Canada’s New Federal Parliament Must Unite For Urgent, Achievable Action On Climate Emergency

With one decade to halve emissions, Parliament has critical role in addressing climate crisis

A Message from the David Suzuki Foundation

Posted October 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

OTTAWA — The newly elected Canadian Parliament must implement unprecedented action to meet its international climate commitments, in line with maximum global warming of 1.5 C. To do so, members of Parliament must come together and work across political boundaries.

“Canadians overwhelmingly support climate action. They want immediate and long-term solutions to the climate crisis now,” David Suzuki Foundation CEO Stephen Cornish said. “Canadians — especially younger people — expect government to rise to the challenge.” Continue reading


Brock U. Master of Sustainability Student Maps Niagara’s Invasive Species 

“Invasive species are great at spreading and growing. They basically take over habitat, displacing many native species and further endangering native species that are already threatened.” – Lyn Brown, Master of Sustainability student, Brock University

News from Brock University in St. Catharines 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – They hitch rides on the soles of people’s shoes and in water carried and dumped by ships, enabling them to sneak through borders undetected.

During her Master of Sustainability program at Brock University, Lyn Brown (MS ’19) created the Niagara Region Aquatic and Riparian Invasive Species Control Database, which lists activities by organizations and groups in Niagara that manage invasive plant and aquatic species.

Once in their new homes, they destroy their neighbours by crowding them out, passing along diseases or even poisoning nearby plants, sometimes leading to major landscape transformations.

Plants and animals being introduced on purpose, or inadvertently into new environments, can have harmful impacts<> on native ecosystems.  Continue reading

Ontario’s Opposition Leader  to Premier  –  “Break Time Is Over”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath eager to get back to provincial legislature to help families affected by Conservative cuts

Ford and Company Shut Doors on House for doing Peoples’ Business a Full Five Months Ago!

A Message from Ontario’s Opposition New Democratic Party

Posted October 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants the provincial legislature back in business.

QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says New Democrats are eager to return to the legislature and work for families after Premier Doug Ford went into hiding for five months.

“Five months ago, Doug Ford shut down the legislature and went into hiding to help his friends in the federal Conservative party. It didn’t work,” said Horwath. “While Doug Ford hid the damage caused by his cuts was in plain sight: in our hospitals, our schools and for families across Ontario.”

Horwath noted that Ontario families continue to feel the fallout caused by Doug Ford’s budget cuts. Over the summer schools narrowly avoided a province-wide shutdown and the independent Financial Accountability Office confirmed that Ontario schools will shed 10,000 teaching jobs due to Ford cuts. Continue reading

A Fundraiser to Preserve One of Niagara, Ontario’s Great Heritage Gems

Support the Campaign to “Rescue” Welland’s classic Central Fire Hall – Saturday, November 2nd at Welland’s Royal Legion Hall

A Call-Out to All from the Central Station Education Initiative

Posted October 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Rescue Me!

A night of blazing rock music by the popular band Stonewall will fire up fund raising to preserve Welland’s classically designed Central Fire Station.


The Saturday, November 2nd  dance at Welland’s Royal Canadian Legion hall, at 383 Moringstar Ave., will feature the popular band Stonewall leading a fun-filled night of dancing. It will include tasty snacks and great prizes.

Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance from members of the Central Station Education Initiative. Doors open 7:30 p.m. for a party that continues until midnight. Continue reading

Buffalo’s Off Beat Cinema Celebrates 26th Anniversary On-Air & Launch Of A New Book With Party At Rohall’s Corner

50’s inspired themed party – Thursday, October 24th, 6-10 pm. Rohall’s Corner, 540 Amherst St. Buffalo, NY.

 A special book launch, “Movies 365: A Good Movie for Every Day of the Year”by Greg Sterlace! Enjoy food, music, and more

Posted October 23, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, N.Y. – Buffalo’s longest-running nationally syndicated television show is “Off Beat Cinema,” celebrating 26 years on-the-air Midnight October 26th with the screening of “Night of The Living Dead.”

The program is based out of flagship station WBBZ-TV, and airs on over 90 television stations on the Retro Network. The Saturday night movie show has partnered with author / underground filmmaker, Greg Sterlace, on his latest book release; “Movies 365: A Good Movie for Every Day of the Year.”

This is the perfect combination of the eclectic movie-based show and the eccentric writer of pop culture.

To celebrate, the Off Beat Cinema cast and crew are throwing a party, thatis FREE to the public on Thursday, October 24th from 6-10 p.m at Rohall’s Corner, 540 Amherst Street. Continue reading

We Can Make This Minority Government Work for a Better Future If  Enough of Us – Liberals, NDP and Greens, and All Progressive-Minded Canadians –  Rally Together and Try

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” – from the lyrics of a song by                The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Mick Jagger

With the election over, will these three federal leaders now work more closely together for progressive change?

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 22nd, 1019 on Niagara At Large

The choices for many of us in this federal election may not have been great ones. Some even found them  disappointing and awful.

Yet, for more progressive-minded people across the Niagara region and across the country – for those of us who are demanding far stronger action on climate change and who want to see other common good services protected and improved – the results of this October 21st election may be as good as we could expect, given the choices and given the very real threat of a Scheer Conservative Party win.

In fact, the results of this election could be the start of a new dawn for more progressive action on climate and a host of other common good issues, from health care and education to fairer wages and closing tax loopholes for the upper ten per cent, if a minority Liberal government, the NDP and Greens can put one-upmanship partisan politics aside and work together for a healthier, more just and prosperous future for all. Continue reading

Ontario NDP Hopes To Work With New Federal Government on Healthcare, Affordable Educaton and other “Priority” Issues

Statement from  Official Opposition Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Federal Election

Posted October 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Toronto — Andrea Horwath, NDP Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement:

“I want to congratulate Justin Trudeau on his re-election as Prime Minister and thank all of the candidates who put their names on the ballot, and put their lives on hold to make democracy work.

I look forward to working with the new government and elected MPs of all stripes on priorities identified throughout the campaign: improving our healthcare system, expanding drug coverage with pharmacare, making education affordable and taking action on the climate crisis. Continue reading