Tag: vince kerrio

    City sends Kerrio back to NPC

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Coun. Vince Kerrio is going back to the Niagara Parks Commission, but he wants the right to talk. And his city council colleagues want the provincial government to free him from an oath of confidentiality that limits how much parks business he can fill them in on.

    Kerrio has been the city’s representative on the 12-member Niagara Parks Commission since 2007.

    Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Regional Municipality of Niagara each appoint one person to the board.

    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.”

    People mover base garage to be on Stanley Ave

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A $16 million maintenance garage for the future people mover system will be built on Stanley Ave. as the result of a city council vote Monday, though some politicians question why they wouldn’t put it downtown where it might help revitalization efforts.

    “Not enough was done to see if we could have made that investment downtown,” Coun. Vince Kerrio said.

    As the city and Niagara Parks Commission move ahead with plans for a new bus system to shuttle passengers around tourism areas, they’ll need a new garage to store and service the 27 buses in the fleet.

    Curtain of secrecy lifting to reveal secrets inside Niagara Parks Commission

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    First of all, congratulations to Niagara Parks Commissioners for voting in favour of opening their meetings to the public and the media. Quite a novel idea for public lands, we guess.

    Vince Kerrio made the motion that was supported by his colleagues. This was the right thing to do and should have been done a long time ago. This newspaper has been calling for this type of openness and transparency for years.

    But Kerrio’s rationale for calling the vote – because he felt he (and fellow commissioners) have been unjustly criticized lately -is curious, to say the least.

    Parks commission opens up

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission wants to go public.

    After 124 years of meeting in private, commissioners voted unanimously Friday to open their doors to the public and the media.

    “I made a motion at the parks commission today that the meetings, in the spirit of openness and transparency … be open to the public and press,” said Vince Kerrio, a city councillor and the city’s representative on the 12- member provincial agency.

    Open meetings is the only way to dispel misconceptions about what goes on at meetings, he said.


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    Someone wrote a letter to the editor of the Niagara Falls Review:

    Thumbs up to councillors Diodati, Ioannoni, Kerrio, Maves, Pietrangelo and Mayor Ted Salci for voting with their heads and not their emotions in supporting the proposed Loretto Hotel Project…

    It’s encouraging to see that we have a majority on city council that use common sense.

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