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The Truth Behind Niagara Falls’ “Frozen” Appearance

Some Facts and Figures About Snow and Ice and the Rushing Waters of The Falls

  • Record-breaking temperatures result in remarkable ice formations and the illusion ofFrozen Falls
  • Miniature glaciers and frozen mist have transformed Niagara Falls into a truly inspiring, natural and distinctly Canadian winter wonderland

From Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted January 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Do the Falls actually freeze?

Well, technically no. Though it is a trick question, as to the eye it might look as though they do.

The Falls of Niagara in Snow and Ice. All photos in this series courtesy of Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

During particularly cold temperatures, the mist and spray begin to form a crust of ice over top of the rushing water, making it appear as though the Falls have in fact stopped. However, the water continues to flow underneath the sheets of ice.

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Ford Forced To Abandon Another Attempt To Punch Holes In Ontario’s Greenbelt

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

“We’re relieved, but we know we’re going to have to be vigilant. Ford and the developers he trades favours with clearly want to be able to plow through the Greenbelt.” – Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

News from Ontario’s NDP and Official Opposition Party

Posted January 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

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

Fighting to stop more of this from happening to what is left of Ontario’s natural heritage

Following concerns raised by Ontario’s New Democratic Party and by numerous municipalities across the province, including Niagara’s Regional Council, about the potential threat that language in Bill 66 – a so-called “Open For Business” piece of legislation being proposed by the Ford government – poses to the province’s Greenbelt and to opportunities for public consultation when it comes to development that may intrude on green space, the government has (as of this January 23rd) abandoned a controversial section in the bill. Continue reading

Ontario Government Lowers Student Tuition Burden by 10 Per Cent 

First ever province-wide tuition reduction will make college and university  more affordable for students in Niagara

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara West and Ontario Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted January 19th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff .

Niagara, Ontario – For the first time in Ontario, students at every publicly-assisted college and university will see their tuition rates go down by 10 percent thanks to a tuition rate reduction introduced by Ontario’s Government.

This is the latest step in the Government’s plan to keep more money in the pockets of students and families.

 “We believe that if you’ve got the grades, you deserve access to an affordable postsecondary education,” said Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By lowering tuition across the entire province, our Government is ensuring that all qualified Ontario students will have more affordable access to high quality skills, training and education.” Continue reading

No Foundation of Facts and Reason to Back Up Trump’s Call for a Wall

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

“The President’s proposal to potentially use emergency authority to bypass Congress and reprogram funds for the wall, which the public does not support and Mexico will never pay for, … is shameful.” U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins based in the Buffalo/Western New York area

From Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted January 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins in Response to President Trump’s Remarks

Buffalo, N.Y. – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on border security and his shutdown of the federal government: 

“The only crisis is the one manufactured by this President. In causing this government shutdown, President Trump is holding federal workers and programs hostage to advance a political agenda. 

“The President’s proposal to potentially use emergency authority to bypass Congress and reprogram funds for the wall, which the public does not support and Mexico will never pay for, while those who patrol our borders are not getting paid for the work they are doing because of the President’s obstinance, is shameful. Continue reading

Join In an Information Session and Letter Writing Campaign to Save Thundering Waters Forest

Monday, January 7th, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m.

An Invite from Citizens Campaigning to Save the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls

Posted January 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

  • When: January 7th, 4pm -6pm
  • Where: Mahtay Café on St. Paul Street in downtown St Catharines
  • What: Thundering Waters Letter Writing and Web Film Debut
  • Niagara area citizens have been fighting to save wetlands like this provincially significant one – on lands targeted for development – in Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls. The lands fall within the Niagara River watershed in the Great Lakes basin. File photo

St Catharines, Ontario – Community organizers will be hosting a letter writing campaign and info session about the damage to protected wetlands in Niagara Falls by Gr Can Inc. Mike Enns, a local film maker, will be debuting his web video about the damage and the public is welcome to join us to learn and help protect what little natural spaces are left in Niagara. Continue reading

Canada’s CEO Pay Still Near Historic Levels at 197 Times More Than The Average Worker

New gender analysis suggests that executive bonus pay has little to do with ‘merit’

A New Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Posted January 3rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario —Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 197 times more than the average worker made in 2017, earning the average yearly wage ($50,759) before lunch on Jan. 2, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The report shows the country’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index made an average of $10 million in 2017, slightly less than last year’s report but still the second highest amount since the CCPA has been keeping track. Continue reading

Along with the Safety Barriers, Let’s Also Try Being Kinder To One Another

A Comment from a Niagara At Large reader that is well worth taking into the New Year

Posted December 31st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

We live in a time when more than possibly ever before, the technical fix takes precedence over the human touch.

Walls and fences are used to control the movement of people. “Friends” on Facebook and Twitter feeds take the place of face-to-face interactions with people in what are left of the places that serve as communities.

So it is not unusual that so much attention has been placed on installing some kind of fencing or security barriers on the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines to prevent more people who feel down on life from jumping off. Continue reading