St. Catharines MPP Slams Ontario’s Ford Government for Siding with Landlords who throw Tenants Out on the Street

MPP Jennie Stevens says Doug Ford must put a stop to the renovictions crisis now hitting Niagara

A News Release from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens

Posted February 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP NPP Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines) has demanded the Ford government put a stop to ‘renovictions’ and intimidation tactics by developers in this province, that’s leaving vulnerable people without a home and nowhere to go.

Stevens said that the scourge of renovictions, where long-time tenants are forced out by landlords using the excuse of renovations who then jack up rents, is now spreading to every corner of Ontario including St. Catharines in the Niagara region.

“This government has scrapped rent control on new units. They have sat by and allowed rents to skyrocket, and they have created an environment that encourages landlords to pursue aggressive and illegal renovictions,” said Stevens on Thursday during Question Period at the legislature. Continue reading

Our Chance to View a Film We Should All See About the Housing Crisis Unfolding Here and Around the World

‘Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not.

PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all.’

An Invite to a Screening of PUSH, from the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and The Film House in Niagara, Ontario

Posted on February 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has teamed up with United Way and The Film House (on 250 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario) to join us for this special learning event and screening of PUSH – a film documentary investigating housing across the globe.

PUSH – The Film is from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten featuringLeilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Leilani investigates the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues.

A panel featuring the voices of local experiences and experts (Niagara resident Christina Thomas, Jeffrey Sinclair of the Niagara Region, and Elisabeth Zimmermann of the YWCA) will be moderated by Frances Hallworth, executive director of United Way Niagara following the film.

*Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7pm to be at The Film House.*

This is a free, ticketed event. Make sure to reserve your ticket!

*GET YOUR TICKET HERE <https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/seatSelect.asp>!*

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to connect back!

With kindness, Rachel Gillmore*

*Niagara Poverty Reduction Convener*

To learn more about the film and watch some of it, click on – <http://www.pushthefilm.com/>,

To learn more about the good community work of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network, click on – https://www.wipeoutpoverty.ca/ .

To learn more about The Film House and what it is featuring, click on – https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=FilmHouse&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

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Hey Mr. Premier, What Happened to Your ‘Government for the People’?

This February 22nd, in Niagara Falls, the People Were Outside – Thousands of Them – and They’ve Got a lot of Beefs With You!

(This post reflects on the massive‘People Vs. Conservative Cuts’ Rally that took place outside the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario this past Saturday, February 22nd, while members of Ontario’s Ford government were inside, holding a two-day “policy convention.)

By Linda Babb, Niagara Falls resident, community activist and host of the popular online site, The Peoples’ Platform

Posted February 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

THIS is COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

THIS is “holding space”, “holding and building the “vision” for what we can ALL create together.

Yes – there are “aspects” we dislike.

Yes – we are human and we complain about “stuff” that goes on.

But THIS is what happens when, as Kyle Hoskin says, we break free of the silos and what we think separates us. Collectively “people” do change things. Let’s keep that in mind as we progress towards a strong, liveable, vibrant community for everyone.

Now here is a great take on the massive February 22nd protest rally in Niagara Falls by Niagara resident and member of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1287 Kyle Hoskin –

These last three weeks have been a blur. So much organizing, so much planning. But it’s been worth it. Never mind the rally. The work leading up to it was the best part. Organizing and mobilizing this community these last two weeks has been the proudest moment one of my life. Continue reading

This Is What Weak, Wishy-Washy Leadership at the Top Leads To

Governments Ordering Police On To Traditional First Nations Lands Clash With and Arrest Indigenous People

We’ve Come a Long Way from “Sunny Ways”, Reconciliation and the Promise of a Real Climate Plan, Mr. Prime Minister. You’ve Blown It!

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher           Doug Draper

Posted February 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Indenous people rally in Niagara Falls, Ontario earlier this February in support of support land rights and pipeline blockades. photo by Doug Draper

When you have political leaders like the one Canada currently has in the Prime Minister’s office who has no clear vision or plan, let alone the strength or  courage to  follow through on it, it is should not come as a surprising to anyone that you end up with people on all sides of an issue who end up feeling confused, frustrated, angry and betrayed, and who sometimes even resort to civil disobedience and violence.

Before I comment further, click on the screen below and watch the video, posted by APTN News (a national media outlet from and for Canada’s First Nation People) on the clash that took place between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Indigenous people on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario this Monday, February 24th.

And while you are watching, consider the possibility that it did not have to come to this if we had real political leadership in this country

In my view, we cannot ultimately blame either side – the police or the Indigenous people – for what we just saw here. Continue reading

Growing Support to Save Waverly Woods in Niagara

One of the many inhabitants of Waverly Woods near the shores of Lake Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario

Like Thundering Waters in Niagara Falls, this natural heritage gem in Fort Erie, Ontario is one more of our ever fewer green places in Niagara being targeted for Urban Development

A Message from Marcie Jacklin, for the Niagara, Ontario based citizens group Community Voices of Fort Erie

Posted February 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Hello everyone.

I’m thrilled to let you know that we gained over 120 signatures last week mostly from people in St. Catharines and Buffalo who have been to Waverly Woods but didn’t know what was happening.

We now have 5,367 signatures!

Inside Waverly Woods in Fort Erie, Ontario. How many more places like this in our region are we willing to lose in an era of growing wildlife losses and climate crisis?

So what is happening. The Hearing date is set for May 25, 2020. Our experts are busy preparing for the best outcome.  Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Requests Band Applications for 2020 Summer Concert Series

Applications for musical entertainment are being accepted now and up to Saturday, March 4

Got a hot band? Apply to perform at Niagara Park’s summer concert series.

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 10th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Parks is looking for bands to perform during its annual summer evening concert series held in Queen Victoria Park overlooking both the American and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The free outdoor concert series sponsored by Coca Cola provides an excellent opportunity for visitors and Niagara residents alike to experience live, family-friendly entertainment by the Falls throughout the summer months. Continue reading

Niagara Regional Council Hangs Tough On Lawsuits Against CAO Hiring Scandal Quartet

Regional Councillor Peter Nicholson’s Bewildering Bid to have Region Reconsider Suing Caslin and Company is Swiftly Shot Down

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

Posted February 21st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region has slapped former regional chair Al Caslin with a $500,000 lawsuit

Despite a last-minute bid by a Niagara Falls Regional Councillor Peter Nicholson to throw a wrench into the works, Niagara Region’s council voted 24 to 1 to pursue lawsuits against former Niagara Regional chair Al Caslin, the Region’s former CAO Carmen D’Angelo and two other key players in what has come to be known as the ‘CAO hiring scandal.

The almost unanimous vote – recorded during the end of this past Thursday, February 20th’ regional council meeting – brought a quick end to Nicholson’s out-of-the-blue motion to reconsider filing lawsuits against the four, which also include former regional policy director Robert D’Amboise and former communications director Jason Tamming.

This is good news for countless residents across Niagara who have been following the unfolding details of this sordid affair, going back to the events leading up to  Caslin and he regional council of the day hiring Carmen D’Angelo to the $250,000-plus job of chief administrative officer (CAO) of what is a more than a billion-dollars-a-year public corporation.

What is also good news is that this past Wednesday, February 19th, possibly unbeknownst to most, if not all on the Region’s council, lawyers for the Region had already filed a statement of claim in the Ontario courts against Caslin, D’Amboise and Tamming, suing the trio for a total of $850,000.

The claim breaks down to $500,000 against Caslin, $250,000 against D’Amboise and $100,000 against Tamming.

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