Wayne Gates Offers Local Constituency Offices To Sign Petition To Bring GO Train To Niagara

Wayne Gates, Niagara Falls Riding's  MPP. File photo, Doug Draper

Wayne Gates, Niagara Falls Riding’s MPP. File photo, Doug Draper

News from the Office of Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

(As of this posting, Wayne Gates gathered with Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster, Niagara Region’s Chair Gary Burroughs and others this April 24th at a Niagara Falls transit terminal to call on the province to bring daily Go Train services to Niagara.)

 Queen’s Park, April, 2014 –Wayne Gates, NDP MPP for the riding of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is calling on the people of the riding to visit his offices in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the Lake to sign an online petition to bring daily GO train service to Niagara.

“I am inviting people in the riding of Niagara Falls to come out to one of my local offices to get on board to bring daily GO train service to Niagara.” Continue reading

No Need To Cry Fire Here – Ontario’s Niagara Parks Carrying Out ‘Prescribed Burns’ Along Niagara Parkway

News from the Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 24, 2014 – Over the past eight years, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) has successfully carried out numerous prescribed burns (PBs) on lands within its jurisdiction. 2014 dates have been tentatively scheduled, and PBs could begin as early as Thursday, April 24 and continue until mid-May.Niagara-Parks-Logo-300x171

All PBs are weather dependent and NPC will be monitoring an on-site weather station and tracking Environment Canada weather forecasts. The decision to proceed with the PBs is made on an hourly basis, as weather and wind conditions can change quickly.

The following Prescribed Burns have been planned for the 2014 season: Continue reading

Fracked Up! – The Secret Behind Ontario’s Political and Energy Bedfellows

News from the South Niagara Chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Social Justice and Equity Studies Program at Brock University

On Monday, April 28th , at 7 p.m. in the South Block, Room 201 at Brock University’s St. Catharines, Ontario campus, investigative journalist Amy MacPherson comes to the university with a presentation that’s sure to prompt questions and raise eyebrows.

A gas fracking operation at work in rural Pennsylvania. Do we want this in rural Ontario?

A gas fracking operation at work in rural Pennsylvania. Do we want this in rural Ontario?

Amy will share candid insights about the impacts of secret government, energy and media relationships on the development of the fossil fuel industry in Canada. 

Her recent article resulted in controversy and consequence, for exposing potential conflicts of interest and officials who misled the public.

MacPherson promises to name names and provide dates. She will also explain some shocking developments for journalists who tried to cover the energy file. Continue reading

Trout Season Opens At St. Johns Conservation Area – One Of Spring’s First Great Outdoor Family Events In Niagara, Ontario

News from Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority 

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority invites the public to join us on Saturday April 26, 2014 at St. Johns Conservation Area for the opening of Trout Season. The first cast will take place at 12:00 noon. A valid Fishing Licence is required and conservation limits will apply. Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations for further information.

Having fun fishing at St. Johns Conservation Area pond, File photo courtesy of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Having fun fishing at St. Johns Conservation Area pond, File photo courtesy of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Tony D’Amario, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer of the Conservation Authority comments “fishing is a popular activity and St. Johns Conservation Area offers a perfect setting for this sport. Each year, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority stocks the pond with Rainbow Trout, in an effort to provide anglers of all ages an opportunity to fish in Niagara’s own coldwater stream, while enjoying the scenic beauty of St. Johns.”

D’Amario adds “the Conservation Authority has provided this opportunity for the public to enjoy since 1963. Continue reading

Where Is The Vision To Spare Us From The Next Environmental Catastrophe?

A Few Notes On This Earth Day, April 22nd, 2014, from Doug Draper

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I first learned of this wise old line in 1979, when I began a more than decade-and-a-half long odyssey as a full-time environment reporter for the then great, independently owned St. Catharines Standard in Niagara, Ontario.

This photo of earth from the moon, taken by U.S. space travellers  in the late 1960s, inspired the first Eath Day. It taught us, or should have taught us that this wondrous planet in our solar system and beyond, remains the only place that is an oasis for life as we know it. We must have the vision to look after it, or we may lose it all.

This photo of earth from the moon, taken by U.S. space travellers in the late 1960s, inspired the first Eath Day. It taught us, or should have taught us that this wondrous planet in our solar system and beyond, remains the only place that is an oasis for life as we know it. We must have the vision to look after it, or we may lose it all.

The line was recited to me in an interview I did that year – a full nine years after the first Earth Day – with Sister Margeen Hoffman, a Catholic nun in Niagara Falls, New York. Sister Margeen, who was a member of the proud St. Franciscan Order of her church, reprised the line from Proverbs and from St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic frier from more than eight centuries ago who made a mark as one of the world’s first environmentalists. 

The line meant all the more to Sister Margeen, who was a leader of an ecumenical group in Niagara County, New York that was helping families who found themselves living in homes built on top of a notorious chemical dump that became known around the world, by the time I started my environmental reporting, as the Love Canal.

There was no vision, only blindness brought on by the greed of land speculators and other profiteers, before those families unwittingly bought homes in Love Canal neighbourhood, and as a witch’s brew of dioxins and other poisons surfaced in their yards and basements, they were forced to flee and what was a seemingly typical suburban neighbourhood perished. Continue reading

An Earth Day Message From One Of Our Greatest Living Citizen Ambassadors For A Healthy Planet

If only we had a few Jane Goodalls in government.

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Ontario’s Environment Minister Celebrates Earth Day With One Of Niagara’s Most Dedicated Conservation Groups

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Bert Miller Nature Club

Jim Bradley the Environment Minister will be celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday, April 22th at an event with the Bert Miller Nature Club. This club has been awarded $24,791 through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to help protect globally rare ecosystems along Lake Erie‘s coast.

A stretch of beautiful Lake Erie shoreline in the Point Abino area. Photo couresy of the Bert Miller Nature Club

A stretch of beautiful Lake Erie shoreline in the Point Abino area. Photo couresy of the Bert Miller Nature Club

 Lake Erie’s coast is a hot spot for biodiversity and home to globally rare ecosystems like the northern shore that boasts sand dunes that can exceed 100 feet in height. It’s also a critical migration stop-over area for waterfowl and shorebirds such as the Tundra Swan and habitat for the provincially endangered Fowler’s Toad. Continue reading