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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.

    Three Parks posts refilled -but no word on Gale’s spot

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The province has reappointed three Niagara Parks Commission members whose terms were ending -but not Bob Gale, the controversial member whose term expired in February.

    “We wanted to make sure the board remained functional. We were concerned about that,” Ontario’s Tourism Minister Monique Smith said in an interview Tuesday.

    Niagara Falls lawyer Italia Gilberti, St. Catharines businessman David Howse and Ed Werner, the Niagara-on-the-Lake investor who backed the highly successful Trivial Pursuit board game, have been reappointed to the parks commission, Smith said in a phone interview from Sudbury.

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