Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff decided to rebuff the invitation last year from Town Council to make a guest appearance and answer questions on Bill 23 and the Greenbelt. It now seems that Regional Council wants to take its turn in having the MPP make an appearance before them to answer questions on the contentious “More Homes Built Faster Act”.
A resolution was passed at Thursday night’s Regional Council meeting to have Chair Bradley invite MPP Oosterhoff to their chambers to answer questions about Bill 23. While the original motion centered more around environmental concerns, it was simplified to the following:
“WHEREAS we recognize the need to problem-solve and create immediate solutions regarding the affordability of homes in the Niagara Region; we also recognize the importance of continuing the work to protect our environment as noted in Niagara’s Official Plan, approved by the Provincial Government and received November 4, 2022;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
1. That Regional Council DIRECT the Regional Chair to invite MPP Sam Oosterhoff to appear before Regional Council to speak to the legislative changes in Bill 23 and provide Regional Councillors the opportunity to ask questions of MPP Sam Oosterhoff regarding the contents of Bill 23.”
The motion passed with a healthy majority, with only Councillors Foster, Gale, Insinna, Junkin, Siscoe, Sorrento and Steele voting against it.
Regional Council also indicated the possibility of a workshop at a later date on Bill 23 based on Oosterhoff’s participation. With that, it should be interesting to watch if the MPP decides to show at Regional Council and talk about his government’s legislation or pulls another no-show.
At the Regional Council meeting on December 1st, a report was put forward by the Region’s Planning Commissioner, Michelle Sergi, stating that her department’s opinion was that they “do not object” to the proposed changes by the Province on the two impacted Greenbelt properties in Grimsby. The report went further to suggest that two additional sites, including the area south of Grimsby’s proposed GO Station, adjacent to the Woodlot, and one in Lincoln (East Prudhomme’s) should be considered for removal from the Greenbelt.
Nominations for October 24’s municipal election officially closed at 2PM today at Town Hall. By the way the list grew, it certainly looks like the Chief Election Official at the Town certainly had their work cut out for them today. Here is a list of candidates for Council and Regional Council according to Town’s site:
Photo Credit: Chris Carter – Bob Tymczyszyn , The St. Catharines Standard
Much like voters cleaned house of local and Regional councils in October, Niagara Region’s acting CAO, Ron Tripp picked up the same broom and started getting rid of those that the electors could not sweep out.
After a “Hail Mary” play by Sandy Annunziata to try and use a 24-year old Order In Council to try and control the NPCA appointment process was deflated by the Ministry of Environment, the new Regional Council sworn in today went ahead and turfed Annunziata and the previous NPCA Board.
A Better Niagara recently posted a chart detailing how members of Regional Council voted on key issues of integrity in recent years. Their methodology was to evaluate what type of vote represented the best of interest of citizens on that particular issue and from that, tally up.
It looks like things just got a little hotter at the Region. With many questions surrounding Regional Council, the latest development in the CAO hiring saga is that Niagara Falls City Council passed a motion asking D’Angelo to step down.
With the List of Official Candidates now certified, it appears that Regional Council has found themselves in a “lame duck” situation. With a little less than the 75% of the current Regional Council vying to return to the Chambers, the Region now has a lame duck Council.
The Region will be hosting a “Shape Niagara” event tonight (Thursday, June 21) from 5pM-7PM at the Fleming Centre, Beamsville. This will be a public information session on the development of a new strategic plan for Regional Council.
Although many people feel like Regional Council isn’t listening it’s still important to show up when these opportunities arise. Please participate if you can.
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