“We have been crying out for good governance (in Niagara) for years now and it is starting to pay dividends, but if you don’t finish what we all started together then it is all for nothing.” – Ed Smith, a Niagara resident and citizen activist who was sued by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s regional council-dominated board after demanding accountability for our tax dollars from that wretched agency. That lawsuit was eventually dismissed in Ed Smith’s favour by a senior Ontario Court Judge
The Following Message is Posted on Niagara At Large with NAL’s full endorsement, July 21st, 2018
A Message from Ed Smith, Niagara, Ontario
Most of us know that Carmen D’Angelo is one of the people behind many of the various issues we have been fighting against tooth and nail for the past 3 years (or longer) in Niagara. Together we have managed to keep an incredible amount of pressure on him and many of the lousy Councillors who work in this region and right now things are finally starting to crack.
We are approaching the epoch of accountability….but we are not there yet…there remains work to be done.
All of us must now email regional council and inform them that we expect Carmen to be fired, with cause, no severance pay, no letter of recommendation, nothing…fired…gone. His actions are inexcusable and he has gotten away with far too much for far too long in this region.
Use any communication networks you have and let people know that the time to act is now….and it does not get much easier than emailing council….but you have to do it...
We have been crying out for good governance for years now and it is starting to pay dividends, but if you don’t finish what we all started together then it is all for nothing.
Here are the email addresses you’ll need….share it widely with all your networks and make sure that regional council knows loud and clear what we expect from them at the meeting this week….and don’t forget to mention that Caslin should be heavily sanctioned also..
From Niagara At large , some additional information on the current state of Niagara’s regional governance –
When the lawsuit launched against Niagara citizen Ed Smith more than a year ago by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and its former CAO (now CAO of Niagara’s regional government) Carmen D’Angelo, was dismissed in the fall of 2017 by Ontario Court Judge James Ramsay, the Judge included the following statement in his ruling –
“I share the defendant’s (Ed Smith’s) disappointment at his treatment by the Authority (NPCA). A private citizen,” said the Judge, “he (Smith) raised questions about the governance of the authority. He was met with a public accusation of forgery and the threat of litigation from “his own government,” as he put it, together with a demand that he issue a written apology, undertake never again to publish “the document” which contained many things that are not said to be actionable, and reveal his sources.”
“There are many places in the world where I might expect such a thing to happen,” concluded Judge Ramsay, “but not in our beloved Dominion.”
A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – Let me repeat that last line written late last year by the Honourable Ontario Judge James Ramsay, in a ruling he wrote, dismissing a lawsuit paid for with our tax money and pursued against Ed Smith, a Niagara citizen and a retired Canadian Armed Forces officer, by a Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority with a board that includes 10 Niagara regional councillors and mayors, and one regional councillor, David Barrick, employed fulltime as an NPCA administrator.
That line by the Judge reads – “There are many places in the world where I might expect such a thing to happen,” concluded Judge Ramsay, “but not in our beloved Dominion.”
Well, such a thing happened right here in our beloved Niagara!
Shame on these councillors and mayors for whatever part they played in this. I urge all of my fellow Nigara citizens to see that they are defeated in the coming October 22nd municipal elections!
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