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Who’s to blame for stalling a $1.5 Billion Development Project in Niagara Falls, Ontario?

Not environmental groups or Indigenous people or Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

A cabal of Niagara politicians and the developers pushing the project have few to blame but themselves.

Stay tune to Niagara At Large this Thursday, July 27th for a commentary by NAL publisher and veteran journalist and environment writer Doug Draper that responds to a contentious article published in this April 26th’s Globe and Mail that seems to place the blame for holding up residential and commercial development proposed for natural heritage lands in Niagara Falls, Ontario’s Thundering Waters Forest on almost everyone but those pushing the project. Continue reading

Canada’s Prime Minister Makes the Cover of the Rolling Stone

‘Why Can’t He Be Our President?’ asks headline on the magazine

A Brief One from Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted July 26, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Wanna see our pictures on the cover
Wanna buy five copies for our mothers…
Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone.”

–      Lyrics from the Dr. Hook song, Cover of the Rolling Stone.

The very first issue of Rolling Stone magazine, published 50 years ago this year, featured Beatle John Lennon on its cover.

Since then, the magazine’s cover has cameod every mega star in music from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and Adele, a gala of Hollywood actors and almost every U.S. president going back to Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.

But never a Canadian prime minister, at least up to now. Continue reading

Lend Your Voice to Those Saying ‘No’ to Oil Drilling in Gulf of Saint Lawrence ecosystem

‘A home to a teeming array of marine wildlife, including the endangered leatherback turtle and blue whale’

A Message from Daniel Green, Deputy Leader of Canada’s Green Party

Posted July 26th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

My patience with Prime Minister Trudeau is starting to wear thin. His cabinet recently proposed that the Laurentian Channel in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence — home to a teeming array of marine wildlife, including the endangered leatherback turtle and blue whale — be designated as a Marine Protection Area (MPA).

Endangered blue whales just below the surface of a Gulf of Saint Lawrence that should be more of a marine sanctuary than an offshore oil drilling field

That sounds great. But there’s a catch.

The Liberals’ proposed regulations allow for oil and gas exploration in 80% of this area.
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Ontario Premier to lead Business Mission to China and Vietnam

Engaging with Economic Leaders Will Expand Partnerships and Trade Opportunities

“This business mission will build on our productive partnerships with China”    – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

News from the Office of Premier Kathleen Wynne

Posted July 26th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne heading to China – again

Premier Kathleen Wynne will lead a delegation to China and Vietnam this fall to strengthen trade partnerships and promote Ontario as a key centre for investment and innovation. Premier Wynne made the announcement in Toronto at the headquarters of green technology company Nanoleaf.

This is the first-ever Ontario Premier’s mission to Vietnam, and Premier Wynne’s third mission to China. Continue reading

.Join our American Neighbours in fighting Trump cuts to programs that keep chemical poisons out of our Great Lakes

Trump and his anti-EPA lap dog – Scott Pruitt – would gut a ‘Superfund’ program that helped bring the Niagara River and Lake Ontario back from the brink

An Introductory Message from NAL publisher Doug Draper, followed by a Call to Action from veteran U.S. environmentalist Lois Gibbs

Posted July 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

To fully understand the outrage of Trump and his anti-Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt moving to gut programs key to keeping hazardous chemicals out of our Great Lakes, it is important to recall a little history from the not-to-distant past.

Lois Gibbs during a Christmas at Love Canal during the late 1970s, where buried chemicals destroyed her Niagara Falls, N.Y. nieghbourhood and spread onward to the waters of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

That history stretches back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when citizens on both sides of the Niagara River learned, to their horror, that some of the most lethal chemicals created by modern science – chemicals like dioxin (an ingredient in the Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange), mirex and a witch’s brew of cancer-causing chlorinated benzenes – were bleeding their way into the waters of the river and Lake Ontario from industrial waste dumps dotting the American side of the river.

 Most of the attention focused, and quite understandably given the monster size of the dumps and the lethality of the tens of thousands of chemicals buried in them, on four sites in Niagara County, New York – Love Canal, Hyde Park, S-Area and the 102nd Street dumps, all sitting on highly fractured bedrock and located within a short walking of the Niagara River or creeks flowing into it. Continue reading

Trump’s NAFTA objectives fail U.S. working families, Trudeau remains vague on Canada’s goals

 The Trudeau government is under no requirement under Canadian law to make public its negotiating objectives on trade agreement. This is both wrong and unacceptable.

A Column from Brent Patterson, Council of Canadians

Posted July 25th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This past July 17th , the Trump administration released its objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),

It did so because under the so-called ‘fast-track’ legislation in the U.S., it must give 30-days notice of its negotiating objectives to give Congress time to provide feedback. Fast-track also means that Congress will only be able to vote on the whole NAFTA text once negotiations are completed, it won’t be able to reopen or vote down specific provisions. Continue reading

Garden Walk Buffalo 2017 – North American’s Largest Free Garden Tour – is Almost Here!

Explore some of the best urban landscape and architecture anywhere on the continent, in Buffalo, New York’s historic neighbhourhoods – Saturday and Sunday, July 29th & 30th,       10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Invite from the volunteer citizens who put Garden Walk Buffalo together

Posted July 25,, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York – Now in its 23rd year, Garden Walk Buffalo hosts the largest free garden tour in the country with more than 60,000 visitors coming from all over the states, Canada, and even further abroad.

 A FREE self-guided tour, no tickets required, with over 400 urban gardens in beautiful, historic neighborhoods of the city, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

A chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – water gardens, rock gardens, courtyards, perennial borders, and cottage gardens; anywhere in America Continue reading