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Welland Man In Dire Need of Surgery to Remove Life-Threatening Brain Tumour

Niagara Centre MPP Says Father and Grandfather’s  Life Hangs in the Balance while Doctors are Overwhelmed with other Patients

An Urgent Plea to Ontario Health Minister from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

An Open Letter from  Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch to Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Heath , and toRob MacIsaac, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences 

Dear Minister Elliott and Mr. MacIsaac: Re:  59 Year old Welland man fighting for his life with golf ball sized brain tumour

Welland, Ontario father and grandfather Dean Baker is desperately waiting for surgery to remove deadly brain tumour in a heath care system overwhelmed with patients.

 I am sending this urgent letter on behalf of Dean Baker appealing on compassionate grounds to expedite life saving surgery to remove this brain tumour.

He is a husband, father of two children and three grandchildren. His family physician says the tumour must be removed and if not he will die. He has been to see his Neurosurgeon at Hamilton General Hospital and given no specific date for surgery, leaving him and his life in limbo.  Continue reading

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Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Surfs On at Artpark

Following a Seven-Week Postponement, Brian Wilson Keeps his Promise to Fans to bring his Pet Sounds Tour show to Lewiston, New York

“Dear Friends,

“It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour,” wrote Brian Wilson this past spring in an open letter to ticket holders for the Artpark show and other shows on the tour.

“It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey. …  But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why.

“It’s something I’ve never dealt with before and we can’t quite figure it out just yet.

“I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this. I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.

“The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.” – Love & Mercy, Brian Wilson”

Beach Boys co-founder and music legend Brian Wilson

A Brief Tribute to Music Legend Brian Wilson By Doug Draper

Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

I’m one of those people who can still remember where I was the first time I heard a song that I immediately fell in love with. Continue reading

St. Catharines’ Lakeside Park Carousel is Reopening this Friday, August 9th 

Popular Carousel to resume operations following recent flash flooding around Lake Ontario shoreline areas

High water levels continue to impact other parts of Lakeside Park. The east Port Dalhousie pier and the Lakeside Park Beach remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice for safety reasons.  

News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario 

Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

After a two-day closure due to flooding at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie, the carousel will reopen on Friday, Aug. 9.

City crews have spent the last two days pumping water out of the area, and cleaning up any mud and debris following the intense rain on Tuesday night.

An assessment of the carousel shows there was no damage sustained due to the active weather. The Lakeside Park Carousel will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 2. Continue reading

It Was 50 Years Ago Today, The Beatles Shot Their Final Album Cover

John, Paul, George and Ringo took their iconic walk across Abbey Road on August 8th, 1969

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – from one of the very last songs The Beatles ever recorded together as a group, and from one of the very last tracks on one of the group’s finest albums, Abbey Road 

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted August 8th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

If you are a frequent follower of Niagara At Large, you know already that it is hard for me to ignore a milestone moment in the history of one of the world’s greatest pop music groups.

So let’s all ‘come together’ and remember the very last photo shoot The Beatles did for an album cover before the group dissolved the following year. Continue reading

Buffalo, New York Area Congressman Announces $650,000 in Homeland Security Funding for Erie & Niagara Counties

Grants Support Northern Border Security Measures

Brian Higgins

“The border between the United States and Canada represents the longest bi-national land boundary in the world and presents unique challenges.  This funding helps local and federal agencies coordinate protection and response measures.”                                    – U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, representing communities along the U.S. side of the Niagara River border

News from the Buffalo, New York Office of U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted August 8th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

The Peace Bridge between Niagara, Ontario and Erie County, New York – one of the major border crossings on the continent

Buffalo, New York – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has announced that Erie and Niagara Counties have each been awarded $325,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, said, “the border between the United States and Canada represents the longest bi-national land boundary in the world and presents unique challenges.  This funding helps local and federal agencies coordinate protection and response measures.” Continue reading

Another Sign of Our Times in this Age of Climate Emergency

Flooding Along the Shores of Lake Ontario Closes Port Dalhousie’s Popular Carousel in Niagara, Ontario Again

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter Doug Draper, followed by a News Release from the City of St. Catharines

Posted August 7th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Climate change, scientists tell us, is quite a bit about the frequency and intensity of storms. So here we are again.

Just five days after the always so popular vintage carousel ride in St. Catharines/Niagara’s Lakeside Park was finally opened after what were record high Lake Ontario waters finally began to recede, the City of St. Catharines has been forced by another bought of flooding to close it again.

The carousel, which has been a hit of the season at 5 cents a ride for young at heart for decades now, usually opens in spring and rides on into the fall. Continue reading

We Can Only Dream of having a Green New Deal like New York’s in Doug Ford’s Ontario

“Climate change is the issue of our lifetime, frankly.”     – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

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

Posted August 7th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

There once was a time when that I well remember as an environment reporter in this region that people in Ontario pointed accusing fingers across to the Niagara River to polluters on the New York side, and to government bodies in New York State that didn’t seem to be doing enough to keep those polluters from poisoning the water, fish and air that people on both sides of the border drank, ate and breathed.

With the possible exception of a few major discharges of waste from the Niagara Falls, New York wastewater treatment plant in recent years, pointing accusing fingers at our New York neighbours for environmental malfeasance carries very little weight any more. Continue reading