Niagara MPP’s Bill Calling For Priority Access to Long-Term Care For Veterans Passes With Unamimous Consent In Provincial Legislature

 

News from the Office of Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster. 

(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper – A sincere word of gratitude here for Niagara provincial legislature Cindy Forster for fronting a bill for supporting Canada’s veterans that is thankfully being greeted with non-partisan support at Queen’s Park. 

Having said that, here is another example, like climate change, education, health care and infrastructure renewal, of an area our provinces and municipalities are taking over funding for as our federal government backs away. 

We no longer live in what has been Canada for most of the past century and a half, but in a Harperland where the spirit of a true confederation of provinces and territories is all but dead.

As for the Harper government, how disgusting to use deaths of Canadians in uniforms to pass a bill that threatens all Canadians’ rights and freedoms, yet not offer our veterans the support they need when it comes to physical and pscholgocal challenges they are facing, along with the challenges of finding gameful employment in our country.)

Like Environment Canada and Canada's Department of Oceans and Fisheries, Veterans Affairs Canada is rapidly becoming a body in name only.

Like Environment Canada and Canada’s Department of Oceans and Fisheries, Veterans Affairs Canada is rapidly becoming a body in name only.Harper might just as well be honest and get rid of it completely.

QUEEN’S PARK – This past April 16th, 2015, Welland Riding NDP MPP Cindy Forster’s bill, calling for priority access to Long-Term Care for veterans, successfully passed second reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario with unanimous consent. 

“We have a duty of care to ensure that all veterans who have sacrificed on our behalf are given the care they need and rightfully deserve, regardless of when or where they served. The rules need to change to give priority to veterans regardless of service,” said Forster, MPP for Welland. Continue reading

Niagara, Ontario Company – TSP Canada Towers Inc. – Fined $80,000 After Worker Injured

News from Ontario’s Liberal Government

(A Brief Fore Note from Niagara At Large – One of the refreshing changes in provincial governance since Kathleen Wynne has taken the helm over McGuinty, is the regular release of news on private and public companies the province has charged and at least fined, if not had someone sentenced to jail, for working conditions that caused injury to those who are down there on the floor, doing the grunt work.

This one, posted below, is on a China-based company in the Niagara, Ontario community of Thorold that pleaded guilty to conditions that seriously injured one of its workers.)tsp canada towers inc thorold

St. Catharines, Ontario, April 17th, 2015 – TSP Canada Towers Inc., a manufacturer of wind towers in the Niagara, Ontario municipality of Thorold, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was crushed by components being moved along a line. Continue reading

NHS Oncology Nurse Obtains First Prestigious de Souza Designation In Niagara, Ontario

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Niagara Health System

April 16th, 2025 – A member of Niagara Health System’s Oncology department is the first Niagara nurse to achieve one of the highest designation levels by de Souza Institute. A leader in cancer care excellence, de Souza Institute provides ongoing educational support and career counselling to more than 6,000 oncology nurses across Ontario.

Niagara, Ontario nurse Tammy Powell receives presigious honour

Niagara, Ontario nurse Tammy Powell receives presigious honour

Tammy Powell, a registered nurse at Niagara Health System’s Walker Family Cancer Centre, plays an important role in achieving the organization’s main priority – safe and quality care. “My patients hold a piece of my heart and I’ve had the opportunity to support them through their cancer journeys for 25 years now,” says Tammy. “People are diagnosed with cancer every day, and showing support, love and care can make their time that much easier. I am honoured to be able to provide the best quality care possible, by applying the advanced knowledge and expertise developed through de Souza Institute.” Continue reading

Curtains Close on Brock University’s Centre for the Arts

News from Brock University 

(A Brief Note from Niagara At Large – Given the many great performers, among them some of the most iconic artists of the past 40 years or more in the world, that so many people across this Niagara, Ontario region and beyond had the pleasure to see here, the closing of this theatre is a cultural milestone in the regon.)

The out-going Sean 'Sullivan Theatre at Brock University was a venue for some of the most iconic performers of the last 50 years. File photo courtesy of Brock University

The out-going Sean ‘Sullivan Theatre at Brock University was a venue for some of the most iconic performers of the last 50 years. Thanks for all the great entertainment. File photo courtesy of Brock University

 After 45 years, 1,450 shows and hundreds of thousands of entertained guests, Brock’s Centre for the Arts is ready for its finale.

Since 1969, the storied venue has hosted legends such as Bob Geldoff, Dizzy Gillespie, Anne Murray, Darlene Love, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Dianna Krall, Phyllis Diller, Matthew Good, and even Mr. Dress-Up. But on Thursday, April 23, the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre will host the final HOT TICKET Centre for the Arts performance. Continue reading

Acting On Climate Change – Joint Statement from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard

A Statement from the Offices of the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec 

(Niagara At Large has long been in step with a majority of scientists around the world who view climate change as one of the greatest threat to our safety and security in this 21st Century. In that spirit, we are posting the following statement for our readers’ information.)

April 13th, 2015 -Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard released the following statement today concerning Ontario and Québec’s collaboration on cap and trade:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard sign unprecedented bi-provincial agreement to tackle climate change.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard sign unprecedented bi-provincial agreement to tackle climate change.

“Climate change is endangering the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren. It is already costing the people of Ontario and Québec — it has devastated communities, damaged homes, businesses and crops, and increased insurance rates.

In November of 2014, Ontario and Québec signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which both provinces agreed to collaborate on their efforts to fight climate change and to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. Today, we are deepening our collaboration on combatting climate change by signing a letter formalizing our intent to work toward linking our cap and trade systems, once Ontario has developed a mechanism compatible and coherent with the Québec and California carbon market. Continue reading

Brock Prof Authors Book Examining Important Role Of Municipal CAOs

 News from Brock University, Niagara, Ontario 

April 10th, 2015 – Mayors are the political heads of Canadian municipalities, but chief administrative officers (CAOs) are the ones behind the scenes who have a major impact on the efficient operation of the city.Leaders

Often the highest-paid municipal public servants, CAOs or city managers, are tasked with providing advice to council and running the day-to-day operations. They’re hired, not elected, and they’re often overlooked and not well understood.

In his new book, Leaders in the Shadows, Brock University Political Science Professor David Siegel shines a light on the CAO, examining the leadership qualities of effective municipal managers. 

Siegel uses two active and three retired CAOs from across Canada as examples of exceptional city managers and shows what leadership traits, skills and behaviours helped make them successful. Continue reading

Protecting Niagara’s Waters By Expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt Protection Area

By John Bacher

One of the most insidious aspects of urban sprawl is that it kills our waters.

One of numerous Niagara, Ontario wooded and water areas on death row due to continued low density urban sprawl sanctioned by our municipal councils in the region.

One of numerous Niagara, Ontario wooded and water areas on death row due to continued low density urban sprawl sanctioned by our municipal councils in the region.

Once watersheds become urbanized, even at a level as low six per cent of the land mass, the streams within them begin to die. The aquatic biota within them become progressively less diverse, in response to pollution from road salts, automotive fluids and eroding sediment.

There is no healthy watershed in Ontario with streams that have been urbanized beyond the 30 per cent level. In all of Canada the most polluted stream, the Don River watershed in the Greater Toronto Area is in the heaviest urbanized watershed with over 80 percent encased in urban zoning. Continue reading