The Stupidity of Trump’s Media Hacks & Supporters is Breathtaking. And These Days, It is Deadly!

One Popular Tabloid – Well Read by Trumpies – Now Claims that a ‘Coronavirus Cure Has Finally Been Found’

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

Posted March 29th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Laura Ingraham, one of Trump’s most loyal voice boxes on Fox News, goes after other media organizations in February for allegedly over-reacting to the coronavirus outbreak

For millions of Donald Trump’s supporters in the United States and for far too many in Canada – yes, right here in Canada – who worship Trump and his antics, there are three major places, outside of Trump’s Twitter farts, that they go to for “news”.

The first two are Fox (aka ‘Trump TV’) and Rush Limbaugh’s rant radio, both of which made millage, for as long as they could, calling concerns and warnings being reported about the escalating COVID-19 pandemic a “hoax” and part of some  “deep state” or “left-wing conspiracy.”

And the third source with, believe it or not, one of the largest circulations of any print publication in North America, is The National Enquirer.

Since Trump fired out this Tweet in late February, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. has soared from about 60 to about 140,000 this March 29 – more recorded than in either Italy or China. The number of deaths, during the same period, has risen from zero to more than 2,400.

The National Enquirer is loaded with jaw-dropping, fictitious garbage at the best of time.

But take a look (immediately below) at the dangerous sewage it has printed on the front page of its latest issue, during a perilous time when getting information that is right and information that is wrong can make the difference between people staying safe and healthy, or getting sick and possibly even dying –

Can you believe that? And if you do, there probably isn’t much point reading on.

“Coronavirus Cure Finally Found.” That’s the headline splashed across the front of this disgusting tabloid.

There is no real evidence anywhere that a cure for this highly deadly virus has ‘finally been found’. Continue reading

For the Health of Ourselves and Our Planet, We’ve Got to Save Places like Waverly Woods

This Natural Gem in Fort Erie and others Across Niagara Are Worth Far More than Cement and Asphalt

A Brief Intro by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large

Posted March 28th, 2020

One of the many current residents of Waverly Woods in Fort Erie/Niagara. Let’s help them save their home for all of us.

Niagara, Ontario – In these perilous times we are living through at the moment, it gives me a little joy to run the following good message from Marcie Jacklin, a resident of Fort Erie, Ontario and one of this Niagara region’s great conservationists.

Marcie is a leading member of a citizens group called Community Voices of Fort Erie which is continuing to fight a plan by a developer to build a residential complex in the Waverly Woods area near and along the shores of Lake Erie, and I am hopeful that with support from the rest of us, they will win.

As bad as what we are going through with this killer virus outbreak now, I am feeling optimistic that many of us – not all, but many of us, including more of our politicians and people in the business and development community – will come out the other side of this terrible ordeal with a different perspective about nature and about what really matters the most.

A Message to the developer. We don’t want this here where the nature is so rich and diverse, and so wonderful to experience. Time has run out for this.  Put it somewhere else.

If we think about what really matters in this world, and we enough of us work at it, I think we can join arms, and more of our politicians will join arms with us, in convincing developers that a treasured woods, or meadow or wetlands, is no longer a place where we can pour more pavement.

Let’s make a pledge right now, while we’ve got lots of time at home to give what matters serious thought. to work together to do it.

We can and must save this place and others like it for our future and the future of our kids.

Now here is a Message I would encourage you to read for the good of your soul from Marcie Jacklin and the Community Voices of Fort Erie –

COVID-19 and Saving Waverly Woods

Marcie Jacklin

Marcie Jacklin , Fort Erie, Canada, March 28th, 2020 — 

Hello everyone.

I hope you and your families are managing the current situation. During these stressful times of COVID-19, nature can be one of our best friends.

Richard Loev, author of the book, LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS, has been promoting the importance of nature to our well-being since 2005, and now there is scientific evidence to prove it.

Research statistics confirm that time spent in green spaces can reduce the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress and high blood pressure.

Inside Waverly Woods. A walk through places like this is good for our health and good for our soul.

Physicians are getting behind this movement to look to nature for healing. The Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA has a Center for Nature and Health, with clinical programs that promote access to nature as part of patients’ care and overall well-being.  Many doctors are now prescribing time in nature rather than pills.

This scientifically based evidence underlines the importance of preserving our natural spaces in order to maintain the health of our community.  These areas are fast disappearing from our landscape, with the amount of development currently underway.  Please be sure to let your politicians know that a healthy community needs green spaces in order to thrive.

There is an abundance of information on the health benefits of nature.  Here are a few links that may be of interest if you want to find out more:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180706102842.htm

https://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/

https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/EHP1663

Waverly Woods is also a home for diverse species of birds

How can you help?

* Donate to help us cover our legal and expert costs at this link https://www.forterievoices.org/donationhttps://www.forterievoices.org/donation or send a donation to Community Voices of Fort Erie, P.O. Box 273, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S0. All donations go towards our legal and expert costs.

* Share the petition with others https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods Can we get to 5600 signatures by April 1st?  An alternative is to join our email BLAST list by sending your email and name to cvferie@gmail.com

To visit the Community Voices of Fort Erie site, click on – https://www.forterievoices.org/

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Ontario Government Moves to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging During COVID-19 Crisis

Offenders Face Fines of up to $500,000 for Charging Unfair Prices on Necessary Goods

Consumers can report an individual who is price gouging by filing a complaint at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, or bfiling a report online.  

News form the Office of Ontario’s Premier

Posted March 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

The kind of panic buying that empties shelves like this of toilet paper, hand sanitizers and other items can set the stage for price gouging

TORONTO — Today (this March 28th), Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.

Effective immediately, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods.

Individual offenders can face a ticket of $750, or, if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail. If convicted, a company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million. Continue reading

Don’t Risk Damaging Homes and Property by Blocking or Backing Up Municipal Sewers!

Please Don’t Flush Anything But Real Toilet Paper Down Your Toilets

A Message to Residents from the City of St. Catharines, with a Brief Foreword from Doug Draper

Posted April 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

You really don’t want this happening in your home or the home of your neighbours. The only paper that should be flushed down a toilet is real toilet paper.

A Foreword by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –

I can’t believe I am now writing about this, but in these post-apocalyptic times, here we go.

Have you ever had sewage or rancid municipal wastewater back into the basement of your home or the apartment building where you live?

I can tell you from firsthand experience that, to say the least, it isn’t pleasant. It is also destructive to property, including peoples’ prize possessions, and it creates a health hazard for those who have to clean the mess up.

So please – whether you live in St. Catharines or Thorold or Niagara Falls or some other town or city in Niagara, Ontario, or in one of our neighbouring communities across the Niagara River – please heed the message below from the City of St. Catharines and not flush anything but toilet paper down your toilets. Continue reading

City of St. Catharines Playgrounds, Skate Park, Dog Parks Closed Until Further Notice

“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and that parks and playgrounds provide an outlet for children, but right now we have to put their health, and that of the greater community first.”                                                                                             – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

A Message from the City of St. Catharines

Posted March 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

As the City, residents and businesses continue to pull together to curb the spread of COVID-19, further measures are being enacted to limit any possible transmission of the virus.

Unfortunately, for the safety and health of everyone, places like this, in this case a playground in the St. Catharines community of Port Dalhousie,  are off limits for a while.

Effective immediately City playground equipment will be closed to the public. The City had already posted signage on equipment warning that playgrounds are not sanitized and pose a transmission risk. Playground equipment will be taped off by the end of day, March 27, and signs will be updated to note the closure. Temporary fencing will be installed over the coming days.  Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – Niagara Region Public Health declares COVID-19 Outbreak at Retirement Home in Welland

‘Seasons Retirement Community in Welland is committed to the health and safety of  their staff and residents. They are working diligently with Niagara Region  Public Health and Emergency Services to control the outbreak.’

News from Niagara’s Regional Government in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 27th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is declaring an outbreak of  COVID-19 at Seasons Retirement Community in Welland after a second case of  COVID-19 was confirmed at the facility.

The first case at this facility, a resident in their 80’s, developed respiratory symptoms on Wednesday, March 18 and is currently in the hospital in stable condition.

The second resident became  symptomatic on March 23, and was subsequently taken to the hospital and tested  for COVID-19.

Seasons Retirement Community in Welland is committed to the health and safety of  their staff and residents. They are working diligently with Niagara Region  Public Health and Emergency Services to control the outbreak.

Seasons Retirement Community on First Avenue in Welland, Ontario

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind everyone the importance of using credible sources to stay informed. We update our website frequently as new information is confirmed.

We encourage all Niagara residents to visit our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage  <https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/default.aspx>.

For information regarding travel, please visit the Government of Canada website  <https://travel.gc.ca/>.

Visit Ontario’s website​ <https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus> to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Niagara At Large will have more updates as new information comes in. Stay Tuned.

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Canada’s PM Announces Support for Small Businesses Facing Impacts of COVID‑19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

”Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and an important source of good jobs across this country. They are facing economic hardship and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that is why we are taking action now to help them get the financial help they need to protect their workers and pay their bills.”                                                                                                      – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

New from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Posted March 27th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada is focused on helping Canadians and businesses through this tough economic time. We will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while supporting families and businesses and keeping our economy strong in the face of uncertainty.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. These measures will help Canadian businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and pay their workers and bills during these difficult times. Continue reading