Names And Contact Info. For St. Catharines Councillors Is Posted Here – Call Or Email Them Before This Monday, December 5th Evening Council Meeting
A Call-Out from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted December 4th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
“Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing,” said St. Catharines/Niagara citizen Ed Smith at a press conference this past November 30th about the lawsuit threat he is facing from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for raising questions about its operating practices and demanding a forensic audit to get to the bottom of how responsibly the NPCA is spending millions of dollars of tax money that comes from residents in Niagara, Hamilton and Haldimand County.
This past a spring, during what turned out to be a failed attempt by a delegation of area resident, including Smith, to convince enough Niagara regional councillors (a number of whom are allowed by the regional and provincial governments to sit on the NPCA board) to do a thorough audit of the Conservation Authority’s operations, Thorold regional councillor and former Thorold mayor Henry D’Angela (who has no ties with then NPCA CEO and now-Niagara regional CEO Carmen D’Angelo), insisted that the audit should be done “to make sure we’re (each and every tax paying citizen in the region) getting value for money from the NPCA.”
“Who wouldn’t want their internal controls reviewed to see if they can do it better,” asked D’Angela at the time.
Well, the answer is the NPCA and its chief administrators and most everyone on its board with the exception of Lincoln regional councillor Bill Hodgson, that’s who.
So much so, that some of its boss hogs met with Welland MPP Cindy Forster and her staff late this past November to see if they could soften or render null and void Forster’s recent call to the provincial government for a full, forensic audit of the NPCA.
Fortunately, and three cheers to Forster for putting the interests of the public at large first, the NPCA honchoes were unable to turn her call for an audit around.
Now, this Monday, December 5th, St. Catharines city councillor Bruce Williamson is tabling a motion at the city’s 6:30 p.m. council meeting, asking the city to call on the provincial government to comment a full investigation and audit of the NPCA.
This is the first time a local municipality in Niagara is on the verge of demanding to know what is going on at the NPCA (the City of Hamilton council approved a motion last year to have the NPCA’s upper executives and entire board swept out and replaced) and St. Catharines mayor and every councillor sitting around the table needs to know that there are countless thousands of residents in their city and across this region that want a thorough, independent accounting of what happens to the millions of public dollars this body receives to happen.
That is why as many people as possible in St. Catharines need to contact their mayor and councillors before this Moonday evening’s council meeting and urge them to approve Williamson’s motion.
And it probably wouldn’t hurt at all for others among us, living in other parts of the region, to contact the mayor and councillors to, just to let them know how many everyday, taxpaying citizens across Niagara are counting on these accountability actions to happen.
In fact, we should be asking all of our local municipal councils in Niagara to consider similar motions as the one pass by Hamilton and the one now being considered by St. Catharines council since ever local municipalility is expected to contribute to the more than $7 million in tax money the NPCA receives from Niagara each year.
So here, posted immediately below, is St. Catharines city councillor Bruce Williamson’s motion, followed by the list of contact information for St. Catharines’ mayor and city councillors.
Make sure you call them and do your part to make sure this motion passes!
WHEREAS the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority(NPCA), a Provincial agency operating in the Regions of Niagara and Haldimand County and the City of Hamilton, is funded largely by the Region of Niagara; and
WHEREAS the City of St. Catharines is the single largest local tier municipal contributor of public funds to the Region of Niagara and, therefore, the largest contributor to the NPCA’s funding;
WHEREAS, serious questions have been raised about the financial and human resource management of the NPCA; and
WHEREAS, serious questions have been raised about the functioning of the NPCA in upholding its duty to fulfill the legislative mandate, as set out for it in Section 20 of The Conservation Authorities Act, “to establish and undertake programs designed to balance the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources.” ; and
WHEREAS, Niagara MPPs and citizens have called for a forensic audit of the NPCA’s business practices; and
WHEREAS the people of the City of St. Catharines, the Region of Niagara and the Province of Ontario deserve openness and accountability as to how their tax dollars are being spent and how effectively our natural environment is being protected;
Therefore be it resolved, Council requests a letter be sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, with copies distributed to all Niagara MPPs, the Niagara Region, local tier municipalities in Niagara, Haldimand County and the City of Hamilton, urging the Province to immediately initiate an appropriately thorough investigation and forensic audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
Here is the contact information for the St. Catharines mayor and members of council –
Office of the Mayor
|Mayor Walter Sendzikfirstname.lastname@example.org||905.688.5601 ext. 1540|
|Coun. Sandie Bellowsemail@example.com||905.380.7310|
|Coun. Bill Phillips
|Coun. David Haywood||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org||289.696.0243|
|Coun. Jennifer Stevens
Port Dalhousie Ward
|Coun. Carlos Garcia||mailto:email@example.com||905.937.7012|
|Coun. Bruce Williamson
St. Andrew’s Ward
|Coun. Matt Harris
|Coun. Joe Kushner
||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org||905.327.9638 or 905.685.1817|
St. George’s Ward
|Coun. Mike Britton||mailto:email@example.com||905.359.7449|
|Coun. Sal Sorrento||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org||289.696.3673|
St. Patrick’s Ward
|Coun. Mark Elliott
|Coun. Mat Siscoe
To read a related story on the call for an audit of the NPCA click on –https://niagaraatlarge.com/2016/12/02/st-catharines-city-council-to-consider-motion-calling-for-full-investigation-forensic-audit-of-niagara-peninsula-conservation-authority/#more-22629
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