Ontario’s Ford Government Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

Extension Key to Protecting Ontarians as Province Safely Reopens

News from the Office of Ontario’s Premier

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO ― In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30.

The decision supports the government’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature earlier this June 2nd. Continue reading

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Expresses Solidarity with Black Community

Join BPO this Tuesday, June 2nd for its Next Archival Live Concert Broadcast on WNED Classical

A Message from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Niagara’s neihbouring City of Buffalo,New York

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Tonight – this Tuesday, June 2nd – on WNED Classical: your BPO plays Tckhaiovsky and Prokofiev

Join us tonight at 7pm for our next archival live concert broadcast on WNED Classical!

Tonight’s program features Tchaikovsky’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Hye-Jin Kim; and Prokofiev’s powerful and life-affirming Symphony No. 5. This broadcast was originally recorded on September 29, 2018 as part of the M&T Bank Classics series.

The seats in Kleinhain’s Music Hall may be temporarily empty, but the BPO plays on.

These archived concert recordings will be available each Tuesday at 7pm for the next several weeks by tuning in to 94.5 FM, or by streaming at wned.org/classical (https://t.e2ma.net/click/akr36c/enoe5t/ef2r2l), via the WNED Classical mobile app, or by listening to WNED Classical on a smart device. 

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For more on the BPO and any future online or radio or TV broadcasting performances, click on  https://bpo.org/

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Ontario Ombudsman to Investigate Government’s Oversight Of Long-Term Care Homes During Pandemic

“The Canadian Armed Forces report painted a stunning portrait of the situation in long-term care during this crisis; our investigation will look at the systemic issues that led to it, and will make constructive recommendations for corrective action”    – Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large, followed by a News Release from the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

A report from Canadian Armed Forces personnel on the conditions inside at least some of Ontario’s long-term care homes was described as “gut-wrenching” by Premier Doug Ford when it surfaced this May

Coming on the heels late this May of the Ontario Ford Government’s decision to carry out an “independent review” of the operations of long-term care homes across the province, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman, an officer independent of the provincial legislature, is now also weighting in with an investigation of its own.

Given the shocking findings in a Canadian Armed Forces report, obtained by the news media late this May, this is welcome news.

The Armed Forces report graphically described horrific conditions for seniors residing in at least some privately and publicly run homes across the province, including residents suffering with open bed wounds and begging for help, residents eating rotting food, left unattended for hours on end, living with cockroaches, and the list of nightmare items goes on and on. Continue reading

Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir To Conclude Their Concert Season Online

You Are Invited to a Virtual Concern on Sunday, June14th, at 3 P.M. Circle the Date on Your Calendar!

News from Chorus Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC) wraps up its 2019-2020 season on a virtual stage. The end of the year presentation will air as a Facebook Watch Party on Sunday, June 14th at 3:00PM on the CNCC Facebook Page.

Niagara Chorus’s Children’s Choir in  performance. File Photo coutesy of Jeff Baker, Chorus Niagara

This presentation, a stand-in for their spring concert originally planned for May 18, will conclude two months of online choral programming offered to young singers since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and cancelled in-person choral events. Continue reading

Niagara College Kicks Off Pride Month With Rainbow Flag Raising

“The Rainbow Flag raising is a collaborative partnership with Niagara College that is symbolic of our unwavering support for not only the LGBTQ2+ community, and other marginalized communities, but for all students, faculty, support staff, administrators, and visitors at the College. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we work together as a community to strengthen and support each other.”           – Niagara College Student  Council president Tom Price

News from Niagara College in Niagara, Ontario

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At large

Niagara, Ontario – Rainbow flags will fly over Niagara College campuses this June, to celebrate equality, inclusivity, and acceptance in support of the College’s LGBTQ2+ community during Pride Month.

From left to right, Niagara College Student Administrative Council president Tom Price, Niagara College president Sean Kennedy, and Dalton Bird, NC student and vice president of the NC Student Administrative Council’s Loving Out Loud Club, celebrate the raising of a rainbow flag at the Welland Campus in recognition of Pride Month

With physical distancing measures in place, Niagara College president Sean Kennedy and Niagara College Student Administrative Council president Tom Price led a flag-raising ceremony at the Welland Campus on the morning of June 1. A flag was also raised at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Continue reading

Niagara’s Hospital System Joins in Celebrating Nation Pride Month

‘We are proud to recognize the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate National Pride Month this June.’

A Message from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Health is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect in order to provide a safe space to all staff, physicians and members of the Niagara community. We will be using this year’s Pride Month to learn more about issues and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and promote acceptance and inclusion.

We work alongside our Inclusivity and Diversity Committee to help educate staff and share resources about reducing stigma and how to better support the LGBTQ+ community. We will be demonstrating our support with Pride displays, digital signage, stickers and resources at all our sites, with the proper infection prevention and control protocols in place to ensure proper physical distancing and hand-hygiene. Continue reading

PM Announces Support to Niagara, other Communities Across Canada to Create Jobs, Restart Economy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19, while they do what they can to protect the health and safety of their families and communities. That is why we are taking action to restart the economy, get Canadians back to work, and come out of this stronger.”                                         – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

A COVID-19 Update from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister

Posted June 1st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – As we continue to focus on the health and safety of all Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also taking immediate action to support small towns and big cities across the country to restart the economy, and create good, well-paying jobs.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities as quickly as possible while respecting public health guidelines. Continue reading