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In Canada’s Coming Federal Election, ‘Vote for Nature’!

‘The health of our planet depends on your vote.’

A Message from Ontario Nature, a non-profit advocacy group for Ontario’s natural heritage

Posted August 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

With a federal election on the horizon in October, it’s time to make the conservation of wild species and wild spaces an election issue. 

Whom we vote for matters more than ever. Not just for our country, but for the health of the planet. 

As wildlife declines, ecosystems unravel and the climate changes we will need leaders prepared to chart a course to a better and safer future for us all. Continue reading

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A Destructive Fire Brings Niagara Community Together in a Spirit of Generosity

“On behalf of all the employees at Pioneer Flower Farms, we extend our thanks again to the community for all your kind words, thoughts, prayers and efforts to assist us during this heart wrenching time.” – Kristen Sikking, Pioneer Flower Farms 

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – 

With all of the rotten things going on around the world these days, it is heartening to have a story about an outpouring of kindness and generosity so close to home. 

I am talking about the way people across Niagara came together as a community to donate clothing and other necessities to all of those, including migrant workers, who found their lives so negatively impacted by a monster fire that ripped through the sprawling growing operations of Pioneer Flower Farms in west St. Catharines earlier this August. 

Even while we read reports about our own Ontario government re-launching its plans to cut more funding for public health care, ambulance services, and day care spaces for children across the province, many people in Niagara went out of their way to help people affected by this destructive fire.  Continue reading

Niagara Region Transit Expanding Service Hours Starting Tuesday, September 3rd

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted August 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Starting on Tues Sept. 3, Niagara Region Transit is expanding service on many of its routes and adding service to the Town of Pelham.

As a result of these changes, almost all Niagara Region Transit Routes will have standardized service hours available Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Riders can download the free Transit App for use on iOS and Android devices or they can find all the transit information they need including schedules, fares and maps by visiting niagararegion.ca/transit . Continue reading

Join Us for a St. Catharines Federal Election Candidates Challenge on the Climate

On Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul Street, in St. Catharines, Ontario

An Invite to All from Extinction Rebellion Niagara, a group of Niagara area citizens calling for urgent action to address the climate crisis

Posted August 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

EXTINCTION REBELLION NIAGARA (XRN) INVITES YOU TO THE ST. CATHARINES FEDERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE (CONSERVATIVES, GREENS, LIBERALS, NDP) CHALLENGE ON THE CLIMATE

PURPOSE – Extinction Rebellion (XR)   is extremely concerned about the imminent climate collapse that virtually the entire scientific community, including  the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is warning us about.

This concern is acutely heightened because of the dire consequences that this collapse is already beginning to have on the entire world, especially the most marginalized. Our security and, much more so, that of our children and grandchildren are immediately at stake. Continue reading

Still Don’t Believe Our World is Facing a Climate Emergency?

Now We Have the Amazon Rainforests – What Many Scientists Have Called “The Lungs of the Earth” – On Fire

A Brief Comment from Doug Draper

Posted August 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

How much more will it take before we collectively take this threat to life on this earth seriously? Stop all this blubbering about a “carbon tax”.

Our children’s future is at stake.

If the melting of the ice caps, recording flooding, droughts, wind storms and heatwaves are not enough, check out what is now happening to one of the world’s greatest rainforests –

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 http://www.niagaraatlarge.com .

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

Trump – “The Chosen One” … “The Second Coming of God”

This is the delusional nutbar Canadians now have ruling the roost next door

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

Posted August 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

When it comes to capturing the dangerous and delusional madness of Donald Trump, few have done a better job of pinning the tail on the jackass than the editorial staff responsible for the front pages of the New York Daily News.

The front page of the latest August 22nd Daily News tabloid is a sterling example, and without any further words from me, because no further words are really necessary, here is the whole front pageAmen.

And no wonder evangelicals worship him so much they line up to have him sign their Bible.

The “chosen one” autographs Bibles in Alabama earlier this 2019 for the faithful. If the real Jesus came back, is this something He would do?

Here is a link to a New York Times opinion piece on this – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/opinion/trump-chosen-one.html .

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

NDP Slams Class-Size Hike Ontario’s Ford Government Is Still Phasing In

Thousands of student time-tables and staff assignments were redone months ago

A News Release from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party

Posted August 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK – Students, parents, teachers, education workers and the NDP have blasted Doug Ford’s scheme to hike class sizes – and an eleventh-hour attempt to soften that bad news by the Ford government won’t save students who have already registered for gigantic classes that start in a couple weeks.

“When Doug Ford revealed a plan to hike average class sizes and cut teachers, that’s when schools, school boards and students had to undertake the monumental task of redoing course offerings and student timetables for thousands of students,” said NDP Education critic Marit Stiles. Continue reading