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Residents dislike development charges

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Residents dislike development charges

Proposed amendments to Wainfleet’s development charges bylaw don’t sit well with a resident who brought the issue forward last July. Jason Pigeon originally questioned why as a Wainfleet resident, who already pays for the existing services, he’d have to pay again for those same services through development charges on a new home he was building […]

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Access to Information Act needs to be reformed

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Access to Information Act needs to be reformed

Canada’s Access to Information Act has become a shield against transparency, has encouraged a culture of delay, and needs to be reformed, said Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada. Legault tabled a special report in Parliament Tuesday on the act and proposed changes. “There has been a steady erosion of access to information rights in […]

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Riding for little brothers and little sisters

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Riding for little brothers and little sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters South Niagara are making a move to get back into the communities of Port Colborne and Wainfleet, Port Colborne councillors heard Monday night. “They haven’t been here for some time now,” said Larry Boggio. To help the organization bring Big Brothers and Big Sisters to Little Brothers and Little Sisters, Boogio […]

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Council cost taxpayers $186,546.37 in 2014

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Council cost taxpayers $186,546.37 in 2014

Port Colborne councillors and residents on city committees cost taxpayers $186,546.37 in 2014. Former mayor Vance Badawey came in the highest at $44,539.43, with a base salary of $31,941.20, fringe benefits of $7,953.10, car allowance of $2,310, and expenses of $2,335.13. Under the Municipal Act, a report must be prepared annually by March 31 of […]

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Habitat for Humanity to renovate donated home

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Habitat for Humanity to renovate donated home

There’s no shortage of families in need of affordable homes in Niagara, and Port Colborne, Habitat for Humanity Niagara chief executive officer Alastair Davis said Monday night. He told Port Colborne council that one in every five rental households in the region pays more than 50% of their income on shelter costs, and there are […]

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Soos seeking Green Party nomination

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Soos seeking Green Party nomination

Localizing health care, dealing with child poverty, and reforming the voting system would be some of the top priorities for Steven Soos if he’s successful in securing the nomination as the federal Green Party candidate for Niagara Centre. Soos, who ran in Welland’s Ward 6 in the 2014 municipal election and sought the federal NDP […]

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