“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…)

NPCA Interim Board and Citizen Appointments

To say that issues swirling around the NPCA are contentious and have been for years would be the understatement of at least the decade. This past Thursday, Regional Council took what I think is an important step toward resolving the issues that arose following the appointment of an interim board.

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Expense Policy progress

During the campaign, I promised to:

Bring a motion to have an expense policy put in place that more clearly details how councillors can spend Niagara Region money, what they can and cannot spend it on; outline how expense records shall be kept in order to be reimbursed, and implement a procedure whereby all expenses are to be approved by the Regional Clerk before they are paid out.

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