Public Invited To Review GO Station Area Plans For Niagara At Open Houses

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted October 14th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

​Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Region is holding a series of Open Houses to give residents the opportunity to review and ask questions about land use plans (Secondary Plans) that will guide development for the areas surrounding Niagara’s four proposed GO Train station sites.

The draft Secondary Plans were developed with resident input and provide a planning framework to guide future transit-oriented development and redevelopment in and around GO Station areas. The plans provide policy direction on land use, scale of development, and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station areas. Continue reading

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New Citizen Science Project Asks Canadians To Track Milkweed As Part Of Monarch Butterfly Habitat

“Milkweed plants are key to the future survival of the monarch butterfly,” says Robert McLeman, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Laurier University in Ontario. “Milkweed is becoming increasingly scarce (and) we need the public’s help in tracking and preserving milkweed wherever it is found, and MilkweedWatch provides a simple way of doing so.”

News from Ontario Nature, a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and more than 150 member groups from across Ontario

Posted October 12th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Waterloo, Ontario  – MilkweedWatch, an online platform to track the presence of milkweed throughout Canada, launched Monday Oct. 9 by a team of researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Ottawa.

The citizen science program will help Canadian scientists track milkweed, a plant that provides critical habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly. Laurier researchers are asking Canadians to enter their observations of milkweed plants using the mobile friendly website milkweedwatch.ca. Continue reading

Mr. Trudeau Goes Back to Washington

Trouble is, that nut bar named Trump is still there

A Commentary by Doug Draper, followed with a News Release from the Office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted October 12th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“There is no relationship in the world quite like the Canada-U.S. relationship,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement following his two-day visit to Washington, D.C. this October 10th and 11th.

Canada’s Prime Minister back in Washington

That’s for sure.

It is a relationship that, from the Canadian perspective at least, has had more than a few bad moments, including the War of 1812 and the Fenian Raids, including one crossing in to Niagara, Ontario that saw two battles in the Fort Erie and Ridgeway areas between British sponsored militia defenders and veterans gone rogue from the U.S. army at the end of the American Civil War. Continue reading

Buffalo Area Congressman, U.S. House Committee Meet Canada’s PM to Discuss Trade, Continued Binational Collaboration

“We share a series of values with Canada – high wages, rigorous environmental standards, individual freedoms, and a commitment to shared prosperity – trade agreements provide an opportunity to promote these principles.” – U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, representing Buffalo  and other areas of     Western New York

A News Release from the Office of Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted October 12th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

Washington, D.C. – This October 11th, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee for a bipartisan meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss binational collaboration as conversations continue related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

“We share a series of values with Canada – high wages, rigorous environmental standards, individual freedoms, and a commitment to shared prosperity – trade agreements provide an opportunity to promote these principles,” said Higgins.   “Previous trade agreements have failed to adequately protect American workers.  New or revised negotiated trade agreements should have standards that are explicit and enforceable with regular rigorous consultation.”  Continue reading

Alliance for the Great Lakes Releases New Report on ‘Rescuing Lake Erie’

Great Lakes Citizens Alliance calls on all of us to press our provincial/state governments for action

A Message from the Alliance for the Great Lakes

Posted October 12th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This past Tuesday, October 10th, we released our new report, Rescuing Lake Erie: An Assessment of Progress.

What is washing up along some of the shores of Lake Erie

We asked the question: what is being done to clean up Lake Erie? I just presented our findings in a national webinar, and it’s not good. The governments of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario have been slow to address the toxic algae problem plaguing Lake Erie. This is unacceptable.

With a thick, slimy layer of bright green algae covering the shores of western Lake Erie and putting people’s health at risk, we need you to tell your governor: the Lake Erie crisis is an urgent problem, and it requires urgent action. Continue reading

Pollution from New York plant swamps waters of Niagara River … AGAIN!

“Sewage system overflows are typically not black in colour.” … but overflows from this plant certainly are, and they are        highly odorous too. When are they going to stop?

A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted October 11th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

An aerial view of the massive July 29th discharge that darkened the waters of the Niagara River just downstream from the Horseshoe and American Falls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario/New York – A Niagara Falls, New York wastewater treatment plant – the source of a massive discharge waste that made international news this past summer when countless thousands of tourists watched the waters below the Falls turn inky black – has allowed let another discharge of waste reach the Niagara River, according to a recent report in The Buffalo News.

According to The Buffalo News  report, the latest discharge from the city’s aging wastewater plant occurred this past Monday, October 9th when heavy rains hitting the region caused an overflow of pollution to enter the Niagara River immediately downstream from the Horseshoe and American Falls, and darken the waters for any residents and visitors in the area to see. Continue reading

Join a Free Community Forum – This October 12th – On Newcomeers and Refugees in Niagara, Ontario

From the Niagara Folk Arts and Multi-Cultural Centre

Posted October 11th, 2017 on Niagara At LargeNIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space below the Bernie quote.

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