St. Catharines Mayor and MP meet with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to discuss importance of Port Dalhousie piers

News from the City of St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and St. Catharines Riding MP Chris Bittle brought the importance of the Port Dalhousie piers to Ottawa this past June 2nd.

A look at a stretch of the pier below a line of trees from the east side of Port Dalhousie Harbour, now under water and fenced off due to record high water levels in Lake Ontario. Photo taken this June by Doug Draper

The Mayor and MP met with Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to discuss the importance of repairing the federally-owned Port Dalhousie piers. Continue reading

St. Catharines, Ontario Veterinarian Charged With 16 Counts of Animal Cruelty


A News Release from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, first posted on the SPCA’s official website on June 1st

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines/Niagara – Ontario SPCA Inspectors with the Lincoln County Humane Society have charged a St. Catharines veterinarian with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada relating to alleged animal abuse that allegedly occurred in 2013.

A criminal investigation was launched on September 14, 2016 by the Lincoln County Humane Society after allegations of animal cruelty against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi were reported to the Society. Continue reading

Voices Of Eagles Art Exhibition On Display At Rodman Hall

An Invite to all from Brock University and Rodman Hall 

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8 for Voices of Eagles, a new exhibit at Rodman Hall by students in the Soaring Eagles Indigenous Secondary School Program of the Niagara Catholic District School Board.

An art display by Dante MacNaughton and Britney Labelle which is part of Voices of Eagles, a new exhibit at Rodman Hall by students in the Soaring Eagles Indigenous Secondary School Program of the Niagara Catholic District Board.

The Soaring Eagles program provides an alternative learning environment, which focuses on the inclusiveness of cultural knowledge and teachings into the curriculum to help support Aboriginal students and to also provide education and awareness to non-Aboriginal students. Continue reading

TD Niagara Jazz Festival Hosts Jazz Royalty – Pat LaBarbera

–         At the Niagara Artist Centre – Frdiay, June 9th at 1 p.m.

An Invite from the Organizers of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Considered one of the world’s most exciting saxophonists, Pat LaBarbera comes to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in 2017 with one huge fan club.

Jazz giant Pat LaBarbera in Niagara, Friday, June 9th for TD Niagara Jazz Festival

This Juno award-winning musician is regarded as jazz royalty and will be the featured performer at SAX IN THE VINEYARD at Henry of Pelham Winery, Thursday, June 8th at 7pm. But if you want to get close up and intimate with this astonishing musician, join him at the Niagara Artist Centre this Friday, June 9th, at 1pm. LaBarbera will be hosting a ‘Jazz Improvisation Clinic’ from 1pm to 3pm. at the NAC studio, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, where participants can enjoy playing, talking, or simply listening. Continue reading

Canada’s Resolve Won’t Be Trumped in Climate Change Fight – Trudeau

 “We can’t walk away from the reality of climate change and we won’t walk away from a global plan that has a realistic chance of fighting it.” – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 5th, 2017

By Doug Draper

Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The old line; ‘like father, like son’ has been used before on Pierre and Justin Trudeau for the obvious reason that both father and son ascended the ladder of Canadian politics to become prime minster.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, and the mouth of the Niagara River in the background. Photo by Doug Draper

The line came back to this reporter’s mind this past Monday, June 5th, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted people gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario’s Queen’s Royal Park after paddling ashore in a canoe – just as his father, an avid canoeist, might have in years gone by.

Then like his father, who pushed the U.S. administration of Ronald Reagan when he was prime minister for the second time around in the early 1980s, to negotiate an agreement to cut the flow of toxic chemicals reaching the Niagara River from U.S. industries and dumpsites, Justin Trudeau stepped up to a podium in the Niagara-on-the-Lake park to make it clear that Canada would remain committed to an international agreement he signed on behalf of the country in Paris a year and a half ago, despite Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will withdraw the U.S. from it. Continue reading

Remembering Bobby Kennedy – A Voice for Peace & Equality, Gunned Down 49 Years Ago this June 6th

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

How different the world might be today had he survived to win the U.S. presidency in 1968, rather than Nixon.

Click on the following to hear readings of a message of hope that then U.S. Senator for New York, Robert F. Kennedy delivered 50 years ago this June 6th, during a visit to South Africa where the racially oppressive system of apartheid was then fully entrenched and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was serving the first years of a decades long ordeal in prison –

.During his 1968 presidential campaign, Bobby Kennedy was fond of ending speeches with a line from George Bernard Shaw – “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

It is a line we would all do well to embrace today. I miss you Bobby.

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$15 Dollar Minimum Wage in Ontario – A Game Changer

A Column from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

By Sheila Block, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The province of Ontario has committed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour — and that is a real game changer.

One of many minimum wage rallies organized by groups of low income workers in Ontario in recent years

The province will increase the minimum wage from $11.40 today to $14 on January 1, 2018 and then to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019.

About a third of workers in Ontario earn less than $15 an hour. This raise will result in a 30 per cent increase in the minimum wage, which is substantive and has been a long time coming.

The $15 and Fairness campaign has been organizing province-wide in support of a $15 minimum wage. Last year, the Ontario NDP gave the campaign a boost by committing to a $15 minimum wage as part of its policy.

Now it will become a reality. Continue reading