Trump Has Begun to Formally Withdraw From the Paris Climate Agreement

Greta Thunberg, right, gives Trump a telling look as he walks through the United Nations corridors to spend a token few minutes at a global climate summit this past September

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”                – 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a United Nations Climate Summit this past summer

News from the Sierra Club in the United States

Posted November 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

This past Monday, November 4th, the Trump administration notified the United Nations that it is quitting the Paris Agreement.

This shameful act of presidential negligence means that the U.S. will be the only country in the world that is not participating in this landmark international climate agreement.

This is not only a stunning abdication of global leadership; it threatens to devastate ecosystems and unleash unprecedented suffering on generations of vulnerable people, both here and abroad.

We’re not taking this lying down. We will work even harder with our allies in Congress and at the state and local level to hold this administration accountable and keep our country moving forward. Continue reading

Health Coalition Urges Niagara, Other Ontario Municipalities to Pass Resolutions Against Ford’s Cut’s to Health Services

City of Peterborough is one of most recent municipalities to pass Ontario Health Coalition’s Council Resolution against the cuts

A Call-Out from the Ontario Health Coalition, a public advocacy group for quality public health care

Posted November 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Late this October, the City of Peterborough joined Toronto, Lambton County, Kingsville, and others to pass a municipal council resolution from the Ontario Health Coalition calling on the Ford government to stop its cuts/plans to eliminate local public health, ambulance/paramedic, hospital and long-term care services.

Thank you to the Peterborough Health Coalition!

The resolution began its journey across Ontario in Lambton County where it was introduced by Sarnia’s Mayor Mike Bradley. Continue reading

Help Declare a Climate Emergency in Buffalo! 

For NAL’s Niagara, Ontario and Buffalo, New York area readers, here is a bit of what is happening on the climate action front on the American side of our shared border

  

A Call-Out from the Western New York Youth Climate Council 

Posted November 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

At an Earth Day march in Buffalo, New York, April 2017. File photo by Doug Draper

Buffalo, New York – Before we talk action, what is a Climate Emergency Declaration?  

Very basically, it is a resolution which makes it clear that the government that passes it is open to taking climate change for the life threatening crisis it is.

Once we have our foot in the door, we can push for further actions based on the promises that they make in the passage of the resolution, and beyond. SO, in September we approached the Erie County legislature with a petition to have the County declare a Climate Emergency.

So far, we haven’t heard back. But that’s no reason to stop! 

Now, we’re asking for your help to demand Buffalo Common Council declare an emergency as well.

We went to the Legislature with 577 all youth signatures, but this time we want even more, to show just how much Western New York supports a climate emergency. 

You can sign below or get signatures on paper!

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Remembering Those Who Served and Sacrificed on Veterans’ Week

Tuesday, November 5th to Monday, November 11th

A Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Veterans’ Week 

Posted November 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

A memorial statue to First World War veterans in Chippawa Park in Welland, Ontario. File photo by Doug Draper

Ottawa, Ontario – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on Veterans’ Week, which runs from November 5 to 11, 2019: 

“Generations of brave Canadians from all walks of life have stepped forward to serve and sacrifice for our country. Hundreds of thousands have fought – and many continue to serve – so we may live in peace. 

“In the days leading up to Remembrance Day, Veterans’ Week <https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day> is an opportunity for us all to learn from the stories of Canadians who answered the call of duty. Confronted with extraordinary circumstances during times of conflict, these ordinary people became the honoured heroes we remember today.  Continue reading

2019 Living Wage Calculation for Niagara Region Works Out to an Hourly Wage of $18.12

Glen Walker, Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

“Providing wages that allow a family to meet its basic household needs is one important tool to address cost of living and precarious employment challenges in Niagara region and should be top of mind for all employers.”                                                               – Glen Walker, Chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

News from the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Posted November 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $73,000, the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has calculated the hourly wage necessary to meet these expenses, otherwise known as a living wage, to be $18.12 for 2019. 

As part of National Living Wage Week, the Network has released a new report, ‘Calculating the Living Wage for Niagara Region, 2019’, which outlines the full methodology used. Continue reading

Ontario’s Ford Government Pushing to Give Major Polluters A Pass – NDP

‘Ford’s Conservatives have proposed giving industry a cheaper pass when it comes to dumping sewage in our water, using toxic pesticides and polluting the air.’

A Statement from Ontario NDP Environment critic Ian Arthur

Posted November 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP critic for the Environment, Ian Arthur, released the following statement regarding the Ford government’s attempt to make it cheaper for industry to pollute in Ontario:

“Ontarians are worried about the environment, and worried that future generations are going to inherit a more polluted province.

The Ford government’s new environmental plan will make it cheaper for companies to pollute. The Conservatives have proposed giving industry a cheaper pass when it comes to dumping sewage in our water, using toxic pesticides and polluting the air. Continue reading

Niagara Residents Deserve Real Justice Out of D’Angelo-Caslin Administration Hiring Controversy

The Consequences for any Wrongdoers Should Fit Whatever Wrongdoing Ontario’s Ombudsman Finds

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

Posted November 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube’s long anticipated report on all of the controversy surrounding the hiring of former Niagara Region CAO Carmen D’Angelo is now within weeks of being released

The long wait is almost over.

After 14 months of investigating, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube is now two weeks away from letting members of Niagara’s Regional Council get their very first, behind-closed-door peak at his office’s draft report on a hiring controversy that has shaken public trust in our regional government for at least three years.

Indeed,  it was exactly three years ago this past October that Al Caslin, who was  Niagara Regional chair at the time, alled a snap meeting of  council  where, at the end of it, a majority of councillors agreed to hire Carmen D’Angelo – who already had, in the minds of many members of the public, a chequered record as CAO at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) – as the chief administrative officer (CAO) at the region – a job that  involves enormous responsibility and commands an annual salary of $230,000 plus benefits.

D’Angelo’s hiring  drew questions and concerns right from the start, and over the next two years they intensified as members of the public read one media expose after another about the circumstances surrounding it.

Now former Niagara regional chair Al Caslin and the Region’s former CAO Carmen D’Angelo, when they were still running the show two years ago. file photo by Doug DraperThere were reports of allegations thabefore he was hired, D’Angelo had  received from someone working in or around Caslin’s office a list of other candidates running for the CAO job – information that no candidate for any public servant position should be given access to. There were reports that he allegedly received access to at least  some of the questions he would be asked during his job interview. Continue reading