Show You Care About Saving Niagara’s Natural Heritage. Do It By Showing  Up At An Open House on a Controversial Plan to Urbanize the Thundering Waters Forest

The Open House All Good People Need To Attend is this Monday, November 20th in the  Memorial Room of the  Gale Centre on 5152, Thorold Stone Road in, Niagara Falls, Ontario  from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

A Call-Out from Niagara community activist Linda Babb

Posted November 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Remember January 2016 when Bruce Timms, a St. Catharines Regional Councillor who was then Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of director and remains a board member) and the boondoggle NPCA attempted to con everyone into thinking biodiversity offsetting could be a pilot project focused on Thundering Waters?? 

Less than 10 per cent of Niagara’s wetlands are left. Some of them are located in Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls – an area now targeted for urban development.

That’s what started our “fight” – immense gratitude to those who stood up and spoke out and all the tireless efforts since then to preserve the land!!! Too many to name! 

Bruce Timms had to retract that nonsense. 

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) stepped in later and increased the protection.  Every one of you has done your part in keeping this issue front and centre – thank you.  Now we face a “modification” to the plan.  Be very aware – the “modification” is merely another CON. 

What is being floated as an improved “amendment” is merely an attempt to slip under the radar.  The Riverfront idea will be just as disastrous in the long run. 

I tackled two members of NF Council prior to the April 12 2016 meeting of Council when the proposal first came up for discussion.  They, in turn, spoke to the Mayor of Niagara Falls, Jim Diodati.  The Mayor’s response is etched in my memory because he outright communiticated false information – He said “The wetland is dying anyway”.  We all know that was not true.

To refresh your memories – here is the link to the proposal GR (Can) brought to Council.  It’s long and full of misrepresentations and deception.

Further to that – GR repressentavite Helen Chang is not the “environmental protector” she claims to be.  You will see her claims to fame on the first couple of pages.  

Here is the truth of what she does  interestingly enough the links sent to me by two members of the group at the time have since been disabled – hmmm but some extracts were preserved.

Ms. Zhiying (Helen) Chang, Chair of the Board of GR Investment Group …

“In 2005 – Acted as the Planning Consultant for the protection and construction of the Qilihai National Wetland Park in Tianjin.

It opened in June 2013 …  Here are excerpts from   (That is the link that has been disabled)

‘Fantasy world’ 3D children castle to open next month in Tianjin

As Children’s Day draws near, Qilihai National Wetland Park in Tianjin has constructed a 3D Dream Castle for children in the west end. It will be open to the public in the middle of June, along with an outdoor parking lot which opens on June 6th, which can accommodate 1,600 cars for visitors’ convenience. According to the vice-general manager of the Qilihai Cultural Tourist Development Co. Ltd Li Huanan, the two-story castle occupies an interior space of 200 square metres, and features many 3D paintings designed for children. “In the west part of the

Qilihai National Wetland Park   Tianjin 2013 Children’s Day   

Qilihai National Wetland Park opens in Tianjin

On Friday the Qilihai National Wetland Park officially opened to the public in Tianjin, and now tourists will be able to experience the wonderful wetland environments preserved there, take part in wildlife-watching and even crabbing. Located at Dawangtai in Ninghe County, the wetland ecotourism attraction consists of an 8km sightseeing passageway, 988-acre reed marsh, as well as other centers for education and entertainment. Tourists can board a traditional-style brightly decorated pleasure boat to take part in exploring the reed marsh or enjoy a one-day crabbing Qilihai National Wetland Park   Tianjin wetland  

Tianjin Qilihai Wetland Park opens to public, attracts 3,000 visitors per day

Qilihai National Wetland Park   After one year’s construction, the phase-I project of the Qilihai National Wetland Park was completed and opened to citizens in Tianjin recently. The park, which covers an area of more than 666 hectares, sees over 3,000 citizens visiting everyday. In the Qilihai National Wetland Park, rows of European style cabins and pavilions are scattered along both sides of the 8-mile long Jintang canal. According to a member staff of the park, a series of sightseeing programs, including an aquatic plant exhibition center, wedding photo Qilihai National Wetland Park   Tianjin Qilihai wetland park  

Tianjin Qilihai Wetland Park to apply for national 4A-level scenic spot

An application has been filed by the Qilihai National Wetland Park in Tianjin’s Ninghe County for national 4A-level scenic area status. Once the application has been approved by the National Tourism Administration, the scenic area will become the municipality’s 9th national 4A-level scenic area. Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street and Mt. Panshan Scenic Area have been listed as 5A-level scenic areas. The Qilihai National Wetland Park, opened last September, offers visitors a chance to experience the wonderful wetland environment. It has become the biggest Qilihai National Wetland Park   Tianjin wetland park  

Hope to see as many as possible at the “Open House” this Monday, November 20th.

          Linda Babb

Linda Babb is a Niagara Falls resident and community activist involved in the campaign to save Thundering Waters Forest from urban development.

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One response to “Show You Care About Saving Niagara’s Natural Heritage. Do It By Showing  Up At An Open House on a Controversial Plan to Urbanize the Thundering Waters Forest

  1. Its all about money and in my OPINION Kickbacks to those attempting to engineer this plan …If these people get elected in 2018 we might as well move out of Ontario, The Ontario Liberal Government is libel as will be the Conservatives if they are elected…This has been the rule in Canada since CANADA DAY ONE ….CORPORATE ownership and Control of the Governing Party. As Ralph Nader once said there is NO Difference between a Liberal or a Conservative…. They are all about money and They are the HARPER BRAND Conservatives


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