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    Niagara Region effectively suing itself, and thereby taxpayers, in case against Caslin

    Local

    In 2016, the Region of Niagara undertook a six-month recruitment process to find a new chief administrative officer (CAO). 

    Following an exhaustive search, Carmen D’Angelo – a long-time paramedic, EMS manager, and then-CAO of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – was awarded the gig. 

    After about 18 months on the job, a local media source alleged D’Angelo’s hiring was tainted by the exchange of insider information during the competition, with then-Chair Alan Caslin’s office reportedly facilitating the exchange.

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    Rebuked by Ontario’s top doc, Hirji to proceed with measures over and above provincial guidelines in Niagara schools

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    Late Wednesday night, a letter sent from Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore to Niagara’s acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji leaked online.

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    Fort Erie company provided $2.5 million from province to expand production of air filtration and containment technology

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    On Thursday, it was announced that Fort Erie’s Abatement Technologies was awarded $2.5 million in provincial funding to help support the company respond to increased demand.

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    Raptors analyst talks team’s progress at midway point of season

    Sports

    The (21-21) Toronto Raptors officially reached the midway point of their season earlier this week.

    The NBA, and its 30 teams, play 82-game schedules.

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    With supply at all-time low, housing to only become increasingly more unaffordable in 2022

    Business

    Housing supply in Canada is at an all-time low.

    Per the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), prospective buyers across the country are facing a record shortage of listings to start 2022, and prices are only going to go up.

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    Carbon taxes on the agenda again

    Provincial

    After having had some experience with the federally imposed carbon tax, and having lost constitutional challenges against the tax at the Supreme Court of Canada, some provinces are now contemplating changes to the tax in their jurisdictions.

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    Inconvenient facts of the Trudeau government’s green agenda

    National

    The federal government has Canada (a.k.a. the Great White North) in fervid pursuit to meet international climate change commitments and to achieve a “net-zero emissions economy” by 2050.

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    City stands down, Port Colborne resident able to keep up flag critical of Trudeau

    Local

    Dissatisfied with the result of September’s federal election, a local Niagara resident decided to exercise her constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression and hang a flag outside the window of her Port Colborne home that read: “F*CK TRUDEAU”.

    With a carefully placed maple leaf removing any explicit profanity, the flag hung for several weeks without issue.

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    Niagara Falls finds permanent lawyer to represent city, head up legal department

    Local

    The City of Niagara Falls continues to build out its senior administration and management team with another top-tier hire.

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    Smrek soars to NCAA MVP honours

    Sports

    To say Anna Smrek has the genes to be an impressive athlete would be a massive understatement.

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    Caution: employers need to avoid COVID-19 fatigue too

    Business

    Given that we are in the fourth wave of the pandemic, greater expectations will be placed on employers to get their responses to the pandemic right.

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    The highs and lows of premiers’ approval ratings

    Provincial

    The latest approval ratings for the various provincial premiers have come out from the Angus Reid Institute and, as always, there is good news for some and bad news for others.

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    Vaxxed or taxed: Ottawa’s approach to Quebec’s prickly proposal

    National

    The pandemic is now entering its twenty-third month with no finish line in sight.

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    We’re starting down a slippery slope with demonization of the unvaccinated: Ecker

    Opinion

    Watching the continual and increasingly strident demonization of individuals who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 prompted a melancholy and sobering reflection by this author.

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