Support a Fundraiser for a Niagara Citizen being Sued by Members of our Municipal Government

Please Donate And – If You Can –Attend a Legal Defence Fundraiser for Ed Smith on Sunday, March 12th in St. Catharines

A Call-Out from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted March 7th, 2017

It is something that should outrage us all!

Ed Smith, speaking at a news conference last falls about the legal action the Niagara Peninsula Conservaton Authority was taking against him.

One of our fellow citizens in this region of Niagara gets sued for a total of $200,000 by a Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority board stacked with regional councillors and with mayors of some of our local municipalities, and by the NPCA’s former CAO (now CAO for Niagara’s regional government) Carmen D’Angelo.

And why?

Because the NPCA and D’Angelo found things they claim are  defamatory to them in a report circulated last fall to local politicians and others – a report outlining questions and concerns about the way the NPCA is doing business with millions of our tax dollars.

The citizen being sued is Ed Smith, a St. Catharines resident and retired Canadian Armed Forces officer who, like growing number of other residents across this region, has been raising questions and concerns for more than a year now about NPCA’s hiring and firing practices, about the way it goes about awarding contracts, and other matters.

A legal defence fundrasier – being held this coming Sunday, March 12th from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Celtic Club on 14 Secord Drive (between Scott and Lake Streets) in St. Catharines – has been organized for Ed Smith by numerous members of the Niagara community as a way of saying we are not going to tolerate a government body entrusted with our tax dollars to spend some of those dollars on lawyers in an effort to silence a citizen for exercising their democratic rights in an effort to hold that body to account.

Here is a chance for all of us across this region to stand up for rights so many generations before us sacrificed to achieve.

So please join us at at the fundraiser or if you can’t, check out the following contact information to make a donation?

As one Ontario court judge – Justice Kenneth E. Pedlar – concluded of a citizen sued by a government body in Montague, Ontario a few years ago – “In a free and democratic system, every citizen must be guaranteed the right to freedom of expression about issues relating to government as an absolute privilege, without threat of a civil action for defamation being initiated against them by that government.”

Here again is some information and contact information for this fundraiser –

DATE AND TIME   Sun, 12 March 2017   1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

LOCATION  Celtic Club  14 Secord Drive  St Catharines, ON L2N 1K8

NB  All funds raised go straight into a ‘trust fund’ administered by separate individuals and Ed wants everyone to know he cannot access any funds – it is as transparent as he is and totally arms length. 

Donation cheques can be mailed to c/o Jeff Burch, 311 Queenston St., St. Catharines, L2P 2X6. Donations can also be emailed to . Receipts will be issued (not tax deductible).

I leave you with a few words from Ed Smith, who served our Canada in the Armed Forces for more than two decades –

 “I willfully dedicated 25 years of my professional life fighting for the “ideal” of Canada,” he said. . “Countless others have sacrificed much more than that, and there is nothing that will divert me from doing right by them.”

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


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