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Join Us in Fort Erie/Niagara for a 24 Hour Fire for Missing Aboriginal Woman – Tara Lanea Summers

 A News Release to NAL, Courtesy of Karl Dockstader

Posted May 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Tara Lanea Summers – Wishing her safe return home

Fort Erie, Ontario The public is invited to come to the lighting of a 24 hour fire starting at the 6am sunrise on Wednesday, May 10th, at the grove next to the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre on 796 Buffalo Road in Fort Erie to raise awareness for Tara Lanea Summers.

The thirty-one year old female resides in the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario but travels to the Greater Toronto Area concerning employment at the Woodbine Race Track. Tara Summers was last seen by a friend in Toronto on April 27th, 2017.

Friends and family of the Summers family are inviting members of the Niagara community to visit the fire at any time over the 24 hour period from May 10th at sunrise until sunrise the following morning to help raise awareness and support the Summers family. Continue reading

Canada’s Prime Minister issues Brief Statement on results of France’s  nail-biting Presidential Election

A Statement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted May 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the result of France’s presidential election:

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking during a recent visit to Juno Beach in France where Canadians forces fought during Second World War

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Emmanuel Macron on his election as the next President of France.

“Canada and France share a warm and historic relationship, rooted in our common history, deep cultural ties, people-to-people connections, and strong economic partnership.”

“ We also closely collaborate on important international issues as strong allies and partners with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, G7, G20 and La Francophonie. Continue reading

Province Introduces a Balanced Budget for a Stronger, Healthier Ontario – Wynne Government Says

A News Release from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal Government

Posted April 28th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. File photo

This April 27th, Finance Minister Charles Sousa released the 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario, which includes significant investments in health care and education. Ontario’s first balanced budget since the global recession — thanks to a strong economy and responsible fiscal management — introduces free prescription drug coverage for everyone aged 24 and under, makes important investments to reduce wait times and improve access to care, helps students and makes life more affordable for Ontario families.

As a leader in economic growth, the Province is set to balance the budget this year and maintain a balanced budget for the next two years. A balanced budget means more funding for the programs and services people rely on most. Continue reading

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Announces new Acting CAO

Job Switch comes as controversies continue to swirl around NPCA operations

A News Release from the NPCA

Posted April 26th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Welland, Ontario – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Board today announced the appointment of Mark Brickell as Acting Chief Administrative Officer, effective Friday, April 28.

“Peter Graham has done an excellent job as Acting CAO. He has taken on a challenging role, and has shown professionalism and commitment to the organziation the entire time”, stated NPCA Chair, Sandy Annunziata. “On behalf of our Board, I would like to thank Peter for his dedication and focus. I have every bit of confidence that Mr. Brickell will be able to continue moving the organization forward in the interim.” Continue reading

Niagara’s Largest Municipality Passes 2017 Budget With 2.8 % Increase

“This budget will help us focus on the key priorities of our strategic plan as we strive to become the most dynamic, innovative, sustainable and livable city in North America.”          — St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

News from the City of St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted February 28th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario  – St. Catharines City Council has approved the city’s  2017 operating budget.

St. Catharines, Ontario Mayor Walter Sendzik

St. Catharines, Ontario Mayor Walter Sendzik

As a result of the approved budget, property tax bills will go up by about 2.83 per cent over last year’s property tax bill, or about $93 a year for the average property owner with a home valued at $230,000, when regional and education portions are included.

“The Budget Standing Committee worked hard to present a responsible and balanced budget by managing costs and responding to citizens’ priorities to invest in infrastructure, economic development and renewing our parks and public spaces,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. Continue reading

Niagara Regional Housing Board Announces New Chief Executive Officer

“The demand for Social Housing has steadily increased since NRH began administering Social Housing on behalf of the Niagara Region in 2002.” Niagara Regional Housing Chair Henry D’Angela 

A Message from the Board of Directors for Niagara Regional Housing
Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Regonal Housing Chair and Thorold Regional Councillor Henry D'Angela

Niagara Regonal Housing Chair and Thorold Regional Councillor Henry D’Angela

Niagara Region, Ontario – The Niagara Regional Housing Board has appointed Dan Troke as the new Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Regional Housing (NRH). Troke will assume his new responsibilities March 6, 2017.
Troke has over 20 years of experience working in senior roles with extensive knowledge in Housing and Finance. For the last decade he has led major housing initiatives at a provincial level. “I am very excited to work with a community which is committed to providing affordable housing. The NRH team and its partners have worked hard to provide housing options and we will build upon that work for the people who call NRH their home”.

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Niagara Doesn’t Need Dual Duty Politicians. It Needs Politicians Who are Truly Dedicated to Serving the Interests of the People of this Region

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted February 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – This Monday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m., the council for the City of St. Catharines will hold what may be one last public meeting on the contentious issue of ‘dual-duty representation’ before ending the evening with a yes-or-no vote on making dual-duty the way St. Catharines is represented at both the city and regional levels of government in the future.

We don't need "dual-duty" politicians in Niagara. We need more politicians as dedicated to serving the interests of the people as the late St. Catharines regional councilor Mike Collins

We don’t need “dual-duty” politicians in Niagara. We need more politicians as dedicated to serving the interests of the people as the late St. Catharines regional councilor Mike Collins

It is a change, by the way, that could also have unforeseen consequences for the other 11 municipalities across Niagara in terms of who pays for what, in effect, will be six more full-time politicians in Niagara, and how much these full-time position could tip the balance of power in St. Catharines’ favour at the regional government level.\.

If this push by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and however many other members of his city’s council and regional council to introduce dual-duty representation to municipal governance in Niagara succeeds, it will begin with the run-up to the October, 2018 municipal elections with voters from the six wards in St. Catharines electing two councillors for each ward – one that will represent them on the city council only (as they do now) and one that will represent them in a dual-duty capacity, at both the city and regional council levels. Continue reading