Complaints Mounting in Niagara about Individuals Posing as NPCA Staff

Police Investigation now Underway to Catch Alleged Imposters

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

Posted July 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

The Comfort Maple in Pelham/Niagara, estimated to be about 500 years old, making it one of the oldest maple trees in all of Canada, is one of the most valuable features of our region’s natural heritage that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority cares for.

As if the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) has had enough problems over the past number of years under the direction of managers and board members  who, following last year’s municipal elections, are gone, now the agency has this bizarre and unwelcome situation to deal with – just as it has been doing a pretty good job of getting itself back on as a leading steward for our Niagara area watershed.

Why would anyone want to go around the region and even making phone calls and sending out email, as has been reported, posing as NPCA staff while they are doing it? Just this reporter’s speculation, but it seems like it would almost have to be people who know at least a little bit about the NPCA and the work it is doing.

Whoever it is, please do the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority a favour and provide them with any information you may have about this activity to help catch the alleged perpetrators.

The NPCA is a public agency funded with our tax money to do conservation work, and it needs to get to the bottom of this so that it can get on with its important job.

Now here is the news release on this from the NPCA  –

PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING FALSIFIED INFORMATION

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) would like to advise the public that it has received multiple complaints from residents, stating that there are individuals posing as “conservation” staff members, during phone calls and home visits.

Further to these incidents, there have also been a series of falsified email correspondence throughout the last few months, that have gone out to NPCA staff members and Board of Directors, as well as elected officials from Haldimand, Hamilton, and Niagara.

Upon receiving these complaints, the NPCA has engaged the Niagara Regional Police to begin an investigation into these matters.

Please be advised that any information sent on behalf of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will always come from an NPCA email address (@npca.ca), be posted on NPCA website, or through NPCA social media channels. These falsified emails do not originate from the NPCA servers or networks.

Staff members who provide site visits or attend community events on behalf of the organization, will always have proper identification and we encourage the public to ask to see these when in doubt.

Anyone experiencing similar incidents, who wish to provide us with information, can contact info@npca.ca or 905-788-3135.

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