One Of The Stand-Up Regional Councillors From Last Four Years Is Back

Kelly Edgar is finally sworn in to serve another term on Niagara Region’s council

A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted December 14th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines Regional Councillor Kelly Edgar is back.

Here, in my view anyway, is one of the best pieces of news on the municipal scene in Niagara since the new Regional Council appointed Jim Bradley Chair this past December 6th.

This December 13th, at the first full meeting of Niagara Regional Council, Kelly Edgar was finally sworn in to serve a second term as a regional councillor for St. Catharines.

Kelly Edgar was one of a handful of regional councillors who had the backbone to stand up against what became commonly known as Al Caslin’s cabal during the last term of regional council.

He was one of only seven or eight who defied the pressure to vote in favour of hiring Carmen D’Angelo as the Region’s chief administrative officer (CAO) two years ago – an act of courage that placed in more fully in the crosshairs of the cabal’s barbs for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 council term.

Along with fellow St. Catharines regional councillor Brian Heit, he was also a target of a lawsuit filed against them by a private party that did business with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)after their involvement in circulating a list of concerns and questions about then NPCA CAO Carmen D’Angelo before he was hired CAO at the Region. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.

Edgar was also one of a handful who supported efforts to launch an independent investigation after information was reported in the media that the process used to hire D’Angelo may have been tainted. And he strongly supported a third-party audit of the NPCA.

In spite of all of that, he polled just short of winning one of the six regional council seats for St. Catharines in the October municipal elections. When Jim Bradley, who won a St. Catharines regional council seat, was appointed the Region’s chair this December 6th that left one of those six seats open for Edgar.

Given an opportunity to speak after he was sworn in for another term this December 13th, he kept it short; “My name is Kelly Edgar and I have seen this movie before,” he said. “I can see that this term (as opposed to the last term of council which was so divisive) is going to be team work, which is new for me.”

If Kelly Edgar is right about a new spirit of working together on the new Regional Council, it will be a welcome change from the past four years for all of us.

Welcome back Councillor Kelly Edgar!

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