie Jacklin, Fort Erie, Niagara

Dear friends

Destruction of endangered species habitat and important historical items will be happening soon at Waverly Woods. I know we are all heart-broken. But things are about to get worse for all of Ontario if Bill 23 passes on Monday November 28. 

This Bill has been designed by the development community.  Continue reading

You Are Invited to the Annual Meeting of Friends of Richmond Street Forest in Thorold/Niagara

Thursday, November 24th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, at Thorold Public Library

Guest Speaker, Anne Yagi, wildlife biologist and president of the Niagara- based 8 Trees Inc.

Members of Friends of Richmond Street Forest, supportser and Thorold City Council gather at a tree planting recently to save frog pond from urban developement. More on this success in the days ahead on NAL. Photo by Doug Draper

An Invite from Friends of Richmond Street Forest

Posted November 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

On Thursday November 24. 2022, Friends Of The Richmond Street Forest Will Be Holding Their Annual AGM At The Thorold Library From 6pm -7:30pm. Please Attend For A Chance At Winning A Tulip Tree (Two Being Donated, Purchased From A Local Nursery) And Wildflower Seeds Along With A Few Other Door Prizes. Continue reading

One of Niagara’s Longest Standing Land Preservation Groups Calls Ford’s Bill 23 a “Dire Threat” to Our Farmlands.

“Premier Ford’s sudden determination to break  an earlier promise to leave the  permanently protected Greenbelt lands alone … is inexplicable!”                                                                                 – Gracia Janes, a Niagara citizen and a founding member of the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society

A News Release from the Niagara-based Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS)

Posted November 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Gracia Janes, a Niagara resident and a founding member of The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Socieity

The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society  calls out  Premier Ford for  sudden provincial policy leap backward  that will make  protection of Niagara’s unique fruit land harder and harder, with the very possible “elimination of the viability of the Niagara fruit belt!” !

In a letter to the Premier (this November 21st)  PALS President Doug Woodard   warned that Bill  23 “More Homes Built Faster act 2022”, along with  the planned  “ Amendments to the Greenbelt Plan,” and the “Greenbelt Area Review”,  pose  a dire threat  to the best farmlands in Canada,Niagara’s unique tender fruit and grape lands, and the farm industry which is a significant economic driver in Niagara. Continue reading

Niagara Falls MPP Tables Motion To Ensure Key Test For Prostate Cancer Fully Covered Under OHIP

“Early detection is critical for prostate cancer, and the PSA test is a simple and effective way to help people get diagnosed and access care before their prognosis gets worse.”                                 – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

Posted November 22nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

QUEEN’S PARK – Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls, tabled a motion today to ensure PSA testing for early detection of prostate cancer is eligible for coverage under OHIP.

“A cancer diagnosis is frightening news to receive but testing for prostate cancer can make all the difference when it comes to treatment,” said Gates. “I am proud to support the campaign to extend OHIP coverage to make PSA testing available when requested by a physician.”

One in eight Canadian men are expected to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed  – https://cancer.ca/en/get-involved/advocacy/what-we-are-doing/psa-testcancer amongst Canadian men and has disproportionate impacts among Black men, including those of African or Caribbean ancestry, and those with a family history. When prostate cancer is found early, almost 100 per cent of men will survive five years or more. Continue reading

Join a Citizens Rally in Front of Niagara Regional Headquarters in Support of Saving our Greenbelt and Natural Heritage Lands from Ford’s Urban Sprawl Plans

Rally to Take Place this Thursday, November 24th from 9 to 10 A.M., Just Before the Inaugural Meeting of the New Niagara Regional Council

Read Details Immediately Below

Posted November 22nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

The following has been circulated by the Biodiversity and Climate Action Committee of Niagara, a region-wide coalition of individuals and citizen groups dedicated to protecting and preserving or natural heritage –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You turn off Isaac Brock Way onto Schmon Parkway and then turn right intothe parking lot behind the building. The East entrance is on the parkinglot side of the building. That’s where we will meet.

We will welcome new and re-elected Mayors and Regional Councillors andremind them that:

* We want them to stand up to the Ford government which is defying good planning and citizens’ rights to be involved in the planning of our communities.

* We care about protecting the Greenbelt, Natural Heritage Systems & Conservation Areas;

* We are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and we want to see action on reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions including by limiting sprawl;

* We expect sound urban planning that concentrates on developing new housing on already designated land within existing urban boundaries;

* We want to see more affordable housing built and incentivized within our urban areas where transportation, infrastructure and amenities exist;

* We want more park land not less.

This November 22nd at 12 noon, following a brief  summary of the daily news, CBC Radio Noon – 99.1 FM on your radio dial 0 – will host a one-hour phone in on the Ford government’s controversial plans to allow urban sprawl on our Greenbelt. PLEASE TUNE IN.

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Ontario Health Coalition & Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Launch Court Action Against Doug Ford Law Forcing Elderly Patients Into Long-Term Care Homes Against Their Will

Groups Call Law “an Egregious Violation of (elderly hospital patients’) Charter Rights”

“Under this law, hospitalized senior’s personal health information can be sent to any long-term care home without their consent, breaching a fundamental right to privacy over health information that every other Ontario citizen enjoys.”            – Jane Meadus, lawyer and institutional advocate at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

A News Release from the Ontario Health Coalition, a citizen advocacy group for access to quality public health care in the province

Posted:November 21st, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Toronto –The Ontario Health Coalition and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly launched a Constitutional Challenge this this November 21st  in response to the Ford government’s new law that forces elderly hospital patients into long-term care homes against their choice.

The two groups will be co-applicants to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in what is known as a Charter Challenge, seeking a court ruling to strike down the law as a violation of the fundamental rights of the patients affected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On Sunday November 20, regulations under Bill 7, the euphemistically titled More Beds Better Care Act (2022) came into effect, requiring hospitals to charge elderly patients $400 if they refuse to go to a long-term care home or other service against their will. Continue reading

Ford Bars Ontario Municipalities from Speaking to Provincial Standing Committee on Controversial Green Lands Gutting Bill

Ontario Premier Doug Ford bars Niagara Region and other municipalities from speaking to provincial standing committee on controversial Bill 23

“The legislation will create serious risks to the environment and human health at a time when the impacts of climate change are evident and urgent,” warns the submission The proposed changes to how municipalities approve development and manage where and how growth occurs signal a move away from environmental protection when it is needed most.”                                                                                         – A Statement from the Association of Ontario Municipalities representing Niagara Regionand 443 other municipal governments across Ontario

News from the Hamilton, Ontario-based group Citizens at City Hall (CATCH)

Posted November 21st. 2022 on Niagara At Large

Ford government to municipalities in Niagara and across the province on Bill 23

In a highly unusual move, the Association of Ontario Municipalities have been refused permission to speak to the committee examining Bill 23.

Not allowed to speak – 

Municipalities are particularly affected by Bill 23 changes being pushed forward by the provincial Progressive Conservatives. But in a highly unusual move, the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO) have been refused permission to speak to the committee charged with detailed examination of the legislation.

AMO’s purpose is to represent the province’s 444 municipalities. It has a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government to provide “input and reaction to provincial policy ideas.” More specifically, the province is to consult with it “on matters that are of a federal-provincial nature that could affect municipal services and finances.” Continue reading

More Than 100 Niagara Residents Brave Snowstorm to Rally for Our Green Lands

Citizen Opposition Is Growing to Plans by Ontario Premier and his Enablers in Politics and the Development Industry to Gut More of our Natural Heritage for Urban Sprawl

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 20th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

One of the more than 100 Niagara citizens rallying this November 19th in support of saving our green lands. Photo by Dahlia Steingberg

Niagara, Ontario – Neither icy roads nor blowing snow stopped more than 100 Niagara residents from picketing outside of the Beamsville constituency office of Ontario Ford government MPP Sam Oosterhoff in support of saving what is left of our natural heritage from Ford, Oosterhoff and their pals in the province’s money-grubbing development syndicate.

Based on messages Niagara At Large received this past weekend, far more people would have joined the November 19th, Saturday afternoon rally from places like Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake and  the northern end of St. Catharine’s had the lake-effect impacts of the storm not made driving to Beamsville more hazardous.

One thing seems for sure though.

Neither rain, sleet nor snow is going to stop the opposition to the Ford government’s horrific Bill 23, which calls for selling off what Ford has called “chunks” of our Greenbelt and what is left of our conservation lands to the worst of the worst  in the development industry.

Continue reading

New St. Catharines City Council To Be Sworn In At Inaugural Meeting

City of St. Catharines will celebrate the start of the new term of City Council with a special Council meeting.

News Release from the City of St. Catharines

Posted November 20th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines incoming Mayor, Mat Siscoe

The community is welcome to attend the inaugural meeting of the 2022-2026 term of City Council on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St. The inauguration of the 140th St. Catharines City Council will be taking place in Partridge Hall.

Taking the oath of office and being sworn in will be Mayor Mat Siscoe and City Councillors Dawn Dodge, Carlos Garcia, Matt Harris, Joe Kushner, Jackie Lindal, Robin McPherson, Greg Miller, Bill Phillips, Mark Stevens, Kevin Townsend, Caleb Ratzlaff and Bruce Williamson. The evening will also feature an inaugural address by Mayor Siscoe, performances by the Strong Water Singers and a drumming group from Niagara Regional Native Centre, as well as remarks by guest speaker Julie Christiansen.

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Don’t Let Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Willing Enablers Destroy – FOREVER -Our Precious Greenbelt

David Suzuki

“The Greenbelt has the potential to ensure healthy and vibrant ecosystems, provide fresh air and drinking water, locally sourced and high quality agriculture, and access to beautiful natural recreation sites…. It is only through bold commitment in the decisions we make today that we can ensure that the Greenbelt establishes a legacy of sustainability to be passed on to future generations.”                                     –  Renown Canadian Scientist and Earth Advocate David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation

An Important  Message for all of us living in  and around the Greenbelt in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe from the David Suzuki Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group for biodiversity on our planet

Posted November 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Ford Government and its scoundrels in development industry are once again aiming to pave over “chunks” of our world-renown Greenbelt

By protecting some of our most valuable natural systems, the Greenbelt (in Niagara and around tHamilton and the  Greater Toronto Area) has the potential to ensure healthy and vibrant ecosystems, provide fresh air and drinking water, locally sourced and high quality agriculture, and access to beautiful natural recreation sites.

In addition to these benefits, the Greenbelt’s forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils offer valuable climate change mitigation services through the capture and storage of carbon. Continue reading

Join a Citizens Rally for Our Natural Heritage – This Saturday, Nov. 19th, 2 to 3 P.M in front of Niagara West Ford MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s Constituency Offce in Beamsville, Niagara

A Call-Out from Biodiversity and Climate Action Niagara, a region-wide coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for the preservation of Niagara’s natural heritage

Posted November 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – A Pop Up Protest against the Ford government’s Bill 23, Greenbelt land removals, forced municipal sprawl and the proposed sell off of Conservation Areas is being held on Saturday, November 19th from 2 to 3 p.m. at MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s office which is in a plaza at 4961 King St, Beamsville, Ontario.

The Ford government’s recent announcements are an unprecedented assault on Ontario’s environment, on good planning and on citizens’ rights. It is urgent that citizens speak up now. Continue reading

Ontario’s Ford Government Stands Up for Jim Bradley Serving Another Term as Regional Chair Without a Democratic Vote from Niagara Region’s Council

Ford Government Has –Without Any Consultation from Niagara Citizens – Simply Reappointed Bradley to Another Four Years as Regional Chair

“I’d like to know why Jeff Burch doesn’t support a great parliamentarian like Jim Bradley.” – Ford Government Minister Steven Burch, in Support of Bradley and in Response to Questions from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff  Burch about the Ford government cancelling elections for Niagara Regional Chair

Ontario Legislature Hansard Featuring Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch asking the Ford Government Why It Is Upending Niagara Regional Council’s Long-Standing Process for Electing a Regional Chair

Posted November 17th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Mr. Jeff Burch: Speaker. Through you to the Premier: Yesterday, in a move no one asked for or recommended, this government, with absolutely no consultation, tabled a bill that would allow them to appoint regional chairs in Niagara, York and Peel.

Just four years ago, in the middle of the municipal election campaign, this government cancelled regional chair elections in these regions, elections in which citizens were electing their chairs at large. They didn’t trust citizens with free and fair elections.

Now, they don’t even trust democratically elected councillors to choose a chair. Now the Premier is going to handpick who he wants to rule in his stead as he hands them additional powers to do his bidding. Why is the Premier showing such disdain for municipalities and turning local democracy into his own personal sandbox?

The Speaker (Hon. Ted Arnott): Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley and former Ontario parliamentarian that Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch apparently hasn’t got enoughrespect for,according to
Doug Ford Tories who just reappointed Bradley to another four year term as Niagara Regional Chair.

Hon. Steve Clark: I’d like to know why Jeff Burch doesn’t support a great parliamentarian like Jim Bradley.

The Speaker (Hon. Ted Arnott): I’m going to ask the minister to refer to his colleagues across the floor by their riding as opposed to their personal name.

Hon. Steve Clark: Premier Ford made it crystal clear to Ontarians that the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act was just the start, that we wanted to ensure by the time those two new mayors were sworn in in Ontario’s two largest cities, Toronto and Ottawa, he made it crystal clear that that was the start.

So the announcement yesterday in Bill 39, which it was pretty obvious that New Democrats don’t support-just to add to the litany of housing initiatives this government has done. We’ve done over 90 since 2018, and every single time we try to increase housing supply and actually provide an opportunity for a young person to realize the dream of homeownership, New Democrats vote against it. So it’s no surprise, Speaker, that this member and their party under the leadership of Marit Stiles is going to not support. Continue reading

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley Embraces Ford Government’s Decision to Reappoint Him for Another Four Years

Bradley Applauds “All Options” by Ford Government to Address Housing Crisis

A Statement from Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley on Ford Govewrnment’s Introduction of ‘Better Municipal Governance Act’

Posted November 17th,2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley offered the following statement regarding the provincial government’s introduction of the Better Municipal Governance Act:

“The Regional Municipality of Niagara, like all other municipalities across Ontario, are creatures of the province. As such, I fully respect the province’s authority over local governments and their ability to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of the people of Ontario.

 In regard to Minister Clark’s announcement that he is reappointing the Regional Chairs in Niagara, York and Peel, I can affirm my steadfast commitment to the people of Niagara and my readiness to continue serving as Regional Chair. I also want to share my enthusiasm for working with the next term of Council and getting back to work in early December. Continue reading

Ford Government Proposes to Re-Appoint Jim Bradley as Niagara Regional Chair for Next Four Year

Legislation Just Tabled by Ford Government May Also Lead to More Urban Sprawl On To Green Lands, and Amalgamation of Municpalities across  Niagara

“The proposed legislation would allow the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to appoint the Regional Chairs of Niagara, Peel and York regions for the current term of council. If these proposals are passed, the Minister intends to re-appoint the existing regional chairs – Jim Bradley in Niagara, Nando Iannicca in Peel, and Wayne Emerson in York. This approach will provide continuity and stability at the regional level as facilitators consider how best to extend strong mayor powers to existing two-tier municipalities that are shovel-ready and committed to growth and cutting red tape.”                                                                                                             – from a News Release circulated this November 16th, 2022 by Doug Ford’s Ontario Government

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large followed by a News Release from Ontario’s Ford Government

Posted November 16th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

While so much for any further speculation about who will be elected or re-elected Niagara’s Regional Chair by the Region’s soon-to-be-sworn in new Regional Council if this latest legislation, so hastily tabled by the Ford government this November 16th, is passed which – given the government’s majority – probably will be.

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley may get the Chair’s job back without a vote from the Region’s Council, but at what cost?

If this legislation, allegedly focused on building more affordable housing – is passed, Jim Bradley will automatically serve a second term as Niagara’s Regional Chair which, by the way, this journalist has no problem with.

But the big question is this – At what cost to our current system of municipal government and to our man-made and natural heritage, and the quality of our local services and our property taxes?

On that front, we just don’t know. And given the Ford government’s tilt toward serving rich and privileged interests that have supported it with their campaign donations, etc., that is frightening.

There will obviously be much more to say about this in the days and weeks ahead as the truth and consequences around this latest bombshell piece of legislation come to light.

  • Stay Tuned! Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Now here is the News Release from the Ford Government –

Ontario Taking Next Steps to Expand Strong Mayor Powers and Tackle the Housing Supply Crisis

Province introduces further measures to deliver on shared provincial-municipal priorities – November 16, 2022

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Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch Drills Ford Government on Plans to Build Housing on Ontario’s Greenbelt

“Will the Premier tell the people of Ontario the true nature of his motives in putting their farmland, food security and conservation lands in jeopardy when his own experts are saying that we have plenty of land available for development?”                – Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch, from Hansard in the Ontario Legislature, November 15th, 2022

Posted November 16th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Mr. Jeff Burch: “Speaker, through you to the Premier: Despite promising the people of this province not to quote “touch the Greenbelt,” this government has put forward a plan to remove 7,400 acres of land from the greenbelt, claiming they need more land to build housing.

“Yet the province’s Housing Ability Task Force reported that a lack of land was not the problem. We have already had all the land we need for housing. The Greenbelt was created to preserve valuable farmland and connect the forest and wetland ecosystems. Every expert is saying that removing parts of it threatens all of it. Continue reading

Ford’s Municipal Downloading Could Lead To Service Cuts, Tax Hikes for Niagara Residents

“It just adds insult to injury that (the Ford government) wants people in Niagara and St. Catharines to pay the price for his scheme to help wealthy developers get wealthier.”                                         – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates and St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens

Speaking to the Growing Province-Wide Opposition to Ford’s Bill 23 and its Assault on Municipalities and Our Natural Heritage

A News Release from the Constituency Offices of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates and St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens

Posted November 16th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates and St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens

QUEENS PARK — NDP MPPs Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) and Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines) are sounding the alarm over concerns raised by the Niagara Region and St. Catharines city councils that local families could face service cuts or tax hikes if Doug Ford takes away funding used to pay for municipal services.

In his so-called housing legislation, Ford is taking away the funding municipalities use to pay for local infrastructure like community centres and roads. The province’s Fall Economic Statement shows that their so-called housing scheme has already failed, as the Ford government forecasts that fewer new homes will be built than it has previously projected. Continue reading

You Are Invited to  an Online Public Meeting on Poverty in Niagara

Hosted by the Niagara District Council of Women – This Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. Find link for registering for this Public Meeting below

Posted November 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

A Press Release from The Niagara District Council of Women

On Wednesday November 16th  @ 7:30 p.m. The Niagara District Council of Women   (NDCW)  will  hold a public zoom meeting regarding :

Niagara, Ontario – Poverty’s  impacts on Niagara residents   and the potential   for  local and region-wide  programs  and  advocacy  to make a positive difference in  these  difficult times and the years ahead?” Continue reading

Ontario’s NDP Slams Ford’s Fall Economic Statement for Baking in Worsening Hospitals Crisis

Official Opposition vows to keep fighting for investments as Conservatives sit on billions

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Position New Democratic Party

Posted November 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — Ontario’s NDP is vowing to keep fighting for urgent investments in health care and education, as well as cost of living help, as Doug Ford puts forward a Fall Economic Statement that bakes in a worsening hospitals crisis and leaves families to struggle with skyrocketing bills.

There is not a single new penny in the government’s economic update for nurses and health care workers as a staffing crisis shakes Ontario’s hospitals. The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) confirmed today that the government will spend around $400 million less than needed in education this year. Continue reading

Ontario’s Ford Government Delivers Progress Report and Advances its Plan to Build

Ontario’s 2022 Fall Economic Statement takes action in a time of economic uncertainty and global inflation

News from the Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Posted November 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — Today (Nov. 14th, 2022), Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released th2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review – Ontario’s Plan to Build: A Progress Update.

It includes the government’s first-ever progress report on its plan to build Ontario, as well as new targeted measures that advance its plan to build the economy, address the province’s labour shortage and help families and businesses keep costs down. Continue reading

Ontario’s Ford Government To Cut Gas and Fuel Taxes For Additional Year ​

Government Providing Ongoing Relief for Businesses and Families During Uncertain Times

“I am proud that I am part of a government, under the leadership of Premier Ford, that continues to lower the cost of living in our region and across the province by putting money back in the pockets of working families.”                                              – Niagara West Ford Government  MPP Sam Oosterhoff

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara West Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted November 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO – As part of its plan to help keep costs down for Ontario families and businesses, the government’s 2022 Fall Economic Statement will propose legislation that would, if passed, extend the current gas and fuel tax rate cuts to December 31, 2023.

Niagara West ConservativeMPP Sam Oosterhoff

“At a time when inflation has reached the highest levels in over four decades, we know families are feeling the pressure from rising prices on everything from gas to groceries,” said Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario.

“To continue providing real relief, our government is proposing to extend the gas tax cut for another year to put more money back in peoples’ pockets where it belongs.”

The proposed extension of the gas and fuel tax rate cuts for an additional year would save Ontario households $195 on average between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.  This extension follows legislation passed this spring that cut the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre for six months, from July 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. Continue reading

Canada’s PM Announces Additional Military Assistance For Ukraine And  Additional Sanctions Against Russia

“This additional military assistance will support Ukrainians as they bravely continue Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion, while these new sanctions will put added pressure on those who support these acts of war.”                                                                           – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

An Announcement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted November 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

As Russia continues its brutal, unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people and our allies, in defence of our shared values of peace, democracy, and human rights.

We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable.

Today (November 14th, 2022), at the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that Canada will provide $500 million in additional military assistance for Ukraine, to assist the Armed Forces of Ukraine in defending their country against Russia’s brutal and unjustifiable invasion. Continue reading

Niagara Doesn’t Need Doug Ford Backing Off Protecting Our Natural Heritage When We Already Have Such a Feckless Conservation Authority in this Region

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is Proving Weak on Protection What is Left of Niagara’s Wetlands

A Message from Biodiversity and Climate Action Niagara – a region-wide coalition of individuals and citizen groups advocating for  protecting and preserving our natural environment

Posted November 13th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Why worry about Ford dismantling our Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) when some board members seem eager to do the job themselves.

That is the only conclusion that can be taken following (the NPCA’s recent) governance committee meeting where they recommended a policy that could result in zero buffers for some wetlands.

At issue was a section of the Authority’s proposed new policy on non-Provincially Significant (non-PSWs) Wetland buffers. Continue reading

Ford Government’s Bill 23 Spells Disaster for Farmland, Conservation Authorities, Wetlands and Democracy

Demand that the Government of Ontario revoke amendments likely to weaken the protection of farmland and natural heritage, and uphold the role of the public, conservation authorities and regional municipalities.

A Call-Out for Your Voice from Ontario Nature, a time-honoured public advocacy group for our natural heritage

Posted November 13th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Bill 23 Spells Disaster for Farmland, Conservation Authorities, Wetlands and Democracy

With Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, the Government of Ontario is proposing sweeping changes to the province’s natural heritage and land use planning legislation and policy.

Ontario Premier and his supports believe that gutting more of this in our region and province will help solve the housing crisis.

This omnibus bill would amend many laws (e.g., the Planning Act, the Conservation Authorities Act), removing and weakening environmental protections and cutting out the public from meaningful involvement in land use planning and decisions affecting their communities (refer to Schedule 2 and Schedule 9 – ERO# 019-6141 and ERO# 019-6163). Continue reading

A Few Songs that Wish an End to War

A Brief Comment from Doug Draper

Posted November 11th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

While Remembrance Day is so rightfully set aside as a time for honourng the sacrifices of those who fought in past wars, I always felt that a little bit of that time should also be set aside for a discussion on how we, as a human species, can work to prevent war from ever happening again.

I’m not saying that some discussion of “NEVER AGAIN’ doesn’t happen, but I sure don’t remember much of it back in the 1960s and 70s when I was going to school.

Of course, there are times when there is no choice but to fight back, as the Ukrainians are so bravely doing, against a brutal psychopath like Russian leader Vladmir Putin, but then Russians should be asking why so many of them support a warring monster like Putin. Continue reading

On this Remembrance Day, Are We Still Doing Enough to Honour Our Veterans?

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

A memorial to Canada’s soldiers in Chippawa Park in Welland, Niagara

Posted this Remembrance Day – this Friday, November 11th – on Niagara At Large

The Environment Canada weather reports for this Remembrance Day call for a bit of rain so it may be a good idea for those wishing to visit a Cenotaph at the 11th hour of the 11th day of this November to bring along an umbrella.

This Remembrance Day – as corny or as melodramatic as it might sound – I cannot help but think that some of the raindrops that may fall will be tears from all of those young Canadians who fought and, in too many cases, died in past wars.

There may be tears enough over the carnage of war but there may also be tears for how little that far too many of us are now doing to honour their sacrifice for democracy by doing our part to actively participate in the democratic process. Continue reading

A Call-Out Against Ford’s Plan to Gut  7,400 Acres of Our Previous Farmland and Natural Areas for Urban Sprawl

Ford Government’s Bill 23 (so-called ‘More Homes Built Faster Act’) “will undermine the Greenbelt and do nothing to build affordable homes for people who need it the most in communities near existing transit, services and jobs.”                                                  – Ontario Greenbelt Alliance

A Statement from Ontario Greenbelt Alliance Steering Committee regarding the Provincial Announcement to Remove Lands from the Greenbelt

Posted November 9th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Late (last)  Friday (November 4th) afternoon,, the Ontario Government announced its intention to remove 7,400 acres of precious farmland and natural areas from Greenbelt protection as a purported “solution” to the housing crisis and to add new land to the Greenbelt to make up for the loss.

The housing crisis requires immediate action. That’s why Premier Ford’s government should make it easier to build housing on the 86,500 acres across the GTHA that are already zoned and ready for development in communities close to existing transit and services. Continue reading

Keep Your Promise, Doug Ford. Keep Your Hands Off The Greenbelt

“Ford’s legacy of environmental destruction gets worse every day. And once these environmentally sensitive lands are gone, they are gone forever.”

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner

A Statement from Ontario Green Party Mike Schreiner

Posted November 9th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Remember when Doug Ford looked straight into the camera  and said this: “THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN – WE WON’T TOUCH THE GREENBELT . . . THAT’S IT.”

So do I – but that was then (in the year 2018 when he was first running for premier.)

Late last week, while everyone was watching Ford and Lecce stumble into a disastrous standoff with education workers, the government quietly announced its PLAN TO OPEN UP 7,400 ACRES OF PROTECTED GREENBELT LAND TO DEVELOPERS. Continue reading

Ford Government’s Proposed 7,400 Acre Giveaway to Land Speculators Is A Death Sentence for the Entire Greenbelt

“Removing land from the Greenbelt, taken together with the Ontario government’s Bill 23 attack on Conservation Authorities, the Growth Plan, the Planning Act, the Endangered Species Act and other important legislation, dismantles decades of slow progress toward protecting Ontario’s environment and creating more sustainable communities.”

 

A Statement from Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence

Posted November 6th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – This afternoon the Ontario government announced that it intends to break its loudest, clearest election promise, by inflicting a fatal 7,400 acre wound on the vital and wildly popular Greenbelt.

It is clear that this attack would end the critical role the Greenbelt plays to stop sprawl and protect farmland, forests, and the source of our drinking water, as well address climate change. The government should be ashamed and the people of Ontario should be outraged.  

Promises by the government to “swap” in 9,400 acres of land in other locations will do nothing to mitigate the damage to the Greenbelt system. Continue reading

Ontario’s NDP calls on Ford to Stop His Latest Attempt to Punch Holes in Greenbelt

A Statement from Ontario’s Official Oppostion NDP on the Ford government’s Move to Sell off ‘Chunks’ of our farmlands to developers

Posted November 7th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — Peter Tabuns, Interim Ontario NDP Leader and Climate Crisis critic, released the following statement in response to the Ford government’s latest scheme to remove protected land from the Greenbelt:

“It’s disturbing that Doug Ford is taking another run at punching holes in the Greenbelt. Continue reading

Ford Government and Vandals in Development Industry Now Threatening Ontario’s Greenbelt

Now Ford and his Pirates Go After Our Most Precious Food-Growing Lands.

What’s Next? Selling Off the Fresh Waters in Our Great Lakes?

A Brief News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 4th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

As if raping our wetlands and woodlands for urban sprawl is not enough, now Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Tories are aiming at our province’s world-renown Greenbelt.

Ford Government and its scoundrels in development industry are targetting our world-renown Greenbelt

In a news release this Friday, November 4th afternoon that can be otherwise called a “Friday afternoon dump” –the kind of news scoundrels release just before a weekend, hoping it won’t get much attention – the Ford government says it is going after Greenbelt lands to build sprawling suburbs. Continue reading

At Final Meeting of the 2018-2022 Niagara Regional Council, Council’s Chair Jim Bradley Sums Up Challenges and Achievements

“In the past, I have avoided commenting on the legacy of turmoil we inherited from the previous term of council (under the chairmanship of Al Caslin). ….But I think it is worth remembering how far we have come. … I am honored to work with a team of councillors who took immediate action to set a new tone and reestablish Niagara Region’s character and standing in the community.”

– Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, Nov. 3rd, 2022, at final session of 2018-2022 Council

Jim Bradley, a former St. Catharines MPP, is sworn in as the new Niagara Regional Chair in front of a new council in 2018/ File photo by Doug Draper

Posted November 4th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – In the wake of this October’s municipal election and the final meeting, this November 3rd, of the current Niagara Regional Council before a new council is sworn in, I thought it would be of some value to post the complete text of the opening remarks the Region’s Chair, Jim Bradley, delivered to the outgoing council and to any members of the public listening in.

In this final session of council, many concerns were also raised about proposals by Ontario’s Ford government to change and, more to the point, weaken rules and systems for protecting and preserving what is left of Niagara’s natural heritage to build more housing at any cost to that heritage.

Niagara At Large will have more news and commentary on that issue in the days ahead. Please stay tuned.)

Chair’s Remarks to Council
November 3, 2022

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

“I want welcome everyone this evening for what is the final meeting of this term of council.

I want to begin my comments by stating that serving as Regional Chair has been one of the great honours of my life, and it is a position that I continue to hold in the highest regard.

I consider myself fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated and committed group of individuals, each of whom brought their own unique experiences and talents to this chamber in an effort to represent their constituents and advocate for the betterment of the Niagara region. Continue reading

Let Us All Support Ontario’s Education Workers

Don’t Let Doug Ford and His Tories Use Thuggish, Draconian Tactics Beat Hard-Working People Down!

A Comment from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 4th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Many thousands of people across Niagara and the rest of Ontario who work every day of the school year to keep our schools clean and safe and functioning for young people have been fighting hard for more livable wages and benefits.

 

 

They have been answered by a Ford government in Ontario that came to power more than four years ago with an expressed hatred for unions and a zeal to keep wages as low as possible for everyone working in this province. Continue reading

Niagara NDP MPPs Won’t Back Down from Advocacy for Students, Parents, Education Workers

“Our education system is at stake right now, and we know it’s worth fighting for. We are proud to stand up for what is right.”    – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates, St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens and Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch, Member’s of Ontario’s New Democratic Party

A News Release from the Niagara, Ontario Constituency Offices of NDP MPPs Wayne Gates, Jennie Stevens and Jeff Burch

Posted November 2nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara NDP MPPs stand with students, parents, and education workers

QUEEN’S PARK – Niagara NDP MPPs Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls), Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines), and Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) released the following statement after their ejection from Queen’s Park for refusing to back down from their advocacy on behalf of Ontario students, parents, and education workers:

From left, Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens

“Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce can prevent disruption in our schools right now by getting back to the bargaining table and respecting education workers with a fair deal. If Ford and Lecce continue their attack on education workers, their actions will have one result—driving more and more caring adults out of our Niagara classrooms and leaving our kids with less support in school. Continue reading

Niagara Centre MPP Tossed from Legislature for Calling Ontario’s Premier Thug and Dictator a “Thug” and “Dictator”

Apparently it is “Parliamentarian” in Ontario to Tell the Truth

Breaking News Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 2nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

If you ever met Jeff Burch, you might be struck by the Niagara Centre MPP’s mild-mannered voice and smile.

He seems almost too nice for the rough and tumble of today’s political arena.

And indeed, he would hardly strike you as the kind of person who could be ordered by Ontario’s Speaker of the Legislature to leave the chambers if he did not withdraw remarks about the province’s premier that were deemed to be parliamentarian.

Yet thrown out he was this November 2nd morning, along with more than a dozen other members of Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party, including Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens,  for hurling words considered improper at Premier Doug Ford over Ford and his government moving to use draconian measures in the name of a “notwithstanding clause” to order unionized public school workers to remain in school despite what they consider to be a breakdown in negotiating what they consider to be a fair  pay increase with the government. Continue reading

Ford Government’s Bill 23 is a Wrecking Ball! It Means More Urban Sprawl, Fewer Wetland

Doug Ford and His Ontario Tories – Wording Hand in Hand with Developers – Are Posed to Destroy What is Left of Our Natural Heritage

To Learn More, Join a Webinar Session this coming Monday, November 7th,  from 12  p.m to 1 p.m.

Hosed by Environmental Defence, a non-profit advocacy group for protecting and preserving a quality environment

Posted November 2nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large

To learn more about the dangerous environmental effects of Bill 23, please register for: Bait and Switch: Understanding Bill 23, The ‘More Sprawl, Fewer Wetlands’ Act

Ontario Bill 23 – which the government refers to as the “More Homes Built Faster Act “– is a complex policy and legislation package which changes zoning rules, wetland evaluation, conservation authority powers, regional planning power and more. 

Environmental Defence is hosting this panel discussion to review the destructive impacts of this bill and discuss how people who care about Ontario’s environment can fight back. 

Register today to join this essential conversation!

Details:
When: Monday, November 7th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET)
Where: Online webinar – Register today for access details

Host:
Lynda Lukasik, Ph.D., Executive Director, Environment Hamilton

Panelists:
Anne Bell, Ph.D., Director of Conservation and Education, Ontario Nature
Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence

If Ford and his Tories and the vandals in Ontario’s development industry have their way, place like thisin  Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario – wetlands and woodlands that we need to support clean air and water and biodiversity and to fight climate change, will be gone, not in the name of affordable housing but  in the name of reckless, ingorance and greed. File photo by Lori Monroe

Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

For the official invite from Environmental Defence on this, click on Environmental Defence Canada

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Ontario’s Housing Bill is Actually a Trojan Horse for Environmentally Catastrophic Rural Sprawl

“(The Ford government’s) Bill 23 ….  is an attack on Conservation Authorities, woodlands and provincially significant wetlands that aims to enable destruction of wetland habitats and conservation lands:” – Environmental Defence Canada

A Statement and Detailed Analysis of Bill 23 from Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence

Posted November 1st. 2-22 on Niagara At Large

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – The Ontario government’s Bill 23 “More Homes Built Faster Act” includes only tepid measures to enable more badly needed home construction in existing cities, while diving deep into dangerous attacks on wetland habitat, woodlands and other conservation lands and encouraging even more of the expensive rural sprawl that caused Ontario’s housing crisis.

The most glaring feature of Bill 23 and its associated policy proposals is an attack on Conservation Authorities, woodlands and provincially significant wetlands that aims to enable destruction of wetland habitats and conservation lands:

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Niagara Parks Iconic Floral Clock Damaged by Vandalism

  *   Iconic Floral Clock was vandalized on the evening of October 27

  *   Significant damages to the clock and surrounding landscaping occurred, with repair costs estimated to be more than $10,000

  *   Investigation by Niagara Parks Police is ongoing to identify perpetrator(s)

The iconic Floral Clock along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara, Ontario. Photos courtesy of Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted October 31st,2022 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from Doug Draper – Why would anyone do this to this nice site in our region? The Floral Clock may be dated and all-to quaint compared to the more jazzy places many tourists now like to visit a little further up the road in Niagara Falls. But it still holds a warm spot in many hearts and it is still a place where I’ve seen so many people stop and take a fond look. Continue reading

Niagara’s Lone Tory MPP – Sam Oosterhoff – Applauds Ford’s Nature-Gutting ‘More Homes Built Faster Act’

Among a Host of Assaults on Ontario’s Natural Heritage and Municipal Taxpayers, Act Proposes Paving Over Conservation Areas, Woodlands and Wetlands, and Weakening Role of Conservation Authorities in Protecting and Preserving Our Precious Watersheds.

A mid-20th Century Neanderthal’s Vision of Ontario’s future, with less than a wit of concern for climate crises or the value of a healthy ecosystem.

A Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper, followed by a News Release from Niagara West Tory MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted October 31st, 2022 on Niagara At Large

A Foreword by Doug Draper –

At a time when growing numbers of us – especially during this awful pandemic – have grown to appreciate how much a walk through nature areas means to our mental and physical health, and the mounting evidence that protecting and preserving our wetlands and woodlands all of the biodiversity they host can protect us from the impacts of climate change, Ontario has a jackass in the Premier’s Office who has proven, once again, that he could give a damn.

Ontario’s Tory Premier Doug Ford and his caucus of puppets have just tabled a piece of legislation they call the ‘More Homes Built Faster Act’ which they have the nerve to say will address a very real affordable housing crisis we face in Niagara and elsewhere across the province. Continue reading

NPCA Responds to Ford’s Proposals for Trading Off Nature Protection for Urban Development

Among the Ford Government’s Proposals –

  • A Proposal to remove terms ‘conservation of lands’ and ‘pollution’ as considerations in permit decisions and changes to the definition of watercourse.

  • A Proposal that Conservation Authorities identify potential conservation lands that could support housing development.

A Statement From the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority On Changes To The Conservation Authority Act

Posted October 29th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Earlier this week, the (Ontario) Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing outlined the next phase of Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, the “More Homes Built Faster Act.”

Inside the Woodend Conservation Area in Niagara. A favourite place in the region for Nature walks.  Should some of this natural land be parcelled off for urban development?

 As part of the plan, the government proposes new legislative changes that will impact Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and other Conservation Authorities (CAs) across Ontario.

Key changes being proposed that impact conservation authorities include:

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Last of Legendary Rock Pioneers is Gone – Jerry Lee Lewis Dies at 87

A Brief One from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted October 29th, 2022

Jerry Lee Lews in his prime.

Little Richard and Chuck Berry left us not that long ago. Roy Orbison left a few decades ago and Elvis Presley left the building what now seems like a long time ago.

Now Jerry Lee Lewis, about the last man standing, if not the last of these legencdary rock & roll pioneers from the 1950s has died too at age 87.

To quote signature lines from o one of his biggest hits .’ goodness, gracious great balls of fire.”

Here he is performing another big hit with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in the mid1990s. You can watch and hear it by clicking on the screen below – 

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Ford Government Continues to Change Roles and Responsibilities of Conservation Authorities

“We need to make sure mechanisms are still in place to ensure that we balance growth with a healthy environment.”                     – Angela Coleman, General Manager, Conservation Ontario

A News Release from Conservation Ontario, representing the NPCA and 35 other Conservation Authorities across the province

Posted October 28th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Angela Coleman, General Manager, Conservation Ontari

Newmarket, Ontario –  In a bid to address the housing supply, the Ontario government released a series of new proposed legislative changes, many of which impact Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities.

Among them, the Province proposes to prevent municipalities from entering into agreements with conservation authorities to review planning applications on their behalf, proposes exemptions from natural hazard permits for select municipalities where Planning Act approvals are in place, remove ‘conservation of lands’ and ‘pollution’ as considerations in permit decisions, to put a freeze on development fees and to possibly tap into conservation lands to support housing. Continue reading

Town of Lincoln Thinks Globally, Acts Locally to Address Climate Crisis

Lincoln’s Fall Tree Giveaway and Rain Barrel Sale continues to make a sustainable impact

“One of the four pillars of our (Lincoln) Council Priorities is to be a resilient community, and as part of that pillar, we have set out the goal to adapt and respond to a changing climate, and collectively we demonstrate our commitment.”                                  – Sandra Easton, Mayor, Town of Lincoln

News from the Town of Lincoln in Niagara, Ontario

Posted October 28th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton

Lincoln, Ontario – The Town successfully hosted the second Tree Giveaway and Subsidized Rain Barrel Sale on Saturday, October 22, 2022. The Town gave away 450 free native trees to residents and local schools and 131 subsidized rain barrels at the drive-through event.

The additional opportunity was in response to the community’s interest in the inaugural event held in the Spring of 2022.

When the trees are fully grown, the trees and rain barrels will mitigate approximately 1.2 million L of stormwater annually from entering the stormwater system and remove the carbon dioxide equivalent of 11,000L of gasoline. Continue reading

NDP Slams Ford for Sitting on Tens of Billions While Health Care Crisis Worsens

“Doug Ford needs to allocate these massive historic contingencies to prevent shortfalls in the services that Ontarians count on.”

News from Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP

Posted October 27th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, slammed for holding back on funding health care services in a growing crisis

QUEEN’S PARK – Catherine Fife, NDP Finance Critic, slammed the Ford government for sitting on $44 billion in contingencies as the health care and other crises worsen in Ontario, revealed by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) report.

The bombshell figure comes from the FAO’s 2022 Fall Economic and Budget Outlook. In it, the FAO is forecasting a $40 billion shortfall across all programs over the next six years, including: Continue reading

Niagara Parks Foundation Receives $400,000 TD Bank Investment for Stewardship Work at Dufferin Islands

  *   Niagara Parks Foundation to receive $400,000 over three years from TD Bank Group, toward new Visitor Experience and Ecological Enhancement Initiative at Dufferin Islands

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted October 27th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, ON – Through collaboration with the Niagara Parks Foundation, TD Bank Group has committed $400,000 over the next three years, to launch the Dufferin Islands Visitor Experience and Ecological Enhancement Initiative.

Inside Dufferin Islands near the brink of theHorseshoe Falls in Niagara FAlls, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

This multi-phase project, funded through the TD Ready Commitment, will strengthen the overall environmental sustainability of the site. In addition, the project will continue to support meaningful experiences for guests of all ages and abilities, who visit this treasured public park.

Dufferin Islands Visitor Experience and Ecological Enhancement Project

The Dufferin Islands nature area represents a unique active-use, natural urban park, located adjacent to Niagara Falls, and just steps away from the upper Niagara River. Continue reading

Buffalo, N.Y.-Area Congressman Urges Action on “Critical” Canada/U.S Border Issues

“The United States must lift its border restrictions to encourage a return to pre-pandemic levels of travel and economic activity.”    – U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins

Congressman also wants two countries to work expeditiously and collaboratively to address the massive backlog of NEXUS application cases

A News Release from the Buffalo,New York Office of Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted October 27th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

Ahead of bilateral meetings between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Canadian Global Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking the leaders to address several key issues especially important to communities and economies positioned on either side of the border.

In a letter to Sec. Blinken<https://higgins.house.gov/sites/higgins.house.gov/files/10-26-22%20Higgins%20Letter%20-%20Sec%20Blinken%20-%2010.26.22.pdf>, Higgins writes, “As you well know, the relationship between the United States and Canada is unique, and discussion of our binational priorities prior to a multilateral meeting serves great purpose in achieving mutual goals. I write to bring Northern Border issues, including current COVID-19 border restrictions, the NEXUS backlog, and their economic impacts, to your attention, so they may be addressed during your upcoming discussions.” Continue reading

If You Didn’t Vote, Then Shut Up! You Have No Right To Complain

Shame On the Seven Out Of Every Ten of You for Not Voting in These Municipal Elections

A Brief News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and Publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 26thj.2022 on Niagara At Large

You can turn on the cable news any day of the week to reports of  people in countries like Ukraine or Iran fighting for their lives to save or secure the kind of democratic freedoms we have here in Canada.

Countless millions of people around the world can only dream of having the right we do to go out and vote for the candidates we want serving us in government.

This residential area in Thorold gives the impressiion that interest in this October 24th municipal elections was high. Yet in this municipality, only 25 per cent of the eligible  voters bothers going to the polls. The voter turnout in other Niagara municipalities was not any better. photo by Doug Draper

And yet when it came to exercising that previous right during these October 24th municipal elections, roughly 70 to 75 per cent of eligible voters across this Niagara region (and about the same percentage across the province) decided to give the right to vote a pass.

That, in a word, is SHAMEFUL! Continue reading

Niagara Municipal Election Highlights – Jim Bradley, Mat Siscoe & Jim Diodati Area Among the Big Winners

NOTL Lord Mayor Betty Disero, West Lincoln Mayor Dave Bylsma and Wainfleet Mayor Kevin Gibson are Among Those Who Lose Their Seats

For Those of Us Looking for More Progressive Leadership on the Environment, on Housing and a Host of other Social Equity Issues, this Municipal Election was a Mixed Bag

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 25th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Jim Bradley, now serving as Niagara’s Regional Chair, was a big winner in these municipal elections.

One thing is for sure. These October 24th municipal elections in Niagara did not result in the huge purge of incumbents that the 2018 elections did.

In 2018, we were facing then-Niagara Regional chair Al Caslin and his cabal of Halloween spooks at the regional and local levels of municipal governments and voters across the region took full advantage of the elections to clean house.

This time it was different with the Region’s current chair, Jim Bradley, polling (just as he did as a first time candidate for regional council in 2018) in a field of nine, placing him a good position to win the Chair’s seat again if a majority on the new council give him the nod.

Then there were the races for mayor where for better or worse and to no one’s surprise, Jim Diodati racked up another huge win in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, as controversial as he is in some corners, also won big and is back for a fourth term.. Obviously there are enough people in his city who think that he is the one for the job.

In other municipalities, veteran municipal leader Wayne Redekop won easily, with 67 per cent of the vote in Fort Erie, Welland Mayor Frank Campion won again in his city, Terry Ugulini won a second term as mayor of Thorold, Bill Steele won a second term as mayor in Port Colborne, Jeff Jordon won a second term as mayor n Grimsby and regional councillor and former city councilor Mat Siscoe literally buried his main opponent Mike Britton, with 68 per cent of the vote, in a race for mayor in St. Catharines where the Britton campaign lappeared  to be heavily financed.

Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton is also back. No one contested her so she was acclaimed.

In the case of the Siscoe/Britton stand-off in St. Catharines, it is good to know that you can still win against someone that smears the landscape with signs, runs costly wrap-around ads in the local newspaper and appears to have – given some of the glowing stories – the establishment media on their side.

There were also losers among those in the mayor’s chair. Continue reading

In These Oct. 24th Municipal Elections, Vote for a Healthier, Greener Future for Us All!

A Brief Comment from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted Election Eve, October 23rd, 2022

Taking drive through Niagara this beautiful weekend was another reminder to me how fortunate we are to still live in a region where we can travel for a few minutes from an urban area and be in places with farm fields, woodlands, wetlands and grassy meadows.

It was also another reminder of how much we need more elected representatives at the regional and local council level in all 12 of Niagara’s municipalities to stand up against the forces of destructive, unsustainable growth and greed, and protect what is left of the natural heritage our region has been blessed with.

Raised Green Fists in Grass Field

On this October 24th municipal election day, I urge as many of my fellow Niagara citizens as possible to go to the polls to vote for candidates with a track record, if they are incumbents, or a platform for the future, if they are running to win a seat for the first time, that demonstrates a commitment to protect and preserve our environment and to do everything we can at the local level to address the climate crisis.

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To Niagara At Large Readers – Feel Free to Name the Municipal Candidates You Feel Should Win this October 24th Election in the Comment Box Below at the End of this Post

An invite from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 19th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Posting editorials or commentaries identifying candidates you want to see win a seat in municipal elections is like wandering through a briar patch at the best of times.

If you scroll down through some of the most recent stories on Niagara At Large at www.niagaraatlarge.com, you will see that I have done that for regional candidates in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

And sure enough, I am already getting a few comments on my Facebook page for the NAL site, wondering why I did not also include this or that candidate, or at least advising that candidate X, Y or Z should be on the list too. Continue reading

Our Top Picks from Niagara Falls for Niagara Regional Council

– They Are Barbara Greenwood, Carolynn Ioannoni and Kim Craitor –

An Election Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

When it comes to picking the best candidates from all 12 Niagara municipalities to sit on the local and municipal councils for the next four years, that is mission impossible for a news outlet like Niagara At Large with the limited resources we have.

In Niagara Falls, re-elect Barbara Greenwood to Niagara Regional Council

So, except in some of the cases where the choices are obvious, we are not even going to try because that would be fooling ourselves and you.

However. in some municipalities, for some municipal seats, the choice is relatively easy. And one of those municipalities is the City of Niagara Falls with respect to who should serve on  the three-directly elected seats the city holds on Niagara Regional Council, in addition to a fourth seat held by the city’s mayor.

Niagara At Large is putting forward the names of three candidates for regional council in Niagara Falls based on years of following them as elected representatives, and based in our view – and contrary to any criticism or allegations  put forward in the past by political opponents  – as honest and decent individuals who have had a long record of promoting and supporting policies and programs that are good for the health of our communities and our environment.

Elect veteran Niagara Falls city councillor Carolynn Ioannoni to Niagara Regional Council

These three individuals are –

  • Barbara Greenwood, who is running for re-election in Niagara Falls  as a Niagara regional councillor,
  • Carolynn Ioannoni, a veteran Niagara Falls city councillor whose courage for  speaking out for the preservation of wetlands and trees in green places like Thundering Waters Forest often found her in hot water with the city’s mayor and  his allies on and off of the city council, and
  • Kim Craitor, a former Niagara Falls city councillor and former Liberal MPP for the Niagara Falls riding who has had a record of being a bit of a maverick in the name of green causes.

In Niagara Falls, elect former city councillorand former Libera MPP for the Niagara Falls Riding, Kim Craitor to Niagara Regional Council

We know that there are a total of eight candidates running for Niagara Falls’ three directly elected regional council seats, including individuals like Karen Fraser who has been a positive citizen’s voice for protecting and preserving our natural heritage.

In the end, it is up to the voters of Niagara Falls to do their homework and hopefully give their support those who will put the best interests of the community and ts people, and a environment first.

The same goes for how we all vote in every municipality across Niagara.

To visit a related piece that Niagara At Large posted on this issue click on –https://niagaraatlarge.com/2022/08/22/niagara-falls-voters-have-three-great-candidates-for-regional-council/ .

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Our Top Four Picks in St. Kitts for Niagara Regional Council

Haley Bateman, Jim Bradley, Brian Heit and Laura Ip

An Election Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

With less than a week to go before the October 24th municipal election, Niagara at Large (NAL) is featuring some of our top choices for the next term of Niagara Regional Council.

Vote Haley Bateman for St. Catharines Regional Councillor

We begin here in St. Catharines –  the largest of Niagara’s 12 local municipalities, with seven directly elected members of the Region’s council, in addition to the city’s mayor who, like other mayors across the region, automatically receives a seat on regional council.

In keeping with NAL’s  decision not to endorse candidates past what we think are the surest shows for individuals we believe will work progressively for healthy, ustainable communities, environmentally and economically for Niagara’s future, our top four choices for a better future for all of us are Haley Bateman, Jim Bradley, Brian Heit and Laura Ip.

In St. Catharines, Vote Jim Bradley back to Niagara Regional Council

Yes, we know there are still seats to be filled and there are more than enough candidates running to fill them.

But being a news outlet that is currently not asking for or receiving any compensation to operate this site, we do not have the resources to interview or scope every candidate running for municipal office across Niagara.

So that is where you come in dear voters. Do your homework as citizens and, as we hope, vote the candidates that care about issues like building more affordable, green communities.

Dec. 11, 2014 – Photo by Denis Cahill

What we can say here is that, in our view, Haley Bateman, Jim Bradley, Brian Heit and Laura Ip fill that bill.

They are all individuals who have, in a complicated world where standing up for a better life for all is not always easy, have tried, most of the time, to do just that.

And in the case of Jim Bradley in particular, what a  fine new dawn it has been with him serving as Niagara Reigon’s Chair, after all the dark nights we suffered through from 2014 to 2018 with Al Caslin and his cabal at the helm.

In St. Catharines, re-elect Laura Ip for Niagara Regional Council

All of us across Niagara, need these four individuals back on Niagara Regional Council to stand up and speak out for a better Niagara for present and future generations.

We can no longer afford municipal representatives who are stuck in a 20th Century mindset of growth and “open for business” at any cost, and paving over what is left of natural heritage.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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NPCA Is Improving Access To Nature Thanks To Federal Funding

“On behalf of the NPCA, I want to thank FedDev Ontario for investing in nature for all.”                                                                        – Rob Foster, NPCA Chair, Board of Directors

News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Posted October 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to receive funding through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

From left to right, Adam Christie, Director, Conservation Areas, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority; Rob Foster, Chair, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority; the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Chandra Sharma, CAO, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority; and Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre.

These investments will improve greenspace infrastructure and increase safe access to four NPCA sites throughout the Niagara watershed.

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, recently announced over $8.2 million in support for 34 tourism and community infrastructure projects in the Niagara region. These investments will create and revitalize community spaces and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities. The funding NPCA received from this $8.2 million purse totalled $850,000.

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Paralympian Urges Brock Grads to Speak Up Against Acts of Hate, Discrimination

“When we stay quiet, we are complicit in the behaviour. In a way, we are condoning it.”                                                                      – Four-Time Canadian Paralympian Elisabeth Walker-Young

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted October 17th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – There are many moments in Elisabeth Walker-Young’s (BPhEd ’02) life when she wishes she had spoken up.

Brock alumna Elisabeth Walker-Young delivers the Convocation address during the University’s morning ceremony – Photos courtesy of Brock University

Once, in the mid-’90s, she heard her swim teammate make a racist comment to an airport porter. Years later, she was on a crowded bus when one passenger made a racist and ageist remark to another rider. And, more recently, she witnessed her daughter get teased by a child for having a mom who was disabled.

Each instance left her filled with anger and sadness. Though she felt compelled to intervene, she stood idly by. Continue reading

Join an Online Public Forum on COVID in Niagara

Featuring Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara Region’s Acting Medical Officer of Health

A News release from the Niagara District Council of Women

Posted October 13th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara Region’s Acting Medical Officer of Health

Niagara, Ontario – On Wednesday, October 19th,  at 7:30 p.m.,  Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara Region’s Acting Medical Officer of Health,  will  Speak  on “ COVID-19  and its Variants: Where we are now  and could be in the years ahead?” at the Niagara District Council of Women Zoom meeting.

Dr. Hirji, who has so ably  explained the nature of the epidemic, the work being done by health systems to counter it, and the actions the public should take to protect  ourselves and others from contacting COVID  over the last almost 3 years,  brings a wealth of knowledge and advice  to our public forum. Continue reading

Doug Ford is Costing us Billions

Climate Crisis is Costing Us Billions of Dollars Alone, and Where Is Ford Government on Addressing It?

News from the Green Pary of Ontario

Posted October 12th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

The climate crisis is making life more unaffordable in Ontario.

That’s why our leader Mike Schreiner asked the Financial Accountability Office to prepare a report laying out the true cost of climate impacts on public infrastructure. Last week, it was finally released.

And the report is clear: The climate crisis is costing Ontarians billions of dollars. Climate-related damage to transportation infrastructure alone will cost us $14 billion by 2030.

Record-breaking rainfall, heatwaves and other extreme weather events will cost up to $332 billion by 2100. Continue reading

Some Good News for a Change- People Power Has Saved Juno Beach!

It Took the Voices of Everyday People Like You and I – Not Government- to Save this Hallowed Ground

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted October 11th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

In between all of the bad news we are bombarded with every day, there is some good news – good news that needs to be highlighted because it has the potential to give us a ray of hope!

Juno Beach, where Canadians made a heroic charge for freedom, on the shores of Normandy, France

One slice of good news I want to share here and now with you  is that voices of everyday Canadians like you and I – countless thousands of us from coast to coast – helped save Juno Beach along the shores in Normandy, France. Continue reading

St. Catharines Continues Efforts to Grow City’s Tree Canopy

Fall tree giveaway registration launches this Tuesday, October 11th for St. Catharines residents

News from the City of St.Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted October 11th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Trees ready to be planted. Photo courtesy of City of St. Cathairnes

The City of St. Catharines is continuing efforts to grow its tree canopy with the launch of its semi-annual tree giveaway.

This year’s giveaway will once again require residents to reserve their trees online in advance of the event. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., residents can visit stcatharines.ca/TreeGiveaway to request a tree. Available trees for the fall giveaway include Black Cherry, Sassafras, Balsam Fir, or Tulip. Continue reading

Celebrating This Harvest Moon on this Thanksgiving with a Great Song

A Brief One from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large

Posted Thanksgiving Day, October 10th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

If you were out after dark last night and looked up in the sky you would have seen it- that wonderful harvest moon that arrives just in time for the celebration of harvest time and our Thanksgiving.

As someone who always seems to have at least one a song in mind for every occasion, I immediately thought of this one from an old music legend from Canada – Neil Young.

I wish you a nice, what is left of Thanksgiving Day 2022, and you can hear the song by clicking on the screen below.- Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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Here’s Hoping You Have a Warm, Peaceful Thanksgiving

A Brief Message from Doug Draper At Niagara At Large

Posted October 9th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

One of the many beautiful pumpkin stands in Pelham, this one on Canboro Road, that you can visit this fall . Photos by Doug Draper

On this Thanksgiving, I wish to wish the warmest and give thanks to all of you who have continued to visit the Niagara At Large news and commentary site at www.niagaraatlarge.com and I urge you to tell all of your friends about this site.

If enough of us get engaged, we can build a truly independent news and commentary source for our Niagara region.

I am featuring a few photos I took earlier this weekend of a few places in the Town of Pelham which remains a place in our region that has not yet been completely overrun by paved parking lots, strip mall and urban sprawl.

I urge all of us to vote in the coming October 24th municipal elections who will work to protect what makes Niagara unique from paved over places like Mississauga and Burlington and Brampton.

Let’s all pledge for the sake of our health and the future health of our communities to protect and preserve what is left of Niagara’s great natural heritage.

Please use this October 24th municipal election to vote for candidates that care about our natural environment.

  • Have a Thanksgivings Day Full of Peace with your friends and family – Doug Draper

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Trudeau Liberals Rip Us Off With Unpopular AriveCAN APP

Creation of this Controversial Border-Crossing APP Cost Canadian Taxpayers Far More than Necessary. On this One, Trudeau and Company Picked Our Pockets

A Brief News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 7th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Thanks to Trudeau and everyone in his Liberal caucus for picking the wallets of struggling Canadians to produce and operate their ArriveCAN APP project for crossing our Canada-U.S. border bridges

The Trudeau government’s AriveCAN APP wasn’t just a pain for Canadians and Americans wanting to cross our shared border bridges.

According to a front-page story in the Friday, October 7th edition of The Globe and Mail, the creation of this online monster that overstayed its welcome until finally deemed unmanatory by the Trudeau government at the end of this September, cost Canadian taxpayers  at least $54 million when it could have less than $1 million to set up and launch.

To make matters worse, and even more suspicious for those of us who have wondered all along who is making the money off this ArriveCAN operation, Trudeau and company is refusing to say what corporations they contracted the work for building the ArriveCAN APP to. Continue reading

Hello Mike Britton- You Want to Be Mayor of Niagara’s Largest Municipality? Declare Your Vaccine Status or Go Away

Public Leaders have a Responsibility to be Open with the Community When it Comes to Matters That Impact on All of Our Lives

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 7th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Mike Britton appears to need some lessons in what it means to be a public figure with a responsibility to be a good role model for others.

So Mike Britton – currently a St. Catharines Regional Councillor, and formerly a St. Catharines city council who is now running for mayor of that municipality in the October 24 elections – does not want to declare his vaccine status.

So much so that he is barred from attending Niagara Regional council and committee meetings in person – showing up online, in one of those annoying little digital boxes instead.

According to a front-page story in the Friday, October7th edition of The St. Catharines Standard, Britton, a right-wing conservative from a way back, continues to keep his COVID vaccine status in the closet.

“It’s been a very divisive thing for our community,” Britton is quoted saying in the story. “It’s putting one group of people against another,” he chortled on. And so this has been my philosophy from the beginning – I don’t disclose my status to anyone because the minute I say one thing or another, there’s a whole section of society that thinks they can’t talk to me.”

Now isn’t that interesting,

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