Coun­cil­lor asked to re­sign over porno­graphic im­age

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - PAUL FORSYTH Ni­a­gara This Week

NI­A­GARA — Re­gional Chair Alan Caslin is call­ing for St. Catharines Coun. Andy Petrowski to re­sign af­ter a porno­graphic im­age was sent out to a large num­ber of peo­ple from the coun­cil­lor’s re­gional email ad­dress on Mon­day.

Caslin called the in­ci­dent “rep- re­hen­si­ble” and said he’s de­mand­ing Petrowski meet with him Tues­day morn­ing to dis­cuss lim­it­ing his use of re­gional email ac­counts and de­vices.

“I have spo­ken di­rectly to the (coun­cil­lor) about this egre­gious con­duct, and have re­quested his res­ig­na­tion from re­gional coun­cil,” Caslin said.

Petrowski, who sparked wide­spread con­tro­versy late last year with a tweet that crit­ics said had a link to a web­site with anti-Semitic ma­te­rial, was quick to apol­o­gize for the lat­est con­tro­versy. The im­age of a naked woman sit­ting on a chair was sent in er­ror by some­one who was us­ing his iPad, he in­sisted.

The se­ries of events be­gan with an email from a re­gional staff mem­ber about lane clo­sures on St. Paul Street West at the Bur­goyne Bridge.

St. Catharines Coun. Bruce Timms then emailed to say it will be nice to see the fi­nal touches on the new bridge.

Petrowski then sent out an email about “mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar, tax­payer-funded, non-func­tional arches” with the im­age of the naked woman with her legs spread open.

The im­age was sent to peo­ple who re­ceive road work up­dates from the re­gion, in­clud­ing in­ter­nal staff at the re­gion, out­side part­ners, and other re­gional politi­cians.

“I apol­o­gize to ev­ery­one for the pre­vi­ous email just sent ... this was sent in er­ror as a ter­ri­ble mes­sage by some­one who was us­ing my iPad. I thought to send a pri­vate mes­sage,” Petrowski then emailed to the re­cip­i­ents. “I am very sorry for this un­ac­cept­able and in­ap­pro­pri­ate trans­mis­sion.”

“The con­duct is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able for a re­gional coun­cil­lor,” Caslin said in his state­ment. “As Re­gional Chair, I de­mand bet­ter when con­duct­ing busi­ness on be­half of the re­gion.

Petrowski: email ‘sent in er­ror’

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