A Heads Up to Niagara citizens fighting for the future of Thundering Waters and for what is left of our forests and wetlands in this region

A Feature Story on how Canada is falling behind other nations on protecting biodiversity

A Brief One from Doug Draper, environment writer/publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted July 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

For those of us fighting to keep developers and their political allies in Niagara from moving forward with an urban development plan in Niagara Falls’ Thundering Waters Forest and from gutting ever more of what little we have left of our natural heritage in this region, Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail has a front-page story this July 24th that is a must read.

A look at just a piece of the provincially significant wetlands under the canopy of the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario

The story, headlined; ‘Canada Lags on Biodiversity Pledges – The country ranks far behind g7 counterparts and other industrialized nations in meeting commitments to protect its lands and fresh waters’, notes that “Canada has 20 per cent of the Earth’s forests and 24 per cent of its wetlands, but has done far less than many other countries when it comes to putting areas beyond the reach of development,” says the Globe story. Continue reading

Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force hosting cemetery tours on civic holiday weekend

An Invite to All from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

Posted July 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

 Niagara, Ontario – The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force is hosting guided cemetery tours on the civic holiday long weekend to share stories of the fallen workers who died during construction of the Welland Ship Canal.

The tours are free, however participants are encouraged to make a donation towards the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial which will be unveiled later this year beside the Welland Canal at Lock 3. Donations can be made online at www.stcatharines.ca/donate or at the start of the tours. Continue reading

You are Invited to Another ‘Save Our Hospital’ Meeting in Niagara South

–         At Welland City Hall on Thursday, August 3rd

Support the citizens campaign to keep quality health services at the Welland hospital in south Niagara

A Call-Out from the Ontario Health Coalition

Posted July 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Join us at our next Save Our Hospital regular monthly planning meeting, Thursday August 3, 6:30 pm. In Committee Room of the Welland City Hall, First St. in downtown Welland in Niagara, Ontario.

All are welcome! Continue reading

A Sign of Our Times in Niagara – ‘Aggressive and Intimidating Behaviour’, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Haven’t we had enough of the NPCA’s ‘Chamber of Horrors’!

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Aggressive or intimidating behavior, aggressive or course language will not be tolerated.”

Those were the words on one of the signs, greeting any and all members of the public who took the trouble to show up at one of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authorities monthly board of director meetings this past April.

“Look at that,” said one member of the public reading one of these signs, taped on a door to the NPCA’s Balls Falls meeting room. “That’s kind of insulting”

A sign that greeted members of the public, taped this spring on the outside doors of a room where the was holding its monthly board of directors meeting. File photo by Doug Draper

Kind of insulting, indeed!

I have taken to calling it the “behave yourselves, you unruly animals” sign. Continue reading

NDP will fight to improve Ontario labour laws

The Ontario Liberal government’s proposed labour bill “has more loopholes and exemptions than actual protections. It does not provide stability to the growing number of workers in unstable jobs.”                                                                                                          – NDP Labour critic and Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

A Message from the Ontario New Democratic Party

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

NDP Labour critic and Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

Niagara, Ontario After two weeks of public hearings on Ontario’s new proposed labour legislation, Ontario NDP Labour critic Cindy Forster says the NDP will be tabling a package of amendments to strengthen the Wynne government’s weak labour bill – a bill Forster says misses the mark.

“We’ve spent the last two weeks hearing from workers, unions, community members and business owners on the government’s proposed legislation, and the message we’re hearing on all sides is clear: this bill has more loopholes and exemptions than actual protections,” said Forster. “It does not provide stability to the growing number of workers in unstable jobs.” Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Officially Unveils New Niagara Glen Nature Centre

  • Niagara Parks unveils revitalized Niagara Glen Nature Centre

  • New programming will focus on education, outdoor adventure and guided tour

  • New Niagara Glen Nature Centre set to become trailhead facility for Niagara Parks

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – With a grand opening ceremony held this July 21st, The Niagara Parks Commission officially unveiled its newly revitalized Niagara Glen Nature Centre, as a trailhead to the Niagara River gorge and an interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.

Inside Niagara Park’s new Niagara Glen visitors centre overlooking the lower Niagara River. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

The Niagara Glen has become a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature. Continue reading

‘Spicy’ – the White House’s pit bull of a press secretary – fires ‘the Donald’

A Brief One from NAL publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

In case you missed the breaking news earlier this Friday, July  21st, Sean Spicer, the pit bull of a press secretary in Donald Trump’s White House, tendered his resignation, leaving cable news commentators wondering what that means for Spicer and his now former boss, the Tweeter in Chief.

Which one is the real Sean Spicer?

I’m more concerned about what it means for Saturday Night Live and how it will possibly do as well next season as it did in the last one with actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy’s brilliant cameo appearances as Spicer shooting it out with White House reporters. Continue reading