Niagara At Large is Taking a Short Break to Refuel & Retool

We Will Be Back With Renewed Vigor In A Matter of Days (and possibly sooner if there is breaking news we can’t ignore)

Read A Little About Our Plans For The Future Below

A Brief Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher    Doug Draper

Posted March 6th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Maybe it is the dog days of winter or maybe it is just that quite a few of us out there are slow walking into the March break week, but I am not getting anywhere near the hundred or two media releases and other messages that fill my inbox each day.

That is not unusual this time of year and it tells me that this may be a good time for this reporter to take a little time to  break from posting news and think about where we want to go with Niagara At Large in the weeks and months ahead.

It has, after all, been a hectic and sometimes even a disturbing and depressing time over the past three or four years with elected and non-elected members of the Al Caslin regime at the Niagara Region and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) doing things that motived many Niagara residents to vote for sweeping change in last fall’s municipal elections.

And some of those characters refused have refused to leave quietly or without causing more chaos, controversy and cost to taxpayers even after the elections were over and a new Regional Council was sworn in.

So maybe we could all use a bit of a break from that and think about how we can work together, in a more positive way, in the months and years ahead to make our region of the world a healthier, friendlier, more prosperous place to make home.

Fortunately, this guy, Jim Bradley, is now Chair of Niagara’s Regional Council. Bradley was a long serving MPP in St. Catharines and, during the 1980s, made his mark as the best Environment Minister Ontario has had to date. Niagara At Large will be profiling Bradley’s record as Environment Minister and the key role he played in curbing chemical pollution in the Niagara River and Great Lakes in the weeks ahead.

In my view and here is some good news, we already have at least two leaders we can support and work with to make that better future happen.

They are Jim Bradley, a former veteran St. Catharines MPP who is now serving as Chair of Niagara’s Regional Council, and Gayle Wood, a veteran watershed manager and conservationist, with years of distinguished service in her field, who has recently accepted to a five month  appointment as interim CAO of an NPCA in urgent need of someone just like her to make it work, once again, as the true steward of our natural heritage it was in decades gone by.

In the weeks ahead, Niagara At Large will be posting profiles on these two community leaders and others, so that we  hopefully have more of an appreciation of  who we are working together with for  that better future. 

In the weeks and months ahead, I will also be reaching out to individuals and groups in the community who would be interested in helping me take Niagara At Larger to higher places as a more dynamic voice for news and commentary across our region.

In order to keep Niagara At Large going and growing, I am going to need more resources and support.

One thing I will be doing is focusing even more attention than I have in the past to environmental issues – an area I reported on full-time for many years as a newspaper journalist – and to planning issues that revolve around how we grow our communities in harmony with what is left of our natural heritage.

Doug Draper (that is him out front in the gas mask), skipping high school to participate in the very first Earth Day  in April of 1970. The plant in the background, in Welland/Niagara, later closed down. Thanks to free trade, the company was able to move its operations to another country where there were  weaker environmental rules.

For at least a few days though – possibly until about next Tuesday, March 12th or Wednesday, March 13th – Niagara At Large will take a break from posting news and commentary unless, of course, there is some breaking news that we can’t ignore.

Until then, I will continue to post any comments you send in to news and commentary that is already here, and I will be reviewing any and all news releases and other information I receive for possible use when we ramp things up once again.

Thanks for all your visits and support for this news site in the past, and I certainly hope you will continue to visit, and share Niagara At Large with all of your friends and associates in the future.

  • Doug Draper

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