Ontario’s Auditor General’s Report Confirms Need to Clean House at NPCA

A Statement from  A Better Niagara, a Niagara-based citizens organization working to raise public awareness on issues of concern across the region in front of the upcoming October 22nd municipal elections

Posted September 28th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

In her report this September 27th, the Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, listed numerous irresponsible actions by senior managers of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and the complicity of its Board in directing and abetting these actions.

The long list of egregious behaviours cited by the Auditor General includes tainted hiring practices, clear conflicts of interest, willingness to abdicate its responsibilities as a CA and reckless spending of taxpayer’s money.

“The OAG confirmed everything we have been saying about the rot at the NPCA.’ said Ed Smith, president of citizens’ organization A Better Niagara. ‘The citizens of Niagara must hold the Board and senior management accountable for their actions when they go to the polls on October 22.”

Over the past year revelations about NPCA mismanagement were brought to light by citizens, former staff, and Niagara MPPs. But previous to the OAG report NPCA board has pushed back on these allegations going as far as suing Mr. Smith, a private citizen for defamation, a case that was lost in court at a cost to taxpayers of $277,000.

The OAG report clearly confirms all of these  allegations and uses the NPCA as an example of gross mismanagement to provide direction for better management of all conservation authorities. 

 ‘Thanks to the Auditor General, we now have clear direction for how our NPCA should be managed, said Smith. ‘But the only way we are going to see real change is to clean house at both the board and senior management level.”

A Better Niagara is a citizens-led non-partisan group concerned with the poor governance at Regional and Local levels. We believe better informed citizens will be able make better choices when they vote on October 22.

For more information on A Better Niagara and  its work to engage as many Niagara residents as possible in the upcoming municipal electons, click on –  abetterniagara.com    .

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