Part one of two

It was a very bleak night on September 23, 2010! That’s because it was the night the light went out at Niagara Regional Government! That’s the night that our current Niagara Regional Councillors voted to shut out the People of Niagara from our public forum, stifling any future public input at Niagara Regional Council! That’s the night they decided to muzzle any possible dissent from the public! That’s the night they assured themselves that Niagara Citizens would never again witness, via their television sets, what is going on at our Niagara Region!

On the recommendation of The Secret ‘Council Organization Review Committee’ (CORC) whose members are
Regional Chairman *Partington, Councillors Baty, Augustine, Burroughs, *Casselman, Cordiner, Greenwood, *Heit, Henderson, Lepp, Marshall, *McMullan, Puttick, *Rigby, Saracino, Smeaton and *Timms  (* St. Catharines Councillors)

The whole of Regional Council, including new Councilor Garcia, voted September 23, 2010 that,

Delegations {Inividuals} shall not be permitted to appear at Council Meetings

Note - Those that claim they did not vote for this also failed to raise their hand for a recorded vote!

Our Regional Council is a municipal governing body. It does not operate as a parliament with opposition parties making their case, with opposition parties to present our opposing views, and to do so publicly on television.

Our self-adulating and unopposed Regional elected body took it upon itself to block the sunlight of vital information! Obviously these councillors could not risk the camera exposing the truth for the allotted time of even 10 minutes!

   Suppression of dissent is the first weapon of the Tyrant! Only a Tyrant would use dictatorial powers to secretly block the public from our public forum!

This is NOT a Democratic Act! This IS Democratic Tyranny!

  If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. -Sir Winston Churchill

New bylaw eliminating the public from our public forum

By-law #120-2010


13.1     Any person, group of persons or organization wishing to
address a Standing Committee with respect to a matter already on a
Committee agenda shall submit a written request to the Clerk no
later than 9:00 a.m. on the Thursday the week prior to the meeting
of the Committee. Delegation requests to address a Standing
Committee on matters not already on the agenda must be submitted at
least 14 days before the date and time of the meeting of the
Committee. The Clerk shall direct delegations to the appropriate
Committee and delegations will not be permitted at more than one

13.2     Written notice to the Clerk from a delegation shall
include the person's name, address, telephone number and the
details of the presentation to be made to the Standing Committee
and if applicable, the name, address and telephone number of any
person(s) or organization which he or she represents.  The brief
will form part of the official record of the proceedings of
Committee and therefore will be considered to be a public document.

13.3     Delegations shall not be permitted to appear at Council
meetings unless specifically required by law.  Any person wishing
to submit a communication regarding a Standing Committee
recommendation for inclusion in the Council agenda may do so by
filing the communication with the Clerk by 9:00 a.m. on the Friday
prior to the Council meeting.  Written submissions for inclusion in
the Addendum to the Council agenda must be filed by 9:00 a.m. on
the day of the Council meeting.

13.4     The Clerk, in collaboration with the Committee Chair/Co-
Chair, may refuse to hear a delegation if it is deemed that the
topic of the delegation is beyond the jurisdiction of the Region,
contrary to Regional policies or contrary to the public interest

13.5     In the case of extenuating circumstances, a Standing
Committee may, by a Majority vote, permit a person to appear as a
delegation who does not appear on the agenda.

13.6     Delegations shall be limited to a presentation of not more
than ten (10) minutes, unless otherwise determined by the Committee
Chair/Co-Chair or Chair.  A delegation of more than five (5)
persons, representing a group or organization, shall be limited to
two (2) speakers, permitted to speak not more than ten (10) minutes
each.  Only new information is to be presented by successive
speakers of such delegation.

13.7     Delegations concerning labour relations, union
negotiations and employee relations will not be heard at any
Standing Committees. All signed written submissions received by the
Clerk concerning these matters shall be referred to the Chief
Administrative Officer of the Region.

13.8     Presentations for the purposes of Sections 13.8 and 13.9
are defined as visual presentations given by an agency, board,
commission or staff, and shall be limited to:

(a)        Council business related to services provided by the Region,
and programs, policies and practices of the Region;

(b)        Council - sponsored awards

(c)        Corporate Employee Recognition (CERT);and

(d)       Recognition of staff or Councillor accomplishments at the
provincial, national or international level

13.9     Presentations, as defined in Section 13.8, shall be
limited to not more than two (2) per Council meeting.

13.10 The Clerk shall encourage presentations as defined in Section
13.8 to be made at Standing Committee meetings wherever possible.

Inventing Darkness