In a very good move for public governance and accountability, noted Niagara public interest watchdog Ed Smith is the new St. Catharines representative on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
Smith, who lead the fight to expose and end questionable practices among the Old Guard of Niagara Regional Council – which was swept out of office in the October 2018 municipal election – was infamously sued by the NPCA for his 2016 report on the rampant problems and questionable practices under the rein of Carmen D’Angelo as Chief Administrative Officer of the NPCA.
D’Angelo was Hamilton City Council’s appointee to the NPCA prior to becoming CAO.
Smith retired from the Canadian Forces at the rank of Major after a 25-year career in the CF.
A Director of a Better Niagara, Smith has been instrumental in the court cases which cleared out the Old Guard Council’s attempt to stack the NPCA Board with themselves prior to the end of the previous Council term.
Smith is planning to delegate to Hamilton City Council on March 20th at the General Issues Committee meeting.