Provincial Government Seeking Public Feedback On Its Strategy For A Safer Ontario

Ontario to Modernize the Delivery of Community Safety

News from the Government of Ontario

Posted February 12, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario is launching public consultations across the province on the development of its Strategy for a Safer Ontario – a new blueprint for effective, sustainable, and community-based policing.

O.P.P. vehicle (Hwy 69 South.) Photo By Marg Seregelyi 2008

O.P.P. vehicle (Hwy 69 South.)
Photo By Marg Seregelyi 2008

The nature of policing and the role of police officers have changed since the Police Services Act was written in 1990. Policing has evolved as a result of advancements in technology, the increasing frequency of police interactions with vulnerable individuals, such as those suffering with mental health or addiction issues, and Ontarians’ enhanced expectations about oversight and accountability of law enforcement. Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission Holds Job Fair For Seasonal Workers

“Over 350 Positions Will Be Available In 2016.” – NPC

(A Brief Foreword on this one from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – Why am I posting a notice on a Job Fair – something that usually shows up as a paid ad in the classified section of a newspaper – for free on a site like this?niagara_floral_clock_spring_600x

Because Niagara, Ontario has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the province and many other regions of the country at almost 13 per cent, according to Statistics Canada figures, this January 2016, alone.

That’s enough reason, in my view, to post this Job Fair Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission is holding this coming Saturday for February 20th for seasonal jobs If it helps even a few of our younger citizens find a paying job for the spring and summer months, I’m pleased to post information like this.)

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 13th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

The Niagara Parks Commission to Host Job Fair – Over 350 positions available in 2016

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), one of the region’s largest employers with over 1,600 full time and seasonal employees, will host its second annual Job Fair on Saturday, February 20, at the Niagara Falls campus of Niagara College. Continue reading

One More Time – Here Is A Video That Tells It Like It Is When It Comes To The Serious Threat This Thing Government Reps Call “Biodiversity Offsetting” Poses To Niagara’s Natural Wetlands

From Doug Draper 

Posted February 11th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – a government body created by the Province of Ontario decades ago and stacked with board members appointed by municipal governments in the region – is floating the idea of destroying at least some of that’s left of Niagara’s natural wetlands to make way for more development.

Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara's wetlands - vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife - remain in Niagara and a regional 'Conservation Authority" is now looking at "offsetting" to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara’s wetlands – vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife – remain in Niagara and a regional ‘Conservation Authority” is now looking at “offsetting” to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

The NPCA says it is thinking of taking this idea to the provincial government for approval under the guise of something called “biodiversity offsetting” which involves (as best as one can determine from an explanation offered by Conservation Authority’s chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo at a public meeting this January) replacing some wetland for development and replacing it somewhere else with something the same or similar that someone would construct. 

More than 200 citizens attended the January meeting, many of them to express their concern or outright opposition to the idea. And when one citizen asked NPCA representatives flat out for a definition of “biodivesity offsetting,” one Conservation Authority member stood to say they do not yet have a full definition of the term.   Continue reading

Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Invites Secondary Students To Participate In Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Announcement –  $500.00 for Secondary Student available

News from the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

Posted February 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, NPH, is entering its 42nd year of recording migrating raptors at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

Red-Tailed Hawk soars above Niagara Escarpment

Red-Tailed Hawk soars above Niagara Escarpment

From March 1st to May 15th members of the NPH monitor and record the species and numbers of migrating hawks, eagles and vultures that pass over Beamer each spring.  On average 15,000 migrating raptors are recorded each spring.

An important part of our mission is public education. Every Good Friday the NPH holds a Public Open House at the Conservation Area. To heighten our education goals the Board of the NPH will be providing a $500.00 scholarship to a successful secondary student in 2016. Continue reading

Canada’s Prime Minister On First 100 Days

“While I am excited about what we have accomplished in the first 100 days, I know there is still much to do.” 

A Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 

Posted February 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large 

Ottawa, Ontario – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today to highlight the accomplishments made by the Government of Canada during the first 100 days of its mandate:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“When we were elected, we promised real change to improve the lives of Canadians – change based on what people from coast to coast to coast have told us they want. After the first 100 days, I am proud of the progress we have made towards that goal.

“As one of our first orders of business, we cut taxes for the middle class. We asked the wealthiest Canadians to pay a little more, so that more money could be put back into the pockets of middle class Canadians.

“In November, I was extremely proud to introduce our gender-balanced Cabinet. We know our country is enriched – and our government is more effective – when decision-makers represent Canada’s rich diversity. Continue reading

Brock University Professor Collecting Data On Working Conditions In Retail Sector

A Brock Labour Expert Has Launched An Online Survey To Collect Data About Retail Workers’ Working Conditions.

News from Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 11th, 2016

“Anyone who works in retail in Ontario is invited to complete the survey (a link for which is included below),” says Kendra Coulter, Associate Professor in Brock’s Centre for Labour Studies. “It will provide important information about what people are experiencing personally.”

Working in the retail sector

Working in the retail sector

The survey, launched this week, is anonymous and takes about 15 minutes to complete. It will be live until March 8, International Women’s Day. The survey is one component of a larger study Coulter is leading on gender and pay in retail.

The Ontario Pay Equity Commission awarded Coulter a grant to study the retail sector and the gender wage gap, which refers to the difference between what women and men are paid. In Ontario, women are paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to men. Continue reading

Calling all Local Bands! For Niagara Parks Commission’s Coca-Cola Concert Series 2016

Submit Your Application For A Chance To Perform During This Summer’s Concert Series. Application Deadline: February 26 at 5 p.m.

An Invite to Local Bands from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 11th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is looking for

Band performs concert near mist of the Falls. File photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

Band performs concert near mist of the Falls. File photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

local bands to perform during its Coca-Cola Concert series this summer. The concerts, which are held from Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day, run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., every Friday, Sunday and holiday.

The NPC Coca-Cola Concert series takes place annually within Queen Victoria Park. This free concert allows both visitors and residents alike, to enjoy live entertainment by the Falls, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m. Preferred music genres include classic rock, country, rhythm and blues or a combination thereof. Continue reading