Also Known As Why the NPCA’s Michael Reles pisses me off.
Why is Michael Reles’ comment so flippant?
Michael Reles is the Communications Manager/Freedom of Information and Privacy coordinator at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (@NPCA_Ontario); it is literally Reles’ job to release documents requested of the publicly funded NPCA
(or The Authority as they’ve become known in the dystopia that is #Niagara politics).
The Authority’s board of directors comprises of 15 members, 12 of whom represent the Region of Niagara; most of the Niagara representatives at the NPCA are also lower-tier municipality Mayors and/or Regional Councillors.
The FOI process
I requested full expenses including mileage in OCTOBER 2017…
Over a month later, I received a reply from Michael Reles (to the left).
I was called frivolous and vexatious.
For making a request. Through the Freedom of Information process.
For board and member expenses. Of a publicly funded agency.
So, I appealed.
I then requested a two week limit to mediation in favour of arbitration.
Mid-JANUARY, 2018, the Mediator informs me Michael Reles has reversed his position; not only am I no longer frivous and vexatious, Mr Reles, and the Authority, now state they would release the records, online, within 90 days.
and I am not alone.
Local resident, and retired RCAF Major Ed Smith recently spoke with The Standard about his FOI dispute with the NPCA: https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/8291010-smith-npca-in-dispute-over-documents/
The Crux of Reles’ Uncouthness
What about it pissed me off so much?
In his Twitter post, Michael Reles states the media has never mentioned NPCA board mileage before now.
We’ve established Michael is withholding the required records to comment (remember, this guy is the NPCA Communications Manager), but, before he stopped complying with FOI requests, he released Authority Chairman Sandy Annunziata, and former Chairman Bruce Timms, 2017 Q1 & Q2 Expenses (below).
The hi-lited lines represent dates where MORE THAN ONE (two or more) PER DIEM were charged in a single day by a single board member.
Unless Latin has made a secret comeback, and changed without my knowledge, per diem translates to per day. Per day, by the day, for the day, daily. Not loosely translates as, or kinda means, but quite literally, and simply, translates to per day.
Not only has the public and media questioned this double diem-ing, Port Colborne council grilled CAO Mark Brickell and Chairman Sandy Annunziata about it in December 2017 https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/8004769-port-colborne-seeks-provincial-supervisor-for-npca/
Stop the political skullduggery and misinformation at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA); one could make the argument it is you who is vexatious, Mister Reles.