TVO Original TRIPPING The Niagara premieres on April 2 at 7pm, 10pm & 1am (repeats on April 4 at 7pm & 10pm
Streaming on tvo.org starting April 2 at 7pm
Film’ Debut on TVO follows in wake of Niagara Regional Council’s March 25th decision to support efforts to designate the Ontario side of the Niagara River as a “wetland of international importance” under a UNESCO-embraced 1971 Ramsar Convention signed by Canada, the United States and more than 165 other nations around the world.
Posted March 31st. 2021 on Niagara At Large
This stunning 3 hour documentary allows viewers to fly like a red-tailed hawk along the lower portion of the Niagara River.
The audience will soar for 24 km, above one of the most beautiful areas of Ontario. Along the way they will visit historic forts, vineyards, orchards, treacherous white-water and the world’s most famous waterfalls.
To watch a brief trailer of the film Tripping the Niagara, click on the screen immediately below –
To learn more about the film and view more trailers, click on – https://www.trippingtheniagara.com/
A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
After several months of asking, a volunteer team of citizens in Niagara was finally able to win approval this past March 25th from a majority of Niagara Regional Councillors to lend the regional government’s support for a long-sought designation of the Ontario side of the Niagara River as “a wetland of international importance.
A large coalition of municipal, state and federal government representatives, along with numerous citizen groups across the border in the United States gathered in October of 2019 to celebrate the designation of the New York State side of the Niagara River under a Ramsar Convention signed by about 170 nations around the world in 1971.
Unfortunately, supporters of a designation on the Ontario side of the river still have some way to go before such a celebration can be held here.
The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), which has jurisdiction over most of the corridor on the Ontario side has said “no” to being a nominator for a designation following a legal report its board received last year which it has so far failed to make public. The Parks Commission’s rejection seems baffling to many since the NPC was created by the Province of Ontario more than a century ago with a mission to celebrate the natural Niagara by protecting and preserving as much of its natural features as possible.
The Niagara Falls council of Mayor Jim Diodati and the Niagara-on-the-Lake council of Lord Mayor Betty Disero have also so far failed to support a designation on the Ontario side.
Like Niagara Parks, Diodati’s council issued a flat “no” last year after a closed meeting in which it received legal advice it has not made public.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake’s final position remains unclear, although Disero finally did support a designation at the March 25th Regional Council meeting after an amendment was included, offering assurance that there would be no impact on water her municipality’s farmers draw from the Niagara River for irrigation. So the town council’s final decision on a designation remains up in the air.
On the positive side, Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop’s council has supported a designation on the Ontario side, as has the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors.
Niagara At Large will be posting more news and commentary on the status of a Ramsar designation for the Ontario side of the Niagara River in the days and weeks ahead.
In the meantime, if you support such a designation, contact your political representatives at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government and let them know.
If our American neighbours can celebrate this amazing river like this, so should we!
Stay Tuned to NAL for more on this,
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
To read a news commentary Niagara At Large posted earlier this March 2021 on the issue of a Ramsar designation for the Ontario side of the Niagara River, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/03/23/at-long-last-lets-give-our-niagara-river-and-those-who-have-fought-so-hard-to-protect-it-the-celebration-they-deserve/ .
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