Breaking News – All-Party Committee of Ontario Legislature Calls on Province’s Auditor General Agrees To Conduct A Full Financial Audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

A Brief One from Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted October 25th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

An all-party committee of the Ontario legislature has passed a motion, tabled by Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster, to conduct a full financial audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s operations.

Citizens, local municipal councals across Niagara and Hamilton and area members of provincial parliament, including Forster, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley and Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff have joined a push for a full, independent audit of the NPCA for more than a year now – a push that has been met, for the most part, with a good deal of resistence and political game-playing on the part of senior managers and board members at the NPCA, and a majority on Niagara’s regional council.

The call for an afull audit has been driven by growing questions and concerns in recent years over the NPCA’s hiring and firing practices, its land-transaction practices, its tendering of contracts and other matters involving the spending of millions of municipal and provincial taxdollars.

The motion tabled by Cindy Forster, which was passed by the all-party committee earlier this Wednesday, Ocober 25th, reads as follows –

“I move that pursuant to section 17 of the auditor general act, that the standing committee on public accounts request that the auditor general conduct a full financial audit of the Niagara peninsula conservation authority”

Stay Tune to more on Niagara At Large on this development in the ongoing NPCA saga.

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3 responses to “Breaking News – All-Party Committee of Ontario Legislature Calls on Province’s Auditor General Agrees To Conduct A Full Financial Audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

  1. Sadly, this will solve nothing. Unless the AG is given direction to look at the hiring of a grossly unqualified Regional councillor to senior management and the hiring of two grossly unqualified CAOs over extremely qualified candidates, the current and past chair will escape scrutiny.

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  2. What I have witnessed during the past few years is a lack of respect for the taxpaying citizens of the “Area”, the area from which the tax dollars used to fund and finance the operation of the NPCA is realized and also the verbal abuse directed at the taxpayers provincial representatives in Queens Park.
    In my opinion having to wait another years and another election to have any “action” taken seems to negate the principal behind a democratic system and renders this sitting government in Queens Park negligent and dysfunctional.
    I have watched a “Gentle” and “Honest” Councilor vilified and abused verbally by a bullying chair while the board members sat, unperturbed as if nothing was happening or maybe they were too scared to open their collective mouths in protest, whatever I have, after watching this dismal display of manhood lost, absolutely NO respect for wimps and pray they are replaced during the 2018 election.

    NO NAMES DOUG

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  3. The time has come for the NPCA to open their books. Better late than never.

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