Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Power of Voodoo … Who do? … You do

So it appears that whether you think of regional council as a labyrinth, or an oubliette, it can indeed function as both…and for all intents and purposes does explicitly… ad infinitum… on a regular basis…

You remind me of the babe…♫♪

Try being a citizen asking a direct question in Niagara today…

The citizens at the May 19th meeting asked for an audit of the NPCA…not a value for money discussion of their operations and not to just be put on another committee’s agenda to decide whether, or not, to proceed.

Maybe that’s the problem. English and communication.

What babe? The babe with the power…♫♪

Once all hell broke loose with councilors accusing the delegation of engaging in “misinformation,” borderline “libelous comments” and a “smear campaign”, no one was really focusing on the issue, question or motion for that matter.


What power? The power of voodoo…♫♪

The bottom line is citizens want to know what is needed to get an experimental idea supported on lands protected by law in the Province of Ontario. We don’t need to investigate whether we are getting value for money spent. We actually already have views on this subject.

What we need to find out is who we have to ‘know’ to get such a project through the system?

Or am I wrong? Are there a set of protocols, based on real scientific studies, undertaken by experts, which in turn support allowing experimental processes to be tried in wetlands? Or, is this just a case of political will, pure and simple?

Who do? You do…♫♪

And THAT is what we want an audit to investigate…



Through The Looking Glass

Lately I feel like I’m Alice and I just fell into the Rabbit’s hole. Didn’t know it was in Niagara but, I digress…

The perpetual Tea Party is taking place with an insane Mad Hatter shaking his fist, while the March Hare and all the White Kings are sitting at the table nodding their collective heads all the while making rude comments staggered with their innate clumsiness, silliness and stupidity.

The rest of the region slowly goes to hell in a hand basket. Sound familiar?

Does no one understand the principle of not leaving FOXES in charge of the Chicken Coop? Or as I like to refer to it … a Conflict of Interest?

Seems to me if you belong to a group whose actions lead to a vote for a review to be conducted by an unbiased party then you and your cronies should NOT be allowed to vote on whether it is required. 

The way I see it … Me? I’d vote that I did an admirable job and that there is no need for anyone to scrutinize my work. I’d be the fool not to….

AHEM… Now look at the details of the ‘vote’ taken last week at Regional Council…

Below are lists of Councillors who voted  ‘NO” for a review of the work/decisions of the NPCA.  You decide whether you think they had a Conflict of Interest (perceived or otherwise) and should not have been allowed to vote…

a) Niagara Falls reps. 4 out of 4 against a review that could hinder a project in N.F., surprise, surprise!





b) Mayors, all of whom sit on the NPCA and so have a conflict of interest?

Campion, Welland

Darte, N-o-t-L

Diodati, N.F.

Joyner, W. L.

Kenny, for Mayor, Pt. Col.

c) The rest of NPCA Committee members also voted ‘NO’

Anunziata, Ft. Erie

Campion, Welland

Darte, N-o-t-L

Diodati, N.F.

Joyner, W.L.

Kenny, Pt. Col.

Quirk, Grimsby

Timms, St. Catharines (CHAIR)

And (drum roll…) the ONLY person not a NPCA committee member, Mayor, and/or from Niagara Falls who voted ‘NO’… to an outside review

Petrowski, St. Catharines

Now the vote was won by a margin of one vote so a review will take place but this type of voting should never have taken place the way it did and needs to be righted. Maybe the Municipal Act has some rules?


And last we heard Tweedledum and Tweedledee were seen arguing in the parking lot grinning a lot, yelling out rude expletives, and generally being mischievous, and sometimes even violent as boys often can be.


    The Lion and the Unicorn fight over a crown, then eat white and brown bread and plum-cake,then get drummed out of town.



Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water . . .

Once upon a time, back, way back in the early 80’s I attended a liberal leadership convention. What I saw and experienced colored my views of some of the people carrying the banner for parties at that level of government.

I began excited to be a part of history. After sitting in a meeting listening to backroom talk that was dividing up the potential spoils, if they won. I left. Gone was my naivety. I did not stay for the final vote and never attended another convention like that again.

I do believe that this occurs in all parties too. It is inherent in playing the game of politics. No system is without these problems. And even with this experience lodged firmly in my mind’s eye, I can see that our system is much better than most. To thank our lucky stars all we need do is check out the mess south of the border.

However I digress.

Now I had never been a ‘provincial’ liberal and unfortunately there is, in my humble opinion a distinct difference. Oh don’t get me wrong. There are the shining lights – people who wear their integrity and altruistic desire to be the best politician possible firmly attached to their jackets. Jim Bradley comes immediately to mind. Everything politicians like him have done in their tenure as  representatives of their constituents proves this. But many do not.

In my limited experience I have found many of these types of people in the political world at all levels, municipal, regional, even school boards. Somehow they seem to have forgotten that being elected to ‘represent’ us means something to some of us long after the election is over.

We expect these people to do their jobs and to advocate for our diverse interests. And they are many. Many people welcome investment that will foster a healthy economy. However many do not believe that selling off necessary services like hydro and water, or heaven forbid, sewage treatment facilities to private, profit making, bottom line conglomerates, will bode well for the future of our people and province.

The same goes for our natural lands heritage. Some people rightly are questioning “Why are we STILL protesting these issues after laws and safety protectorates were put in place years ago!”

Did we not actually win those battles – once upon a time??

Well of course the answer is “Yes we did.” However those who lost the battles are still around and now ready for round 2. This time though they just figured they’d by-pass the pesky  and worrisome tree huggers, environmentalists and now their grandchildren as well, and just go to China, eat some Chinese food and sell our birthright as a tip….

And they really thought no one would notice – or care?

I remain a card carrying federal liberal for a number of reasons. The most important reason to me is that baby and bathwaterJustin Trudeau and his federal party have and continue to listen to ‘the people’…And THAT is what true representative democracy is supposed to be, isn’t it?

I will never again commit to the provincial party and suggest that our provincial leaders and regional counterparts need to take a refresher course in what representative government is supposed to be before they literally and figuratively give away the baby and the bath water !



The “WRONG” in our system . . .

When the Jian Ghomeshi trial ended there were many who were outraged at the verdict. I was not one of them. I had preferred not to read transcripts of the trial, nor did I follow the nightly news, or the online discussions. l  just knew how it would all pan out. Unfortunately I was not surprised, nor proven wrong.

However when other women began to lambast the victims I did respond.

I stated that in my opinion as a survivor of CSA that those trying these cases or investigating allegations as well as judges and lawyers alike needed to have actually been victims before they could understand the psychology with which they were dealing. Many attacked me because of this opinion stating that if only the victims had told the ‘truth’ all would have ended differently.

I do not believe that to be the case.

The attached articles explain what is really needed. Please read on.

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