Niagara Citizen Calls On Region’s Council For Rules To Unseat Any Elected Officials Expressing Hateful Views Toward Others

Same Citizen – Just Before Urging Crackdown On “Hate Speech” – Found Himself Smeared As A “Terrorist” By Another             Area Citizen Inside Regional Headquarters

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

Posted January 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Mohamad Al Jumaily, a young Niagara citizen, found himself being called a “terrorist” by another citizen in Niagara’s regional headquarters, before making a presentation to the regional council, asking for something to be done to curb hate speech.

Niagara, Ontario – The following scenario went down at the December 14th, 2017 special meeting of Niagara regional council – exactly one week after St. Catharines Standard reporter – wrongly accused a using his computer to record a closed door session of regional council – had his computer and notebook seized, and was ordered to leave the regional headquarters building.

A young man named Mohamad Al Jumaily – a 23-year-old Niagara resident and university student, and a Canadian citizen who was born in Iraq and who also happens to be a Muslim and a volunteer on community bodies advocating for peace and understanding – was getting ready to deliver a short presentation to members of Niagara’s regional council over concerns he and others have about some relatively recent incidents of divisive words communicated by at least one member of that council. Continue reading

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Buffalo’s Citizens For Regional Transit Hosting Annual Meeting With Speaker Hal Morse, Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council

 Annual Meeting is Free and Open To All this Tuesday, January 16th – 5:30 to 7 p.m. – at  United Way of Buffalo & Erie County742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY.                                Doors Open  at 5:00 p.m.

An Invite from Buffalo New York’s Citizens For Regional Transit

Posted January 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York – On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) hosts its annual business meeting to elect 2018 officers and present the organization’s 2017 annual report. In addition, CRT President Doug Funke will lay out the organization’s vision and priorities for the upcoming year, and Hal Morse, Executive Director of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), will present a preview of the Buffalo-Niagara 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Continue reading

In Today’s World – In This Year of 2018 – We Need Dreamers Like Martin Luther King More Than Ever

A Time For Reflection on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 15th, 2018

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., from his historic ‘I Have A Dream” speech, delivered at the March on Washington, August 28th, 1963.

“A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” – from a speech Martin Luther King delivered at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4th, 2017, exactly one year to the day before his assassination – on his reasons for opposing American involvement in the War in Vietnam.

A  Brief Comment from NAL publisher Doug Draper on Martin Luther King Day

Posted January 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

If the great American civil rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King were alive today, he would be celebrating his 89th birthday this January 15th and one can only imagine what he would have to say about the state of his country and too much of the rest of the world 50 years later.

How could he ever dream that after more than 50 years since he and millions of his fellow Americans marched and were frequently beaten and jailed for such fundamentals as the right to vote or to use a public washroom or to sit where ever they want on a bus, there would be an individual now sitting in the White House whose every racial slur is cheered on by millions of Americans that made up his base.

How could he ever dream that more than 50 years after a Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war during a nerve-rattling showdown between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, that his country would have a president who plays fast and loose with grade-school name calling with an equally volatile madman with a button in North Korea.

Here we are in 2018, when many who recall the civil rights moment and nuclear standoffs of Martin Luther King’s time, would hope humanity would have advanced far beyond that, and there are millions of people in the United States and countless millions of us in other nations around the world filled with a sense of depression and fear over how far we seem to have fallen on these fronts again.

We could certainly use a Martin Luther King today or, at the very least, we need many more of the rest of us standing up for the values he marched and died for.

Here, in partial answer to the question; ‘What would Martin Luther King be doing today,” is the cover of a January 2018 issue of the New York magazine –

In the pages of the New York magazine, the creator of this front page had this to say about the reasons behind his drawing – “I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?” the San Francisco-based artist Mark Ulriksen says, about the civil-rights leader, the inspiration for this week’s cover.”

“This is 49er country, and my mom and I have been going back and forth—she’s upset that players have brought politics into sports, but I say, How would you feel if you had to show up at work every day and salute a country that treats black people like second-class citizens? I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political. I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, twenty steps back. Or ten yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

To listen to and watch Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech – a speech that should be on the curriculum in every school around the world – click on the screen immediately below –

.Something you can do close to home on Martin Luther King Day –

  • Buffalo Museum of Science celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Free Admission
    For more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit www.buffalomuseumofscience.org

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Warming Centres Available In Town of Lincoln During Extreme Cold

A Public Advisory from the Town of Lincoln in Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Temperatures expanded to plunge and stay very cold over weekend and well into week ahead.

Lincoln, Ontario  – The Town of Lincoln is reminding residents and agencies that Town facilities are available for warming centres during the extreme cold.

The following locations are available:

  • Fleming Centre – open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (general concourse/lobby)
  • ·        Amenities onsite include: Library (visit lincoln.library.on.ca for hours), Rinkside Café, free WiFi, uLinc transit hub
  • Town of Lincoln Town Hall lobby – open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • ·        Amenities include: free WiFi
  • Jordan Arena – open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (general lobby or upstairs lobby)
  • ·        Amenities include: free WiFi, concession stand (hours vary)

If you require assistance with paying your electricity, gas, oil or water bills, assistance may be available through Community Care of West Niagara or Village of Hope.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space below the Bernie quote.

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For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .

 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

 

Trump Is ‘Unwelcome’ In England. He Should Be ‘Unwelcome’ In Canada Too

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted January 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

No, Donald Trump hasn’t included Canada on his list of “shithole countries” – at least not yet because maybe, just maybe, we Canadians still live in a country that is white enough.

A cover of the British tabloid The Daily Mirror sends a message out to Trump this past December

But that is no reason we shouldn’t do what our friends and allies in the United Kingdom have done and unwelcome this dangerous wing nut with his racist, homophobic, misogynous views and his ‘big button that works’ to our country.

It was reported on American cable news networks earlier this January 12th that a trip Trump was planning to take to London, England  later this year has been cancelled in the wake of  an outpouring of protests from Brits who don’t want this clown setting one foot on their soil, let alone possibly standing anywhere near their beloved  Queen for any kind of official ceremony.

Following some of his most vile comments to date – ones that involve referring to nations populated mostly by people of colour as “shithole countries” – we Canadians should follow the British lead and rev up an unwelcoming campaign for Trump’s planned visit to a G7 summit in Quebec this June.

By the way, here – immediately below – is how the front page of the New York Daily News, a popular tabloid newspaper out of New York City portrayed the Tweeter-in-Chief this January 18th.

I don’t know about you, but the thought of any of our tax money being spent on extra security for this bozo when it could be used – just as one example – to to improve water treatment facilities for Indigenous communities in our country is enough to have me throwing up in one of his ‘Make America White Again’ hats. Continue reading

Métis Scholar To Speak At Brock U. in Niagara, Ontario – Monday, January 15th

The Power Of Photovoice Research Method The Focus Of Métis Scholar Robert Henry’s Talk At Brock

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Robert Henry, a Métis scholar from the University of Calgary, is speaking at Brock University Monday, Jan. 15.

A picture is worth a thousand words — especially if it gives a voice to someone who might not be heard otherwise.

Robert Henry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, is speaking at Brock University Monday, Jan. 15 to share his experience of how photography and photovoice methods have shaped his research on Indigenous street gangs.

Photovoice is becoming a frequently used research method that engages research participants by having them document their experiences from their own perspectives through photographs. Continue reading

Warming Centres Open  City of St. Catharines This Weekend  – Friday thru Sunday, January 12th, 13th, 14th

The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres as needed.

News from the City of St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Seeking a warm place from the cold

Niagara, Ontario – The City of St. Catharines’ warming centres at Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre will be available this weekend for anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the exceptionally cold temperatures and winter weather elements.

Market Square – 91 King St. Friday, Jan. 12 open until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan 13 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Russell Avenue Community Centre – 108 Russell Ave. Friday, Jan. 12     Open until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continue reading