Robert Hoover, centre, celebrated the official launch of the Tourism and Environment department on Nov. 10, 2006 with department chair Tony Ward, left, and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley.Robert Hoover is remembered by former Brock colleagues as a scholar, social activist and dedicated teacher.The late professor emeritus was “completely dedicated to his students” and passionate about social issues, said Bruce Krushelnicki, who was a student and then fellow professor of Hoover’s starting in 1972.“He understood that teaching and education is really about relating to people, not trying to change people’s minds,” Krushelnicki said. “As a teacher and scholar, he was brilliant, no two ways about it.”Hoover died Jan. 22 at the age of 89. He founded the Urban Studies unit at Brock, which later merged with Environmental Studies to eventually become the Department of Tourism and Environment. He was “one of the pioneer faculty members of the University,” said John Middleton, a current professor in the department.“He was a true gentleman,” Middleton said. “He was deeply offended by the injustices of the world, but he never lost his temper. He was a nice, calm, intelligent man.”Krushelnicki was an undergraduate student and then teaching assistant from 1972 to 1974. He was a Brock professor from 1981 to 1991. He is now director of planning and building for the City of Burlington.Hoover was sharp minded, Krushelnicki said, and “had one of the single most complete vocabularies of anyone I’ve ever known.”Hoover’s community involvement was broad. It included committee and elder involvement with the Silver Spire United Church, which he was a member of since 1971. He also served on on the Caribbean Workers Outreach Project, the General Council Environmental Committee, the Canadian Council of Churches, Niagara Peninsula Homes and a special planning council of St. Catharines and Thorold, among others. He was the past president of the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society and a member of the Royal Niagara Military Institute, St. Andrews Society, American Institute of Certified Planners, USS Holt Association (Lt. Commander DE-706, Second World War). He was a local provincial NDP candidate in 1977.There will be a memorial service on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at Silver Spire United Church. Memorial donations may be made to Brock University for the Robert C. Hoover Bursary Fund, or to the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society.
The authority at the heart of the disaster faced a fresh row after she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I haven’t been into the high-rise council blocks before, but I am certainly doing that now.” Sadiq Khan is set to be questioned over the Grenfell Tower disaster today as anger at the tragedy one month ago continues to boil over.The London Mayor will appear before the London Assembly to tell members what lessons have been learnt from the disaster.The appearance will come the day after hundreds of mourners gathered at a wall plastered in tributes in the west London neighbourhood to mark four weeks since the June 14 blaze. Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox revealed 34 of at least 80 people believed to died in the fire have been formally identified, as 10 more inquests were opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.She has suspended all 30 inquests held so far while a public inquiry and criminal investigation are carried out.Meanwhile, a nationwide safety operation is in full swing to establish how many other high-rise buildings were encased in flammable cladding, which is blamed for the blaze’s spread in Grenfell Tower. Elizabeth Campbell, who is to step in as leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, speaks at a public meetingCredit:PA The Department for Communities and Local Government said in an update that 224 buildings across 57 local authority areas used material that failed its fire safety tests.Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said all high-rise buildings found to have flammable cladding will be subject to a so-called whole system test, when they are scrutinised for fire safety in conjunction with the building’s insulation.But he added none of these tests have yet been completed. Among those at the vigil was Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected MP for the area, who told the Press Association: “It is still chaotic, the whole process of housing people, getting them social housing, mental health help, whatever other help they are getting, obviously the people who aren’t getting help come to me.”It’s disgraceful, actually, the council are still failing people every day.”Earlier a public meeting between the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, the police and residents descended into chaos as anger flared about the progress of the police investigation.Senior investigating officer Matt Bonner was met with cries of “arrest someone” as he said the investigation would “not be quick but it would be thorough”.Kensington and Chelsea Council’s new leader Elizabeth Campbell was heckled by one audience member. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.