“It was indeed an honour to be given the responsibility of oversight of this important public agency and to work with a talented group of Commissioners and staff to move the organization from a $76 million operation to the current revenue of $120 million, over a seven year period.” – Outgoing Niagara Parks Chair Janice Thomson
Thomson’s Term Ended This Thursday November 15th. Who Might Take Her Place Has Yet To Be Announced
A News Brief from Doug Draper
Posted November 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Speculation has been out there for weeks that Janice Thomson’s tenure as Niagara Park’s Chair would draw to a close this November 15th, making way for a replacement to be appointed by a Doug Ford government in Ontario that has already been busy filling as many posts as possible with its friends and supporters.Ontario’s Ford government.
A possible replacement has yet to be announcement, but, when contacted by Niagara At Large, Thomson confirmed that her term as chair of the 133-year old Niagara Park Commission’s board came “to a natural end today,” this November 15th.
“I was advised in early September that I could apply for re-appointment, which I have done,” added Thomson, who has served in the part-time post for seven years and is also president of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitors and Convention Bureau. “I was advised that the Government would be posting the position, to which I could also apply; however, to date I have not see the posting.”
Niagara At Large has not found a posting for the chair’s post either, leading one to wonder if the Ford government doesn’t already have someone in mind to fill it.
Thomson, who last month, at a public meeting, outlines Niagara Parks successes during her tenure, including the commission’s climb back to annual budgets boasting surpluses that could be invested in environmental projects and improving the park system’s public attractions and infrastructure, offered Niagara At Large a few more parting words this November 15th on Parks body itself and her feelings about serving as a chair there.
“The Niagara Parks Commission is a wonderful asset owned by the people of Ontario and appropriate stewardship of it will ensure it remains one of the most spectacular parks in the world for future generations,” she said.
“It was indeed an honour to be given the responsibility of oversight of this important public agency and to work with a talented group of Commissioners and staff to move the organization from a $76 million operation to the current revenue of $120 million, over a seven year period,” Thomson added..
It is a joy to see funds available for re-investment in the operation and I look forward to witnessing and celebrating continued progress.”
Niagara At Large recently reported that the Ford government has already appointed Sandie Bellows, an outgoing St. Catharines city councillor and incoming regional councillor for the city who ran and lost two times as an Tory candidate, including this past spring for Ford, to serve as a member on the Niagara Park’s board.
Other new appointments to the board, which hosts up to about 12 members, have yet to be announced.
Niagara At Large will continue to to post news and commentary on appointments to the board and anyother changes that made be made to the Niagara Parks Commission, and what this may all mean for the future of a body with a mandate to care for the Niagara River corridor along the Canadian shores.
To read a piece Niagara At Large posted this October , featuring the full text of Niagara Parks Chair Janice Thomson’s address to members of the public and her board, click on –https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/10/31/in-less-than-10-years-ontarios-niagara-parks-has-progressed-from-financial-losses-to-surpluses-and-to-an-ever-brighter-future/
To read a full transcript of Sandie Bellows’ appearance before an all-party standing committee of the Ontario legislature over her candidacy for a seat on Niagara Parks’ board, click on – https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/committees/government-agencies/parliament-42/transcripts/committee-transcript-2018-oct-02#P78_3734 .
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