Member Of Niagara’s Indigenous Community To Make Case For Saving Thundering Waters Forest

Come Hear What Karl Dockstader Has To Say!

A News Brief

Posted August 5th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Karl Dockstader, a Niagara Falls resident and member of the local indigenous community, will speak in St. Catharines this coming Tuesday, August 9th about the ongoing battle to keep hundreds of acres of forest  and wetlands in the Falls from being sacrificed for sprawling urban development.

Karl Dockstader addresses a recent rally to save Thundering Waters Forest

Karl Dockstader addresses a recent rally to save Thundering Waters Forest

Dockstader will be speaking about the importance of saving what has come to be known by growing number of concerned Niagara residents as the Thundering Waters Forest at the Mahthay Café in downtown St. Catharines  at 7p.m. on August 9th.

“Little known to many people is that (City of) Niagara Falls planning procedures allows for the virtual destruction of ‎ one of the few remaining great forested areas in the city,’ says Dockstader. “The only way to stop it is to speak out as concerned residents of Niagara‎.”

The future of the Thundering Waters Forest within the Niagara River watershed in the southwest end of Niagara Falls is hanging in the balance with plans by a Chinese government-based firm called GR Investments to build a billion-dollar residential and commercial development there.

One of the best upcoming chances for stopping this destruction, says Dockstader added, “is to appeal to the sensibility of Niagara Falls city councillors at the statutory public meeting being held at Niagara Falls City Council on August 23rd at 6:30 pm.

To stay up to date on the issue and to get more details people can follow our efforts on:

“This Thundering Waters Forest, and all the living things that walk, fly, crawl‎ and grow in and around it, needs us to speak for it now,” says Dockstader. “ If we don’t then we will have to explain to those who have yet to be born why we let a Chinese owned development company and it’s supporters pave over their birthright.”

A giant white oak tree in Thundering Waters Forest

A giant white oak tree in Thundering Waters Forest

Listen to a recent interview with Karl Dockstader on Brock University’s radio station by clicking on the following link

Karl Dockstader is a Niagara Falls resident and an member of the local Indigenous community deeply concerned with environmental issues.

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3 responses to “Member Of Niagara’s Indigenous Community To Make Case For Saving Thundering Waters Forest

  1. This is a prime example of Corporate ownership of our governments whether it be Federal , Provincial, Regional or Municipal and indicates how complete this control is especially when you have a Municipal Government, backed by the Regional Government who from past experience seems to be in bed with the dictatorial NPCA (Audit refusal) an appointed body who have come up with what they hope is a plan (Biodiversity) to evade responsibility and rubber stamp the complete destruction of the Thundering Waters Forest Area.
    In my opinion the developers especially in the Niagara Region totally own the (this seems to be a joke when I write “ELECTED”) Regional government.
    We have, in Niagara Region, had on numerous occasions in the past decade seen “APPOINTED” people completely ignore the stake holders, the TAXPAYERS, and move forward without any consultation (until threatened) then implement (Consultation by invitation only) This was/is the elimination of our locally owned hospitals, Hospitals built by the sweat and money of the Citizens.


  2. Gail Benjafield

    Mr. Somers has it right. While I have not attended any of these meetings, I have read EVERYTHING in the media about it, and have emailed members of the NPCA, members of Regional and my local City council and more. I did so in March, and had very supportive replies from a number, including my MPP and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

    Last week I forwarded NAL’s blog on this matter to the same crew. Would you believe that Bruce Timms replied to me that I should check my facts, that this had nothing to do with the NPCA but was a “city of Niagara Falls issue, and was in the N.F’s secondary plan”. Admitting to no connection whatever with the NPCA at all. I have replied to Timms, (cc’dDiodati, and D’Angelo), politely, but barely.

    Who do they think we are(?) we informed readers. We are treated disdainfully, as marginal folk — the taxpayer, the electors. Some might find Timm’s response insulting, but I won’t say that, you understand. I leave that to others.

    Perhaps Mr. Timms himself should check all the media accounts of the last DECADE about the NPCA, as to its questionable hiring practices, its refusal of a much needed audit, and so much more.


  3. Sadly few folks know about this effort. Something of this magnitude should be getting more media. Thank-you Niagara at Large!
    To add to the sadness, few folks seem to know where the site is located or that they will miss it once it is a landscaped ‘Paradise’ (Paradise is the developers name for their project). It is the Forested area between Oldfield Rd. and Chippawa Pkwy, E. of Dorchester, W. of Stanley/Kister Rd.
    If you love the drive between the River and the Forest along Chippwaw Pkwy as I do; if it is your ‘touch of the North’ respite in spite of being in a city, everything I have studied bout this project says ‘say Good-bye’ because much of that strip of Parkway will be manicured into suburbia or similar to Casino alley.
    Nature is its own Paradise for not only humans but every living thing that is currently abiding there. It should be left alone. It should be an heritage site and legacy.
    Niagara is not short of brownfields, and other lands that do not require devastating a wonderful, natural space that contributes to beauty, the reduction of pollution and the health of our community spiritually, physically, and more, and more.
    City Council needs to hear from those who believe our environment should be more important than development.
    Write, phone or e-mail before August 23rd if you agree.


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