A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
I often find myself driving home from meetings of Niagara regional council, haunted by at least two questions.
The first question is this; ‘How many people out there are paying attention to the disturbing things going down at these meetings?
It’s a question that almost always comes to mind because so much of what goes down at these meetings is dark, divisive, dis-spiriting and, most certainly, disturbing.
This sign, fastened to the walls of Niagara Region’s council chambers months ago, seems ever so appropriate. Only who is its target audience – members of the public or the council?
The second question is this; ‘How many people care?’
If the answer to both these questions is not many more than the handful of good people who show up in front of the Niagara regional headquarters with protest signs then, in all due respect to those good people, I might just as well stop wasting my time writing these commentaries and spend more of it learning a few new songs to play on my guitar.
Then low and beholden, I go to my inbox and find a whole bunch of messages from people across Niagara, noting that they have shared whatever disturbing story I happened to go home and write about from these meetings with their friends and associates on social media.
Even more encouraging are the comments I receive for sharing with our growing Niagara At Large audience from people I don’t even know – comments like the one I wish to highlight below, which contains a list of questions that still need to be asked about the findings a Toronto lawyer, hired by Niagara’s regional government, reached about the hiring, in the fall of 2016, of Carmen D’Angelo to the $230,000 a year job as the Region’s chief administrative officer (CAO).
Niagara Region’s chair Al Caslin with CAO Carmen D’Angelo to his right
The lawyer, Marvin Huberman, told Niagara’s regional council at its July 5th meeting that there was nothing wrong or tainted with the way the Region ran a hiring process that led to D’Angelo winning the job over a field of candidates. Continue reading