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Scheer’s Federal Conservatives Say ‘No’ to Legislating Carbon Emission Reductions that Line Up With Keeping Warming Below 1.5°C – A Paris Agreement Target

Leading Canadian Environmental Organizations Release Responses from Federal Parties on 10 Environmental Priority Questions

A News Release from Environmental Defence Canada, a citizens’ advocacy group for our environment

Posted October ??, 2019 on Niaggara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – This October 1st, Canada’s leading environmental organizations released the answers to a Federal Party Survey on Environmental Platforms that address the climate change, biodiversity, toxics and waste crises harming our country.

The survey was distributed to the six main political parties in July 2019 and responses were received from five of them: the Bloc Quebecois, Conservative Party of Canada, Green Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada and New Democratic Party. The People’s Party of Canada did not respond.

The survey represents the collective priorities of the 14 environmental organizations and outlines required actions to address the environmental protection, economic justice and human rights issues facing Canadians. Continue reading

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Ontario NDP Leader Calls on Ford to Come Out of Hiding and Face Parents After Narrowly Avoiding Strike

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“While parents across Ontario have worried about what’s happening at their schools, Doug Ford has gone into hiding: avoiding parents and being unavailable to media at Queen’s Park.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

A Statement from  the Office of Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted October 7th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose popularity numbers have tanked over his first year in power, and in the wake of cuts to education and other public services, closed down the provincial election before his partisan federal Tory pal Andrew Scheer bean is current run for prime minister, and will not re-open the legislature until the federal election is over.

Queen’s Park – Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Doug Ford needs to come out of hiding following a narrowly averted education workers’ strike that would have closed schools across Ontario.

“Doug Ford did everything he could to pick a fight and move ahead with an agenda of cuts and chaos. Yesterday, while parents were left wondering whether classes would be on, he was missing in action,” said Horwath.

Ford’s education cuts have already had a devastating effect on schools: education work positions and 10,000 teaching positions are being eliminated, high school students have seen course options vanish and schools are cutting back on everything from library time for students to cleaning in kindergarten classrooms.

While parents across Ontario have worried about what’s happening at their schools, Doug Ford has gone into hiding: avoiding parents and being unavailable to media at Queen’s Park. Horwath called on Ford to come out of hiding and reverse his education cuts.

“The Premier gave himself five months off, but recess is over,” said Horwath. “It’s time for him to stop denying the impact of his education cuts, reverse them today and work with the people who make our schools work instead of attacking them.”

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“A politician thinks of the next election. a leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Two Upcoming Events You Can Attend in Niagara for Our Earth and Climate Action

Greta Thunberg, left, marches with thousands of others ahead of a first of a kind Youth Climate Summit that the United Nations is hosting in New York City this September 21st

“We demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask for?”     – from an address by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a New York City rally this September 20th, as millions of people around the world went out on “strike” for climate action ahead of a United Nation’s sponsored Youth Climate Summit this September 21st

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted September 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

In what may be the largest global demonstration of its kind for protecting our earth’s environment, literally millions of people around the world took part in “strikes” this September 20th for climate action.

The growing size of these demonstrations, expected to continue in communities and countries around the world in the weeks and months ahead, raise hope that upcoming elections in Canada (we have a federal election this October 21st) and in the United States next year will be used to sweep those politicians not committed to act decisively NOW on the climate emergency out of office.

Climate deniers and laggards in public office can no longer be tolerated given the seriousness of the threat to survival that the world faces today. Continue reading

For Music Lovers of all Ages – Here’s a Must-See Film Doc on one of the World’s All-Time Greatest Pop Singers

‘LINDA RONSTADT – The Sound of My Voice’

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted September 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Linda Ronstadt, during her Stone Poney days in the late 1960s, before she went solo.

Linda Ronstadt has, by almost any measure in the world of music, made her mark as one of the greatest singers of the past 50 years.

I confess that I have a bit of a bias here. I had a massive school-boy crush on Linda Ronstadt going back to her first hit, ’Different Drum’ with a folk-rock group called the Stone Poneys in 1967.

But bias or no bias, the boat-load of Grammy Awards, the decades-long string of hits on the Billboard charts record sales totalling more than 100 million, and the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, speak for themselves. Continue reading

A Brief Message to Our Many Niagara At Large Readers

From Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted September 18th, 2019

Niagara At Large is taking a little time off to walk the beaches of Cape Cod and think about where a news and commentary site like this may go in the future, if anywhere?

I know I leave myself wide open to Trump-inspired trolls out there who hate so much of what we post here, but I will ask you the question anyway – “Any suggestions?”

We have a strong and loyal readership now, but we need to grow and we are going to need some support in the future in order to survive.

Thanks so much to all of our many readers for supporting us with your visits and comments over the past 10 years.

With more support, we can build this independent, alternative news voice into a real tour de force for democracy and for social and environmental justice in our greater Niagara region.

Doug Draper, journalist

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Six-Year-Old Proposal for New South Niagara Hospital Takes “An Important Step Forward” – Niagara Health

“This new hospital represents a significant and important investment in healthcare in Niagara. With the government’s support, we are one step closer to a new hospital and we look forward to our continued work with the Ministry of Health to plan the next stage.” – Angela Zangari, Interim President, Niagara Health

A News Release from Niagara Health, formerly the Niagara Health System

Posted September 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Planning for the new South Niagara Hospital took an important step forward as Infrastructure Ontario has listed the project (Niagara Falls Hospital) in their Market Update for Projects in Pre-Procurement.

The proposed site for a new hospital for Niagara’s south end is in the southwest end of Niagara Falls off the QEW. Is that a good location for people in communities like Welland and Port Colborne?

  The South Niagara Hospital is listed in the Market Update to start issuing RFQs (Request for Qualifications) in spring 2021 and issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) in winter 2021 with a financial close in 2022.

With a Stage 2 revised submission soon to be provided to the provincial Ministry of Health, the project will move through important milestones. The submission outlines the program and service requirements, equipment and space needs and has been developed with extensive input from Niagara Health’s staff, physicians and community partners.   Continue reading

Province’s Say in Conservation Authority Operations Should Be Limited To What It Contributes in Funding

In the Case of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, We Are Talking No More Than Two to Four Per Cent

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher           Doug Draper

Posted September 15th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

To Ontario Premier Doug Ford – How about adding more to the pot, if you want to have a say in how Conservation Authorities do business?

There is an old saying that goes like this; “If you want to play, you gotta pay.”

Some attribute the line to American novelist Stephen King, although I always tied it to Bruce Springsteen, who used it as far back as the 1970s to rev up audiences at his shows.

At the risk of insulting those two guys, I could hear a line like that coming out of the mouth of Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, because it does seem to have a bit of a free market ring to it, doesn’t it?

“If you want to play, you gotta pay,”

In other words;‘If you’re not going to put down more doe, it’s time to get up and go.’

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