Join This Sunday’s Wake And March for Trees Being Marked for Destruction in Niagara

Meet at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, November 18th at Charlotte and John Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Another Call-Out to Join the effort to save Niagara’s trees from Judith Patey, one of many concerned citizens in NOTL

Some of the grand old trees marked for destruction. This has got to stop here and elsewhere in our Niagara region.

Posted November 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Reminder (to All across our Niagara region):

We will meet at Charlotte and John Street at12:30 p.m Sunday November 18th to collect black armbands and placards and then march up to the entrance of 588 Charlotte, then back down to John Street and along the front of the Rand Estate.

The march will end up in the park directly across from Marotta’s Two Sisters winery at approximately 1:30 p.m.where we would share eulogies and stories about what once was the greatest estate in Niagara on the Lake.

We did it before when we had six to eight hundred out at the town hall, lets do it again! Niagra Falls MPP Wayne Gates will also be in attendance showing his support.

Several hundred citizens gathered at a town hall meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake earlier this year to show their support for saving trees on the Randwood Estate property

 What follows is a statement this past week from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in response to growing citizens’ concerns over what is happening on the grounds of the historic Randwood Estate property.

The Town is aware of the recent activities which have taken place at the Randwood Estate property. Continue reading


It’s Party Time for Despoilers of the Environment in Ontario

Ford Moves to Kill Province’s Independent Environmental Watchdog. And Only Enough of Us, Standing Up in Opposition, Can Stop Him

A News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted November 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

This Ontario Premier has declared war on our province’s programs and institutions for protecting our environment.

Industries in Ontario that want to carry on polluting our air, water and soil, or developers who think they need to take out more of our wetlands or wooded areas, or anyone else who views despoiling the environment as a mere business practice, , must be feeling a little bit happier today.

Doug Ford, Ontario’s premier and boss hog of his self-described “Government for the People” who vows to make the province more “open for business,” apparently at any environmental cost, announced plans this November 15th to shut down the 24-year-old office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Continue reading

Join the Province-Wide Campaign to Save the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

“We urgently need you to let the government know that the ECO’s (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario) vital and independent role enables public participation and government accountability for decisions that significantly impact the environment.”               –   Ontario Nature 


A Call Out to All of Us from Ontario Nature, a province-wide, non-partisan, citzens advocacy group

Posted November 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Government of Ontario announced plans on November 15, 2018 to eliminate the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) and transfer much of its responsibility to the jurisdiction of the Auditor General.

This misguided decision effectively undercuts the power and independence of Ontario’s environmental watchdog. Continue reading

Ford Government’s  “Plan For The People”

Ontario Releases the Government’s Fiscal Roadmap — Restoring Trust and Putting Money Back in the Pockets of Taxpayers

News from Ontario’s Ford Government and its Ministry of Finance

Posted November 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

After 15 years of the previous government’s mismanagement, Ontario’s Government for the People has kept its promises, and continues to take action to restore trust, transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances, while making life more affordable for individuals, families and businesses.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and his Finance Minister, Vic Fedeli

This November 15th, Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli released the 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, outlining the government’s plan to help people make ends meet — and get ahead — while making government more efficient. 

Ontario is now projecting a 2018-19 deficit of $14.5 billion — that’s already $0.5 billion less than the $15 billion deficit inherited from the previous government as reported by the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry just 11 weeks ago. Continue reading

Walk and Wake for Randwood Forest in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Sunday – November 18th

Hundreds of Niagara Area Residents Expected to Gather to Mourn Massive Tree-Cutting by Developer

A Call-Out to All to Join the Walk and Wake from Irene Bader, one of many concerned citizens in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted November 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

“Today, as residents look over acres of barren earth and watch the heavy trucks loaded high with 200-year-old oaks and pines leave the site, they can only worry about what might come next.”

Niagara, Ontario – Hundreds of residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake will gather to mourn the loss of hundreds of majestic, mature trees that, until they were leveled by a developer’s heavy equipment earlier this week, graced the historic Randwood Estate.

Residents will meet at the corner of Charlotte and John Street at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th to collect their black arm bands and will then engage in an hour-long walk tracing the exterior wall of the estate.

The march will end at the parkland across from the winery at 240 John Street where the official “Wake” for the departed trees will begin at 1:30 p.m. Continue reading

Greater Niagara Chamber honours Region’s Women in Business Leaders

Betty-Lou Souter, Chief Executive Officer, Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold Receives                   Lifetime Achievement Award

“We honour these women in our awards, but we recognize the achievements of so many more. The contributions to Niagara’s prosperity and community made by women are overlooked too often. I hope that the achievements of these extraordinary community leaders will lead to recognition of the work of others.”
— Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

News from the Greater Niagara Charmber of Commerce

Posted November 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Betty-Lou Souter receives Niagara Chamber’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Niagara, Ontario – “Women make incredible contributions to our business community every day.  We are thrilled to be able to celebrate and recognize these accomplishments through this annual event,” said Nicole Regehr, Chair of the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council. “The caliber of women in leadership roles in Niagara is no surprise to us, but it never ceases to encourage and inspire.”

The WIBAs are an annual event, honouring women from around Niagara whose contributions to the community go above and beyond the call of duty. The WIN council received over 160 nominations from around the region in many different sectors. Continue reading

Louis Riel – When I Grew Up, he was ‘a ‘dangerous traitor’. Now Canada’s Prime Minister issues a statement honouring him!

This November 16th, 2018 is Louis Riel Day in Canada

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted November 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Louis Riel, from dangerous rebel to hero

Louis Riel, the 19th century Metis leader and activist for his people who is now commonly regarded as the founder of the Manitoba, was certainly not held in very high regard in the history textbooks I grew up with in 1960s Ontario public schools.

Riel, who I happen to have a lot of regard for, was characterized as a dangerous rebel and traitor to the new confederation of Canada and as someone who deserved to be tried and hanged under the eyes of then Prime Minister John A. Macdonald.

Of course, that portrait of Louis Riel was taught to me and my teenage peers by older, mostly white Anglo-Saxon adults who felt just as badly about American civil rights leaders from the 1960s like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, and about hippies, the Rolling Stones, almost any Black singer who recorded on Chess or Stax Records, the cannabis that the likes of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, Bay Street stock brockers and  several Conservative Party MPs are now making a business investment in, and young people protesting the War in Vietnam on college campuses. Continue reading