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Signing authority issue gets included in forensic audit

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow After accusations of conducting a “witch hunt” by several councillors and being told to “stand down” by another, a motion to include a forensic audit of conduct during March/April 2021 signing authority transition was approved by Grimsby council 5-4. After a heated debate - with multiple “Points of Order” fired off - the key vote not in flipping what has become traditional 5-4 “party lines” was Coun. Dave Kadwell who voted in favour of the measure moved by Coun. Lianne Vardy. Coun. Dorothy Bothwell has been consistent in her mission to expose details of how the transition of the Town’s signing authorities was executed after several members of the municipality’s finance department were fired. Key among her concern was the termination of the director of finance at the time without council ap-

proval and a lengthy period when the Town did not have proper signing authorities in place, while the municipality’s banking institution was informed proper steps would be taken immediately to rectify the matter. Council had asked for a report, including a request to have its bank provide a written explanation for its end of the signing authority process, but Bothwell noted what was presented to council Monday was incomplete at best. “A number of councillors just don’t want to delve into this to ensure transparency and accountability under the Financial Act,” said Bothwell. “We’re leaving, with this report today, with a number of issues which are still unanswered and whether, in fact, the enactment of the bank was done within the proper legal framework of the Municipal Act and within the Financial Institution’s See FORENSIC, Page 3

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News Now • Thursday, May 19, 2022 • Page 3 the signing authorities.” Despite much of the process being laid out in written documents and motions which council eventually dealt with which reveal significant issues, Councillors Dave Sharpe, Kevin Ritchie and Randy Vaine all called Bothwell’s concerns a witch hunt targeted at CAO Harry Schlange. “This is a witch hunt. Please stop, councillor, just cut it out,” said

Sharpe. Coun Lianne Vardy said the review of process is important to ensure the affairs of the Town are conducted properly. “The CAO knew what actions he was going to take. This whole incident took place because he did not properly plan for the outcome of what he was intending to do. Coun. Vaine is saying he’s a hero because

people got paid on time. The proper thing is that he should have planned for this,” said Vardy. After multiple attempts by Ritchie to get the process halted calling it a reconsideration were squelched, Bothwell, Vardy, Kadwell and Coun. Reg Freake and Mayor Jeff Jordan approved the motion. Ritchie, Vaine, Sharpe and Coun. John Dunstall opposed.

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Comedy Night set for May show at Station 1 The popular Comedy Night in Grimsby series is ready for its monthly show next Wednesday evening, May 25, at Station 1 Coffeehouse. The series, which rebooted in April after being suspended due to COVID protocols, includes monthly shows up to June. Then the series will revert to its weekly run for the summer months of July and August running every Wednesday in those months in Coronation Park. “The shows we’ve planned for Station 1 are to maintain the momentum started last summer,” said DIA president Mike Williscraft. “This is a new initiative to get traffic downtown - both local residents and visitors. According to feedback, it has worked out great.” This month, Moe Ismail will headline with Adam Wickens, Lenny Corrado and Heather Fudge also performing, while show host David Green coordinates the proceedings. New this month will be the “drop in the

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New timeline for Downtown Reimagined By Joanne McDonald For NewsNow Grimsby’s Downtown Reimagined program has had its milestones and timelines completely revamped to take the project late into 2022 for completion, according a report at Monday’s council meeting. The Town’s project lead Riley McKnight told council additional public input will be sought for revisions for new design features for Grimsby’s Main Street between Christie and Elm. A great deal of concern arose for downtown merchants when two concepts were presented at an April Zoom feedback session. The concepts showed removal of all or all-but-two on-street parking spaces and elimination of turning lanes at three intersections to make way for widened sidewalks. At that April 11 meeting, those on hand were told the timeline at that point called for the concepts to go to Grimsby council for approval on May 2 with the one chose to move into the design phase with the tender process to follow. On Monday, McKnight said that information was an error in communication. It was noted Monday the items presented were for “discussion purposes” only and would be subject to further changes.

Coun. Reg Freake, who is also a liaison on Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area board of directors noted several issues cited during DIA discussions such as “the very feeble attempt to accommodate the parking downtown”. “I still don’t see a strong statement in there (the report) saying we’re going to not take away those parking spaces on the street,” said Freake, which was an underlying worry to a large collection of submissions from merchants submitted to council by the DIA. While McKnight said concerns brought forward were recognized and “there was significant engagement throughout Phase 1 of this project”, Coun Lianne Vardy noted it was not that input was not received but that it was disregarded. “You said you’ve done consultation, but I have read the concerns raised by the DIA and I think consultation means reflecting what people are saying into the final reports,” said Vardy. “I think that is where the breakdown has been. The issues, particularly around parking, didn’t appear in either of the original recommendations (concepts). So that’s a concern.” Now, the project has had its sights reset from a May approval to possible late in 2022 according to the new timeline.

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A behind-the-scenes look at transportation issues By Mike Williscraft NewsNow What’s a guy to do after a life of working as a mechanic and serving the Ministry of Transportation as an enforcement officer? For Vineland’s Alan Wintermute the answer was clear...write a book. “At the beginning of Covid-19 I retired from a lifetime career in transportation. I started my career as a licensed mechanic and finished as a Transportation Enforcement Officer inspecting vehicles for safety defects. I also worked as a basic training instructor with MTO. After retirement, I believed I had something of value to share with heavy truck drivers and fleet managers,” said Wintermute. “From start to finish, it took me almost a year to write it. I have a new appreciation for those who have a career in writing. This is a reference book with five pages of index and two pages of glossary.

Vineland author Alan Wintermute with his new book “Insights from Inside: An officer’s guide to CVSA inspections, truck maintenance and fleet management”. Williscraft - Photo The book was written in a matterof-fact tone with a few antidotes.” Wintemute’s experience went beyond vehicles themselves as he was also tasked with creating

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Great turnout for Grimsby Safety Day A big crowd turned out to Grimsby’s Community Safety Day to learn about important emergency services in the Grimsby community Saturday at the Peach King Centre. It was a full day under sunny skies with demonstrations and fun activities for the kids. The children were eager to get up close with the different trucks, vehicles and pieces of equipment that help emergency and community services do their day-today jobs.

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The lineup started early Saturday for the Lincoln Garden Club’s 29th annual plant sale held at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Club president Angela Calixto with Janice Aitken (L), and budding horticulturalist Clark Cherney, 7, said funds raised help with the club’s educational projects. McDonald - Photo

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Finally, a 5-4 vote for common sense It’s taken almost the whole term, but finally an important motion was approved 5-4 by Grimsby council - this one to include the muddled signing authority fiasco which arose when multiple staff from the finance department were terminated with no plan behind it. With moves right out of the Trump playbook - see “witch hunt” and “stand down” - G5 teammates Ritchie, Sharpe, Dunstall and Vaine thrashed about in attempts to keep their CAO in the clear on this. While the usual four supported the motion to include the signing authority shuffle as part of a forensic review in the 2021 audit, so too, did Coun. Dave Kadwell. This is a good thing because this needs to be cleared up, definitively. M.W.

Hot time in the old town Sunday night ‘Tis done. And let me tell you, it was hot! When Catherine and I picked our wedding day we thought mid-May, while a cold or rain risk, was worth it to avoid stifling heat and black flies/mosquitoes. I think we over-prayed on the no-rain, though, as midlast week weather reports called for intense thunder showers all afternoon on Sunday right up until Friday morning. From that point, all the rain prognostication evaporated to let the blazing sun shine through - and blaze it did. To go from a cool 14 degrees Celsius and rain to 30 and humid can be achieved with some acclimation. We did not get that. Ad to the mix our outdoor format at Nelles Manor Museum with black tuxes I chose, yikes, I felt like I was in an Easy Bake Oven. Mix in the usual tension and nerves of being “the star” of wedding day festivities and it really makes me wonder how I stayed upright. Catherine was perfect, genuinely breathtaking! I cried just seeing her coming up the aisle....didn’t expect that. My brothers did, though...not sure what that says. Right from the time I saw Catherine and my now father-in-law, Terry, rolling up the manor’s laneway in Alfred Acres’ 1931 Model A Ford - thanks tremendously for that Alfred - I was pretty close to a puddle. We hadn’t even said a word yet, for Pete’s sake. My good friend Tony Joosse officiated the proceedings and did a stellar job and many noted what a great back-drop the manor and its

MIKE WILLISCRAFT volunteers provided for the service and photos. I highly recommend anyone looking for a historic flair to their wedding should look into it. We wanted to keep every facet of this local, local, local. Tuxes from Main West Men’s Wear (thanks for your patience and effort, Hal!); cake from Beamsville Bakery (thanks Ben and Klaus - it looked and tasted great); reception at Woolverton Hall (aka GBF Hub); accommodations at Casablanca Hotel (thanks Paul and team) and Woolverton Inn B&B (thanks Marilyn and Harley); the dinner from Memphis Barbecue was top drawer (thanks Lori and Steve); the volunteers at Nelles Manor with the COLD lemonade, tours and little touches, and the organizing of the day...Ruthann Joosse, what a champ, thanks very much. There were lots of helping hands along the way and I am assuredly unintentionally forgetting someone. This was the third time we planned the wedding and I always have believed there are reasons for such things. In this instance, two really cool things happened. I got to reconnect with

one of my best buddies from college who I had not seen in 25 or so years. He had gone into the air force after a few years as a journalist and was stationed on the east coast. He got out of the air force in 2015 and - somewhere in there - became an Anglican minister. Lemme tell ya, any church lucky enough to have my friend Kevin McAllister (yes, same name as Home Alone kid) as their minister has one fun dude. He just moved to North Bay last October so he was able to drive down. That was awesome. Even cooler than that - last week Catherine gets a Facebook message from a fellow named Steve, who cited all kinds of family background and claimed to be her Dad’s cousin. It’s social media, so all the alarms go off, but she checked with Dad and, sure enough, Steve had just moved to town, saw her name and made the connection. They were both at our open house Saturday night held exclusively to watch the Leafs lose on the big screen at Casablanca - and talked for hours. They had not seen each other in 60 years. These are two good lessons, sometimes; when things do not work out as you first planned, there can be a reason for it and patience allows that to unfold. It worked for us. The whole weekend was just amazing. Catherine put in months of planning and it showed as every aspect went smoothly. We had a great turnout at the open house, too, so even that worked out well. We really appreciate all the support and kind words from everyone. It meant a great deal to both of us. Mike & Catherine Williscraft


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