Thumbs Up to Niagara Falls politicians Carolynn Ioannoni and Joyce Morocco who want to put the clamps on grants and so-called ‘fees for service’ that city hall doles out to various groups and agencies. Many of them (not all) are worthwhile endeavours, but it is not the responsibility of the local municipality to be funding Niagara Falls Tourism or the Winter Festival of Lights – or even Project SHARE. The city can’t afford it and should knock them off the public payroll.
Thumbs Down to Niagara regional council for taking three hours to (again) do nothing about governance. It is such a dysfunctional group trying to wade through such an important topic that the best they can come up with is the status quo. Tell us how councillors on one hand can say everything is fine at the Region, say they support some form of overhaul or amalgamation, then vote to do nothing? What are we paying these people for?
Thumbs Up to Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter, of York-Centre, who is set to become the oldest serving member of the Ontario Legislature in history. First elected in 1985, Kwinter is set to break the previous record on Saturday at the age of 81 years 310 days. Kudos to this esteemed public servant for not only his years of service in the Legislature but for setting an example of how, regardless of age, people can continue to make meaningful contributions to society.
Thumbs Down to commuters who fail to slow down in school zones, particularly during the winter when driving conditions are hazardous to begin with. We have recently noticed how many vehicles near St. Michael’s high school, in Niagara Falls, are mocing well above the posted speed limit. Time for drivers to slow down and for local police to crack down.
Thumbs Down to folks not recognizing when to the good fight is lost. Maternity is moving to the new hospital. Focus your efforts on getting the new south Niagara hospital approved so we can bring the maternity department back home.
Thumbs Down to all the unmarked police cars on Thorold Stone Road pulling cars over in some ticket-writing, money grabbing blitz and closing off lanes of traffic while doing so. Their money grab has the potential to cause more accidents then the ones they pretend to be trying to reduce while writing tickets to meet the quotas they deny having.
Thumbs Up to all those involved in attempting to save the Fort Erie Race Track. A recent announcement that two other Ontario-based tracks on thin ice including Woodbine and Mohawk will receive transition funding from the Ontario government amounts to encouraging news. Whether or not you play the horses or work in the industry, the track is an important part of
Niagara’s cultural heritage. Here’s hoping that all negotiators are on the same page and that there are no hidden agendas.
Thumbs Down to Mother Nature, not so much for the recent cold wave, but more for the high winds that forced the loss of a day at the Icewine festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake last Sunday. It spoiled the positive vibe stemming from the impressive attendance the day before.
Thumbs Down to the provincial Progressive Conservative ridings in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, who refused to release voting tallies at their recent nomination meetings. As if people need another reason not to trust politicians and political parties.