New Regional Chair Promises A Council Term That  ‘Puts The Interests Of Niagara’s Residents First’

Niagara Region’s new Chair, Jim Bradley

“During the recent municipal campaign all of us received a clear message from the voters. A justified demand that council conduct its business with honesty, integrity, civility, fairness, openness and accountability. Without a doubt there is an expectation that elected officials must embraces these attributes at all times and in all circumstances is a profound message that all of us will heed I’m sure in the term ahead.”  – Niagara’s new Regional Chair Jim Bradley

The Full Text of Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley’s Inaugural Address to the Region’s Council, delivered Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – A number of Niagara residents who had the opportunity to attend the inaugural ceremonies for the new term of Niagara Region’s council this past December 6th or watch the proceedings online, commented on how heartening it was to hear the words new Regional Chair Jim Bradley delivered in his inaugural address – particularly after all the controversy and turmoil we’ve been put through at the regional government level over the past four years.

Niagara’s new Regional Chair Jim Bradley shortly after his inauguration with Debbie Zimmerman, who was Niagara’s regional chair from 1997 to 2003. Photo used with permission from Debbie Zimmerman’s Facebook page

In that spirit, I decided that we would post the full text of Bradley’s inaugural address as soon as it became available electronically, which was this December 11th.

So for those who heard it the first time, and for all those who did not get a chance to hear it, here it is with the promise Jim Bradley finishes with – that Niagara will finally get back to moving forward again with the kind of representation we expect and deserve.

Now here is Bradley’s full inaugural address.)

”I would like to begin this afternoon by extending to all who are in attendance in the Chamber and in Regional Headquarters a warm welcome as the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara begins a new four-year term which commences today that will be completed in the latter part of 2022. Continue reading


Bramption, Ontario-based Industry Announces $40 million manufacturing facility for St. Catharines

The total facility investment and improvements are estimated at a value of $40 million and will create up to 100 new high-skilled jobs

“This announcement is exciting not just because of Steelcon’s investment, but also because of the industry-leading technology that the SIN beam brings to the North American market. We look forward to working together to open the facility and advancing the future of manufacturing right here, in St. Catharines.” Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines, Ontario.

News from the City of St. Catharines

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Steelcon Fabrication Inc. has announced a new $40 million manufacturing facility will open in St. Catharines to produce its leading SIN-beam product for the North American market.

From left, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, Danny Bianco, Carmine Bianco, Director of Economic Development Brian York and Fabian Hoggard at SIN Structures new location on 87 Grantham Ave., St. Catharines

A family-owned company based in Brampton, Steelcon uses advanced technologies to produce construction beams that are lighter, use less steel, and have less of an impact on the environment while making construction more efficient. Continue reading

Doug Ford Spent His First Six Months on Cuts, Back-Room Deals and Sowing Division

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“While Doug Ford is telling everyday people the cupboards are bare, he is making sure that his friends, and the most wealthy Ontarians are more than taken care of.” – Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

A News Release from the Office of Ontario’s Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

(Andrea Horwath and her Ontario New Democrats released the following this past December 6th, when the 2018 summer and fall session of the provincial legislature came to a close.)

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that Doug Ford and his Conservatives spent their first six months in the legislature making things worse for everyday people.

“The Liberal government let us down,” said Horwath. “But, in six months at Queen’s Park, Doug Ford has made things even worse for people. This is a government that makes decisions in back rooms, with and for their insiders.

“While Doug Ford is telling everyday people the cupboards are bare, he is making sure that his friends, and the most wealthy Ontarians are more than taken care of.” Continue reading

Ontario Government Commits More Supports for Compassionate Hospice Palliative Care – Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff .

“Our Government is committed to providing high quality care for those who are ill and near the end-of-life. We will keep working so that everyone can access compassionate care that respects the wishes of the patient and their loved ones.”                                         – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam O osterhoff

Posted December 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park – This December 10th, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister announced that our Government is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across Ontario.  Continue reading

A ‘Sunrise Ceremony’ In Niagara Falls for what are left of our Great Lakes waters and wetlands

All are Invited to George Bukator Park off  Chippawa Parkway and Stanley Avenue  in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Saturday, December 15th at

An Invite to All from Niagara’s Indigenous Community

Posted December 10th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –

The following invitation to to this special event is being circulated by members of the Indigenous community , including Karl Dockstader  who has been fighting passionately with many others across our region to save the provincially significant wetlands and other natural riches in the sprawling Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls from an urban development project that could and shoud be built somewhere else.

“Ceremony won’t bring back the Wetlands, but respecting water as living will bring us strength,” said Dockstader in a recent Facebook note about this Sunrise Ceremony event. Continue reading

International Joint Commission  Investigates Potential Impacts Of Crude Oil Transport In Great Lakes

Niagara River is one of 15 ecosystems in the Great Lakes listed as particularly vulnerable to impacts of a crude oil spill.

“Existing crude oil transport infrastructure near or in the Great Lakes makes the ecosystem particularly vulnerable to spills, particularly in 15 areas the committee identified (including the Niagara River, Long  Point Bay along the shores of Lake Erie and the northern shores of Lakes Ontario) based on their level of biodiversity and as highly valued habitats for fish spawning, such as estuaries, rivers and bays.”

– from the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board report, titled ‘Potential Ecological Impacts of Crude Oil Transport in the Great Lakes Basin

News from the Canada/U.S. International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board

Posted December 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Oil production in central northern United States and western Canada has increased rapidly since 2010. Its transport near or through the Great Lakes region via pipelines and rail has expanded as a result.

What does this mean for the lakes in terms of the environmental threats posed by crude oil transport, and what are the potential ecological impacts from a spill in freshwater ecosystems like the Great Lakes? Continue reading

Join the Fight for Fairness for Injured Workers in Ontario

You Are Invited to Join a Rally for Workers’ Comp in Downtown St. Catharines this Tuesday, December 11th at Noon

A Call-Out from the Niagara Injured Worker Group

‎Posted December 10th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Niagara Injured Worker Group is looking forward to rallying together with our allies to send the message that Workers’ Comp is a Right.

We are joined by eight  other communities in Ontario to make our voices and our demands heard. Join us! Continue reading