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    HEADS ROLL AS ONTARIO PARKS ATTEMPTS CLEANUP OF MAID OF THE MIST MESS

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    Chalk up a victory for justice and the Niagara Falls Reporter — whose articles on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and their secret arrangements with James Glynn, longtime owner of the Maid of the Mist — led to more than the unraveling of his lease.

    Last week, four NPC commissioners, including staunch Glynn ally Archie Katzman, were fired by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Katzman sat on the board for 40 years. The others were Fred Louws, Italia Gilberti and Ed Werner.

    NPC General Manager John Kernahan announced he would retire effective immediately. He had been there 12 years. NPC Business Development Director Joel Noden, Kernahan’s righthand man, was unceremoniously fired from his $130,000 job after 13 years. Prior to that, there was the resignation of NPC Chairman Jim Williams, who was replaced by accountant Fay Booker.

    In short, all the architects of the Maid of the Mist secret lease arrangements are gone at the NPC.

    New vice-chair for NPC

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Niagara Parks Commission has a new vice-chair.
    The agency’s newest commissioner, Janice Thomson, has been appointed to the seat recently vacated by longtime commissioner Archie Katzman. Her term as vice-chair became effective on Aug. 10.
    “I was really delighted when I was advised that I was appointed vice-chair,” said Thomson. “It’s a very professional organization and it’s an exciting opportunity for me.”

    NPC holds speakers to 5 minutes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Five minutes isn’t enough time to explain complicated legal or financial positions during Niagara Parks Commission meetings, says James Bannister, a consultant and member of the Preserve Our Parks group that monitors what goes on at the commission.

    During their monthly meeting Friday, commissioners adopted a five-minute time limit for presentations from members of the public. How long and how often to let members of the public address commissioners is one of the issues members of the provincial agency responsible for the land and attractions along the Niagara River had to come to terms with as a result of their December decision to hold their meetings in public.

    Bannister, a retired lawyer, looked at his watch while acting chairman Archie Katzman read a two-page report.

    “It took him four and a half minutes to get through that and he was kind of skimming. That shows you the limits of what you can get done in five minutes,” Bannister said.

    Community website launched by Niagara Parks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission has launched a community website designed to provide easy access to information about the operations of the parks and how to do business with the commission.

    The move follows recommendations in Ontario Ministry of Tourism governance and audit reviews of the NPC undertaken last year.

    “The commission is committed to being as open and transparent as possible,” said acting commission chairman Archie Katzman.

    “One of the ways we can do this is by providing more information to the public about our activities and the reasons behind the decisions we make. We believe this website will help us do that.”

    Parks open for business

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When Archie Katzman banged a gavel on the wooden table promptly at 10 a.m., it signalled to about 40 spectators the start of a new era for the Niagara Parks Commission.

    The open era.

    For the first time in its 124- year history, members of the public were allowed to watch commissioners in action. It was standing room only in a committee room at Oak Hall, prompting Katzman, the acting chairman who has been on the commission since 1971, to comment on how many people were interested enough to attend the first meeting.

    “We did not expect to see this many people,” said Katzman, who has filled in as chairman since Jim Williams resigned in December.

    Commissioners are “encouraged” by the interest in the goings-on at the commission, which is responsible for preserving, promoting and enhancing the area around Horseshoe Falls and the land along the Niagara River, he added.

    To accommodate the crowd, the meeting was moved from the boardroom at the Portage Road office to a larger committee room. Staff put out wooden folding chairs -the kind that are comfortable for about an hour – as a visitors gallery.

    Full house at historic NPC meeting

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was standing room only at Oak Hall Friday where several dozen people crammed into a committee room for the first public meeting of the Niagara Parks Commission in its 124-year history.

    “We did not expect to see this many people,” said acting chairman Archie Katzman. Commissioners are “encouraged” by the public’s interest in the goings-on at the provincial agency which is responsible for preserving, promoting and enhancing the area around Horseshoe Falls and the land along the Niagara River.

    Members of the 12-member board voted in December to make their meetings open to to the public, following a government initiative to make its agencies more transparent.

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