BREAKING NEWS from Doug Draper, reporter/publisher, Niagara At Large
Posted January 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
After weeks of pressure from Niagara area citizens, municipal councillors and area MPPs to release the figures, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors finally voted this January 24th to disclose how much it spent in its attempt to sue St. Catharines/Niagara resident Ed Smith.
The figure the NPCA disclosed is $146,757 – an amount that comes from a budget largely funded by municipal tax dollars the Conservation Authority gets from Niagara’s 12 local municipalities, and taxpayers in the City of Hamilton and the Haldimand County area.
That amount – most of it ultimately coming from the pockets of municipal taxpayers – is in addition to another $130,000 Ontario Judge James Ramsay recently ordered the NPCA to pay Smith to cover his costs in the court case.
That makes for a total of more than a quarter of a millons of our tax dollars, and NAL will leave it to someone else to estimate how many trees could be planted in conservation areas across the region for that amount of money.
This past November 2017, Judge Ramsay ruled against defamation suits filed against Ed Smith, a retired Canadian Armed Forces officer, by the NPCA and its former CAO (and now CAO of Niagara’s regional government) Carmen D’Angelo.
The lawsuits were initiated by the NPCA board, made up mostly of area mayors and regional councillors appointed by Al Caslin’s regional government administration in the wake of Smith circulating a document listing concerns and questions about the way senior managers and board at the NPCA are spending millions of dollars of our tax money.
More on this latest development and Ed Smith’s response to it later in Niagara At Large. Stay tuned.
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