Canal Days Festival Is Back In Port Colborne, Ontario

News from the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival (scheduled for Niagara, Ontario’s Port Colborne city from this coming August 1st through August 4th, 2014, l offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses.NAL canal days photo

The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise a Tall Ship on Lake Erie. 

Nestled at the juncture of the Welland Canal and the Lake Erie north shore, Port Colborne is a working marine community, with rich nautical history and welcoming hospitality. At the height of summer, the entire city takes time to celebrate the reasons why this picturesque town has grown and prospered – our marine heritage and our connection to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the seafaring world at large. Continue reading

A Niagara, Ontario Rally Against Enbridge’s Running A Tar Sands Pipe Through Our Great Lakes

News from Dylan Powell and the Niagara, Ontario citizen group Marineland Animal Defense

NO Tanks, NO Tankers – Community Rally Planned for Saturday July 26th at Conservative MP Rob Nicholson’s Office in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, CANADA - In response to the Harper Administration green lighting the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, Marineland Animal Defense will be joining with community groups on Saturday for a rally out front of Conservative MP Rob Nicholson’s Office (2895 St. Paul Ave Niagara Falls).

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The Community Rally is set to run from 1-4pm and will feature local speakers Fiona McMurran (Council of Canadians) and Karl Dockstader as well as information connecting the West Coast pipeline back to issues of local resource extraction and pipelines like Enbridge Pipelines 9, 10 and 11 here in Ontario.

As Minister of Defense, Rob Nicholson holds an important position within the Harper Administration and Marineland Animal Defense along with the South Niagara Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Wild Niagara, the Niagara People’s Social Forum and Boot Out Hate have all joined together to raise awareness in the community about Mr. Nicholson’s role, as well as, to hold him accountable for supporting a proposed pipeline project that is opposed by scientists, dozens of First Nations communities, and the majority of British Columbians Continue reading

Join Niagara, Ontario Rally To Say No To Line 9 Tar Sands Pipeline And Yes To Protecting Our Environment

This Post contributed to NAL by Karl Dockstader

Is oil the only thing left of value these days? Is cheaper better? Do we need to ram through our Mother the Earth’s abundant resources so we can “compete” with cheap overseas products? When will enough be enough?

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There is so much to be grateful for in the land for many of us, and yet we are eating out of boxes and bags fixed with a logo marketed just for us, instead of demanding healthy tasty local food. We are filling up landfills with our Timmies cups after our lengthy idling in line in the drive through. We are paving through forests to populate areas like the Muskoka’s with our SUV and generators for second and third homes.

We are all contributing to this destruction. Continue reading

U.S And Canada Are Sponsors Of Terror Strikes On Gaza’s Palestinians

By Mark Taliano

Nothing much has changed since 1492, except the weapons are far more devastating, and the hypocrisy is much deeper.

Growing numbers across Canada protest bombng of Gaza's Palestinians. A 'Gaza Solidarity' rally is planned for Friday, July 25th in front of federal Conservative St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra's constituency office.

Growing numbers across Canada protest bombng of Gaza’s Palestinians. A ‘Gaza Solidarity’ rally is planned for Friday, July 25th in front of federal Conservative St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra’s constituency office.

Manifest Destiny now extends overseas with the U.S Empire’s on-going embrace of the “might is right” doctrine, and its perpetuation of war crimes to advance imperial conquest.

Israel, a strong ally of Empire, is thought to be a spearhead for U.S hegemony in the Middle East, and the rules of international law and peace are being defied on a daily basis as Gaza shakes beneath the terror of daily bombardments. Continue reading

In Our Darkest Times, We Humans Can Be The Most Destructive Species On The Planet

A Commentary by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Never mind locusts, great white sharks and hungry packs of wolves and hyenas. 

When it comes down to it – when we get tribal and let the darkest side of our nature drive us – we humans have proven over and over again that we can be the most destructive force on the planet. And our propensity to kill doesn’t seem to be governed by how intelligent or civilized we think we are either.

The smoldering wreckage of Flight 17 in east Ukraine among the most recent expressions of our capacity, as humans, to destroy.

The smoldering wreckage of Flight 17 in east Ukraine among the most recent expressions of our capacity, as humans, to destroy.

In his book ‘The Nightmare Years’, chronicling the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, the late journalist and historian William Shirer reports how “with increasing fascination and horror, I watched Hitler crush freedom and the human spirit in Germany, the country of Luther, Kant, Beethoven, Goethe, persecute the Jews and prepare to massacre them, destroy all who opposed him, and drag this great nation toward war, conquest and destruction. To my consternation most Germans joined joyously in this Nazi barbarism.”

But this is most certainly not about singling out Germany, which has turned out to be a country less militaristic than many others these days, and which also has some of the toughest laws in the world against hate crimes. This is about the whole lot of us, collectively, as a species. Continue reading

Buffalo’s Garden Walk Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This July 26th & 27th

By Doug Draper

It is quite rightly billed as the largest garden tour in America. And it is free!

One of the many Buffalo neighbourhood homes that opens its yards to GardenWalk each year. File photo by Doug Draper

One of the many Buffalo neighbourhood homes that opens its yards to GardenWalk each year. File photo by Doug Draper

But GardenWalk Buffalo, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th, it is much more than that. It is also an opportunity to experience some of the very best urban landscape and architecture any town or city on this continent on this continent has to offer. Continue reading

Battle Against Using Enbridge Pipeline To Carry Tar Sand Poisons Through Great Lakes Region Not Over

News from Catch, the Hamilton, Ontario-based group called Citizens at City Hall

(A brief foreword note to this news from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – Although handpicked stooges for the Harper Government, through the rubber stamping federal Energy Board, has given its approval to this, let’s continue to put pressure on the new majority Ontario government of Kathleen Wynne applies a full environmental assessment review, at the provincial level, to this plan to pipe this toxic crud from Alberta’s tar sands through our Great Lakes region.

The Great Lakes are a source of drinking water for tens of millions of Canadians and Americans, and as a fishery, recreational and tourist draw – let alone a habitat for countless species of wildlife – are vital to the health and economies of Ontario and several U.S. states that surround them. A pipeline project that could pose a significant risk to the Great Lakes should not be decided by a Harper government with an open record of gutting environmental protection efforts at the behest of its tar sands.

 Residents across Great Lakes region must not allow Harper’s pro-tar, anti-environment government to have the final say on piping this toxic material through one of the world’s largest, life-sustaining sources of fresh water.)enbridge pipeline

A Line 9 worksite occupation launched this past July 17th is only the latest challenge to Enbridge’s plans to expand the flow in its Sarnia to Montreal pipeline and begin shipping diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands.

There was a similar action earlier this week in Etobicoke, and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has won the right to appeal the March National Energy Board decision that had seemed to clear the way for the controversial project. Continue reading