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    New GM for NPC

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After a short game of musical chairs at the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has begun her duties as the general manager.

    While holding the position of chair of the NPC, Booker put her name forward for the staff position after the departure of former GM John Kernahan. For her, it was a chance to see the NPC’s vision, that she worked so hard to develop, become a reality.

    “Over the course of the past year, I really got attached to the vision and wanted to see it come through to fruition,” she said. “I’ve really grown to love the Niagara Parks Commission.”

    Booker, who operates a consultanting firm in Burlington, Ont. said she’s in the process of closing up shop there as she takes on full-time duties at the NPC.

    Booker chosen as new NPC general manager

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.

    The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.

    The announcement was made official Thursday.

    She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.

    Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.

    Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.

    “I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.

    New manager by June, predicts NPC chairwoman

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be summer before the Niagara Parks Commission gets a new manager at the helm as the government agency begins the process to fill the shoes of its retired boss John Kernahan.

    “I’m going to suggest the search process is going to take three or four months,” chairwoman Fay Booker said in an interview. “It can be into June before we have our person on site. That would be a guess of mine.”


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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.

    NPC on target for boat tour competition

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The document that will spell out what the Niagara Parks Commission wants from a boat tour provider is on target for release in the next few weeks, says commission general manager John Kernahan.

    “It’s coming along very well. I think we’re going to be on or very close to our target of late July or early August to release the RFP (request for proposals),” Kernahan said.

    But Bill Mocsan, the consultant hired by the provincial government to help guide the parks commission through the process, wouldn’t say when the document will be issued.

    He said Monday telling The Review might allow one bidder to find out sooner than another.

    Eleven companies took part in an April session to find out more about the bidding process, though it doesn’t mean all of them will submit bids when the parks commission issues its request for proposals.

    City, NPC trying to finalize people mover plans

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A deal that could lead to a new mass-transit system serving the tourism areas could be finalized as early as Friday, the mayor and Niagara Parks Commission manager say.

    Mayor Ted Salci is scheduled to meet with Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Fay Booker and general manager John Kernahan Friday, in a bid to finalize their existing “agreement in principle” to operate a people mover system and cash in on $50-million in available federal and provincial funding.

    “Our negotiations are continuing. They’re moving well,” Salci said in an interview. “The agreement is a master agreement with the Niagara Parks Commission outlining the obligations of each party,” the mayor said.

    ‘Eyes on the road’ at NPC, chairwoman Booker says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Running the Niagara Parks Commission should be like driving a bus, says Fay Booker, the provincial agency’s new chairwoman, whose reputation for helping corporations understand how they govern themselves appears to be one of the reasons she landed the job.

    General manager John Kernahan should be the driver and the 12 government- appointed commissioners should be like well-informed passengers who have chartered him to take them where they want to go, but watch the road to make sure they get there.

    “I expect the general manager to be driving the bus,” Booker said in an interview last Wednesday, the day her appointment became official. “But the board will be on the bus and will have given direction of where we expect to be going.”

    Lobbying in full swing to replace Maid boats

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Rules aimed at keeping the Niagara Parks Commission’s search for a boat-tour provider “above board” mean commissioners are to avoid contact with potential bidders -but the same rules wouldn’t disqualify a bidder who attempts to lobby members of the government agency.

    “This has no consequences for anyone other than commissioners and senior staff,” said NPC general manager John Kernahan, after consulting with the “fairness commissioner,” one of three experts appointed to help the agency through a controversial bidding process that could result in a new company replacing the Maid of the Mist.

    People mover talks progressing

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Talks aimed at creating an integrated people mover system are underway.

    After parting ways more than a year ago, city and Niagara Parks officials are back at the table discussing opportunities to create a single, seamless transit system to link tourist districts with areas currently serviced by the NPC’s familiar green-and-white people movers.

    Formal meetings resumed earlier this month -shortly after the province announced $25 million in funding toward the rubber-tired system proposed by the city. Municipal councillors abandoned the idea of building a monorail system last April.

    The $25 million pledged by the province matches $25 million offered by the federal government back in 2003.

    Niagara Parks general manager John Kernahan and Mayor Ted Salci both say they’re hoping the meetings will lead to an agreement that will allow the city and the commission to move forward together.

    Report on NPC suggests change in business practices

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    There will be “significant recommendations” about the way the Niagara Parks Commission is run and how it does business when a government-ordered review of the commission and an audit of its purchasing and leasing policies is released, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor says.

    “It’s moving along. Compared to what was, there’s an opportunity to find a new governance model,” said Craitor, who was briefed by Ministry of Tourism staff Monday about the reports.

    Parks commission general manager John Kernahan said he had a meeting Tuesday afternoon where drafts of the two reports were presented.

    “We just got it, so we have to go through it, digest it and see where we go from there,” Kernahan said.

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