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Niagara Regional Councillors Should Demand Answers from Police Board Members on Management of Our Tax Dollars

 Region’s Taxpayers Deserve Full and Open Accoutability for Multi-Million-Dollar Police Budget Deficit and Former Police Chief’s $870,000 Retirement Package

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted February 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

When Niagara regional councillors hold their next meeting of the whole council this coming March 1st, let’s hope that they don’t treat us to another three hours of pillaring the Mayor of Pelham and his council over their finances.

Niagara Falls regional councilor and Niagara Police Services Board chair Bob Gale

We could also do without another 10 to 20 minutes of Niagara Falls regional councillor Bob Gale reading out a prepared list of glowing achievement – interspersed with pot shots at the news media and calls for apologies from critics – that a Niagara Regional Police Services Board chaired by none other than him has apparently racked up over the past few years.

At the coming March 1st meeting, it would be nice if our regional councillors could focus more attention on other issues that matter to people who live, work and do business, and pay taxes in Niagara, like Niagara regional police budget. Continue reading

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Veteran Community Leader Jeff Burch Named Ontario NDP candidate in Niagara Centre

News from Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Posted February 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – Since Cindy Forster, MPP for the Welland (Niagara Centre) Riding, saddened a lot of people in the region late last year with her decision not to run for another term in this June’s provincial election, many have been wondering who in the party would  run in her place, and now we know.)

Jeff Burch

Welland in Niagara, Ontario — This Wednesday, February 21st, Niagara Centre NDP members nominated community advocate and CEO for the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Jeff Burch to carry the party’s banner going into the June 2018 election.   

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spoke to the enthusiastic crowd.    “Niagara families shouldn’t have to settle with a Liberal premier that cuts, or a Conservative party that’s planning billions more in cuts,” said Horwath.

“We’ve seen the results of that — years of budget freezes at Niagara Public Health, overcrowded hospitals and a long-term care system that is failing families. It simply doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to get good things done for people – and I’m thrilled that Jeff is on board to fight for Niagara families.”   Continue reading

Ontario Government Standing Up For Province’s Wokers and Businesses

Proposed Legislation Would Respond to “Buy American” Procurement Policies In New York State and Texas

A News Release from the Ontario Government

Posted February 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Peace Bridge crossing upper Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York is a major corridor for traded goods between the province and state, and the two countries.

Ontario is standing up for workers and businesses with the introduction of legislation that, if passed, would allow the government to take measured actions in response to discriminatory American procurement policies.

The proposed Fairness in Procurement Act would allow Ontario to take responsive action to address unfair government procurement practices that are being implemented in New York State and Texas, and considered in other states. These policies represent a worrying trend towards protectionism and prevent Ontario businesses from accessing cross-border procurement opportunities. Continue reading

Another Dispatch from Niagara Regional Council’s Twilight Zone

And Here’s A Warning To You , Dear Citizens – When Hearing Or Watching A Niagara Regional Council Meeting, ‘DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR LYING EARS OR EYES!

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted February 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Wow, is that Bob Gale, one of the City of Niagara Falls’ gifts to regional council and chair of the Niagara Police Services Board, up there on the screen behind Twilight Zone host Rod Serling?

Or am I just ‘travelling through another dimension,’ as Rod would say, ‘not only of sight and sound, but of mind and imagination.’

No, that’s Bob Gale, all right!

He’s right up there on the video screen during a recent February 8th meeting of Niagara regional council  – just minutes after a bunch of regional councillors got through three more hours of smearing Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn with their feces over his town council’s finances. Continue reading

Give It Up for the Kids!

It’s High Time the Rest of Us – In the Adult World – Help or Get Out of the Way

“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.”

       from the Bob Dylan song, ‘The Times They Are A Changin’’.

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted February 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Consider those lyrics from a 1960s Dylan anthem that helped inspire a generation of you people back then to action, to the following quote from Cameron Kasky, 1 17-year-old student from the Parkland, Florida high school where 17 of his classmates were slaughtered in the latest mass shooting in America this past February 14th.

“My generation won’t stand for this,” Kasky told a cable news network in the wake of this blood bath committed by an estranged 19 year old with the help of some of the weakest gun laws in the developed world – making it possible for a person that young to easily purchase a military style AR-15 assault rifle in a state where he could not yet buy a bottle of alcohol or case of beer.

‘‘We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around,’’ Cameron Kasky said. Continue reading

Chorus Niagara Presents Semi-Staged Version Of Bach’s Greatest Choral Work  – St. Matthew Passion

Be Part of the Audience – Saturday March 3, 2018 , 7:30 pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

News from Chorus Niagara in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

CHORUS NIAGARA presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St.Matthew Passion.

Chorus Niagara is proud to present this towering masterpiece featuring two choirs, two orchestras and six soloists by a composer at the pinnacle of his creative powers. Patrons will experience a unique and innovative ‘semi-staged’ rendering of one history’s most trans-formative stories. Continue reading

You Are Invited to ‘The Thinking About Animals Conference – Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd , Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Featuring A Who’s Who List of Speaders In the Animal Advocacy Field, including Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, Darren Chang, Anita Kranjc and Ian Purdy from Toronto Pig Save, Rob Laidlaw from Zoocheck Canada, and Sandra Higgins from Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and her Go Vegan World campaign.

A Call-Out from Niagara Action for Animals, a not-for-profit organization of citizens in the Niagara region

Posted February 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

THINKING ABOUT ANIMALS CONFERENCE at Pond Inlet, Brock University.

Niagara Action for Animals (NAfA) is supporting this event to be held on March 1st & 2nd.

The conference will focus on two broad themes: Structural Violence  & Trans-species Social Justice, and Resistance, Rescue & Sanctuary.  Contact: animalconference@Brocku.ca  for more information. Continue reading