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Safe  or Not … Niagara At Large will Resurface on Wednesday, June 28th

A Not So Brief Message from Doug Draper, reporter/publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted June 21st, 2017 on the newly named ‘National Indigenous Peoples Day’ in Canada

What a wild and crazy spring it has been, with all of the flooding rains, damaging winds and other calamities plaguing our region and so many others on this rapidly spinning-out-of-control planet.

This spring’s flooding waters threaten shoreline properties in Port Dalhousie in Niagara, Ontario. Communities around Lake Ontario and other areas of the Great Lakes have continued to suffer damage from unusually high waters this spring. Photo by Doug Draper

I hardly have any right to whine, given the  heartaches, hardships and loss of homes and treasured personal possessions so many others have endured this spring in other communities and regions due to sudden, severe shifts in climate conditions that some, in wilful ignorance, continue to view as a “hoax” or as something that just happens naturally every few thousand years, but here at Niagara At Large’s home base, we have had our share of high winds, flooding waters, not to mention technical difficulties that have wreaked havoc with our computers and our ability to get news and commentary out to you.

To tell you the truth, it has almost been a blessing that our systems for posting news and commentary have been down because it has given this journalist a chance to decompress from all of the relentless vomiting out of coarsened conduct that too often passes as governance on the Niagara, Ontario side of a binational border region that makes up NAL’s prime readership area.

But for better or worse, depending on your perspective or whatever side of the dung pile you are on, Niagara At Large is working through the technical glitches for a lift off scheduled for this coming Wednesday, June 28th – just in time for the next meeting of Niagara’s regional council and Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

At Niagara Regional Council – They Just Keep on Keepin’ On with the Piling On

A Brief One from Doug Draper with more to come later

Posted June 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Andy Petrowski’s seat in the Niagara regional council chambers may have been empy this June 8th, but in many ways that are not pleasant or productive to deal with, the St. Catharines regional councillor was still very much there.

Andy Petrowski. File photo

Somewhere in the range of 20 or 40 minutes of time that should be used focusing on the real chances Niagara faces was taken up once again at the June 8th meeting with Petrowski’s shocking and unacceptable conduct and what to do with it.

Petrowski, as many Niagara resident who still follow the news by now no doubt know, decided or agreed late this May (we aren’t sure which because no one is saying) to take a leave of absence from his councillor duties after a communication device he was responsible for was used by someone (Petrowski claims it wasn’t it) to send a photo of a nude woman to more than 100 people. Continue reading

Nuclear Expert to Speak on Possible Cross-Border Shipments of Highly Dangerous Radioactive Waste through our Greater Niagara Region

An Invite from the Niagara District Council of Women

Posted June 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – On Friday, June 16th, the Niagara District Council of Women is bringing highly respected nuclear expert, Dr. Gordon Edwards, to Niagara as our guest speaker.

Are the Canadian and U.S. governments secretly shipping highly dangerous radioactive wastes across this Peace Bridge or other area border crossings? And are they doing it without even telling emergency responders on the Ontario and New York sides of the border?


Dr. Edwards will respond to concerns and questions about the potential shipments of liquid high level, extremely dangerous, nuclear waste containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) by road through Niagara.  There are many questions that have not been answered by the federal government or the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission:

  • What is the nature of the liquid radioactive material to be trucked over our roads?
  • Has highly radioactive liquid of this kind ever been transported before? Why now?
  • How dangerous is this material in case of a major accident?
  • Can leakage occur?
  • Are there practical and affordable alternatives that would make these shipments unnecessary?

Continue reading

Leading Activist Maude Barlow to speak in Hamilton on Canada’s Water Crisis

Posted June 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

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Lake Ontario Flood Waters won’t stop Canada Day Fireworks in Port Dalhousie

News from the City of St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted June 8th, 2017on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The record-breaking high water levels of Lake Ontario won’t stop fireworks from lighting up the sky in Port Dalhousie on Canada Day.

The Port Dalhousie Lions Club normally sets off its dazzling Canada Day fireworks display from Lakeside Park but will be unable to this year due to safety concerns associated with the record water levels in Lake Ontario. Instead, the Lions Club will set off its annual Canada Day fireworks from Henley Island. Continue reading

Grandpa And Grandson Are So Close, They Graduated Together At Brock U.Convocation

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted June 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines, Ontario – When he was eight years old, Jonah Mondloch walked into the library at Brock University with his grandfather Charles Burke to help him find some research books.

Jonah Mondloch, left, graduated from Brock University Wednesday alongside his grandfather Charles Burke. Cathy Mondloch, centre, a professor at Brock, hooded her two relatives during the Convocation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Brock University

This week — a decade and a half later — Jonah again walked through the University with his grandfather, but this time they had both just become Brock graduates.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jonah, 22, and Charles, 78, graduated together in the Spring Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Jonah completed his degree in Kinesiology in five years. His grandfather had been taking classes part time, one credit at a time for 15 years, but doubled up his course load this year so he could finish his degree in time to graduate with Jonah. Continue reading

St. Catharines Mayor and MP meet with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to discuss importance of Port Dalhousie piers

News from the City of St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and St. Catharines Riding MP Chris Bittle brought the importance of the Port Dalhousie piers to Ottawa this past June 2nd.

A look at a stretch of the pier below a line of trees from the east side of Port Dalhousie Harbour, now under water and fenced off due to record high water levels in Lake Ontario. Photo taken this June by Doug Draper

The Mayor and MP met with Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to discuss the importance of repairing the federally-owned Port Dalhousie piers. Continue reading