“You serve me
And I’ll serve you
Swing your partners, all get screwed
Bring your lawyer
And I’ll bring mine
Get together, and we could have a bad time
We’re gonna play the sue me, sue
We’re gonna play the sue me, sue
- Lyrics from the George Harrison song, ‘Sue Me, Sue You Blues’
A Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted February 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large
This January and February, there has been more than a little winter blues in Niagara.
What has been weighing down on us instead are one report after another about lawsuits and buyouts involving former Niagara regional government and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) employees, and t all of them involving large amounts of our tax money.
I can hardly ever go in to grocery store or somewhere else these days where people recognize me and know that I cover the news without at least one person in the place expressing concern and anger over all of this, and talking about a time in our region’s history where it never seemed to be this bad.
And I think they are right.
There has always been the odd lawsuit, but nothing like what we are now experience in the wake of the past four years of regional government under an administration where hiring practices and other conduct drew one question and concern after another.
All building up to a point where now, with a new Niagara Regional Council, recently sworn in with a promise to clean things up, the chickens are coming home to roost. And it looks like it is going to cost the people who live, work and pay taxes in Niagara plenty.
What follows is a commentary one Niagara citizens shared with NAL that reflect what I have been hearing from others in the region in recent weeks –
A Brief Commentary from Robert Milenkoff, a Niagara citizen
It appears that the Niagara taxpayer is going to be in for a banner year in lawsuits, buyouts and litigation and investigation fees to do with regional government and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).
March hasn’t even arrived yet and if we start totalling up the Region’s former CAO (Carmen D’Angelo) and staff (i.e.; former general manager Chris Carter and former communications director Jason Tamming) lawsuits and investigation fees, the former NPCA CAO (Mark Brickell) lawsuit, and the Burgoyne Bridge lawsuit we are well over $14,000,000 and that is not including the latest buyout of the alleged CAO David Barrick from the NPCA.
Just for the record NPCA Chair Dave Bylsma has stated that this figure will apparently never be released to the public because of the terms of his termination and you have to ask yourself how many other hidden costs are not released.
If the residents of Niagara thought the unnecessary more than $870,00 plus buyout of the former Niagara Regional Police Chief (Jeff McGuire) and the $30,000,000 unaccounted for in the construction of the Burgoyne Bridge was bad we better hold on because I don’t believe this nightmare is over yet.
- Robert Milenkoff
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