An Apology To George Marshall – One Of The True Voices For Openness and Democracy On Niagara Regional Council

By Doug Draper – reporter/publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted May 23th, 2016

Screwing up a person’s name has always been on my list of one of the worst mistakes you can make as a journalist. And on the rare occasion when I make it, I’m always thankful I don’t have enough joints between my feet and neck to do what I feel like doing – giving myself a kick in the head.

Veteran Welland regional councilor George Marshall has been a supporter of getting to the bottom of the public's questions and concerns over wetlands and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Veteran Welland regional councilor George Marshall has been a supporter of getting to the bottom of the public’s questions and concerns over wetlands and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

This Victoria Day weekend I had another one of those occasions where I was reminded that unless you are made of rubber or are a performer with Cirque du Soleil, it is anatomically impossible to kick yourself in the head.

The occasion came just minutes after I punched the “send” key on my lap top and realized all by myself that I had screwed up George Marshall’s name in a piece I posted on Niagara At Large this May 20th. The piece was about Niagara’s regional council barely approving the idea of doing an independent audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and I corrected the error in the copy posted on the NAL site.

But that doesn’t undo the mistake on the version that automatically goes out to at least a few thousand you are regular NAL subcribers who receive whatever we post the second yours truly clicks ‘send’ It also doesn’t help with thsousands more who are receiving NAL posts just as automatically through facebook and twitter, then circulate it to their circles of social media friends.

So I apologies George.

I am not apologizing because George Marshall contacted me in any way this Victorica Day weekend to complain that I messed up his name, because he didn’t

I would post any apology if I did that to anyone and I feel particularly bad about doing it to George because he has been one of the people who has been most supportive on regional council when it comes to allowing members of the public to speak and wanting to get to the bottom of their questions and concerns about matters like biodiversity offsetting of provincially significant wetlands and about what gives with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

He was one of the regional who was supportive again at this past May 19th regional council meeting when others took steps to block one Niagara citizen, Ed Smith, from making a case for auditing the Conservation Authority’s operations and when some of those others went so far as to accuse Smith of engaging in misinformation and untruths to make his case.

In the days ahead, Niagara At Large will have more to say about who on that council is engaging in misinformation and untruths.

In the meantime, If you are one of the many people who subscribe to Niagara At large or receive a copy of each NAL post through twitter or facebook, please keep and circulate to your friends and associates the following link of the May 20th piece with George Marshall’s name corrected in it – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2016/05/21/niagaras-regional-council-narrowly-passes-bid-for-audit-of-conservation-authority-operations/ .

Thank you and stay tune for more news and commentary on municipal politicians and others in this region who seem intent on getting clearance from the Ontario government to “offset” (that’s code for bulldoze over) provincially significant wetlands to make way for development that could just as well go on other lands that are zoned for urban development and do not involve destroying what is left of the more ecologically rich pieces of Niagara’s natural heritage. 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Niagara At Large encourages you to share your views on this post. A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who share their first and last name with them.

Visit Niagara At Large at www.niagaraatlarge.com for more news and commentary for and from the greater bi-national Niagara region.

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

 

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One response to “An Apology To George Marshall – One Of The True Voices For Openness and Democracy On Niagara Regional Council

  1. In my opinion the NPCA is just another “Empire” that has an agenda that conflicts with the true “MISSION” and purpose of this Appointed Body.
    That certain members of the Regional Council would object to an public audit of the NPCA leaves many wondering why these Councilors would reject the call for this audit???? Especially when Mr. Smith outlined concerns and grievances that have surfaced recently with the call for “Biodiversity”. Do they, these objecting councilors, have reasons that conflict with their duties as Representatives of the Taxpayers and if so they should be removed from the NPCA immediately.

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