By Doug Draper
Posted December 5th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
The council for Niagara, Ontario’s largest municipality – St. Catharines – has given its unanimous approval to a motion calling on the provincial government to order a full investigation and forensic audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
The motion was tabled at the December 5th council meeting by St. Catharines city councillor and received full endorsement late into the evening following presentations by the Conservation Authority’s chair and St. Catharines regional councillor Bruce Timms, who argued against passage of it, and St. Catharines citizen activist Ed Smith and Welland MPP Cindy Forster, who argued for its passage.
St. Catharines support for a full audit of the NPCA follows a call for the same made this past November by Forster, and what turned out to be an unsuccessful effort by Smith last spring to convince a majority of regional councillors to support an audit of the body.
Niagara At Large will have more on the St. Catharines council’s passage of this motion and on where we go from here with growing public concerns and questions surrounding the way the NPCA does business in more postings this December 6th.
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