A Sign of Our Times in Niagara – ‘Aggressive and Intimidating Behaviour’, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Haven’t we had enough of the NPCA’s ‘Chamber of Horrors’!

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Aggressive or intimidating behavior, aggressive or course language will not be tolerated.”

Those were the words on one of the signs, greeting any and all members of the public who took the trouble to show up at one of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authorities monthly board of director meetings this past April.

“Look at that,” said one member of the public reading one of these signs, taped on a door to the NPCA’s Balls Falls meeting room. “That’s kind of insulting”

A sign that greeted members of the public, taped this spring on the outside doors of a room where the was holding its monthly board of directors meeting. File photo by Doug Draper

Kind of insulting, indeed!

I have taken to calling it the “behave yourselves, you unruly animals” sign. Continue reading

NDP will fight to improve Ontario labour laws

The Ontario Liberal government’s proposed labour bill “has more loopholes and exemptions than actual protections. It does not provide stability to the growing number of workers in unstable jobs.”                                                                                                          – NDP Labour critic and Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

A Message from the Ontario New Democratic Party

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

NDP Labour critic and Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

Niagara, Ontario After two weeks of public hearings on Ontario’s new proposed labour legislation, Ontario NDP Labour critic Cindy Forster says the NDP will be tabling a package of amendments to strengthen the Wynne government’s weak labour bill – a bill Forster says misses the mark.

“We’ve spent the last two weeks hearing from workers, unions, community members and business owners on the government’s proposed legislation, and the message we’re hearing on all sides is clear: this bill has more loopholes and exemptions than actual protections,” said Forster. “It does not provide stability to the growing number of workers in unstable jobs.” Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Officially Unveils New Niagara Glen Nature Centre

  • Niagara Parks unveils revitalized Niagara Glen Nature Centre

  • New programming will focus on education, outdoor adventure and guided tour

  • New Niagara Glen Nature Centre set to become trailhead facility for Niagara Parks

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – With a grand opening ceremony held this July 21st, The Niagara Parks Commission officially unveiled its newly revitalized Niagara Glen Nature Centre, as a trailhead to the Niagara River gorge and an interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.

Inside Niagara Park’s new Niagara Glen visitors centre overlooking the lower Niagara River. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

The Niagara Glen has become a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature. Continue reading

‘Spicy’ – the White House’s pit bull of a press secretary – fires ‘the Donald’

A Brief One from NAL publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

In case you missed the breaking news earlier this Friday, July  21st, Sean Spicer, the pit bull of a press secretary in Donald Trump’s White House, tendered his resignation, leaving cable news commentators wondering what that means for Spicer and his now former boss, the Tweeter in Chief.

Which one is the real Sean Spicer?

I’m more concerned about what it means for Saturday Night Live and how it will possibly do as well next season as it did in the last one with actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy’s brilliant cameo appearances as Spicer shooting it out with White House reporters. Continue reading

Conserving Ontario’s Wetlands to Help Fight Climate Change

–  Protecting Diverse Habitats Across Ontario

News from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Posted July 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario is strengthening the protection and increasing the rate of wetland recovery across the province.

Wetlands are an essential component of Ontario’s biodiversity and are vital in mitigating the impacts of climate change by lowering the risk of flooding and drought, preventing erosion and moderating climate extremes. These diverse and productive habitats have many economic and health benefits, including improving water quality and offering excellent recreation and tourism destinations.

The Ontario government would do well to start by protecting the provincial significant wetlands, like this on, in the Thundering Water Forest in Niagara Falls – a place now targeted for urban development.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry met with wetland conservation partners today to speak about Ontario’s Wetland Conservation Strategy. Continue reading

The Craven Cowardice of Lincoln’s Mayor and Town Council

Niagara town council offers not a word of support for one of Lincoln’s gold star citizens

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 19th, 2-17 on Niagara At Large

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. – Mahatma Gandhi

Niagara, Ontario – Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton and her town council had at least two opportunities to publicly speak out in support of one of their town’s most respected and dedicated public servants and citizens. And both times, they did not.

Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton.

That public servant and citizen is Bill Hodgson, a Lincoln regional councillor a mayor and school board trustee for the municipality who, until recently, also served as one of 15 appointed members on the board of directors for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

This spring, a majority of the other 14 NPCA board members – a majority of them elected Niagara mayors and councillors appointed by Niagara’s regional council – went behind closed doors like the snivelling cowards and creeps most of them are and voted to “censure” Bill Hodgson – as in slam the guy with a formal expression of disapproval tantamount to a pillorying or shaming – for reasons many of the rest of us do not understand. Continue reading

Niagara Region announces purchase of Fort Erie property for redevelopment of Gilmore Lodge long-term care home

 “This announcement is great news for Fort Erie and Niagara. A new seniors’ facility at this site changes the entire dynamic for the neighbourhood.”  Fort Erie Mayor and regional councillor Wayne Redekop

From a Niagara regional government  news release

Fort Erie Mayor and Niagara regional coouncillor Wayne Redekop

Posted July 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Region has purchased a property in Fort Erie that will serve as the future home of Gilmore Lodge long-term care home. 

The 11-acre site, located at 200 Garrison Road, is ideally suited to accommodate a campus of facilities and services to better support Fort Erie’s aging population. It will accommodate a new long-term care home and additional residential and mixed-use facilities.  Continue reading