Municipalities working in silos

Re: ‘Full steam forward’ on Wainfleet’s new hearth corridor, July 12

That is one other instance of lower-tier municipalities right here in Niagara working in silos. Niagara lacks an total emergency providers technique to deal with capital wants for police, hearth and EMS.

Niagara has one EMS service with one dispatch centre, Niagara has one police service with one dispatch service however Niagara has 11 completely different hearth providers with two hearth dispatch providers and two of the lower-tier municipalities contract their dispatch providers outdoors of the area of Niagara.

What are we doing right here in Niagara?

Regardless of ever rising name volumes and being required to place extra autos on the highway, Niagara EMS has not constructed one new facility in over eight years. There’s a long-term facility technique on the desk that retains getting deferred, but different emergency providers proceed to spend tens of millions upon tens of millions of {dollars} on new hearth services throughout the area.

It’s subsequent to unimaginable to develop an total emergency providers technique when you could have 12 separate hearth providers working independently from each other doing what’s greatest for their very own lower-tier municipality.

That is simply one of many examples of duplicate providers right here in Niagara costing native taxpayers tens of millions greater than it ought to.

Its time for the province to step in and drive amalgamation of our decrease tier municipalities.

Cancel ArriveCAN app

Re: ArriveCAN app considerations a ‘little bit overblown,’ Bittle says, July 12

Maybe, as a result of there aren’t any credible causes for persevering with with this tourism-killing app, Liberal MPs are pressured to supply such foolish explanations as these reported on this newspaper.

The quantity of gasoline required to cross Niagara bridges just isn’t a lot of a deterrent for our neighbours to the south, and apparently none in any respect for guests from different elements of Canada. As for inflation, the lure of saving cash as a result of change price is an incentive for our American neighbours to do their purchasing in Canada.

Opposite to Liberal MP Chris Bittle’s assertions, current statements by the Canada Border Companies Company (CBSA) point out that the app itself is inflicting delays with the typical processing time required being 4 occasions higher.

A current interview with a Niagara Falls tourism-related enterprise revealed a easy methodology to gauge the influence of ArriveCAN on American guests. Counting U.S. payments within the register when closing up resulted in a mean of $200 as an alternative of the $1,000 which might usually have been there in pre-pandemic occasions.

Sure, Mr, Bittle, the app does want a change, not modifications. It wants only one easy change: finish it utterly, and do it now.

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