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At Niagara Regional Council – They Just Keep on Keepin’ On with the Piling On

A Brief One from Doug Draper with more to come later

Posted June 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Andy Petrowski’s seat in the Niagara regional council chambers may have been empy this June 8th, but in many ways that are not pleasant or productive to deal with, the St. Catharines regional councillor was still very much there.

Andy Petrowski. File photo

Somewhere in the range of 20 or 40 minutes of time that should be used focusing on the real chances Niagara faces was taken up once again at the June 8th meeting with Petrowski’s shocking and unacceptable conduct and what to do with it.

Petrowski, as many Niagara resident who still follow the news by now no doubt know, decided or agreed late this May (we aren’t sure which because no one is saying) to take a leave of absence from his councillor duties after a communication device he was responsible for was used by someone (Petrowski claims it wasn’t it) to send a photo of a nude woman to more than 100 people. Continue reading

Nuclear Expert to Speak on Possible Cross-Border Shipments of Highly Dangerous Radioactive Waste through our Greater Niagara Region

An Invite from the Niagara District Council of Women

Posted June 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – On Friday, June 16th, the Niagara District Council of Women is bringing highly respected nuclear expert, Dr. Gordon Edwards, to Niagara as our guest speaker.

Are the Canadian and U.S. governments secretly shipping highly dangerous radioactive wastes across this Peace Bridge or other area border crossings? And are they doing it without even telling emergency responders on the Ontario and New York sides of the border?


Dr. Edwards will respond to concerns and questions about the potential shipments of liquid high level, extremely dangerous, nuclear waste containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) by road through Niagara.  There are many questions that have not been answered by the federal government or the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission:

  • What is the nature of the liquid radioactive material to be trucked over our roads?
  • Has highly radioactive liquid of this kind ever been transported before? Why now?
  • How dangerous is this material in case of a major accident?
  • Can leakage occur?
  • Are there practical and affordable alternatives that would make these shipments unnecessary?

Continue reading

Lake Ontario Flood Waters won’t stop Canada Day Fireworks in Port Dalhousie

News from the City of St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted June 8th, 2017on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The record-breaking high water levels of Lake Ontario won’t stop fireworks from lighting up the sky in Port Dalhousie on Canada Day.

The Port Dalhousie Lions Club normally sets off its dazzling Canada Day fireworks display from Lakeside Park but will be unable to this year due to safety concerns associated with the record water levels in Lake Ontario. Instead, the Lions Club will set off its annual Canada Day fireworks from Henley Island. Continue reading

Remembering Bobby Kennedy – A Voice for Peace & Equality, Gunned Down 49 Years Ago this June 6th

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

How different the world might be today had he survived to win the U.S. presidency in 1968, rather than Nixon.

Click on the following to hear readings of a message of hope that then U.S. Senator for New York, Robert F. Kennedy delivered 50 years ago this June 6th, during a visit to South Africa where the racially oppressive system of apartheid was then fully entrenched and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was serving the first years of a decades long ordeal in prison –

.During his 1968 presidential campaign, Bobby Kennedy was fond of ending speeches with a line from George Bernard Shaw – “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

It is a line we would all do well to embrace today. I miss you Bobby.

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Join Us in Fort Erie/Niagara for a 24 Hour Fire for Missing Aboriginal Woman – Tara Lanea Summers

 A News Release to NAL, Courtesy of Karl Dockstader

Posted May 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Tara Lanea Summers – Wishing her safe return home

Fort Erie, Ontario The public is invited to come to the lighting of a 24 hour fire starting at the 6am sunrise on Wednesday, May 10th, at the grove next to the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre on 796 Buffalo Road in Fort Erie to raise awareness for Tara Lanea Summers.

The thirty-one year old female resides in the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario but travels to the Greater Toronto Area concerning employment at the Woodbine Race Track. Tara Summers was last seen by a friend in Toronto on April 27th, 2017.

Friends and family of the Summers family are inviting members of the Niagara community to visit the fire at any time over the 24 hour period from May 10th at sunrise until sunrise the following morning to help raise awareness and support the Summers family. Continue reading

Canada’s Prime Minister issues Brief Statement on results of France’s  nail-biting Presidential Election

A Statement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted May 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the result of France’s presidential election:

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking during a recent visit to Juno Beach in France where Canadians forces fought during Second World War

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Emmanuel Macron on his election as the next President of France.

“Canada and France share a warm and historic relationship, rooted in our common history, deep cultural ties, people-to-people connections, and strong economic partnership.”

“ We also closely collaborate on important international issues as strong allies and partners with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, G7, G20 and La Francophonie. Continue reading