A Brief One from Doug Draper with more to come later
Posted June 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Andy Petrowski’s seat in the Niagara regional council chambers may have been empy this June 8th, but in many ways that are not pleasant or productive to deal with, the St. Catharines regional councillor was still very much there.
Somewhere in the range of 20 or 40 minutes of time that should be used focusing on the real chances Niagara faces was taken up once again at the June 8th meeting with Petrowski’s shocking and unacceptable conduct and what to do with it.
Petrowski, as many Niagara resident who still follow the news by now no doubt know, decided or agreed late this May (we aren’t sure which because no one is saying) to take a leave of absence from his councillor duties after a communication device he was responsible for was used by someone (Petrowski claims it wasn’t it) to send a photo of a nude woman to more than 100 people.
Earlier this spring, Niagara Region’s integrity commissioner, John Mascarin, came out with reports finding Petrowski in violation of the Region’s code of conduct rules for other behaviour that many found repulsive.
So precious time at the June 8th council meeting was taken up deciding what penalties should be approved in the wake of the Mascarin rulings before it was finally agreed that Petrowski – or what I have come to think of in clinical terms as the identified patient in a dysfunctional family – should be removed any and all regional committees, subcommittees, boards, agencies and other bodies he sits on until he has taken some sensitivity training.
During the course of the what-to-do-withPetrowski’ discussion, one councilor said something I whole heartedly agree with – ‘There are municipal elections next year to take care of things like this.’
I couldn’t agree more. Bring them on!
Another hour or more at the June 8th meeting was taken up dealing with what I at least agree was a very ill-conceived motion put forward by one or more NDP members at an Ontario NDP Niagara Centre Riding Centre meeting a while back to support a controversial boycott Israel movement.
Representatives of the Jewish community in Niagara, Ontario and across the country spoke passionately and thoughtfully at the regional council meeting about why this boycott movement is nothing short of racism, and the regional council finally passed a motion making it known that Niagara Region condemns the boycott movement and any group, including the Ontario NDP Niagara Centre Riding Association, that supports it.
I will have more commentary on all of this in the days ahead, after I obtain more information to make points that may be of some value to the public discourse.
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