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Grant LaFleche is a longtime, award-winning reporter and columnist at The St. Catharines Standard. His opinion column, The Grant Rant, can be found on his blog at https://the-grant-rant.com/

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Mike Strange (NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FILE PHOTO)

Mike Strange target of political attack

The race has not officially started, but behind the scenes a battle is brewing over who will represent the Progressive Conservative party in Niagara Falls during the next provincial election.

Cracks in the cement sidewalk can be found along the length of the Burgoyne Bridge.

Burgoyne Bridge under repair

The Burgoyne Bridge could be reduced to a single lane this week as work crews scrambles to beat the weather to repair and repave the road.

St. Catharines Regional Coun. Andy Petrowski in a file photo.

Petrowski reinstated after apology

Andy Petrowski has issued another apology to his fellow politicians — who have accepted it, and returned the councillor his electronic devices.

Welland MPP Cindy Forster speaks at aN OPSEU press conference Wednesday in St. Catharines.

NPCA, union and politicians duel in pressers

Welland MPP Cindy Forster wants to amend provincial legislation to allow Queen’s Park to appoint a supervisor to run Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

NPCA sues ex-employee

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is suing a former employee for more than $164,000 for suggesting the beleaguered organization is an “evil” workplace where harassment and violence have happened more than 80 times.

Niagara Regional Council debates a motion.

A peek inside regional councillor expenses

Niagara regional councillors have racked up hefty mobile device bills, purchased event tickets, and even made charitable donations on the public dime.

Fentanyl (File Photo)

Massive rise in Niagara opioid overdoses

Niagara’s emergency rooms have seen a 65 per cent increase in the number of opioid overdose cases over last year, the Niagara Health System reports.

Niagara Regional Council debates a motion.

Highlights of regional expenses debate

On Thursday, regional council was consumed with a nearly four-hour debate on councillor expense claims. Here are some of the highlights.

Standard reporter Grant LaFleche interviews Chris Hadfield at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Sept. 13, 2017. Photo by Julie Jocsak.

A conversation with Chris Hadfield

On Sept. 13 reporter Grant LaFleche sat down with Canadian astronaut, fighter pilot, musician and author Chris Hadfield before he took the stage at the annual Grape Growers of Ontario celebrity luncheon. During the 40 minute interview, Hadfield talked about climate change, racism, science, his Canada 150 tour and what makes Canada, in his view, the

St. Catharines Regional Coun. Andy Petrowski, at the Niagara Regional Council meeting on July 23, 2015. Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/Postmedia Network  

Petrowski hasn’t paid legal costs to Region

Niagara Region has yet to collect the $5,500 in legal costs the courts ordered St. Catharines Regional Coun. Andy Petrowski pay after a failed attempt to sue the Region, but a new policy might allow the municipality to finally collect those costs.

Regional council meets in a file photo.

UPDATE: Councillor smartphones allowed roam

With Niagara Region under increased scrunity over councillor expenses, the Region is limiting how councillors can use their cell phones, The Standard has learned.