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    Speedway OMB appeal tossed

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Last Thursday was a good day for Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin.

    “We’re happy, happy, happy, happy,” Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin said. “This is a great decision, it’s great news.”

    The “decision” Martin was referring to was one issued by The Ontario Municipal Board Thursday which clears the way for the green flag to be dropped for the Canadian Motor Speedway.

    The OMB dismissed an appeal by the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS), one of the parties to the original OMB appeal of the proposed speedway,

    Speedway developer optimistic after OMB hearing

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway project met its latest challenge Thursday as arguments were heard in an appeal of an Ontario Municipal Board decision green-lighting the project were heard in Toronto.

    Azhar Mohammad, the project’s executive director, said the day-long hearing went well and he’s looking forward to a positive decision in short order.

    “Fantastic and as we anticipated,” Mohammad told Bullet News when reached for comment late Thursday evening.

    Speedway opponent drops OMB challenge

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    And now for one little bit of news that isn’t related to Nik Wallenda 🙂

    From Niagara This Week:

    The proposed Canadian Motor Speedway project has one less barrier to hurdle this week after a settlement was reached between one of the major groups opposed to the project and the speedway proponent.

    Council voted unanimously after a closed session to authorize approval of the minutes of settlement between the appellant — the Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie — the Town, and the Region.

    “This is great,” said Mayor Doug Martin of the announcement, “very good news for the town of Fort Erie and a good positive sign that we’re moving forward with this project.”

    “This should show that not only are we committed to the project, but that the developer is going do in a positive and respectful manner towards the community,” he added.

    Confidentiality oath should stay: Minister’s office

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ontario’s Tourism Minister appears ready to accept decisions by Niagara Falls and Fort Erie to reappoint their same representatives to the Niagara Parks Commission, despite his request for fresh faces.

    “Ultimately, the nomination of representatives is a decision that rests with the individual municipality,” Liberal Tourism Minister Michael Chan said through a spokesman Tuesday.

    His office was reacting to news Niagara Falls had re-appointed Coun. Vince Kerrio as the city’s representative on the government agency and Fort Erie had named Mayor Doug Martin.

    His fellow councillors want Kerrio — and other municipal politicians who serve as parks commissioners — to have the freedom to talk more openly about what goes on at the government agency. All commissioners must take an oath of confidentiality that prevents municipal councillors from updating their council on some issues.

    Chan seeks clean sweep of board

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Ontario government doesn’t want the same municipal politicians — including Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin and Niagara Falls Coun. Vince Kerrio — reappointed to the Niagara Parks Commission board.

    The Niagara Falls Review learned through sources the Ministry of Tourism is looking to follow up its purge of four provincially appointed commissioners by asking Niagara Region, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake to appoint different members to the board than during the last term of council.

    A spokesman for Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan confirmed the province doesn’t want familiar faces returning after the four municipalities swear in their councillors this month.

    “We are encouraging the municipalities to put forward new names for these appointments,” Mukunthan Paramalingham, the tourism minister’s senior communications adviser, said in an email response to questions posed by The Review. “Our goal is to establish a strong board with members who will bring forth new ideas and qualifications to move the commission forward.”

    Parks Police may get 11th hour reprieve from province

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Parks Police may soon get a new lease on life — at least for five more years.

    Just days before the 123-year-old police force faced being shut down, the Niagara Regional Police Services board voted last week to recommend to Community Safety and Corrections Minister Rick Bortolucci that the Parks constables have their status as special constables renewed for five more years.

    The constables would also continue to be able to carry firearms. Bortolucci must still approve that status.

    “We supported it and we sent it off to the minister last Thursday,” acting regional police board chair Doug Martin, said Wednesday. “We haven’t heard anything back yet; we’re expecting it soon.”

    Fort Erie mayor researching speedway impact in Virginia

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Mayor Doug Martin is heading to Virginia next weekend to see what impact, if any, the Richmond International Raceway has had on the community.

    While thousands of motor heads will be cheering their favourite driver during the May 1 Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400, part of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, Martin and a handful of town and regional officials will meet with municipal staff and Richmond’s mayor on how to mitigate resident concerns about noise, pollution and traffic congestion.

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