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Sunday, November 29, 2020.

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    Your Say: Niagara Region should re-introduce independent audit team

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    Responding to a recent survey conducted by The Niagara Independent, 96 per cent (499) of Niagara Independent subscribers who took part say the Niagara Region should “re-establish an independent audit team to oversee the Region’s financial activity”.

    The question was put to subscribers after a number of contract procurement issues have surfaced at the Niagara Region in 2020 including internal audits withheld from Council, sole sourcing contract awards, and the recent troubled biosolids program.

    Of the 528 respondents, only 23 indicated that the Niagara Region should not re-establish an independent audit team and six opted to skip the question.  The survey was conducted in a fashion that did not permit multiple responses.

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    Scouting during a pandemic

    Sports

    Imagine being on the road, at different arenas, in countries all over the world, for over two decades and all of a sudden it comes to a complete stop.

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    Riding the second wave: Why COVID’s second wave will be worse for small business

    Business

    As Niagara teeters on the brink of a second lockdown, we’re starting to see some signs of just what this second wave will look like. Put bluntly, it doesn’t look good.

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    Auditor General Takes on COVID

    Provincial

    Ontario Auditor General (AG) Bonnie Lysyk has done a terrific job for the province throughout her seven-year tenure to date (of a ten year total term) in the job.

     

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    Trudeau’s Environmental Agenda: repeated promises and plans of plans

    National

    This week it was reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was fooled by a prank caller pretending to be Greta Thunberg, who wished to discuss climate change and exchange insights with Trudeau on global environmental issues.

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    A day late and a billion dollars short

    Opinion

    There are rumblings in the corridors of power in Ottawa that Federal Finance Minister and heir apparent Chrystia Freeland will earmark $1 billion for vaccine production on Monday.

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    TNI Weekly News Roundup

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    TNI Weekly Roundup is out. Have a read.

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    Constant change: Life as a cancer doctor

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    If there is one thing Dr. Janice Giesbrecht has seen a lot of in her career as an oncologist, it would be change. Change in treatments, clinic size, survival rates and diagnostics just to name a few.

    The Niagara-raised physician, who recently completed her second term as Chief of Oncology at Niagara Health and has handed the reigns over to her colleague Dr. Michael Levesque, has had a long and distinguished career navigating one of the busiest departments through numerous changes. But Dr. Giesbrecht didn’t always want to be a cancer doctor. It was essentially a summer job in Toronto that ignited an interest in caring for those with cancer.

    Her post-secondary studies focused on math and physics. She then did some research work at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto as part of a summer job. It was that experience that launched her down the path of cancer care and after a total of about 17 years of post-secondary education, Dr. Giesbrecht found herself back in Niagara at the region’s first oncology clinic located at the former Hotel Dieu Hospital on Ontario Street in St. Catharines.

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    Niagara Region remains tight-lipped over biosolids contract

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    Niagara Regional Council is staying tight-lipped over its decision to award its troubled biosolids program to Thomas Nutrient Solutions.

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    Perplexing pandemic performance

    Business

    With the global economy in the doldrums, the stock market’s booming performance seems to reflect a totally different reality, leaving many investors to wonder why.

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    Did you know? Pat Hentgen’s baseball career started in St. Catharines as a 17-year old

    Sports

    It’s hard to believe that Pat Hentgen’s illustrious baseball career started right here in St. Catharines

     

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    Small businesses bearing the burden of an unfair playing field

    Provincial

    In the mishmash of COVID-19 measures taken by governments across Canada to attempt to stem the expansion of the virus, a disturbing trend is emerging.

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    A little less conversation and a little more action needed from Trudeau government on China

    National

    Nearly two years after the illegal detainment of two Canadians in China, voters may soon get a glimpse into how the Liberal government intends to address encroaching hostility from China.

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    And the flights just keep on comin’

    Opinion

    On Monday morning as sections of Ontario had just gone back into full lockdown I did something I try to avoid. I read Twitter.

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