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Amherstburg’s River Lights were to end January 3, 2022 but on December 31, 2021, at 2:26 p.m., am800 reported, Amherstburg’s River Lights To Stay On Until the end of January:

“Manager of Tourism and Culture Anne Rota says the town received several calls from the community requesting the displays be left on.

‘January is typically a long and cold and dark month and we thought if it can help just one person with that seasonal affective disorder. We want people to come out, enjoy the fresh air and walks are safe and healthy and River Lights does just that.’

Richard Peddie tweeted similar comments the day before:

Richard Peddie tweet about extending river lights

As reported on the burg watch, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo Lone Decision-maker of River Lights Extension.

Anne Rota did not respond to these questions:
how many calls did you/thetown receive from the community requesting the displays be left on?
in what way do you think the extension could “help just one person with that seasonal affective disorder?”
what would the extension cost?

No Response, No Response and No Response

In the spirit of accountability and transparency, questions were submitted to Amherstburg members of administration. No responses were received.

January 11, 2022 to interim CAO Tony Haddad: i’m writing to inquire what the decision making process was to extend the river lights display through January 2022.

January 11, 2022 to Anne Rota: how many calls did you/the town receive from the community requesting the displays be left on? in what way do you think the extension could “help just one person with that seasonal affective disorder?” what would the extension cost?

January 12, 2022 to interim CAO Tony Haddad: i requested copies of the Annual Accessibility Status Update Reports for the past 3 years. mr. fox emailed me “a list of the committee’s accomplishments” for each of the 3 years, which is not what i was seeking. the town’s website link to the town’s Accessibility Compliance Report to the province is broken. i’m also writing to inquire about the status of the Routine Disclosure and Active Dissemination Policy that former CAO Miceli advised, in February 2020, the Town was in the process of creating.

Anne Rota Now Has Completed Human Rights Training

1762668 Ontario Inc., owned by Rennie and Anne Rota, was added to the Accessibility Hall Of Shame because it failed to comply with a February 20, 2014 Human Rights Tribunal Ontario Order, part of which stipulated, “The landlord must retain a consultant with expertise in human rights, disability and access who will provide training to Mr. Rota, and any managers, on the landlord’s obligations under the Code with respect to accommodating disability, and the landlord must provide to the applicant by June 1, 2014, a copy of a letter from the consultant verifying that the training is completed.

Six and a half months late, a December 20, 2014 letter certified that Rennie Rota completed a Human Rights Training Program; the letter was received via regular mail December 30, 2014.

Now, seven and a half months late, Anne Rota completed a Human rights Training Program.

Rennie Rota Completed Human Rights Training

On December 2, 2014 I posted that 1762668 Ontario Inc., a company owned by Rennie and Anne Rota, was added to the Accessibility Hall Of Shame because it failed to comply with a February 20, 2014 Human Rights Tribunal Ontario Order, part of which stipulated, “The landlord must retain a consultant with expertise in human rights, disability and access who will provide training to Mr. Rota, and any managers, on the landlord’s obligations under the Code with respect to accommodating disability, and the landlord must provide to the applicant by June 1, 2014, a copy of a letter from the consultant verifying that the training is completed.

Six and a half months late, a December 20, 2014 letter certifies that Rennie Rota completed a Human rights Training Program; the letter was received via regular mail December 30, 2014.