Author Archives: dougdraper

Minnie the Cat’s Harrowing QEW Trek

“Minnie is a tremendously lucky cat, and now, with 8 lives left, this sweet cat will be happy to be reunited with her family soon.” – Kevin Strooband,  Lincoln County Humane Society.

A Report from Kevin Strooband, Executive Director, Lincoln County Humane Society in St. Catharines

Minnie road 50 kilometres on a truck before jumping off, onto the QEW where she was spotted by passersby

Niagara, Ontario – This past Thursday, June 21st, in a heroic effort to save a cat on the QEW, two passersby stopped and corralled a loose, fearful, domestic short haired, black and white cat.

They had just watched her jump from a moving truck. Fearing injuries, they brought her to a local veterinarian and were advised to attend the Lincoln County Humane Society in St. Catharines. They did so. Continue reading

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Cue The Pomp And Circumstance – Canada Just Gained Its First Cannabis Graduates

Canada’s first cannabis grads make history at Niagara College

Spring Convocation Guest speakers Carolyne Watts and Mike Crawley receive special honours on day four of ceremonies

News from Niagara College in Niagara, Ontario

Posted June 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – On June 20, the first cohort of 23 students from the Niagara College’s trailblazing Commercial Cannabis Production graduate certificate program were among 600 graduates to cross the stage on day four of NC’s 2019 Spring Convocation ceremonies.

Niagara College’s first ever Cannabis grads. June 2019. All photos courtesy of Niagara College in Welland, Ontario

The first of its kind in Canada, the program was launched in the fall of 2018 to meet a significant demand for qualified, professional workers in Canada’s pioneering cannabis industry. Continue reading

Ford Shuffles the Cabinet Chairs on his Titanic

With Doug Ford in the wheelhouse, no amount of cabinet shuffling will make a difference. The iceberg is out there, looming just over the horizon, with the words; ‘Three More Years and You’re Sunk’ written on the place were you are going to collide and go down.

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted June 20th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

With recent polls showing Doug Ford scoring popularity numbers lower than those of almost any other Ontario Premier at this early stage of their tenure, he has shuffled and even swelled the number of seats on his cabinet from 21 to 28.

Let me repeat the last part of the above sentence so that it has a little more time to sink in.

The same Doug Ford who has spent the past 12 months cutting and gutting a host of public services, including health care, education and environmental protection, and who has chopped Toronto’s city council in half and is not threatening to shrink the number of municipal councils and councillors in Niagara and other regions of the province, has just increased the size of his cabinet from 21 to 28! Continue reading

Doug Ford throws his cabinet under the bus for his cuts

Ford changes cabinet, doesn’t change direction

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“Make no mistake: It was Doug Ford that ordered supports to be ripped away from children with autism. It was Doug Ford that decided that thousands of teachers and education workers would be fired. And it was Doug Ford that ordered the cuts to OSAP, legal aid and so much more.”                                                                  – Ontario Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

A News Release from the Office of Ontario Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted June 20th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said with Thursday’s cabinet shuffle, Doug Ford is attempting to throw his own cabinet under the bus for executing cuts that he ordered.

“The problem over the last year wasn’t who was executing Doug Ford’s cuts — it was Doug Ford’s cuts. Today, he had a chance to change direction. Instead, he’s throwing his team under the bus for decisions he made, and changing the roles people will play in executing his failed agenda. Continue reading

Help Urge Europe’s Leader to Approve a Plan to End Carbon Pollution Completely

Can you imagine how big a deal it would be if an entire continent announced a plan to abandon the filthy fossil fuels that are choking our skies with carbon? It could really happen — and soon! But we urgently need a massive show of public support from the whole world for the plan,”                                                       – from a Call-Out to all of us from Avaaz, a global campaign network made of of citizens from around the world

A Call for support from the global ciitizens network,  Avaaz

Posted June 19th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Dear friends,

This is HUGE — Europe’s leaders are about to decide whether to END carbon pollution completely!

If they do it, it’ll be a giant leap towards a safer climate for all. But dirty energy blockers, like Poland, are already trying to derail the plan — and it’s up to us to defend it.

We urgently need a massive show of public support from the whole world for the plan — so let’s build one, and we’ll deliver it to all the key governments before EU leaders meet in days. Add your name now to join the call for 100% clean energy to meet the climate emergency! Continue reading

Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion “Will Not Happen” – Greenpeace Canada

“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.”

A Brief Statement from Greenpeace Canada

Posted June 19th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

In response to the federal Cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Greenpeace Canada Climate & Energy campaigner Mike Hudema said:

“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.

“The climate crisis demands an all-hands-on-deck response to meet the demands of science and justice, not another multi-billion dollar subsidy to the oil industry to make the problem worse. Continue reading

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Joins Growing Call for Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Close to 60  Members of the United States Congress have joined the call for launching an impeachment inquiry into the allegations of obstruction detailed in the Mueller Report against President Donald Trump

A Statement from  Buffalo, New York Area Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted June 19th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

“Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. The multiple instances of obstruction laid out in the Mueller report necessitate that the House launch an impeachment inquiry.”

“It is our responsibility, as Representatives of the people, to seek out the facts. Beyond the verified instances of obstruction detailed by the Special Counsel, over the past several months, the President has stonewalled every Congressional request and forbid government employees from complying with congressional subpoenas.”

“These actions further seek to obstruct the transparent and lawful government Americans deserve, representing a deliberate irreverence for the Constitution that forces the House to exercise its impeachment responsibility as set forth in Article 1.” Continue reading