Some Sage Words On What to Do – Or What Not to Do – When You Encounter Stupid People

A Brief One by Doug Draper

Posted February 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

From a cover of the New York City tabloid The Post, published last year when Sarah Palin endorsed Trump

From a cover of the New York City tabloid The Post, published last year when Sarah Palin endorsed Trump

One of my all-time favourite commentators on the human condition – the late, great George Carlin – once said; ’Think about how stupid the average person is, then realize that have of them are stupider than that.”

We can only imagine what George, who left us nine years ago, just a few months before he was to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, would say today, because unlike almost any time I can think of in the last 50 years, we seem to be living in the ‘Age of Stupid.’

I am remind of that almost daily when I hear someone say in so many words to me or another, on the street or in a letter to the editor or on the radio or one of the cable news channels; “Why are you being so hard on Donald Trump. Why don’t you at least given him a chance?”

Every time I hear a line like that, instead of wasting to much of my time trying to debate or argue with the individual, I remind myself of the following wise advise once shared by Mark Twain himself –

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By the way and thinking of Trump and all of his hate-laced, racist rhetoric, especially over the past couple of years, and the spike we are seeing in verbal and physical attacks on Jews, Muslims, African Americans and other groups, not only in his own United States but across the border -yes – right here in Canada, a statement just came out this February 21st from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Continue reading

‘What Can You Do to address Climate Change – Join A Discussion – Friday, February 24th at 6:30 P.M. – in St. Catharines/Niagara

An invite from the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara (UCN) in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Intro to UCN’s Invite from NAL publisher and environment writer Doug Draper –

I walked out the front door of my home this weekend to the sight of people walking by, covered in nothing more from the waste up but a sweatshirt or light jacket. One guy, his dog prancing along on a leash, was wearing a short-sleeve shirt and a pair of shorts – all just shortly after sunrise on a day, not in April or May or June, but in the middle of February!climate-change

That and the possibility that before this February is over, we may see more days with record-high temperatures for any February over the past 100 years may, at first blush, seem like a great think for those of us who are no fans of winter and shovelling snow.

Get past the blush and novelty of a few mid spring-like days in winter though and it should dawn on at least some of us that this – like so many other bouts of wild weather swings we have experienced in recent years – is really quite disturbing. Continue reading

Ontario’s Liberal Government Votes Against Ending Winter Disconnections for People Struggling to Pay Hydro Bills

“Wynne doesn’t get it. … People can’t live in a home without power. Parents shouldn’t have to put their kids to bed in a house without heat.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

A News Release from the Office of Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

One of many demonstrations held at Queen's Park in recent times over the mess Wynne government, and the government's last premier, Dalton McGuinty, have made of hydro services.

One of many demonstrations held at Queen’s Park in recent times over the mess Wynne government, and the government’s last premier, Dalton McGuinty, have made of hydro services.

Queen’s Park – Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had a chance Tuesday to join with the NDP and end the practice of disconnecting hydro in the winter – but voted against it.

“Last year 60,000 households had their hydro cut off,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who tabled the motion on Tuesday morning, the Legislative Assembly’s first day back in session. “Now, the Liberals want to play politics. They want to hold their power to stop winter disconnections as a bargaining chip so they can force the legislature to support their 158-page Harper-style omnibus bill.” Continue reading

Niagara Regional Housing Board Announces New Chief Executive Officer

“The demand for Social Housing has steadily increased since NRH began administering Social Housing on behalf of the Niagara Region in 2002.” Niagara Regional Housing Chair Henry D’Angela 

A Message from the Board of Directors for Niagara Regional Housing
Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Regonal Housing Chair and Thorold Regional Councillor Henry D'Angela

Niagara Regonal Housing Chair and Thorold Regional Councillor Henry D’Angela

Niagara Region, Ontario – The Niagara Regional Housing Board has appointed Dan Troke as the new Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Regional Housing (NRH). Troke will assume his new responsibilities March 6, 2017.
Troke has over 20 years of experience working in senior roles with extensive knowledge in Housing and Finance. For the last decade he has led major housing initiatives at a provincial level. “I am very excited to work with a community which is committed to providing affordable housing. The NRH team and its partners have worked hard to provide housing options and we will build upon that work for the people who call NRH their home”.

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The Buffalo History Museum Announces Upcoming World War 1 Exhibit

The Exhibit – Opening This Coming Aprile 6th – Will Offer A Glimpse Into Western New York During This            Unprecedented Conflict

News from the Buffalo History Museum

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Buffalo History Museum, overlooking a pond and the south end of the city's scenic Delaware Park.

The Buffalo History Museum, overlooking a pond and the south end of the city’s scenic Delaware Park.

Buffalo, New York– On April 6, 2017, The Buffalo History Museum will premiere its new World War I exhibit, For Home and Country, marking the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I.

During the war, our nation lost nearly 117,000 of its bravest men and women. The exhibit will commemorate the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. Continue reading

An t Call-Out for Foster Homes in Niagara for Rescued Cats

A Message from Niagara Action for Animals, an animal care and advocacy group in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Dear friends of Animals 

URGENT HELP NEEDED!

nafa-fsoterNAfA is currently in need of foster homes for a large scale rescue were are undertaking. We have found space for some in our foster network but are still in need of foster homes for four male cats.

If you could spare a room or space in your house for one or two of our kitties in need, please email: jamicoughler@gmail.com . Continue reading

Provide Your Input Into The Future Of Transportation In Niagara

– Transportation Master Plan Public Information Centres to Start Across Niagara Tuesday, February 21st

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted February 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region – Beginning on Tuesday, February, 21st the Region will be hosting its fourth series of Public Information Centres on the development of its Transportation Master Plan.

Buses connecting with St. Catharines, Welland and other Niagara municipalities at Brock University

Buses connecting with St. Catharines, Welland and other Niagara municipalities at Brock University

Since the last Public Information Centres held in November/December of 2016, the Project Team has developed preliminary recommendations for Niagara Region’s transportation system.  Continue reading