NPCA’s Rogue Board of Directors Pulls Off a Shotgun Meeting this Monday, December 3rd

What Was This “Special Meeting” At A Niagara-on-the-Lake Holiday Inn All About?

A Brief News Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter Doug Draper

Posted December 3rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Just when many Niagara residents may have been thinking that the outgoing board of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) may at long last be going away, it whipped together a “special meeting” – almost all of it held in “closed session,” according to an agenda that popped up sometime in the past few days on the NPCA’s website – in the Staybridge Suites at a Holiday Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara At Large learned of this meeting late this Monday, December 3rd afternoon, and we fired off a quick email to NPCA staff, asking for more information, including a copy of any  announcement or statement that might come out of the meeting. At the time of this posting, NAL was still waiting for a response.

Defeated Fort Erie regional councillor and outgoing NPCA board chair Sandy Annunziata has become the Niagara equivalent of “the thing that  wouldn’t leave” character, played by John Belushi in an old Saturday Night Live skit, only not nearly as funny.

This meeting, whichas recently as the middle of last week, was not listed on the MPCA’s online calendar, follows an outpouring of public anger over a memo the board’s chair, Sandy Annunziata, sent to municipalities across Niagara this past November 23rd, informing them that a 1994 Order in Council from the province gives current board members a right to remain in their seats and have a say in who gets to sit on a new board municipalities hope to have in place before the end of this year.

In the wake of the public outcry over the memo, one member of the outgoing NPCA board, Welland Mayor Frank Campion, sent a letter to Annunziata, saying he was resigning from the board and others should too.

“I believe that there is a moral and ethical responsibility to step down,” in the letter he sent just two days before this past Friday, November 30, when the current term of service for all those sitting on Niagara’s regional council, including several members of the NPCA board, officially came to an end.

Among those who served on the outgoing NPCA board and whose council term ended this past November 30th are Annunziata, who lost his bid to serve another term as Fort Erie’s regional council in the October 22nd elections. Others who have served on the  15-member board and and lost their regional council seats this October include Brian Baty of Pelham, Tony Quirk of Grimsby, Patrick Darte, who was lord mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Doug Joyner, who was mayor of West Lincoln, and Bruce Timms of St. Catharines.

Welland Mayor Frank Campion (pictured in the centre of the top row) is the only one in this old poster, produced late last year by a Niagara citizen, who publicly circulated a letter of resignation from the NPCA board since the October municipal elections.,

Two other outgoing board members are April Jeffs and John Maloney who served as mayors of Wainfleet and Port Colborne, respectively.

It remains to be seen what possible business was address at this December 3rd “special meeting” of the NPCA board. One is also left to speculate whether any decision or decisions rendered  by a group made up of members whose term of elected office has expired will stand or might be ruled null and void.

In a letter Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch received from an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry official over the past weekend, he was told that  the 24-year-old Order in Council Annunziata and other board members are attempting to use to cling to power is null and void.

With that news, Burch stated that it was time for Annunziata and company to show some respect for the vote Niagara residents cast for change in October municipal elections, and step aside for new board members to be appointed by area municipalities.

Yet, here we have at least some of them meeting again this December 3rd for reasons we have yet to discover.

Niagara At Large found out that the room rented for the meeting at the Niagara-at-Large Holiday Inn may only have cost $225. The cost to taxpayers of any decisions these characters made inside that room has yet to be determined.

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3 responses to “NPCA’s Rogue Board of Directors Pulls Off a Shotgun Meeting this Monday, December 3rd

  1. I was wondering why he (Sandy Annunziata) didn’t show up for the Inaugural meeting for Fort Erie’s new council last night. The other defeated candidate came to show support for his community and had no sour grapes at all. Now it makes sense.
    I did get to meet our new resident board appointment to the NPCA (for Fort Erie),Leah Feor at the meeting and I’m looking forward to working with her.
    Hopefully, if anything not worthy of the NPCA mandate was voted on (at the “special meeting” the outgoing board held this December 3rd), Leah can start by helping to defeat its implementation.

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  2. Margaret Patterson

    One can’t help but wonder why the former NPCA board are in panic mode. They must have some serious concerns to behave this way. So many secrets they don’t want revealed. Maybe the repercussions of their suspect activities is coming back to haunt them.

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  3. Gary Screaton Page

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Lord Acton. Here is a perfect example. How Trump like!

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