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Two Canadian Icons – David Suzuki & Stephen Lewis  – Tour the Country for Climate Action & Our Children’s Future

“Imagine two elders with no vested interest in the status quo speaking out about climate change and the kind of world we are leaving to our children.” — David Suzuki

A Brief News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted September 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

It is heartening to know that not every person over the age of 70 is either treating the climate emergency our world faces as some kind of joke or commie plot, or is out there saying; “Why should I care what the world’s like in 20 or 30 years. I’ll probably be punching out before then anyway. So I’m supporting politicians like Harris and Scheer, just to long as they keep their hands off my pension and health care, and give me cheap gas and more tax cuts.”

We’ve got what a recent best-selling book by the same title calls “a generation of sociopaths” – otherwise known as aging baby boomers  and older – who we can count on to drive to the polls in droves in this October’s federal election, to vote for any candidate that promises to strike down putting moe of a price (what the likes of Harris and Scheer demonize as a “tax”) on climate-changing carbon pollution.

So thank God there are at least some people over 70 out there – in this case, 83-year-old David Suzuki, a scientists and host of the long-running CBC program, A Nature of Things, and 81-year-old Stephen Lewis, a former Ontario politician and United Nations Ambassador for Canada – who are prepared to go out there and speak out for climate action and our children’s future.

Suzuki, Lewis and another great Canadian over the age of 70 – 78-year-old folksinger and social justice activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, who is joining them as a special guest – are embarking on what they are calling a “Climate First Tour” of five key cities across the country this September and October, starting at 7p.m this September 14th, at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto. Continue reading

Niagara Parks Police, Firefighters Remove Man From Rapids Near Brink of Horseshoe Falls

Personal Watercraft Operators in Restricted Waters Faces Federal Charge

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Police

Posted September 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – On September 11th, 2019 at approximately 7:00 p.m. emergency services responded to the upper Niagara River following a 9-1-1 call that an individual had fallen off his personal watercraft in restricted waters at the International Control Dam.

A second personal watercraft operator was observed in these restricted waters but steered back towards shore.

Niagara Parks Police Service members positioned themselves along three shoreline locations between the Toronto Power Generating station and the brink of the Horseshoe Falls with rescue throwlines. Continue reading

Ford’s Cuts To Ontario Municipalities Forcing Service Cuts, Downloads Costs Onto Families

A Statement from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch and Ottawa MPP Joel Harden for Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Posted September 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park –  Ottawa NDP MPP Joel Harden and NDP Municipal Affairs critic, Jeff Burch,  issued the following statement after the City of Ottawa’s finance and economic development committee approved a property tax increase, a direct result of Doug Ford’s cuts to Ontario municipalities.

“Doug Ford is cutting critical services — including public health — and downloading the costs of those provincially funded programs onto municipalities, and families that pay municipal taxes.

Let’s be clear: if Ottawa or any other community has to raise municipal taxes this year, it’s a Ford Tax.

The alternative, with Ford’s funding cuts, is forcing cities to look at cutting community programs that families depend on. Either option is unthinkable for many city councillors and municipal leaders. Continue reading

Half of University Campus Radio Stations at Risk of Closure Due to Ford’s ‘Student Choice Initiative’

“At a time where we’re losing our grants, we’re losing OSAP, it should be more important than ever to fund student jobs, and jobs that allow us to excel in our career after graduating. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be a priority for provincial government.”

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition and New Democratic Party

Posted September 12th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Ontario — NDP MPPs Jessica Bell and Chris Glover are calling on the Ford government to reverse its attack on student unions and services, which has put campus and community radio stations across the province under threat.

“Doug Ford’s cuts mean that half of Ontario’s community radio stations are at risk of having to close down over the next two years,” said Bell, MPP for University-Rosedale. “Ford forcing universities and colleges to implement his personal student fee policy means many campus radio stations face considerable financial instability, and are laying off students. That’s simply unacceptable.” Continue reading

Support Two of Niagara, Ontario’s Great Used Book Stores

They Have Big Sales On This September. If You Love Books, Do Yourself A Favour and Check These Stores Out

A Brief One from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted September 12th, 2019  on Niagara At Large

Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books in St. Catharines, Niagara on 71 Queen Street near Montebello Park

(Let me start by saying that this is not a paid ad. It  is an updated version of a piece I posted about this two great bookstores when they both hold month-long sales like this a year or so ago – Doug Draper, NAL)

I am posting this one because I’ve always been a strong supporter of what are left of our great old brick and mortar book and record stores in Niagara, Ontario and across the border in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York areas, and I urge you to support them as a friend of book and record stores by becoming a customer.

And it is a great time to become a customer because right now, two of the very best of the used bookstores in our Niagara region are having sales of  50 per cent off most of their inventory, every day they are open, right up to the end of this month of September.

The Write Bookshop, in the downtown of St. Catharines on 285 St. Paul Street

Those two stores – both of them independently owned and run by very nice and knowledgeable people – are Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books on 71 Queen Street, off Lake Street near Montebello Park in St. Catharines, and The Write Bookshop, right in the downtown of St. Catharines on 285 St. Paul Street.

The following is a short message from the people at Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books on their sale –

“There is still time to stop by for our spring book sale; 50% off all used books, and 20% off books marked firm.

There are exceptions, for example books mark new or on consignment can’t be discounted and credit slips won’t apply. So come by and help us make some space, let’s get those books out of boxes! (Sale runs until end of this September). 

And don’t forget the similar sale at The Write Bookshop on nearby St. Paul Street in the city.

Please check these two great stores out, and vote as often as you can with your wallet to keep real book and record stores alive!

For more information on Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books in St. Catharines, Niagara, click on – https://www.facebook.com/Hannelore-Headley-Old-Fine-Books-Inc-533950869988039/ .

For more information on The Write Bookshop in downtown St. Catharines, Niagara, click on – https://www.facebook.com/TheWriteBookshop/ .

For a related post from the Niagara At Large archives – a goodbye tribute to Hannelore Headley, founder of  Old And Fine Books who died five years ago this June, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2013/06/28/a-sad-goodbye-to-one-of-niagaras-greatest-lovers-of-books/ .

Feel free to name some of your favourite book stores in Niagara, Ontario and the Buffalo, New York area below.

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Ontario’s Policymakers Need to Take a Modern And Comprehensive Approach To Economic Development

“Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.” – Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

A New Report from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce  and Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Posted September 12th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara,Ontario – This September 12th, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies.

The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.

“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

In this Federal Election in Canada, Vote, First and Foremost, For Our Environment

Vote As If Our Whole Future Is At Stake – Because It Is!

“This election, who we vote for matters more than ever before. It matters not only for our country, but also for our children’s future and the health of our planet.” – Sierra Club Canada

A New Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted September 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

As of this September 11th, 2019, a federal election in Canada is officially on and for Canadians from coast to coast, this may very well be the most important election in our lives.

This federal election is of critical importance because as many of the best scientists and climate experts around the world have been warning us over and over again, we are facing a full-blown climate catastrophe and breakdown of the systems that support life on this planet if we don’t take strong action now to stave it off.

We now have possibly a dozen or so years left before we reach a perilous tipping point – a point of no return – some of the most recent scientific models tell us, and the rate of melting ice, rising waters, severe winds, droughts and wildfires is escalating beyond almost any and all predictions made 10 or 20 years ago.

One of today’s great champions for our planet and we adults need to listen to her – 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden. “You say you love your children above all else,” she said, “and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”

As that remarkable young climate activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, put it during a presentation she made to some of the world’s financial leaders at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past January; “I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”

Greta’s call to them must be the call we Canadians make to ourselves and everyone around us in the 40 or so days we have leading up to an October 21st vote. If we do not make that call our own, if we don’t go to war now on this over-arching threat to our planet, then nothing else – what we do on health care, on education, on job creation and on a host of other issues – will matter because there will be no ground left to build a life on. Continue reading