A Bit of Good News for Ontario’s Battered and Beleaguered Premier

Tory  Outcast Patrick Brown Has Joined the Ontario PC Party’s Leadership Race

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted February 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Just when it looked like Ontario’s Progressive Party was beginning to regroup and gain ground on filling its leadership role just four months away from a June 7th provincial election, guess who pops out of the jack-in-the-box?

Ex-Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown wants his job back

Why it’s Patrick Brown, who just resigned from the party’s leadership this January (although, now he is claiming he never told party executives he was stepping down) over allegations of sexual misconduct.

This past Friday, February 16th – two hours before the deadline closed for entering one’s name as a leadership candidate and only a few hours after he had been notified by party executives that he had been ejected from the PC Caucus, “effective immediately – Patrick Brown tossed his hat into the ring with four other leadership candidates. Continue reading

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A  Sick Fixation On Gun Rights Continues To Take A Horrific Toll

Absolutely No One In Civilian Life Needs Assault Weapons. Their Only Purpose Is To Kill

A Commentary by Linda McKellar

Posted February 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

What is shocking and disgusting in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida this past February 14th is that we all know the names and faces of the gunmen before we know the victims? Murderers should be made as anonymous as possible and not given glory.

A makeshift memorial for young victims of mass shooting at in Florida

That’s what many of them want and what inspires other crazies. We remember murderers  – Gacy, Dahlmer, Manson…. Who remembers victims?

And when it comes to any talk of sensible gun laws following one of these mass shootings; “Now is not the time,” we hear every time. When is the time?

In the United States, you need all kinds of ID to buy some benign pharmaceuticals but not to buy a gun. You can be on a “no fly” list and buy a gun. You can buy guns at a gun show. Continue reading

Feds and Province Supporting Niagara’s Local Food and Beverage Businesses

Working In Partnership to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry

News from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

Posted February 18, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

Niagara, Ontario – This February 16th, Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines made the announcement at 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines, along with Chris Bittle MP for St. Catharines on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay.

With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the winery received $100,000 to purchase and install a hopper, tanks, insulated bins, and upgrade temperature control systems to help increase labour productivity, increasing productivity and leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.

13th Street Winery is one of over 300  Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2. Continue reading

‘God Bless America’ – Where Gun Rights Trump Slaughter Of Innocent Children

“Happiness is a warm gun – bang, bang, shoot, shoot.” – from a song written by John Lennon, who was shot to death outside his New York City home in 1980

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted February 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

As someone with a number of friends and relatives, including a 26 year old daughter, living in the United States, I cannot help but say a few words about the latest gun carnage that occurred there because I worry for my loved ones south of the border, and I know many of them worry too.

Students in Florida mourn classmates gunned down in latest mass shooting in America

I was enjoying some time out this February 14th , when I returned home in the afternoon to “Breaking News” on the cable news channels about another mass shooting in America – this one at a high school in what, by all appearances, seems a quintessential  suburban community called Parkland in the State of Florida.

Seventeen dead!  Almost all of them young people in their teens!

Another dozen or so badly wounded, in what was being described already by reporters on CNN and MSNBC as one of the single worst mass shootings in a country that has already gained an infamous reputation around the world for this kind of gun carnage. Continue reading

You Are Invited To A Community Discussion on Saving the Thundering Waters Forest and Protecting Water for Future Generations

Join the Discussion on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

An Invite from the ‘Saving Thundering Waters Forest’ citizens group and Trout Unlimited

Posted this February 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Saving Thundering Waters Forest group invites everyone to this event: Water Scape — Community discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations

Tuesday, February 20
6:30 p.m.
Niagara College, Room W216, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-theLake, L0S 1JO

Presented in partnership with Save Thundering Waters Group and Trout Unlimited

WaterScape is a collaborative effort of CELA (the Canadian Environmental Law Association), OEN (the Ontario Environment Network), and OHI, in cooperation with the local partners listed above.

The goals for the community discussions are: Continue reading

Some Fun Things To Do In Niagara, Ontario On Family Day Weekend – Saturday, February 17th thru Monday, February 19th, 2018

Posted February 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Make Ontario’s Niagara Parks Part of Your Family Day Getaway

  • ·         Wild Ontario exhibit showcasing Ontario’s native species returns to the Butterfly Conservatory, starting Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • ·         Witness the breathtaking formations and ice-coated landscape surrounding the “Frozen Falls”
  • ·         Niagara Parks’ Heritage Team will be set up at Table Rock Centre with exciting, interactive displays highlighting Canadian history

Inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Conservatory. You can enjoy a wonderful escape from the winter in here.

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a mid-winter escape to Niagara Parks.

With the start of Heritage Week celebrations coinciding with the holiday long weekend (Family Day and Presidents’ Day), allow Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and mouth-watering, Feast On certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone: Continue reading

Agricultural Fertilizers and Manure are Major Source of Excess Phosphorus Pollution – A Contributor to Destructive Algal Blooms – In Lake Erie

Comprehensive assessment shows current and past agricultural fertilizer and manure applications are largest single source of excess phosphorus to western Lake Erie basin

Bold action is needed to identify and implement management approaches to restore health of Lake Erie

News from the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission

Posted February 14th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

One of the signs posted in recent years along the shores of Lake Erie

In a report released this February  by the International Joint Commission titled Fertilizer Application Patterns and Trends and Their Implications for Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, an extensive analysis of existing data leaves little doubt that commercial fertilizer and manure applications are the largest sources of excess phosphorus into the western basin of Lake Erie.

Dead fish washes to shore in Lake Erie waters choking with algal blooms

The IJC Science Advisory Board’s Science Priority Committee completed the assessment to better understand the influence of past, current and possible future nonpoint agricultural runoff of phosphorus into western Lake Erie, and their potential to cause eutrophic conditions and nuisance and harmful algal blooms (HABs). The area studied included the lake’s binational western basin as well as the St. Clair-Detroit River system, which feeds directly into Lake Erie.

Commercial fertilizer is the primary source of phosphorus from agricultural sources into the western basin overall and in the United States, while in Canada manure and commercial fertilizer are relatively equal sources. Continue reading