Free Quit Smoking Help for Niagara, Ontario Residents

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Regional Government

Niagara Region, Nov. 20, 2014 – Free quit smoking patches are available to Niagara residents for a limited time. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program offers eligible participants in Niagara five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.Lit cigarette

What: Free patches for adults in Niagara to quit smoking

Where: Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients workshop will be held in Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines Continue reading

Another Shot In The Head For Heritage Preservation In Canada

By Pamela Minns for Niagara At Large

It has always been my belief that heritage preservation has to start at the top ….. That is, with support from all levels of government. That is where it started in Ontario, with the passing of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1974.

The long-lasting and maybe gone expermental farm outside of Ottawa, Canada.

The long-lasting and maybe gone expermental farm outside of Ottawa, Canada.

And  where are we today, after 40 years ?

I just received from Heritage Canada National Trust, a respected and important organization, a communication in connection with the matter of one of our National Historic Sites in Canada – it is the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, established in 1886. Continue reading

‘Save Welland Hospital’ Rally Planned At Queen’s Park

News from Sue Hotte, member of the citizen-based Niagara Health Coalition

Get on the bus -Save Welland Hospital Campaign kick off  with mass rally, November. 21st at Queen’s Park

The Save Welland Hospital Campaign is off and running. Its first major action is sending a busload to Queen’s Park, Friday, November 21 to tell the province that Welland residents will not stand for the closure of their hospital.

The Welland Hospital site in Niagara, Ontario is about the only facility approximating a fully functioning hospital for south Niagara residents in the Welland, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Fort Erie areas. file photo by Doug Draper

The Welland Hospital site in Niagara, Ontario is about the only facility approximating a fully functioning hospital for south Niagara residents in the Welland, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Fort Erie areas. file photo by Doug Draper

“Ontario’s government is forging ahead with the most aggressive plan ever to systematically strip local community hospitals of services and cut or privatize them,” Natalie Mehr, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition told more than 100 people who packed City Hall last week to find out how they can organize to save their hospital.

By joining thousands of citizens gathering at the Ontario Legislature, this kick-off event of the campaign will energize local residents for the work ahead to save the Welland hospital from the province’s planned closure. Continue reading

A Note To Niagara At Large Readers

From NAL publisher Doug Draper

If you were wondering why traffic has been slow on this news and commentary site in recent weeks, here is the reason.

Doug Draper Sr., a beautiful person with a generous heart. You will always be in ours Dad.

Doug Draper Sr., a beautiful person with a generous heart. You will always be in ours Dad.

Due to the death of my dear father and namesake – Doug Draper Sr. – this past Saturday, November 8th following a few weeks in hospital, I have had difficulty focusing on one of the things I love doing the most – covering and commenting on news.

Sorry to say that traffic on this site will remain slow while I join my family in coming to terms with my father’s passing and look after his affairs.

To all of Niagara At Large’s faithful readers and supporters out there, and to all of you who have notified me that you have recently discovered this news site, like what you see and say you plan to become a regular visitor, I beg your patience at this time.

We shall resurge here with the usual alternative views you don’t often find any more in the mainstream media.

Thank you, Doug Draper

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This Remembrance Day, Let Us Finally Resolve To Find Ways Other Than War

Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Each Remembrance Day, it is important to remember those who fought and died in past conflicts for the freedoms and systems of democracy we are fortunate enough to engage in – if we have the will to do so – in Canada and the United States.graves

At the same time, I have always believed that every November 11th – if not every day – is one where we collectively ask the question “Why.”

Why can’t we humans, who pride ourselves in the thought that we are the most intelligent species on the planet – find other, more peaceful ways of resolving our differences other than slaughtering ourselves on battlefields? Continue reading

A Public Meeting On Possibility Of Nuclear Waste Coming Though Our Greater Niagara Region

News from the St. Catharines and District Council of Women

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014 this region’s Council of Women will be holding an 8 p.m. public meeting at the St. Catharines Centennial Library on 54 Church Street on continued concerns over the possibility of liquid nuclear waste being trucked across border bridges in Niagara.

Will the Peace Bridge or other Canada/U.S border crossings in the Niagara/Buffalo area be used for trucking liquid nuclear waste?

Will the Peace Bridge or other Canada/U.S border crossings in the Niagara/Buffalo area be used for trucking liquid nuclear waste?

The meeting, free of charge and open to all members of the public will feature a panel of speakers and address the following: 

  • Why is high level , very dangerous liquid nuclear waste being transported from Chalk River , Ontario, to South Carolina?
  • What are the dangers and are we prepared?
  • How are our US neighbors trying stop this and why?

 On The Panel –

 Barbara Pulst, former Niagara resident now living near the Pickering nuclear station 

Lynda Schneekloth, Chair, Sierra Club Niagara (USA)

Natasha Soto, Community Organizer Clean Air Coalition , Buffalo

Gracia Janes,  VP Environment Provincial Council of Women of Ontario

Sponsored by the 20 Affiliated Member Groups & Individual Members of the St. Catharines and District Council of Women.

(NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Niagara At Large encourages you to share your views on this post. A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who share their first and last name with them.)

 

Will The Fanning Of Fear Cause Us To Compromise Our Constitutional Rights

By Mark Taliano

The tragic shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on October 22, 2014 at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada followed by a shoot-out at the House of Commons, and the death of the shooter, Michael Zebaf-Bibeau, serves as a catalyst to advance several hidden government agendas.Fear-Is-the-Killer1

The Canadian government wants to spread unreasonable fear of radical, violent Muslim terrorists so that it can better control all Canadians, especially those who choose to exercise their constitutionally enshrined rights. The government is also advancing a population control mechanism so that it can deny and negate domestic constitutional rights, in particular Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 which recognizes and affirms aboriginal and treaty rights. Continue reading