Niagara’s Youth Urging Region’s Political Leaders To Build A Decent Public Transit System That Might Help Keep Them Here – Contributing To Our Region’s Future

By Doug Draper

(A Note from NAL publisher Doug Drraper. This will be the first in a series of  stories and commentaries on the sad state of transit in Niagara we will post prior to this fall’s municipal elections. In the meantime, we will urge you not to vote for any candidate locally or regionally who does not support a single, reginoal transit system for Niagara.)niagara_regional_transit

A delegation of student representatives from Niagara College and Brock University stood before members of Niagara Region’s Transportation Strategy Steering Committee this September 16th with one resounding message – at long last, the region needs a “single, seamless transit system.”

That message, delivered Niagara college Student Administrative Council representative Shane Malcolm and Brock University Student Union reps Christopher Yendt, Drew Ursacki and Kyle Rose, has been echoed in Niagara Region’s council chambers before, but has so far not gone very far in convincing staff for regional and municipal governments, and our municipal politicians in moving all that much forward from a decades-old, what has been called by some elected leaders, “hodge-podge” of transit services that is leaving Niagara far behind other regions across this province in providing convenient, accessible and affordable transit services to its residents. 

What these Niagara College and Brock University leaders, who were thanked by committee members at the end of their presentation, said is that young people are not going to find a place in this region, as students and future employees and contributors to Niagara’s economy, if this region continues with a patchwork of transit systems that makes it difficult and time-consuming too get back and forth from home to school, and any jobs that may be available in the region for them. Continue reading

The Impact Of Climate Change In The Hamilton, Ontario Area

From CATCH, a not-for-profit citizens watchdog in the Hamilton, Ontario area.

(A Brief Foreword from NAL – Check this post out and consider Niagara in the equation. There are no borders on this one. When you read Hamilton, think Niagara because the greater Niagara region is being swamped with this environmental and economic catastrophe to.)

One of the so-called 'severe weather' storms that caused mulit-hundreds of millions of dollars of damage in southern Ontario over the past few years. But, psst, psst. Don't go gettling Harper and company that we may be dealing with climate change.

One of the so-called ‘severe weather’ storms that caused mulit-hundreds of millions of dollars of damage in southern Ontario over the past few years. But, psst, psst. Don’t go gettling Harper and company that we may be dealing with climate change.

Residents on both sides of the bay are participating in next weekend’s global push for serious government action on climate change, while city staff warn councillors that Hamilton is unprepared for extreme rainfalls like the one that clobbered Burlington last month. Progress is being reported on catch basin maintenance, but staff say they still don’t have the budget to take care of culverts and stormwater ponds, and don’t even have the authority for flood management of most of the city streams.

The biggest climate demonstration in American history is predicted for New York on September 21 as over 125 world leaders gather for a summit called by the United Nations’ Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon is frustrated with the failure of more than a decade of international climate negotiations – underlined by the news that greenhouse gas emissions, far from declining, are actually rising faster than ever and pushed atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide up nearly three parts per million in 2013. Continue reading

Public Celebration Planned For A Much-Beloved Niagara, Ontario Citizen

A Brief from Niagara At Large publisher Doug

Hannelore Headley, who left us this June 15, 2013 in her 78th year, was more than the owner of Hannalore Headley’s Old And Fine Books on the Montebello Park end of Queen Street in St. Catharnes, Ontario.

Hannelore Headley

Hannelore Headley

For 40 years, she was that wonderful used book store’s heart and soul, and she was also a person who loved and cared about her community as much as she loved books.

Fortunately, new people who shared in her love of finding new homes for great used books now own and operate that grand store, and Hannelore will be honoured this coming Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a dedication in St. Catharines Montebello Park.

She certainly deserves this celebration and you can join it. And for more details check out the poster on this event directly below.Hannah Headley Plaque

For more on this late great Niagara, Ontario citizen check out the piece we posted on Niagara At Large following her passing by clicking on .

(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.)

A Founder Of Brock University And Women’s Leader In Niagara, Ontario Is Honoured

News from Brock University

St. Catharines, Ontario, September, 2014 -  This September 11th, Brock University renamed Meter Road on its St. Catharines campus Flora Egerter Way in recognition of the leadership and work done by Egerter and the Allanburg Women’s Institute in the late 1950s to establish a university in Niagara.

Ontario Premier John Robarts with Flora Egerten celebrating in 1963, celebrating the soon-to-be launched Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Ontario Premier John Robarts with Flora Egerter celebrating in 1963, celebrating the soon-to-be launched Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Members of Egerter’s family and the Women’s Institute were on hand for the renaming celebration, which is part of Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

“Flora Egerter and the Allanburg Women’s Institute were right to lead the charge for a University in Niagara, and the last 50 years have proved it,” said Brock University President Jack Lightstone at today’s ceremony.

“Our University is flourishing in ways that should make Flora and her like-minded collaborators, those who founded the University, and those who have supported us over the past 50 years, extremely proud.” Continue reading

Check Out The Roosevelts On PBS – A Few Leaders On This Continent Who Gave A Damn About The Common Good

A Short Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

I know there are alot of my fellow Canadians out there who don’t like America or much of what they think it stands for. Well maybe – just maybe – they might reconsider if they watch what promises to be an extraordinary documentary series on one of America’s most extraordinary families – a family has left legacies for environmental and social progress people across North America should celebrate and stand up for till this 

While Canada has been ruled by Harperland around tar sands exploitation, climate change denial and gutting federal funding for health care and post-secondary education to give corporations, and whatever is left of the middle class another tax cut, it might be important to know that at least – once upon a time – there were people out there who cared about more than making money. 

Those people were the Roosevelts of America who, as rich as they were, gave most of their life’s energy to helping others. Continue reading

Love Him Or Hate Him, It’s A Sad Day For Rob Ford & Family

A Brief Comment from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

God bless us, he loved being mayor of Canada’s largest city and the third largest city in North America.

So much so that Rob Ford would continue to weather any amount of shame and humiliation through the last couple of years of outing his drug and alcoholic addictions, his palling around with nefarious individuals in the grey areas of the law, and so many other antics that made him a butt of late night talk show hosts across the world.

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

As everyone who is not totally cut off by ear-bug bullshit must know by now, Rob Ford – diagnosed with an abdominal tumor earlier this second week in September that is serious and may be cancerous – bowed out of Toronto, Ontario’s mayoralty race and has left the challenge of ‘Ford Nation’ holding the mayor’s seat this fall to his loyal brother Doug.

I’ll be honest here. I never cared for the Ford agenda, which calls for cutting and taxes along with gutting more government services that so curiously are there to help some of the very recent immigrant and lower-income people that Ford has so successfully lured in support of his neo-con, post Mike Harris era nation. Continue reading

You Are Invited To A Niagara Land Trust Birding & Botany Fund-Raising Event This September 12th to 14th Weekend

From Tim Seburn

An original 1917 Arts and Crafts style Lake Erie cottage, designed by the once-famous Buffalo architect William Sydney Wicks, has kindly been made available again to the Niagara Land Trust by the Rung family to host a fund-raising event the weekend of September 12th to 14th. This event, dubbed Botany and Birding on the Beach, includes weekend accommodation with meals.

Click on this image to enlarge it on your screen

Click on this image to enlarge it on your screen

According to Carla Carlson of Niagara Nature Tours, who is supporting this event as a member of the land trust, “The combination of the breezes off the beach, the open design of this cottage with its stone earth fireplace and the last remaining original lake ice house in the Niagara Region, make this a fun place to stay”. You can book your accommodation or register for the Saturday-only activities by emailing or by calling Carla at (905) 562-3746.

On Saturday top Niagara birder Marcie Jacklin will lead a morning outing to look for migrating warblers and waterfowl and in the afternoon guests will be entertained by a botany excursion with Albert Garofalo, coordinator of a recent three-year study of the fascinating Lake Erie coast. “Guests will certainly encounter the rare and provincially protected Fowlers toad and hop tree. I’m not sure if the giant swallowtail, the largest butterfly in North American, will still be flying but we might see the prickly pear cactus,” claims Tim Seburn a volunteer board member of the land trust. Continue reading