Why I Don’t Go To Church

A Confession from Doug Draper, a proud member of the media and “enemy of the people”

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Every once in a while – but not very often, Thank God – someone will ask me if I go to church, and if not, why.

And rather than lying like some people do, I like to give the inquiring individual an honest answer and say ‘no’ to the first part of the question.

Then I usually use the latest example of self-righteous, in-your-face hypocrisy I have read about or witnessed on the television news (which is usually something I’ve read or witnessed that day) to answer the second part.

Trump receives prayer blessings from Christian evangelicals

So if some inquiring (or is that ‘Enquiring’) person were to ask me that question today, I would start with the usual “no” and finish with a tweet that has just been sent out by an individual who does for the reputation of a Christian preachers what the Koch brothers do for the reputation of people of wealth or what Donald Trump does for the reputation of politicians, or what Mark Zuckerberg does these days for the reputation of social media. Continue reading


Citizen’s Coalition Raises Red Flag About Undemocratic Process Used to Cut OHIP and Mounting List of other health Care Services 

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra

“Doug Ford has shown the most contempt for parliamentary democracy that we have ever seen. All of his radical health reform plans have been forged in secret and steamrolled through with the least notice, the least amount of public hearings and the fastest timelines ever.”                                       – Natalie Mehra, executive director,  Ontario Health Coalition.

News from the Ontario Health Coalition 

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Toronto – Usually a change in a regulation under an Ontario law is posted in the Ontario Gazette and the public is given 60-days notice to give input, reported the Ontario Health Coalition today in response to new cuts to OHIP coverage that were posted online at:https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=29390&language=en

But the public has only been given until Tuesday to provide feedback on the latest OHIP cuts revealed today.

In the online posting, the Ford government reports that it met with private insurance corporations to consult about the changes, but not with patients and their advocates, seniors’organizations, public interest groups or the public. The Coalition warns this is only the latest in terribly undemocratic changes to our public health care. Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Day Activities with the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

A Call-Out to All from the City of St. Catharines

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Earth Day Celebration at Market Square

Meet the City of St. Catharines to learn about water quality, take the tap-water taste test, discuss reducing single-use plastics and enjoy other environmental activities at the Links for Greener Learning’s annual Earth Day Celebration at Market Square on Friday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading

Ford Strikes Wrong Chord With More Cuts To The Arts

“This showcases just how out of touch the Ford Conservatives are with how important it is to support the local cultural sectors that contribute so much to our economy.”                                                      – Ontario NDP Culture Critic Jill Andrew

News from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper –

It never seems to fail how much the more hardcore right-wingers in Conservative Parties on the Canadian side of the border and the Republican Party in the U.S., show their contempt for the arts – unless, of course, they can personally find a way of making big bucks off of them.

They will poor all kinds of tax money into some phoney ‘war on crime’ or the military, and give no end of tax cuts or subsidies to the upper one or two per cent.

But if you have a program or business that has anything to do with encouraging or promoting or offering up the arts, look out.

So here we are with the following news release from the province’s NDP/Official Opposition Party about more cuts to the arts from Doug Ford’s Conservatives in Ontario.)

QUEEN’S PARK — Jill Andrew, Ontario NDP Culture critic, said it’s shameful for Doug Ford to step up his attack on the arts by cutting the Ontario Music Fund by more than 50 per cent.

Yesterday, Billboard reported that the Ontario Music Fund’s budget has been slashed to $7 million, down from $15 million. The fund is designed to promote the province’s music industry through funding streams that support everything from live music events to music company development. Continue reading

Groundbreaking held for Brock U.’s expanded Zone Fitness Centre 

“Students voted last year to give the project, and its initial $6.8-million price tag, the green light. It will be funded through a $17-per-credit fee for all full- and part-time undergraduate students over a period of five years, starting in September 2020, when the expansion is completed.” 

A News Release from Brock University in St. Catharines 

Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Niagara, Ontario – As shovels hit the ground Wednesday, the next chapter officially began for Brock University’s expanded fitness centre.

Karen McAllister-Kenny, Brock’s Director of Recreation Services, Aidan Hibma, outgoing President of the Brock University Students’ Union, Brock student and current Zone user Paige Phillips and Brock President Gervan Fearon break ground at the Zone Fitness Centre expansion on Wednesday, April 24.

 The Brock community came together April 24 to mark the groundbreaking of the Zone Fitness Centre project that will see the popular campus facility triple in size.  Continue reading

Thirteen Year Old Canadian Indigenous Girl Appeals to Adults At United Nations Assembly to take more action to protect the World’s Fresh Water

Autumn Peltier speaking last year to United Nations General Assembly on water issues

“We all have a right to this water as we need it. Not just rich people, all people. No one should have to worry if the water is clean or if they will run out of water.”                                                   – Autumn Peltier, from an address the young Indigenous girl from Canada delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 on World Water Day

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted April 24th, 2019, during a week of  Earth Day events and observances, on Niagara At Large

As communities around the world continue celebrating Earth Day through this week, I want to offer yet another example of a young person talking to adults about action they know, or at least should know they should be taking for the sake of everyone’s future.

The last young person we featured on Niagara At Large in a post this April 23rd – the day after the official anniversary date of Earth Day – was Greta Thunberg, who delivered passionate addresses to representatives of the European Union earlier this April, and to a United Nations summit last December to act now to prevent a climate catastrophe that might spare no one. Continue reading

Only a Dope like Doug Ford would Cut Funding to Ontario’s Public Libraries

Any Government out there that would Cut Funding to Public Libraries has Absolutely No Concept of  the Common Good

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”                             — the legendary television and radio news broadcaster Walter Cronkite

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted April 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

And Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Tory Party lapdogs out there call themselves a “Government for the People”?

What people are they talking about?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his “Government for the People” are now aiming their budget-slashing sites at the province’s public libraries

It’s bad enough that they have been slashing funding for municipal transit services, environmental protection, health care and public education, and rolling back social assistance for people living in poverty, along with plans by the previous government to increase the minimum wage so that people at the lowest end of the salary ladder can one day have a livable wage.

Now they are cutting funding for public libraries across the province, for God’s sake.

They can’t even leave our public libraries alone. Continue reading