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Niagara College Kicks Off Pride Month With Rainbow Flag Raising

“The Rainbow Flag raising is a collaborative partnership with Niagara College that is symbolic of our unwavering support for not only the LGBTQ2+ community, and other marginalized communities, but for all students, faculty, support staff, administrators, and visitors at the College. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we work together as a community to strengthen and support each other.”           – Niagara College Student  Council president Tom Price

News from Niagara College in Niagara, Ontario

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At large

Niagara, Ontario – Rainbow flags will fly over Niagara College campuses this June, to celebrate equality, inclusivity, and acceptance in support of the College’s LGBTQ2+ community during Pride Month.

From left to right, Niagara College Student Administrative Council president Tom Price, Niagara College president Sean Kennedy, and Dalton Bird, NC student and vice president of the NC Student Administrative Council’s Loving Out Loud Club, celebrate the raising of a rainbow flag at the Welland Campus in recognition of Pride Month

With physical distancing measures in place, Niagara College president Sean Kennedy and Niagara College Student Administrative Council president Tom Price led a flag-raising ceremony at the Welland Campus on the morning of June 1. A flag was also raised at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Continue reading

Niagara’s Hospital System Joins in Celebrating Nation Pride Month

‘We are proud to recognize the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate National Pride Month this June.’

A Message from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted June 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Health is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect in order to provide a safe space to all staff, physicians and members of the Niagara community. We will be using this year’s Pride Month to learn more about issues and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and promote acceptance and inclusion.

We work alongside our Inclusivity and Diversity Committee to help educate staff and share resources about reducing stigma and how to better support the LGBTQ+ community. We will be demonstrating our support with Pride displays, digital signage, stickers and resources at all our sites, with the proper infection prevention and control protocols in place to ensure proper physical distancing and hand-hygiene. Continue reading

PM Announces Support to Niagara, other Communities Across Canada to Create Jobs, Restart Economy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19, while they do what they can to protect the health and safety of their families and communities. That is why we are taking action to restart the economy, get Canadians back to work, and come out of this stronger.”                                         – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

A COVID-19 Update from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister

Posted June 1st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – As we continue to focus on the health and safety of all Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also taking immediate action to support small towns and big cities across the country to restart the economy, and create good, well-paying jobs.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be accelerated this year to help communities as quickly as possible while respecting public health guidelines. Continue reading

A Message to Canadians about the Racism in our Midst

We must put a stop to racism wherever it is – Canada’s New Democratic Party

A Statement from NDP MPs Lindsay Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)

Posted June 1st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

“As we watch the reaction to the injustice and the murder of George Floyd by police south of the border, Canadians still haven’t come to terms with the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the killing of D’Andre Campbell, an unarmed black man, by police, and other injustices right here in Canada.

Today, Indigenous and racialized people in Canada are facing a frightening evolution of hate. In communities across the country, discrimination remains a reality.

Anti-Black racism, racism against Indigenous Peoples, Anti-Asian racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hate are not only allowed to exist, but flourish. This is because of decades of policies that have systematically discriminated against minorities. Continue reading

Niagara Health Officials Investigating COVID Outbreak at Farm Operation in St. Catharines

Niagara Region Public Health confirms COVID-19 workplace outbreak at Pioneer Flower Farms

News from Niagara’s Region Government

Posted June 1st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is investigating 20 confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in employees of Pioneer Flower Farms in (west) St. Catharines. The ill employees have been isolated as part of the  usual response to COVID-19 cases.

Similar to other outbreaks, Public Health is facilitating testing of other employees who have symptoms or are at increased risk. All employees who have been exposed to the infection have been isolated or are working separately from others to prevent further spread. Continue reading

It’s Back To Normal With Parking Fees at Niagara’s Hospitals

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

Posted May 30th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Parking fees at the Welland hospital site and at other hospitals around the Niagara region kick back in this June 1st.

Well, at least some things are going back to normal.

According to the news release circulated late this May by Niagara Health, the region’s amalgamated system of hospitals, parking fees at all Niagara hospital sites will go back to normal, effective this Monday, June 1st, after being suspended for several weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

So now here we go back to the years leading up to this pandemic when the parking fees are charged for people visiting their loved ones at our hospitals and they just kept getting hiked higher and higher. Continue reading

The Horror in Trumpland – “It’s My Face Man. … I Can’t Breathe.”

“I can’t move. … Mama, Mama, …Please Sir I Can Breathe.”          – the final words of George Floyd, on Monday,, May 25th, 2020 in Trump’s America

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted May 31st, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Here are the final words of another unarmed black man, murdered in a culture of anger and hate that is stoked with relish by the monster holding the highest office of the land –

“It’s my face man

I didn’t do nothing serious man



please I can’t breathe

please man

please somebody Continue reading