Direct Election of the Regional Chair

During the campaign, I made the following promise:

“As the Municipal Act mandates that we are to undergo a governance review in this upcoming term of Council, I will work tirelessly toward us having a directly elected Regional Chair in the 2022 election.”

Now, grab yourself a coffee or cup of tea and kick back for a bit of a lengthy read…and bonus super nerd material at the end of this post. (more…)

Hiring the next CAO

Hiring the Niagara Region’s next CAO is arguably the most important thing this Regional Council will do this term.

Would I normally say that? No, likely not. But given the fallout from the hiring of the last CAO, I’d say it’s a fair statement.

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“unreasonable, unjust, and wrong”

The 2018 election campaign was different from previous election campaigns I’ve run for two reasons:

  1. Campaigning for municipal elections usually starts – or at least really ramps up – around Labour Day; and
  2. The focus of the campaign was much more on being good, honest, ethical people than it was on issues handled by municipal or regional government.

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What I did with my (first) raise

For those asking, because, goodness, you hate all politicians (and I’ve been asked three times today before 10am), and further to this blog entry about the newest debate about raises, the increase in remuneration I received earlier this year funded an offering of the Shape Your Life program at Underdogs Boxing Club.

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Question to Minister Clark re: CHPI funding

The 2019 AMO Conference is just about to wrap up in Ottawa, and myself and a number of my Regional Council colleagues and a few staff have spent the last three days learning about several issues related to municipal/regional governance, the changes that are coming from the province, and meeting with Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants to advocate for what’s important to Niagara. (more…)