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In Unprecedented Letter, 10 of Ontario’s former Tory, Liberal and NDP Health Ministers Slam Ford’s Cuts to Health Care

Ford Cuts make “no economic Sense” and could lead to higher risk of illness and death, open letter says

The Full Letter from the Former Health Ministers is posted below

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper

Posted May 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario’s slash and burn premier, Doug Ford, and one of his willing enablers, Health Minister Christine Elliott, like two peas in a pod in the provincial legislature

The cutting and gutting of health services by Ontario’s Ford government – not yet a year in power after someone winning a majority with well less than half the popular vote – have been week-after-week relentless, and they just keep coming.

What is more disturbing is that the Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, and his ever so willing enabler, Health Minister Christine Elliott, often come across in look and manner as if they are getting some self-satisfying rush out of taking an axe to budgets that compromise health services vital to children, to seniors and to countless thousands of people in between. Continue reading


Paul Forcier Named Police Chief for Ontarios Niagara Parks

“Respected for his knowledge and commitment throughout the policing community.”

A News Release form Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted May 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Park’s new Police Chief, Paul Forcier

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the appointment and promotion of Paul Forcier, a thirty-year veteran of the Niagara Parks Police Service (NPPS), as its newest Chief of Police.

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Paul Forcier’s interest and commitment to a career in policing began in 1988, following his completion of the Niagara College Law and Security Program and his hiring as a full-time officer with the NPPS, at just 21 years of age. By 1995, Forcier would be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then Staff Sergeant in 2000. Continue reading

Marineland Can Say All It Wants About Anti-Captivity Campaign, But There Is No Escaping It –

The Curtains Are  Finally Closing In On                     Captive Marine Mammal Exhibits in Canada

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted May 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

The opening day of Marineland’s 58th season came and went this May 18th with the usual gathering of animal welfare activists demonstrating along a narrow stretch of land between the main road and a fence in front of the sprawling Niagara Falls, Ontario amusement park.

Missing from the mix on this opening day was John Holer, the man who founded Marineland and built it into one of Niagara Falls’ top tourist draws by the 1970s and 80s.

A year ago this May on, John Holer was reported to have been seen on the other side of the fence from the demonstrators on opening day, staring them down as he drove his SUV through Marineland’s parking lot. A month later he died at age 83.

Animal welfare activists demonstrating this May 18th, on opening day in front of Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario

The amusement park has continued without him, however, and a news release it issued the day following the May 18th opening that boasted about the “huge crowd” of visitors flowing through its gates that “dwarf(ed)” the “small group of annual demonstrators.” Continue reading

Ford Government’s Sam Oosterhoff Stands Up for Seniors

“For many seniors in my riding on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services.”                            – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff 

Posted May 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

PELHAM in Niagara, Ontario  – Seniors in Ontario want to remain healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities. Seniors deserve to be engaged with and to live independently with dignity in their homes for as long as they can. 

“For many seniors in my riding on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “That is why we are announcing funding for projects that will provide local supports and services for seniors.” 

The Seniors Community Grant Program<> will invest up to $3 million in grants to partner with non- profit community organizations and municipalities across the province to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs to seniors in Niagara. Continue reading

Ford Government’s Scheme for Auditing Municipalities is Nothing More Than a Money-Wasting P.R. Stunt

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

“Only Doug Ford would cut billions from municipalities and school boards, then spend millions more hiring private consultants to justify those cuts.”                             – Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Posted May 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

WELLAND— NDP Official Opposition Municipal Affairs critic Jeff Burch released the following statement regarding Doug Ford’s latest scheme to use $7.35 million in public money to have private consultants conduct municipal audits:

Ontario Premier  Doug Ford, and his government continue to download countless mllions of dollars in “Ford Taxes” on municipalities as he axes services at provincial level.

“Only Doug Ford would cut billions from municipalities and school boards, then spend millions more hiring private consultants to justify those cuts.

Ford’s plan to hire consultant auditors is nothing more than a publicity stunt, and a waste of money – especially since they’re just to re-doing work already done by each municipality’s auditors. Continue reading

The Ontario NDP Leader who should be Premier is in Niagara Thursday, 23rd for a Town Hall Meeting for One and All

Ontaro NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Everyone is Invited. Whether you voted for Andrea Horwath or Not, this Town Hall is a good way to get engaged. All of Our Services, from Health Care to Education and Environmental Protection. Are at stake!

A Call-Out to All from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party

Posted May 20th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper – 

The Town Hall, hosted by NDP Official Opposition Pary Andrea Horwath and Niagara area NPD MPPs Jennie Stevens, Jeff Burch and Wayne Gates, will take place at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre on North Service Road (click on a link for a map below) in St. Catharines,  from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.

This Town Hall is a good chance for all of us to share our questions and concerns with a political leader in Ontario who is in one of the best positions to stand up to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Tories as they work to dismantle key services and rules and regulations for protecting the health and welfare of our communities, our environment and people who live and work in this province. Continue reading

United Nations Chief Calls For ‘Enlightened Self-Interest’ From World Leaders To Save ‘The Whole Planet’ From Climate Change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

“We need to tax pollution, not people. …Taxpayer money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers and bleach corals. We need a green economy, not a grey economy”  – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

News from the United Nations

Posted May 20th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers (this May 18th) to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. 

“Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States”, the UN chief said in a statement concluding his visit to the region. “They contribute very little to the global climate emergency and yet, they are the ones that are being most affected”.  

He did not mince words in saying that for some of them, “climate change is now an existential threat”.

Pointing out that entire villages are being relocated, livelihoods destroyed and people becoming sick from climate-related diseases, Mr. Guterres lamented: “The risks are all too real”.


He drew attention to his time in Tuvalu, where he saw “an entire country fighting to preserve its very existence”.   Continue reading