Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Even To Those Of Us Who Are Only Irish For The Day

With a few words of wisdom from people of                 Irish descent

Posted this St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, March 17th – by Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Let’s celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a few good quotations for these sometimes strange and dark times –

“Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear.”author Maria Edgeworth, 1804.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy during an address to the University of Capetown, South Africa, 1966.

And finally, a message that makes a great deal of sense in these mad Trumpian times from the late American comedian and cultural critic George Carlin, who in one of his stand-up routines, once described himself as a person who “used to be Irish Catholic.”

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Ontario’s NDP is the Real Choice for an ‘Improved Work Life’ for people across the Province

‘Ontario  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath committed to a $15 minimum wage in April 2016 – well before the Province’s Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne did. And Andrea Horwath is ready to implement it — and to close Wynne’s loopholes, which allow some people — like servers — to be paid less than minimum wage.’

A Statement from Welland (Niagara Centre) Riding Riding MPP and Ontario NDP labour critic Cindy Forster

Posted March 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Welland, Ontario  – Ontario NDP labour critic MPP Cindy Forster issued the following statement this March 15th: 

Welland (Niagara Centre) Riding MPP Cindy Forster

“Today (March 15th) the Liberal minister of labour (Kevin Flynn) admitted what Ontario families have known for a long time – that the Wynne Liberals didn’t move fast enough to reform outdated labour laws.

Mr. Flynn’s admission … is proof that the Wynne Liberals knew that raising the minimum wage was the right thing to do, but that they waited until election time to do it, anyway – leaving families to struggle because the Wynne Liberals were prioritizing their own political interests. 

No wonder families are feeling cynical. Ontario families are sick of this kind of nonsense. Continue reading

One Affordable Regional Transit Service  for All of Niagara is Long Overdue

With New Transit Funding of $148 Million From The Province of Feds, It Is At Long Last Time To Bring It On!

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

Posted March 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

He has long been one of the region’s champions for a full-fledged affordable public transit system for Niagara, and, once again, he has shown his commitment to that goal.

Vance Badawey, who was Mayor of Port Colborne and a Niagara regional councillor when he jumped on board the campaign for a region-wide transit system, stood beside St. Catharines’ federal and provincial representatives Chris Bittle and Jim Bradley – this time as the federal representative and Liberal government member for the riding of Niagara Centre – to announce, this March 15th, an unprecedented amount of federal and provincial funding for public transit in the region.

Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey making $148 million transit announcement outside Niagara regional headquarters this March 15th. Photo courtesy of Kara Emberson at V. Badawey’s constituency office

The funding, to be split between municipalities in Niagara that operate transit system, totals $148 million, and could and should be used to turn Niagara’s patchwork of transit services in to one region-wide system that is accessible and affordable to all residents. Continue reading

Ontario Opposition Parties Slam Premier for Abruptly Shutting Down Legislative Session

A News Commentary by NAL reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted March 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Premier Kathleen’s decision to make like former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and use the some medieval tool called prorogation to suddenly shut down the legislature this March 15th offers people out here one more reason to boot her out of the province’s top job this spring.

Already in competition with Donald Trump for some of the lowest public approval ratings of any elected leader on the continent, Wynne probably couldn’t do much more outside of recording herself drowning kittens and posting it on Facebook to make herself more disliked with enough Ontario voters to bury her in a landslide. Continue reading

Help Stop The Wanton Slaughter of Elephants – Sign A Petition to the Canadian Government Here!

For the Sake of What Are Left of the World’s Elephants, Please Read On and Consider Signing the Petition Below

A Call-Out from Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!

Posted March 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Thousands are urging the Canadian government to protect the world’s declining elephant population by banning the sale of ivory in Canada. If you want action, sign the petition today

Will we be the generation that lets elephants become extinct?

A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime. Continue reading

Environmentally and Historically Rich Lands in Fort Erie are now in Developer’s Crosshairs

Future of long-popular Waverly Beach Area, along  Lake Erie shores , is on the ropes

A Commentary by Fort Erie, Ontario resident Linda McKellar

Posted March 15, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Many from Fort Erie, Western NY and elsewhere have concerns about the Harbourtown development proposed for the Waverly Beach and Woods area.

Development is inevitable in Ontario but residents want and need to be heard and their concerns not made inconsequential for profit. Cooperation is essential.

1 – Environmental This area has been given status as an Environmental  area by the Niagara Region and is a vital, high quality spring migratory stop for thousands of birds, some rare and endangered,  on route from Central and South America. If this disappears, many will die, including by collision with the proposed ten story condo, regardless of precautions, particularly if kept as proposed on the lakeshore side. Continue reading

New Ontario Rules Mandating Equal Pay for Equal Work to Come into Effect April 1

Province Creating More Fairness and Opportunity for Workers

“Fairness and decency must be the defining values of our workplaces.” – Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn 

A News Release from Ontario’s  Ministry of Labour

Posted March 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

On April 1, 2018, Ontario will become the first jurisdiction in North America to mandate equal pay for equal work between casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers, and full-time or permanent workers. 

Under the new rules, casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees cannot be paid at a rate of pay less than full-time or permanent employees if: Continue reading