St. Catharine’s council bucks staff recommendation and sends Mat Siscoe to Regional Council

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Published December 14, 2021 at 12:40 pm

St. Catharines Council went against a staff report recommending that long-time community advocate Mike Britton, the eight-place finisher in the 2018 election regional councillor race, be selected to replace the late Sandie Bellows on Niagara Regional Council last night (December 12).

Instead, they chose St. Patrick ward councillor Mat Siscoe, also a St. Paul Catholic High School teacher, to take the seat, instead.

That now leaves a vacancy in the city ward and the city to likely to ask third-place finisher for the St. Patrick’s ward, Robin McPherson, if she’s interested in filling Siscoe’s vacancy.

In the city staff recommendation, which is dated November 5, it was noted that “the eighth-place runner up in 2018 was Mr. Mike Britton. Mr. Britton received 93.5 per cent of the votes of the seventh-place finisher, Mr. Kelly Edgar, therefore Mr. Britton could be appointed to fill the vacancy.”

To that end, city clerk Bonnie Nistico-Dunk reached out to Britton to confirm his interest and he told her that he would absolutely accept the seat on Regional Council. But in the end, council had other ideas.

(Photos of Mat Siscoe, left, and Mike Britton, right, from Twitter)

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