This Monday, October 22nd, Elect Barbara Greenwood, Dave Eke and Dianne Munro to Regional Council
Elect Kim Craitor Mayor of Niagara Falls and Re-Elect Carolynn Ioannoni to City Council
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Okay, Niagara Falls.
In the 2014 municipal elections, you elected Bart Maves, Bob Gale and Selina Volpatti to the three seats reserved for directly elected councillors from your city on Niagara Region’s council.
And along with your city’s mayor, Jim Diodati, all three of them – Maves, Gale and Volpatti –got the 2014 to 2018 term of regional council off to a start by voting to appoint Al Caslin’s to lead the Region’s council as chair.
In February of 2015, they voted in a block again – this time against a motion to hire an integrity commissioner to address code of conduct complaints at the Region.
In June of 2016, they joined with other members of Caslin’s cabal against calls from the public to have an independent, value-for-money audit done on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA). Then in October of 2016, they voted in lock-step again to higher then NPCA CAO Carmen D’Angelo CAO of the Region.
More recently, in July of this year, they voted to close the door on any further probe into questions surfacing about the integrity of the process used to higher D’Angelo – questions that are now the subject of an Ontario Ombudsman’s Office investigation thanks to some good investigative reporting by the news media, and pressure from a handful of regional councillors and growing numbers of residents across the region.
These are but a few low points in a term of regional council unprecedented in terms of a sheer lack of civility many councillors showed to each other to members of the community who came before it to make presentations.
And Maves, Gale and Volpatti were right in there with Caslin, the mayor of Niagara Falls, and the rest of the cabal.
What a gift to your city and to the rest of the region that slate of candidates turned out to be, Niagara Falls!
You can do better than this!
This Monday, October 22nd – in these municipal elections –you can fill those three seats and the mayor’s chair with people of integrity who know what being open and accountable to the people who voted them into office means – people who have what it takes to turn the divisive, dysfunction mess at the Region around.
Niagara Falls, you have good, decent people who are ready to work with you and the rest of us across Niagara to make a positive difference. Their names are on the ballot in this Monday’s municipal elections, just waiting for you to put your ‘X’ beside.
These three people I am endorsing here include Barbara Greenwood, a life-long Niagara Falls resident and dedicated volunteer in the community who served the city on regional council with dignity and intelligence for two terms from 2006 until four years ago when, for reasons many now regret and have difficulty understanding, she was out-polled in the 2014 municipal elections by Moves, Gale and Volatile.
Also on the ballot in Niagara Falls for a seat on regional council is Dave Eke, a former resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake who served that municipality for 10 years on the Region’s council – four of those years as Niagara-on-the-Lake’s lord mayor. Known for his hard work on any board or committee he sat on at the Region, he was also one of those politicians whose honesty and decency was unimpeachable.
Finally, there is Dianne Munro, president of the Willoughby Historical Society and PROBUS Niagara East, and member of Niagara Fall’s Arts, Culture and Museum Committee and Public Art Acquisition Committee, who is running for regional council for the first time after following the council closely, and growing determined to win a seat and do whatever she can to make it work better for the public.
Niagara At Large is posting links to the websites for all three of these regional council candidates below so you can find out more about them and what they stand for.
Before I end though, I also urge Niagara Falls voters to support two other candidates who have served on Niagara Falls city council, and have so often been there, above and beyond the call of duty for the community, on some of the most contentious issues, including the ongoing citizens campaign to save the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls ‘southwest end from urban development, and the fight to get the NPCA back to working as a strong agency for protecting and conserving our natural heritage again.
Kim Creator, who was also a former MPP for a riding of Niagara Falls that includes Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie, is running against Diodati (who certainly seems to have a lot of campaign signs out there and possibly a good pot of campaign money) in hope of serving as Niagara Falls’ next mayor. And I know I am far from the only person who thinks he would make a great one.
Carolynn Ioannoni is running for another term on Niagara Falls city council and I can think of few others that deserve another term more than her. Passionate, principled and gutsy, she has often been there, asking the tough questions standing up to powerful interests when citizens raise concerns about a plan or proposal they fear might hurt the community.
I first remember covering her as a reporter a decade ago when she was one of the municipal politicians leading the charge to keep the recently amalgamated board of the Niagara Health System from closing down hospital services in Niagara Falls and other communities across the region.
Ioannoni has also been a leader in the battle to save the Thundering Waters Forest from development and demanding openness and accountability from the NPCA.
So do yourselves a and your great city favour this time, Niagara Falls. This Monday, put an ‘X’ beside the names of Kim Craitor and Carolynn Ioannoni.
I urge you to do that and to elect Barbara Greenwood, Dave Eke and Dianne Munro to serve on Niagara regional council.
Maves, at least, is not running for another term on the regional council (we’ll be watching to see if he next gets one of those Doug Ford appointments), but Gale and Volpatti are. Please do yourselves and the rest of us a favour by voting both of them out!
What follows are links for campaign websites for the five candidates in Niagara Falls that Niagara At Large is endorsing here –
To learn more about Barbara Greenwood and her candidacy for regional council, click on – https://barbaragreenwood.ca/ .
To learn more about Dave Eke and his candidacy for regional council, click on – https://www.daveekeforregion.com/ .
To learn more about Dianne Munro and her candidacy for regional council, click on – https://diannemunro.com/ .
To learn more about Kim Craitor and his candidacy for mayor of Niagara Falls, click on – https://kimcraitor.ca/ .
To learn more about Carolynn Ioannoni and her candidacy for another term on Niagara Falls city council, click on – http://carolynnioannoni.com/
Niagara At Large also encourages you to check out the following links for municipal election and voting information prepared by ‘A Better Niagara’ – a coalition of citizens across Niagara, dedicated to affecting positive change in these elections.
For a list of candidates across Niagara that ‘A Better Niagara’ is endorsing, click on – https://www.abetterniagara.com/endorsements
For a video presentation on candidates across Niagara that ‘A Better Niagara’ believes do not deserve to get re-elected, click on –
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