Opinion

COMMENTARY: Council, do the right thing

Do the audit, and do it right BY NICK SALTARELLI Special to the VOICE   Over the past few months the ratepayers of the Town of Pelham and the Niagara Region have been witnessing a…


The Cruise from Hell

$100 million here, $100 million there, it’s only money BY MIKE HOCH Special to the VOICE Being acquainted with the editor of the local paper might ensure timely delivery, but the flip side is that…


OP-ED: Stop the dodging, I’ll pay for the audit

BY RAINER HUMMEL Mayor Augustyn and Pelham Town Council are putting more time and effort into attacking me personally and threatening legal action instead of openly addressing the many concerns held by the community. Since…


Divining political identity, blog by blog

By JIM PITT Special to the VOICE Officially, political parties are banned in Ontario municipal politics. There are moves, sometimes, by local politicians in various locales to introduce the notion, but so far parties remain…


Municipal money is in ever shorter supply

By JIM PITT SPECIAL TO THE VOICE The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) had their annual conference in Ottawa last week and Niagara seems to have been well represented. Our Mayor was there and…


COLUMN SIX: The Road Warrior

BY SAMUEL PICCOLO The VOICE The best Halloween costume I ever wore was in eighth grade. This was in the autumn of 2008, just as it was becoming clear that the world’s economic turbulence was…


Checking in on real estate: July numbers

By JIM PITT Special to the VOICE The real estate market in Niagara Region is changing. Listings are up and sales are down. Prices are sliding and rules could be changing. Let’s take a look….



COLUMN SIX: That Summer of Love, brother

BY LARRY COTÉ Special to the VOICE The 1967 Summer of Love was a momentous happening in some major cities in the USA and UK. Large gatherings of young people came together to protest, among…


The Conversation: Ed Smith talks NPCA

The environmental activist discusses conservation and his ongoing legal troubles with the Niagara Pensinsula Conservation Authority BY NATE SMELLE The VOICE Ed Smith was born and raised in St Catharines.  He retired from the Canadian…