It’s Niagara Day For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

And Niagara At Large Won’t Be Taking It In

A News Commentary by Niagara At large publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

This Friday, October 21st, Canada’s Prime Minister has a full day of touring around Niagara, Ontario, with a few side trips to the Stoney Creek/Dundas/Hamilton area wedged in for good measure.justin-trudeau-two

That means a full day of reporters and photographers from the mainstream media jostling for position to get the best shot of Justin Trudeau having a doughnut in St. Catharines, walking along West Street in Port Colborne with the Welland Canal and lift bridge as a backdrop, and scribbling down whatever “talking points” his communications advisors prepare for him to deliver along the way.

And you can bet that every Liberal MP and MPP, and every wannabe Liberal MP and MPP in the Niagara area will be there, positioning themselves for a place in a photo or video clip that offers some assurance they won’t end up on the cutting room floor. (What you want to do, if you ever get in this situation, is position yourself somewhere in between the Prime Minister and whatever other dignitaries you know the media wants in the picture, making it virtually impossible for any editor to crop you out. I’ve seen such maneuvering played out hundreds of times during my years as a reporter and I can sure you, it works.) Continue reading

Encouraging Vibrant Downtowns Draws Big Benefits For Communities

“For every dollar invested … in a Niagara downtown, the incentives generated nine dollars in private sector investment.”

A Column from Town of Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn

Posted October 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

If you have visited our Niagara, Ontario Town of Pelham recently, you may have noticed something our residents have most certainly noticed – the ongoing construction on Pelham Street at Churchill in Downtown Fonthill.

Some of the streetscape in a rejuvenated Downtown Fonthill. Photo courtesy of Town of Pelham

Some of the streetscape in a rejuvenated Downtown Fonthill. Photo courtesy of Town of Pelham

This private-sector work – renewing the building and adding apartments – is part of the general revitalization and redevelopment of Pelham’s private and public realms in our Downtowns.

You may recall that a decade ago the Downtowns in both Fonthill and Fenwick were tired and drab. Quite frankly, they did not reflect our vibrant community and they needed desperate renewal. Continue reading

Federal Green Party For Niagara Falls Riding Invites Us To A ‘Turtle Awareness Day’ – Saturday, October 22nd

Posted October 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

NAL did not get a media release for this and doesn’t really no any more about it than what is contained in the following poster. However, we have a soft place in our hearts for the Canada’s fledgling Green Party and this sounds like it might make for a fund and interesting day. So here goes –final-poster-better-for-thundering-waters-event

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

Brock U. Politics And Film Series Presents Documentary On First Clinton Presidency Win

News from Brock University in St. Catharines

Posted October 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – As the most improbable and high-stakes U.S. presidential election in modern times careens to a close, the Brock University Department of Political Science is hosting a screening and discussion of The War Room, the influential 1993 documentary about the first time a Clinton ran for President.


The War Room, the third film in the department’s Politics and Film Series, offers a behind-the-scenes account of Bill Clinton’s insurgent and (at the time) improbable campaign for the presidency, and offers an illuminating contrast to the 2016 campaign between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Continue reading

Ontario’s Wynne Government Passes Legislation to Reduce Electricity Costs for Families and Businesses

Five Million Families, Farms and Small Businesses Will See       Bill Reductions

A News Release form the Government of Ontario

Posted October 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

“The government recognizes the need to do more to ensure an affordable energy system for everyone and is committed to providing electricity rate relief that will benefit ratepayers in a meaningful way. Starting January 1, we will provide an 8 per cent rebate to provide extra relief for Ontario’s families, farms and small businesses.”                                                                — Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy

Queen’s Park, Toronto – This October 19th, Today Ontario passed legislation that will rebate the provincial portion of the HST from  electricity bills as of January 1, 2017.hydro-transmission-lines

The Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 will reduce electricity costs by 8 per cent on the amount before tax, an average savings of about $130 annually or $11 each month, for about five million residential consumers, farms and small businesses.

Rural electricity ratepayers will receive additional relief, decreasing total electricity bills by an average of $540 a year or $45 each month. Continue reading

Celebrate The Traditions Of Halloweens Past At Niagara Parks Heritage Sites

Some ghostly fun things to do this Halloween, courtesy of Ontario’s  Niagara Parks Commission

Posted October 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Heritage staff at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead are busy preparing some fun family friendly, Halloween-themed events:

  • All Hallows’ Eve at Old Fort Erie
  • 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario
  • October, 22, 28 and 29
  • Tours at 7:30, 7:45 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult $12.25, Children (ages 6 to 12) $7.95, Children five and under FREE
Searching for ghosts in the kitchen area of Old Fort Erie

Searching for ghosts in the kitchen area of Old Fort Erie

Experience the traditions of Halloween, 1812-style, brought to life through the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Be prepared for a fun and frightening evening, ending with refreshments and the annual burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy at 8:30 p.m. Walking these historic and hallowed grounds, you will view the old fort from the perspective of the spirits who still make their presence felt within its walls. The past truly does come to life through the story-telling and ancient traditions of Halloween celebrated within the Fort. Continue reading

Ontario Conservative Party Member Introduces Private Member’s Motion On Exceptional Healthcare Funding

“A Fraser Institute report estimated that over 26,000 patients left Ontario in 2014 to receive private out of country care.”

A News Release from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Posted October 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

canada-2-tier-emedicareOttawa, Ontario – Lisa MacLeod, the PC MPP for Nepean-Carleton has tabled a motion in the legislature to address the emerging two-tiered healthcare system that has seen thousands of Ontarians seek medical treatment out of country and out of pocket.

MacLeod’s motion seeks to create an advisory committee that will review other jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom with a view to create a “program in Ontario for those suffering from rare disease or whose treatments may be experimental or complimentary but are not yet covered by Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).” Continue reading