Niagara MPP Calls on Ontario’s Minister of Muncipal Affairs, Ombudsman’s Office For Full Investigation of Regional Government’s “Attack on Press”

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted December 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster in Ontario legislature. File photo

Niagara, Ontario – Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster has called on Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro and the province’s Office of the Ombudsman to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surround the Niagara regional government’s seizure of notes and a lap-top computer belonging to a St. Catharines Standard reporter before ordering the reporter out of the regional headquarters this December 7th. .

“Ms. Forster is asking the Minister of Municipal Affairs to investigate this unwarranted attack on the press by the Regional Municipality of Niagara last night,” says a statement emailed to Niagara At Large in the wake of the incident involving Standard reporter Bill Sawchuk. Continue reading

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After Everything St. Catharines Standard Reporter Bill Sawchuk has been through …

An Apology from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted December 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

After everything St. Catharines Standard reporter Bill  Sawchuk has been through in the past 20 some odd hours with getting tossed out of the Niagara regional government headquarters, and having his notes and computer seized, the least I could have done is spell his last name properly.

I chalk it up to lack of sleep and my own outrage at being there and witnessing what happened. But at the end of the day, there is not excuse for screwing up a media colleague’s name.

Sorry Bill. It has been corrected.

Here is a link to the corrected article if you wish to click on it now – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/12/08/police-called-in-as-newspaper-report-has-his-notes-and-computer-seized-and-is-ordered-to-leave-niagaras-regional-headquarters-2/

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A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

Open Bethlehem – Watch This Film At Your Own Risk!

A Call-Out from the Niagara Anti-Racism Coalition, Development and Peace and the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara

Posted December 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – If you decide to do so, you will feel compelled to join with others, including Jews, Muslims and Christians, in striving for a truly just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel, a peace that has been elusive for 69 years and more.  

Produced and directed by Leila Sansour, a Christian Palestinian,  OPEN BETHLEHEM is “a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town… While personal, it charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East”.  Please see the poster for show details. Also visit  http://www.openbethlehem.org/the-film.html 

Open Bethlehem is being promoted by the Niagara Anti-Racism Coalition, Development and Peace and the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space below the Bernie quote.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

Police Called In As Newspaper Report Has His Notes And Computer Seized, And Is Ordered To Leave Niagara’s Regional Headquarters

Lest There Be Any Further Doubt, Fascism Is In Full Force At Niagara Region

A News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted December 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

It was bizarre and disturbing. And that is the least one can say about what unfolded at Niagara’s regional headquarters during a closed session of Al Caslin’s council this December 7th.

I can and will go further and call it a brazen, reprehensible assault on the democratic values this Canada of ours likes to celebrate and cherish, and on rights and freedoms of news reporters to perform their responsibility as watchdogs for the public.

Veteran St. Catharines Standard reporter Bill Suachuk, at right, being ordered out of Niagara’s regional government headquarters after his notes and computer were seized.

This December 7th, while members of the public and media were asked to leave the regional council chambers so the council could go in to closed session to discuss what to do in the face of code of conduct complaints involving St. Catharines regional councillor Andy Petrowski, Bill Sawchuk, a reporter for The St. Catharines Standard, had his computer and notes seized, while uniformed Niagara Regional Police arrived to see that he complied with an order to leave the regional government headquarters. Continue reading

Vigil And Memorial Fund Being Organized At Brock U. For Slain Student

Vigil scheduled for Friday, December 8th, at 3 p.m. at             Brock University

News from Brock University in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted December 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Yosif Al Hasnawi

Niagara, Ontario – A vigil will be held on the Brock University campus Friday, Dec. 8 to honour first-year Medical Sciences student Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was killed in Hamilton on Saturday night while trying to stop an altercation.

A memorial fund is also being organized to create a scholarship in Al-Hasnawi’s name to remember the 19-year-old Hamilton resident.

“Yosif’s death devastated us, but we plan to look further into it and make sure his death is not forgotten,” said Brock Student Justice Centre Supervisor Zanab Jafry, a fourth-year Brock student who is organizing the vigil. Continue reading

Watch Port Colborne City Councillors Vote For Sweeping Change at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

A Call-Out to Everyone from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper to View the Video of a Vote that has Raised the Stakes for Public Accountability at the NPCA

Posted December 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Motion calling for a supervisor to come in and clean up NPCA operations was tabled by Port Colborne city councilor Barbara Butters. It was the first of its kind to be passed by a municipal council in Niagara and possibly not the last.

Niagara, Ontario – This past Monday, November 27th, Port Colborne’s city council became the first municipal council in Niagara – and hopefully not the last – to call on the Ontario government to appoint a special supervisor to take over operations at an NPCA many across our region believe has lost its way as a voice for environmental conservation and has  gone rogue.

It took more than a week, but a video of the Port Colborne council session finally became available on the city’s website and Niagara At Large has cut it down to that segment that begins with Port Colborne city councilor Barbara Butters reading her motion, calling on the Ontario government to appoint a supervisor, and follows with presentations by Niagara citizen Ed Smith and other citizens, representatives for the NPCA, and finally a debate on the motion and vote by members of council.

Niagara At Large is posting the entire segment because we believe that watching it will give anyone still wondering what the controversy swirling around the NPCA all these many months is about, will get a much clearer understanding of what it is about through what unfolds at this Port Colborne council meeting.

So here it is to click on. Please give it a watch and feel free to share your comments on this issue in the space below.

 To read a previous Niagara At Large news commentary posted on what unfolded at this Port Colborne council meeting, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/11/29/port-colborne-council-is-first-in-niagara-to-call-for-provincially-appointed-supervsisor-to-take-over-embattled-npca/ .

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Auditor General’s Report Confirms Ontario Government Needs A Push On Palliative Care

A News Release from Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted December 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released yet another scathing report this December 6th detailing numerous areas in which the government is not up to standards.

Palliative care was highlighted as one of the “pressing issues” that was “still not addressed”, despite her repeated calls on the government for action.  

“All 21 recommended actions in our 2014 Annual Report on Palliative Care were still in the process of being implemented, including one calling for a review of the way nurse practitioners are deployed in order to provide patients with 24/7 access to palliative care at home; and another recommending consideration of new options such as creating additional physicians who deliver home-based palliative care,” the report reads.      Continue reading