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 A Grassroots Citizens’ Coalition – ‘A Better Niagara’ – Is Hosting Three More Candidate Training Sessions in the Region for this October’s Municipal Elections

Attend These Free Sessions In Grimsby/Lincoln area, Fort Erie & Port Colborne Later This March

A Call-Out to All Concerned Citizens from the non-partisan citizens’ coalition, A Better Niagara, Grimsby 40 and Community Voices of Fort Erie

Posted March 9th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

This coming October’s municipal elections are our chance to draw the curtains on this circus.

(An Introductory Message from Niagara At Large reporter & publisher Doug Draper – We are posting the information below for the second time in a week because the positive change in the makeup of individuals sitting on our local and regional councils that this dedicated group of citizens in our region – working under the banner, A Better Niagara –  is now campaigning for is important to the future of all of us who make Niagara our workplace and our home.

One wonders who this sign, recently posted inside the Niagara regional council chambers, is meant for – the public or the more errant members of the regional council?

So I urge everyone out there – ALL OF US – to move beyond just getting upset and angry over what we read and hear, almost daily now, about the bad conduct and the bad decisions that too many of our local and regional councillors have been force feeding us over the past three years because we don’t have to take it.

I urge you to  get involved with this citizens group in working for positive change and a better future for ourselves and for our friends and relatives and neighbours in this coming October’s municipal elections.

These coming municipal elections are possibly the most important ones that have been held in Niagara in decades, given what is at stake.

These elections present us with nothing less than our  big chance to remind our municipal politicians who they are supposed to be working for and to make things right for the future of this region and for all of us who live and work in it.

Don’t let this chance to make a difference slip by.

Exercise your rights as a citizen in a democracy that so many of our forefathers and mothers sacrificed for.

Get engaged – NOW!)

So here is some important news from the citizens working for       A Better Niagara –

Candidate training sessions planned in three more communities

Niagara, Ontario – Across Niagara it’s clear — people want to see some new faces around the regional and local council tables following the upcoming October 22nd municipal elections.

Debbie Zimmerman, a former Niagara regional chair and municipal councilor, speaking to area citizens in St. Catharines this past January at a Better Niagara session on getting engaged in the coming October 2018 municipal elections. Photo courtesy of Emily Beth.

“While each Niagara community has had its own unique, concerning issues over the past term, the commonality is a demand for better governance,” said Sean Polden, executive director, A Better Niagara, a grassroots-citizens’ coalition formed to increase civic engagement. “People have had enough of controversies and infighting. They want to see regional and local governments listening to, and working for, the people.”

Eleanor Lancaster, who represented St. Catharines for many years on city and regional councils, offers tips at a Better Niagara session in January on how to effectively participate in municipal elections. Better Niagara representative Sean Polden sits at a head table to the right of her. Photo by Emily Beth.

After holding three sold-out candidate training sessions in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland earlier this year, the A Better Niagara has planned three more in Grimsby, Fort Erie and Port Colborne.

The free, hour-and-a-half-long program titled “How You Can Build A Better Niagara: Running For Municipal Office”, gives potential candidates, and campaign support volunteers, insight into what it takes to run a campaign and provides them with the opportunity to hear what political life is like from former and current politicians.

  • A Better Niagara is partnering with the citizens’ group Grimsby 40 for the West Niagara session which will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Beamsville Legion, 5545 King Street.

Debbie Zimmerman, a former chair of Niagara Region (1997-2003), who was a municipal politician for 36 years, will be one of the speakers.  

“While better managing growth is a major concern in West Niagara, the over-arching issue here is lack of accountability,” said Rob Hattin, director, Grimsby 40. “We need politicians who keep in mind that their prime job is public service and that they have to be transparent and accountable with their decision-making.” 

  • The Fort Erie-area candidate training session will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Crystal Ridge Library Branch, 89 Ridge Road South, Ridgeway. It is being co-sponsored by the group Community Voices of Fort Erie.
  • Candidate training in Port Colborne will be held on Monday March 26, in the Golden Puck Room at the Vale Centre, 550 Elizabeth St, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. pm. 

Space is limited so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot early.

For more information, and to register for the candidate training sessions, contact ABN at ; go to A Better Niagara Facebook page or visit their website at .

For more information on The Grimsby 40 contact Rob Hattin: 905-517-4448.

For more information on Community Voices of Fort Erie go to:

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