American Citizens Group To Host Panel On Emerging Great Lakes Water Quality Threat In Greater Niagara Area

News from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a coalition of citizen groups on the American side of our Great Lakes

On Tuesday, August 26th at 7:00 pm, the Alliance for the Great Lakes will host a panel discussion focusing on plastic pollution and the Great Lakes at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center at 4968 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg, NY in conjunction with the Plastic Waters: from the Great Lakes to the Oceans exhibit.

Here is a photo of Marcus Eriksen at Wendy Park holding ‘nurdles’ in his hand. I took the photo, so Hyle White Lowry is me  Marcus is with the 5 Gyres Institute. He is the one who has the Plastic Waters exhibit currently in Buffalo until it heads to Grand Rapids for the GLRI HOW Conference in September.

 Marcus Eriksen along the Lake Erie shores in the Cleveland Ohio area, holding plastic polluting‘nurdles’ in his hand. He is currently holdng a plastic waters exhibit in the Buffalo, New York area. Photo by Hyle White, for the Great Lakes alliance.

The panel discussion will address the impacts of plastic debris found in the Great Lakes and potential solutions to this problem. Speakers will include: 

Dr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator at the State University of New York at Fredonia, whose ground-breaking research initially brought attention to the issue of micro-plastics in the lakes.

 Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, has been actively in engaged in the proposed legislation to protect New York’s Great Lakes’ waters from plastic microbeads found in personal care products. Continue reading

Brock University Prof Pens Book On Iconic Niagara Political Rebel Peter Kormos

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Brock University

Brock Labour Studies professor Larry Savage has written a new political biography detailing the life and activism of longtime NDP and Welland MPP Peter Kormos.Socialist_Cowboy_300_450_90

The book, Socialist Cowboy: The Politics of Peter Kormos, begins in 1968 when, as student council president, Kormos led a student strike at Eastdale Secondary School in Welland, Ont. and ends with his death in 2012. 

The book details Kormos’ political trajectory from his early years as a student radical to his rise in provincial politics in the 80s and his 23-year career as a member of the Ontario legislature.

In describing Kormos’ early political development, Savage notes, “The one thing that’s consistent is the idea that he had a very clear independent streak and a very clear anti-authoritarian streak. Two things he carried throughout his entire political career.” Continue reading

Celebrate The Dog Days Of Summer At Buffalo, New York’s Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival Of The Arts

A Brief by Doug Draper 

It is one of the last great festive events of the summer season in our Greater Niagara Region.EFA_Poster_2014_m-169x300

The annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts in Buffalo, New York, scheduled this Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., is a wonderful way of celebrating some of the last few days of summer and is a model for neighbourhoods anywhere in our cross-border region for drawing people to the best of friendship and fun that a community can offer.

Please check out the information below, circulated to Niagara At Large and other media from the organizers of this festival. Continue reading

Let’s Put Ending Electricity Separatism At Top Of Premiers Meeting Agenda

News from the Toronto-based citizen group, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Later this month, Canada’s premiers will be meeting in Charlottetown, PEI to discuss energy issues . This is a great opportunity for the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec to put their heads together and strike an electricity trade deal that can have big benefits for both provinces.hydro_quebec_jpg_size_xxlarge_letterbox

By importing low-cost Quebec water power, Ontario can save more than $600 million per year – or $12 billion over 20 years. By exporting power to Ontario, Quebec can increase its annual export revenues by more than $600 million. That’s serious coin that can be spent on schools and hospitals or deficit reduction in Quebec, and big money that can be saved by Ontario electricity ratepayers and businesses. Plus, Ontario avoids piling up another mountain of nuclear debt on its already sagging bottom line. Continue reading

You Are Invited To An Annual Harvest Barbecue at Queenston Heights

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Queenston, Ontario, August, 2014 – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce the return of its Annual Harvest Barbecue on Sunday, September 7th.

A view of the Lower Niagara River from Queenston Heights with a monument to War of 1812 herione in the foreground.

A view of the Lower Niagara River from Queenston Heights with a monument to War of 1812 herione in the foreground.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on the patio of Queenston Heights Restaurant, located next to Brock’s Monument. NPC’s world-renowned chefs have once again created an irresistible menu featuring Niagara’s seasonal harvest, which will be showcased at six specific dining stations. Other popular tasting stations will include samples from Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Peller Estates and Labatt.

All are invited to mingle and savour the delicious menu selections while enjoying live outdoor musical entertainment. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under (taxes and gratuity included). Cash bar is available. Tickets are limited. To reserve your space, please call (905) 262-4274. The menu, as well as further details on the event can be found online at

Special draws are planned throughout the afternoon with prize packages of Sunday Brunch at Queenston Heights Restaurant, Niagara Parks Attractions Passes and several more surprises, for all those who attend!

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency. 

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Niagara Action for Animals Erects Billboard In Run Up To Welland Exhibition Grounds Rodeo Show

News from the Niagara, Ontario citiziens group Niagara Action For Animals

As an organization dedicated to advocating for animals, Niagara Action for Animals (NAfA) is very concerned about rodeos.

To highlight those concerns, we’ve arranged to have a billboard erected on Niagara Street in Welland (Ontario), just south of the Welland Exhibition Grounds where a rodeo is scheduled to take place. The billboard will be in place until August 18th.

The billboard sign

The billboard sign

The whole rodeo industry is problematic as animals are transported to & from various venues and are compelled to participate in events like bareback riding, saddle riding and bull riding.

 We are opposed to rodeo because rodeo events involve the use of fear, stress or pain to make animals perform. Continue reading

Join Us August 24th For Sunday Afternoons at RiverBrink – Debra Antoncic On “Wychwood Park: From Artists’ Colony to Urban Enclave”

News from Niagara, Ontario’s RiverBrink Art Museum

QUEENSTON In NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario -On Sunday August 24th  at 2 pm, Debra Antoncic will give a talk on “Wychwood Park: From Artists’ Colony to Urban Enclave.”

Artist Debra Antoncic

Art Hiistoran Debra Antoncic

Debra Antoncic is a curator and art historian with a specialty in post-war Canadian art and visual culture. She holds a PhD in art history from Queen’s University and a combined Master of Arts and Curatorial Diploma from York University. The co-curator, with Cameron Ward, of the acclaimed exhibition “RiverBrink’s War of 1812,” Dr. Antoncic is Associate Curator at RiverBrink Art Museum and a part-time instructor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University.

Admission is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for RiverBrink members. Following the talks, refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, therefore advance registration is advised. For reservations and to purchase tickets to the series, please contact RiverBrink Art Museum by phone at (905) 262-4510 or by email Free parking. Wheelchair accessible.

RiverBrink Art Museum is located at 116 Queenston Street, Queenston (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Ontario (on the Niagara Parkway halfway between Niagara Falls and “Old Town” Niagara-on-the-Lake). Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. 

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