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An Advisory To All From Niagara Region’s Public Health Department – Increase In Rabies Cases In Niagara

“So far, in 2018, there have been six raccoons and four skunks test positive for rabies.” 

From Niagara Region’s Public Health Department

Posted August 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Regional Headquarters in Thorold

Niagara, Ontario – This week, two skunks in an urban area of Welland, and one raccoon in rural Lincoln have tested positive for rabies. 

Niagara Region Public Health has seen an increase in the number of animals testing positive for rabies in Niagara. 

So far, in 2018, there have been six raccoons and four skunks test positive for rabies.  In 2017, there were a total of 21 animals that tested positive for rabies (19 raccoons, two skunks) and 12 in 2016 (10 raccoons, two skunks).  Continue reading

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Say A Little Prayer for the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin

Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large

 August 14, 2018

Niagara At Large will have more later on this great lady, now gravely ill in hospice in her native Detroit.

In a brief statement, she asks for our prayers. 

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .

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

Calls for Resignation of Niagara Region’s CAO and Chair Continue to Mount

A Brief One from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 23rd, 2018

In the wake of an Ontario Ombudsman’s report this past July 18th, condemning the seizure by Niagara regional officials of reporters’ computers and notes, followed by their expulsion last December from municipal property, calls have been mounting across Niagara for the resignations of the Region’s CAO, Carmen D’Angelo, and Region’s Chair, Al Caslin.

Niagara Region’s chair Al Caslin with the Region’s CAO, Carmen D’Angelo perched to his right. Growing numbers of people are saying it is time for these two to say goodbye. File photo by Doug Draper

One of those many calls is coming from retired senior Niagara Regional Police officer Peter Gill, who has recently registered his name to run in St. Catharines for a seat on Niagara regional council.

Peter Gill posted the following on his Facebook page –

By the way, The National Post is by no means the only large media organization to run a story or editorial on this disgusting episode in our Niagara region. There has been coverage in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and on CBC, just to mention a few. Continue reading

Canada’s National Newspaper Applauds Ontario Ombudsman While Calling Out Niagara Region For Its Assault On Press Freedom

“Journalists perform an essential civic function, a big part of which involves chronicling government decisions and those who make them, so voters can hold elected representatives to account. … Thankfully, we have public officials such as Mr. Dubé (Ontario’s Ombudsman) on hand to remind everyone of the truth.” – from a Globe and Mail editorial, published on the newspaper’s main editorial page on July 20th, 2018

Posted by Doug Draper in Niagara At Large, July 21st, 2018

Globe Editorial: Ontario’s ombudsman stands up for press freedom

“Last December, municipal officials in Ontario’s Niagara region issued a statement apologizing for the “inconvenience” caused to a reporter who was expelled from an unruly council meeting and had his laptop confiscated. Continue reading

Niagara At Large – Help Us Grow a Fearless, Independent Voice for the People of this Greater Niagara Region

To rebuild the kind of news media we lost in this region thanks to corporate chains cutting and gutting newsrooms, we are going to need your support!

A Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted June 19h, 2018 on Niagara At Large

For the next five or six days, this independent site for news and commentary will be relatively inactive while we are on the road, travelling from the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic, through the heart of that state and New York State to Buffalo, then back to our home base in Niagara, Ontario.

First thing next week – starting June 25th – we are going to hit the ground running because we have a great deal of work to do in our region with only four months left before the October 22nd municipal elections – elections that, without doubt, will make the difference between more of the same divisive, self-serving ugliness at the regional level of government and hope for a healthier better future for you and I, for the youngest among us, and for the communities we live in. Continue reading

A Message That Every Person Who Serves in Public Office Should Have Framed on the Wall

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted June 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Before remembrances of the 50the anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination – on June 6th, 1968 – become a distant memory themselves, here is a message form Robert Kennedy that comes to mind for me as I follow the antics of those who service in politics across our country, across the country to the south of us, and too often, across our region of Niagara –

The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get people of power to live for the public and not off the public.” – Robert F. Kennedy

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .

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

Ontario Oral Health Alliance Hopes New Ontario PC Party Moves Forward With Expanding Access To Dental Care

A News Release from the Ontario and Niagara Oral Health Alliance

Posted June 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Ontario Oral Health Alliance was pleased to see promises to expand access to dental care in all four major party platforms during the Ontario election, a historic first for provincial elections in Canada.
“We offer congratulations to the Ontario PC Party on their election win and look forward to working with them as they implement their promise of dental care for low income seniors through Community Health Centres and Public Health Units,” said Lori Kleinsmith, Chair of the Niagara Dental Health Coalition. Continue reading