An t Call-Out for Foster Homes in Niagara for Rescued Cats

A Message from Niagara Action for Animals, an animal care and advocacy group in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Dear friends of Animals 

URGENT HELP NEEDED!

nafa-fsoterNAfA is currently in need of foster homes for a large scale rescue were are undertaking. We have found space for some in our foster network but are still in need of foster homes for four male cats.

If you could spare a room or space in your house for one or two of our kitties in need, please email: jamicoughler@gmail.com . Continue reading

Provide Your Input Into The Future Of Transportation In Niagara

– Transportation Master Plan Public Information Centres to Start Across Niagara Tuesday, February 21st

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region – Beginning on Tuesday, February, 21st the Region will be hosting its fourth series of Public Information Centres on the development of its Transportation Master Plan.

Buses connecting with St. Catharines, Welland and other Niagara municipalities at Brock University

Buses connecting with St. Catharines, Welland and other Niagara municipalities at Brock University

Since the last Public Information Centres held in November/December of 2016, the Project Team has developed preliminary recommendations for Niagara Region’s transportation system.  Continue reading

Trudeau Must “Get Real” About The Impacts Of The Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement

 By Brent Patterson, The Council of Canadians, a nation-wide citizens advocacy group

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must “get real” about the devastating impacts of neo-liberal policies, including free trade.

The Canadian Press reports, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used one of Germany’s most prestigious black-tie galas to tell business leaders to ‘get real’ about the addressing the anxieties of their workers in an uncertain world. Trudeau delivered the no-holds-barred message to an audience of 400 politicians, business leaders and other notables at the annual St. Matthew’s Banquet in the opulent Hamburg city hall.”ceta_global_justice

The Canadian Press article adds, “[The prime minister told] the corporate elite seated before him to shape up, and stop profiting at the expense of their employees. ‘No more brushing aside the concerns of our workers and our citizens’, the prime minister said in prepared remarks.” Continue reading

Nuclear Waste – What Can Government’s Do To Protect Living Things?

Invite to a FREE Screening this Tuesday, February 21st of the Film – CONTAINMENT

Hosted by the Sierra Club Niagara Group of Buffalo/Western New York

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

imagesBuffalo, New York – The film Containment discusses the intractable problem of what to do with long-lived nuclear waste and how we might protect humans and other living things from hazardous waste exposure, now and into the future.

Following the film there will be a  panel discussion of the West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility, our very own nuclear waste storage site 30 miles south of Buffalo.

Come See CONTAINMENT

 Free & Open to the Public 6:30PM, TUESDAY, February 21st DAEMEN COLLEGE ~ Schenck Hall (Rm. 107) 4380 Main Street, Amherst, New York – clear here for directions on  [Map] – Panel Discussion after the Film

Hosted by: Sierra Club Niagara Group with NIRS, CEC, SNI/WaterWalkerz,   Daemen College Global & Local Sustainability Program, and Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability & Civic Engagement.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Here’s Calling On ALL OF US to Contribute to a Legal Defence Fundraister for a Niagara Citizen being Sued by Members of Our Municipal Government!

By Doug Draper

Posted February 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This is something that will never stop being outrageous to me. And it is something you and all your friends and neighbours should feel is outrageous too!

One of our fellow citizens in this region of Niagara gets sued for a total of $200,000 by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation (the board of which is stacked with regional councilors and with mayors of some of our local municipalities) and by the NPCA’s former CAO (now CAO for Niagara’s regional government) Carmen D’Angelo.

Ed Smith, recently talking to reporters about the lawsuit launched against him by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and its former CAO. File photo by Doug Draper

Ed Smith, recently talking to reporters about the lawsuit launched against him by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and its former CAO. File photo by Doug Draper

And why? Because the NPCA and D’Angelo found things they claim are  defamatory to them in a list of questions and concerns raised a report that was circulated around to local politicians and others about the way the NPCA has gone about spending  our tax dollars.

The citizen beingsued is Ed Smith, a St. Catharines resident and retired Canadian Armed Forces officer who the better part of the past year has been asking many of the same questions growing numbers of others across Niagara and Hamilton are asking about the NPCA’s hiring and firing practices, its land deals, its awarding of contracts to other parties, and other matters involving the spending of millions of dollars it receives from we, the people, each year.

In my view, and in the view of many of his friends and supporters, Ed Smith could be any one of us who dares to confront a government body when they feel it may be doing something questionable with our tax money, and demanding answers. Continue reading

Trump’s War On U.S. Environment Protectors is Bad News for our Great Lakes Region

A Dismantling or Elimination of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be Devastating to Western New York – Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins Warns

Take the U.S. Congressman’s Warning to Mean it would be Devastating for the Rest of Us Living in  the Great Lakes Region

A News Release from the Buffalo, New York office of U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted February 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – Since the Congressman’s office circulated this news release, Trump’s choice to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – … Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate denier who has sued the EPA several times and who sees the agency as a threat to corporate interests in the petro-chemical, coal and other sectors – was confirmed this February 17th by a Republican-dominated U.S. Senate.imagesvetiyq4d

Trump himself, who has already started rolling back Obama policies for acting on climate and other environmental threats, campaigned last year on a promise to ultimately get rid of the EPA if elected. Continue reading

The Gospel According to George in the Age of Trump

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted February 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

How many times I have wished, when the whole world seems to be going mad in this age of Trump, that my all-time favourite commentator on everything that is insane in modern life – the late, great George Carlin – was still around to share his take.

Then when I go looking through my library of Carlin witticisms, there are plenty there that fit the occasion, including this one I am sharing with you now.

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Now use the space at the bottom of this one to tell us what you think.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders