Niagara Region Increases Testing At Decew Water Treatment Plant

‘Blue-green algae (has been) detected in very small quantities upstream from the Decew water treatment plant.’

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Regional Government
July 22nd, 2016 on Niagara at Large

Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Region is taking steps to address the presence of blue-green algae detected in very small quantities upstream from the water treatment plant intake at Decew Water Treatment Plant.  Although the algae itself is harmless, it has the potential to produce toxins that are harmful at high concentrations.

While no toxins have been detected at this time, testing for toxins in these algae will continue daily. Tests conducted have shown that there is no toxin in the water at the treatment plant, nor upstream from it. Therefore, there is no risk to the public’s health.

Blue-green algae clusters in Lake Erie, an upstream source of drinking water for Niagara residents. This NASA photo was taken a few years ago. Concern has been growing about phosphorus and other pollutants from human activities causing a growing toxic algae problem in the Great Lakes

Blue-green algae clusters in Lake Erie, an upstream source of drinking water for Niagara residents. This NASA photo was taken a few years ago. Concern has been growing about phosphorus and other pollutants from human activities causing a growing toxic algae problem in the Great Lakes

The Region’s Public Works and Public Health departments are working with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to monitor and prevent any potential future risk to the public.  Continue reading

Beware Of Darkness, Beware Of Donald Trump

“Watch out now, take care, beware of greedy leaders. They’ll take you where you should not go. … Beware of darkness.” – from the George Harrison song, Beware of Darkness, 1970.

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 22nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

On the final night of the Republic National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this July 21st, Ivanka Trump introduced her father, billionaire blowhard and wannabe U.S. president Donald Trump, to the podium as “a generous and compassionate man” – all while the late George Harrison’s original Beatle recording of ‘Here Comes The Sun” swelled up in the background.trump get out

No so generous though – if you could find an ounce of generosity in the man for anyone but himself at all – that the Donald would give any thought to asking those who own the rights to a musical composition for permission to use it in his campaign, much less pay a penny in royalties to use it.

Not long after the last chords of ‘Her Comes The Sun’ rang out at this Trump-fest of a convention, representatives of George Harrison’s estate circulated the following message on Twitter – “The unauthorized use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at the RNC is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate. If it had been ‘Beware of Darkness’ (a song from Harrison’s classic solo album ‘All Things Must Pass’), then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself,” Continue reading

Gripped In The Jaws Of Climate Change Disasters

Get Ready For The Next Billion Dollar Bite In The Pocketbook

 A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

I recently had a chance to see Jaws again on a big screen where the full impact of that mouth full of razor sharp teeth lunging to the surface from the shadowy depths of the sea belongs.JAWS_BEST Movie_poster

The theatrical return of this 1970s horror flick was a reminder of how often, during my earlier years as an environment reporter, I used lines from its story about a shark devouring bathers off the shores of Cape Cod as a metaphor for warnings of danger we humans too often choose to ignore.

One line from the movie came immediately to mind a few weeks back when I read a story in The Globe and Mail about how much this spring’s wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta will cost insurance companies, and the line goes like this – “You are going to ignore this problem until it swims right up and bites you in the ass.” Continue reading

One-Third Of Ontario Students Report Elevated Psychological Distress, CAMH Survey Shows

Girls are twice as likely as boys to experience psychological distress. Screen time, social media use, and problem gaming on the rise.  

News from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario

TORONTO, Ontario, July 21, 2016 – More than one in three – an estimated 328,000 — Ontario students in grades seven to 12 report moderate-to-serious psychological distress, according to new survey results from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Girls are twice as likely as boys to experience psychological distress.untitled

“This is a significant number of young people, especially girls, who are experiencing high levels of psychological distress,” says Dr. Robert Mann, senior scientist at CAMH and co-lead investigator of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). A total of 10,426 students from across Ontario participated in the 2015 OSDUHS, the longest-running school survey of adolescents in Canada, and one of the longest-running surveys in the world.

“We were also surprised to see this number increase to 34 per cent in 2015 from 24 per cent in 2013. That is a 10 per cent jump in reported psychological distress in just two years,” said Dr. Mann. Continue reading

You Are Invited To A Public Meeting On Plans For A Proposed Garbage Incinerator In Niagara

Posted July 2oth, 2016 on Niagara At Large 

A Community Information Session hosted by No Burn Niagara AND PORT ROBINSON PROUD

July 25, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Darlene Ryan Port Robinson Community Centre,  40 Cross Street, Port RobinsonPoster Port Robinson HQ2

Key Questions and Answers:

Q1:      What is No Burn Niagara?

A:         A citizen’s coalition formed to fight against a proposed waste incinerator in Niagara and to fight for zero waste.

Speaker: Liz Benneian, Founder Ontario Zero Waste Coalition

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noburnniagara/

Q2:      Where is the proposed location for the plant? Continue reading

Niagara Parks and WildPlay Niagara Falls Officially Open WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline To The Falls Attraction

“This new attraction … provides a unique way to interpret the Falls and the Niagara Gorge without impacting the access enjoyed by other visitors to Niagara.” – Niagara Parks Commission Chair Janice Thomson

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted July 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – On the grounds of Queen Victoria Park, overlooking both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara’s newest tourism experience has taken flight.

WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls was officially opened to the public by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and WildPlay Niagara Falls.

The first four riders, including John Lohuis NPC General Manager in red, Tom Benson from WildPlay Element Parks from BC, Chris Hawkswell and Joe DiCosimo from WildPlay Niagara Falls.

Some of the first riders to take a turn on the MistRider Zipline in Niagara Falls.

Designed to enhance the overall tourism offerings of Niagara and of Niagara Parks, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls consists of four parallel lines that take guests on a 670 metre (2,200 foot) long scenic ride from Niagara Parks Grand View Marketplace to the historic Ontario Power Company building located within the Niagara Gorge. Continue reading

What Do Bozo The Clown And The Rnc Have In Common?

By Leslie Daniels, Guest Writer, Niagara At Large
Posted July 19th, 2018 on NAL

I wanted to write something lighthearted and funny about the Republican National Convention – but the RNC beat me to it.bozo trump

Well them and the guy who just said it was amazing, that being as anti-LGBT as the GOP is, that they could “appropriate” Freddy Mercury and Queens’ song “We Are The Champions” – again.

However, as we all saw –  again, against the wishes of the band itself, there they were with BOZo, ummm “The” Donald Trump, rising from the smoke and ashes of the Republican Party to center stage  rocking to Queen’s anthem. Continue reading