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All Fired Up To Rally, Resist & Impeach – More Signs Of Our Times

Million of Americans are Standing Up to the Trump Destruction Machine. They Very Much Deserve and Need Our Support

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted January 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Signs of Our Times – Carried across the border in New York and other states this January 20-21st weekend by millions resisting the dangerous policies of Trump

I have continued to hear many of my fellow Canadians over the past 12 months since Trump was sworn in as Twitter-in-Chief in the country across the border make sweeping statements about Americans because of Trump.

“How can they be so stupid,” is one of the lines I so often hear Canadians say of Americans.

It is as if to say that most, if not   all Americans are ignorant and are racist.

It is as if to say that they are  filled with as much contempt for press, the judiciary and other democratic institutions, and as much fear and hate for people of colour as Trump and a base of supporters, largely made up of  white supremacists, evangelical Christians who are so far out that they view the Pope of the Catholic Church as the anti-Christ, and billionaire bagmen who would total the planet to drill for the last drop of oil. Continue reading

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Niagara Regional Police Chaplain – Fort Erie/Niagara Resident Gary Screaton Page – Awarded “Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship”

When Times Are Bad, It’s  Important To Remember There Are Good People Doing Good Things In Our Communities

News from the Niagara Regional Police Service with a A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large

Posted January 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Foreword from NAL reporter and publisher Doug Draper – At a time when there are a lot of bad things happening in this region, this country and this world that we ignore at our peril – at a time like this past Saturday, January 20th, when we open up local newspapers to news that those who are supposed to be our municipal leaders in Niagara are once again, through some of their own objectionable conduct and through the complicity of their own standoffishness and silence, are allowing our regional headquarters to be repeatedly used as a venue for bullying, harassment and hate speech – it is just as important to remember that there are good people among us, doing good things in our communities.

One of those good people is Gary Screaton Page, resident in the Niagara, Ontario community of Fort Erie and a long-time Chaplain for the Niagara Regional Police who, through his dedication to community, and his own sense of humanity and generosity, has spent years working with others to welcome newcomers to this region of Canada, and serve the common good in many other ways. Continue reading

Joining the Global March for Women’s Equal Place in Society

“Our work is far from done. We need to continue to show up. We need to take up our space as women, because we rightfully belong here. We need to elect women. We need to believe women. … Change is happening.” – Andrea Horwath

A Message from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted January 20th,. 2018 on Niagara At Large

Statement from Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s NDP

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Sudbury, Ontario  — This morning, (Saturday, January 20th) millions of people around the globe marched for women’s rights, and I was proud to do the same, marching alongside Ontario women in Sudbury.

I marched because there are women who still make about 70 cents on the dollar for doing the same job as a man. Because it’s 2018 and there are elected folks who still don’t respect women’s equal place in society. Continue reading

A Spot-On Tweet for These Times of Super Bad Governance in Niagara, Ontario

This One on Niagara, Ontario’s Regional Government and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

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

Posted January 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

I am not a big fan of Twitter or Facebook, even though I have little choice but to link Niagara At Large up with these two social media venues to reach more readers.

The texting and tweeting culture of our times, depicted in a mural painted on a wall in downtown St. Catharines/Niagara. Photo by Doug Draper

As much as some of the photos of pet dogs and cats that people post on these venues are kind of cute, I find most of what I read on Twitter and Facebook to be rather shallow and mind-numbing. And it doesn’t help the case for Twitter to have the continual bombardment of insanity coming from the Tweeter-in-Chief in the White House either.

Yet every once in a while there is a Tweet that comes my way that pins the tail on the donkey when it comes to some of the really objectionable nonsense going on out there. Continue reading

NAFTA Lawsuits Cost Canada Almost $100 Million More Than Previously Estimated: Report

“The Trudeau government has more than enough reasons to remove the undemocratic investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process from NAFTA during the current renegotiations.”  – Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

A Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Posted January 20th,  2018 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario— Canada’s  federal government has spent more than $95 million in unrecoverable legal fees defending the ballooning number of investor-state lawsuits filed against Canada under NAFTA’s controversial investment chapter, according to new data obtained by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives via an access to information request.

This newly uncovered amount is on top of the $219 million Canada has paid out in awards and settlements resulting from investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases filed under NAFTA. Continue reading

Ontario’s Wynne Government Accused Of Ignoring Peoples’ Bread & Butter Concerns

Niagara Area MPP Sam Oosterhoff hears of Liberal neglect at Pre-Budget Hearings 

Posted January 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Queen’s Park, Toronto  – Sam Oosterhoff has been hearing a familiar story across the province this week. 

The (Ontario PC Party) MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook has been visiting different cities with MPP Vic Fedeli and other colleagues as part of the annual pre-budget hearings organized by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. 

Rocco Rossi of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce told the committee that job loss is already occurring from Ontario’s “increased input costs that include much higher tax levels than anywhere else in North America.” Liberal policies are taking a toll on the owners and employees of the small to medium-sized businesses which provide more than 70% of private sector jobs.  Continue reading

In Letter to Ontario Premier, Niagara Falls MPP Lashes Out At Her Government’s Record of Privatizing Hospitals & Other Vital Services

‘Where are Province’s Contingency Plans Following Liquidation of Carillion Canada – A Corporation Ontario Gvoernment Has Allowed to Buy Up Public Services’

An Open Letter from Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Niagara Falls, Ontario MPP Wayne Gates in provincial legislature. File photo

Posted January 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Dear Premier,    

I’m writing to you … regarding the recent news that Carillion, the parent company of Carillion Canada, has filed for liquidation.

This company holds the contracts to maintain hospitals across the province and clear our roads of snow this winter. 

In short, you have sold them the contracts to keep our families safe when they travel the roads of our province in our winters. Continue reading