Reflections on Amalgamation: Where Do We Go From Here? (Policy Brief #44)

The Niagara Community Observatory produced a policy brief in April 2019 entitled “Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An overview of regional government in Niagara.” The ominous feeling reflected in that title captures the tension that municipalities felt at the time. Twenty years ago the local government system was thrown into turmoil by the actions of a provincial government that wanted major change, but had difficulty articulating exactly what that change should be. Was history about to repeat itself?

A great sense of relief fell over the local governments that had felt themselves ‘under the knife and under the gun’ when the provincial government announced that there would be no forced restructuring, but that municipalities were free to address changes that they would like to consider. Niagara should see this as an opportunity. There are continuing complaints about the system of government in the Niagara region. What should Niagara do to improve its governance system and the quality of service delivery to residents?

Author: David Siegel

Published By: Niagara Community Observatory

Publication Date: November 2019

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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Caregiver Wellness: Travel Tips and Virtual Travel Experience @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topics for this caregiver learning session include:

  • Strategies to reduce stress while travelling with someone living with dementia
  • Explore respite options
  • Experience a virtual armchair travel vacation to Tofino, B.C.
  • Learn how to create & enjoy your own armchair travel experiences

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Jan
30
Thu
Regional Chair’s Address @ Americana Conference Resort
Jan 30 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (representing Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne-Wanfleet and Welland/Pelham Chambers of Commerce) for lunch as Regional Chair Jim Bradley presents his Regional Chair’s Address.

The moderated discussion will cover topics including the aftermath of non-amalgamation, the status of development in Niagara, and transportation including land, sea and air.

This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.

Five Ways Volunteering Can Enhance Your Job Search @ Online
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Job hunting can be challenging in today’s market and applicants need every edge they can get. Volunteering is a great way to gain crucial experience, build transferable skills, network and cultivate references, and hone your approach to job applications. Discover how to search for and apply to volunteer positions and what to expect along the way!

Topics will include:

  • The benefits of volunteering
  • The types of volunteer roles available and the commitments they require
  • How to locate your nearest volunteer centre and search for volunteer roles online
  • What to expect when applying for a volunteer role
  • The five ways volunteering can enhance your job search

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Jan
31
Fri
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (Fort Erie) @ Fort Erie Public Library
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario.

You will:

  1. Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them.
  2. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit.

Session dates and locations:

  • January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Fort Erie Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch)
  • February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library
  • February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library
  • March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch)

This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (St. Catharines) @ St. Catharines Public Library
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario.

You will:

  1. Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them.
  2. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit.

Session dates and locations:

  • January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch)
  • February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library
  • February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library
  • March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch)

This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

Women in STEM @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Women have always worked and succeeded in STEM fields. But women have also faced barriers to their full participation in STEM stemming from both overt discrimination and implicit bias. Today, the successes and obstacles to women in STEM are at the forefront of public attention. Movies like Hidden Figures highlight the forgotten role of women of colour in space exploration. Studies about the lack of women in senior management at tech firms make headlines. Businesses, governments, universities, and civic organizations run a range of programs to promote more women in STEM, from camps to teach girls to code to better maternity leave policies.

In this keynote talk, Kira will draw on the insights from the latest research on gender and diversity in STEM organizations, so that we can think together about the ways that organizations can help or hinder women. Research shows that gender-balanced firms are crucial to ensuring that social biases don’t get replicated in designing technology– to ensure, for example, that crash-test dummies aren’t designed with only men in mind. History shows us that women have been responsible for major scientific discoveries, like DNA, and for programming the first computers. The aim of this talk is to bring the insights from this research to bear on your own experiences as women in tech organizations.

Event Program:

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Networking
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Keynote Presentation and Q&A Session
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Networking

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (West Lincoln) @ West Lincoln Public Library
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario.

You will:

  1. Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them.
  2. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit.

Session dates and locations:

  • January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch)
  • February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library
  • February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library
  • March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch)

This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

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