You are Invited to a Public Meeting on Niagara Region’s Governance Review

Dr. Andrew Sancton Hosting Public Meeting to Seek Input on Niagara Region Governance

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted November 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

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(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper– If you are one of the many residents across Niagara who have not been too pleased with the way we have been governed at the regional level in recent years – and the feedback NAL has been getting, especially over the past four years, says there are certainly many of you – you should come to this public meeting, armed with ideas on how to fix things up.

Thanks to the results of the October 22nd municipal elections, most of the faces on the next regional council, to be sworn in this December, will be new, and now may be the best time the public has had in the almost five decades long history of regional government in Niagara to press for a more open, accountable council that serves in the interest of all residents.

So please consider attending the following public meeting with your ideas.)


As part of a Niagara Region Independent External Governance Audit approved by Regional Council, Dr. Andrew Sancton and Dr. Tim Cobban are hosting a public meeting to seek community input on Niagara Region Governance. This feedback will be used to assist Dr. Sancton in developing recommendations and advice to Niagara Region and Regional Council on how to improve and enhance organizational and governance practices.


Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Dr. Andrew Sancton

Event open to all Niagara Residents


Niagara Region Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, ON, Room CE 102

A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper –

While we are talking about moving forward with what we hope will be better governance and a far better culture – as in respectful, civil conduct – at the regional government level, what about these signs that were posted on the walls in and around the Region’s council chambers within the past year?

I am talking about signs like this one below, minus the totally appropriate question St. Catharines resident Peter Gill included earlier this year when he posted an image of the sign on social media –

Do we really need signs like this in and around the Region’s council chambers, moving forward?

Signs like this never seemed to be necessary before Niagara’s outgoing regional chair. Al Caslin, and his cabal took charge over the past four years. Sure there was the odd outburst from members of the public sitting in the gallery, but it was child’s play compared to so much of the bad conduct playing out on the council floor.

So the commentary Gill placed under the image of the sign above is spot on in the sense that there is a good deal projection in the wording on those signs, and more than a little confirmation for the old saying; “You reap what you sow.”

With that in mind, let’s begin a governance review at the Region with an eye to restoring the civility that was a hallmark of every regional council we’ve had in Niagara, up to 2014.

If we can accomplish that then maybe we can take those signs down and give them to some of the recently defeated and more ill-mannered members of the 2014-to-2018 council as a going away gift that they can hang in a place where the words project in the right direction.

Meanwhile, Niagara At Large will have more commentary in the days ahead on what the new regional council might do , in a constructive way,  to rebuild public trust and chart a more positive path for the future.

Stay tuned.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

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2 responses to “You are Invited to a Public Meeting on Niagara Region’s Governance Review

  1. For those unable to attend due to night driving issiues, or any personal issues,are either Sancton or Cobban taking input in any other way?


  2. Respectfully, much success to Dr. Sancton with his endeavors to rejig the Regional Governance debacle and audaciousness at the Region-regrettably Dr. Sancton will fail. No Governance Structuring Modernization will come from within the Region; the 124 politicians who run/operate this Region will rebuke any/everything, irrespective of the unconscionable costs to run/operate this Region, the mantra is their jobs.
    There exists no respect, integrity, and or trust for the Upper/Lower Tiers of governance, therefore, no common ground/pathway forward upon which the constituency of Niagara can build, the current Governance model is broken
    Personally, I`ll be taking my arguments to the Premier`s office and Minister Municipal Affairs and Housing and the “not-with-standing-clause”. The Niagara Region is at a crossroads in it`s evolution and transformation; confronted with challenges and opportunities that can no longer be squandered and sacrificed on the alter of parochial politics, underpinned by a stigmatized Council, polarized by a culture of secret block-voting, and silo close-door meetings in violation of the Municipal Act.
    A pragmatist (principled) the ideology of color politics is not part of my bailiwick
    No, it`s time for the Premier to be inserted into this morass.

    The Region must be returned to the people; the Upper tier Council must be sanctioned for its complicit, culpability, behaviour, and returned to its`elected mandate to serve the best interest of the Region.
    This Region must have capital investment; but investment with a conscious, not just dollar signs-$$$$$$.
    The province’s finances are in a perilous state, with a projected deficit of $15.0 billion. The Premier`s platform committed him to find costs solutions to how municipalities are governed/operated and stop the gravy train of stipends.
    Yes, the Premier may insert himself into the fray in which case the Region will be nothing more than a voice in the wilderness.


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