A Brief One from NAL publisher Doug Draper
Posted January 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
This January 18th, CBC posted a story on questions and concerns now dogging the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and how it is conducting business with millions of dollars annually of our tax money.
Here is the headline and first few paragraphs of the CBC story, followed by a link you can click on to read the whole story. Stay tune for more on this issue from Niagara At Large, CBC and other news and commentary sources –
Niagara conservation authority used public money to hire lobbyists — to promote development
A retired Royal Canadian Air Force officer who is facing a $200,000 lawsuit for defamation by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority brought a battalion of supporters to the group’s annual general meeting Wednesday.
Ed Smith, a 25-year veteran who served in Bosnia and as a UN peacekeeper in South Sudan, received raucous applause from a throng of protesters who chanted: “Drop the suit.”
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) filed a suit against Smith, 55, in November after he publicly questioned the board’s ethics, especially connected to its hiring of board members and a proposal to “sacrifice” prized Carolinian swampland to development.
The NPCA oversees 39 conservation areas and trails in a watershed — which includes parts of the City of Hamilton, the county of Haldimand and the entire Niagara Region — and is funded by close to one million taxpayers.
In the fall, Smith came under fire after tabling a 45-page report at Niagara regional council that levelled allegations of corruption and mismanagement against the NPCA. The St. Catharines man alleged that the authority’s board members — among them municipal politicians — received contracts and other paid positions within the authority, and used those positions to push a pro-development agenda.
Smith’s report suggested that changes at the authority began four years ago as development-minded politicians ended up filling its board.
That, the report alleges, led to two of those board members — Carmen D’Angelo and current Niagara Regional Coun. Dave Barrick — getting high-profile jobs with the authority. D’Angelo became the board’s chief administrative officer, but resigned in November when he accepted the position of CAO of Niagara Region. …..
To read the rest of the CBC story click on – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-conservation-authority-1.3941312 .
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