When it is February, it is Black History Month

Honour it by reading books or by watching some good documentaries about black history, and or by attending some of the events planned for Black History Month in our greater Niagara region

A Brief One from Doug Draper, NAL

Posted February 5th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Wilma Morrison has possibly done more than anyone else in Niagara to archive black history in the region. She has received the Order of Ontario and numerous other awards for her many years of volunteer work.

As many bad actors committing bad acts we have weathered in Niagara over the past number of years, it is important to remind ourselves that, among our ranks, we have good people doing, or at least trying to do  good things in this region too.

If you follow Niagara At Large on a fairly regular basis, and I hope you do, I hope that you also know that, along with watchdogging bad actors, I also like to use this site as a platform for paying tribute to some of those good people too.

And when we turn the pages of the calendar to February and to Black History Month, one of the very first of the good people who come to my mind each year is Wilma Morrison, a Niagara Falls, Ontario. Continue reading

Ontario’s Official Opposition Leader Urges Ford to Press Pause Button on Public Health Cuts

“Let’s make sure we can promise Ontarians, going forward, that we’re doing everything we can to protect their families.”                – Andrea Horwath, leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition       New Democratic Party.

News from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party

Posted February 5th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Queen’s Park, Ontario – Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on Doug Ford to return public health to 2019 funding levels, and commit to undertaking a review of the novel coronavirus outbreak response to determine future provincial funding levels.

“I am so grateful to public health unit staff, and frontline health care and emergency services workers that have been protecting us all from this latest coronavirus outbreak, and caring for those affected in Ontario,” said Horwath. “The response of our public health staff in the face of the novel coronavirus has been outstanding, and we need to keep it that way. Continue reading

You Are Invited to a Forum on Improving Niagara’s Health Services

An Invite to All from the Niagara District Council of Women

Posted February 5th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

INVITES  YOU TO  A WEDNESDAY  FEBRUARY   12TH  PUBLIC MEETING

IMPROVING  NIAGARA’S HEALTH SERVICES – Everyone has a Role to Play

8 p.m.St. Catharines Central Library 54 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario 

SPEAKER: MADELYN LAW

Associate Vice Provost Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor Health Science, Brock University

For more information on the Niagara District Council of Women, click on – http://ndcw.ca/

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Politicians Promoting Policies Contributing to Climate Destruction Should be Criminally Charged

‘Destroying our environment, damaging our homes, risking our lives and those of our children and grandchildren because of wilful neglect to address climate change cannot be allowed.’

A Commentary by Brigitte Bonner, a long-time environmental advocate living in Fort Erie, Ontario

Posted February 4th, 2020 in Niagara At Large

I am totally appalled by the lack of action by politicians on climate change.

A kangaroo attempting to flee from the fires engulfing Australia

Even more sickening is the active ways that many of them are promoting policies that directly cause climate destruction. This needs to stop now!

The raging fires that are causing up to a billion animal deaths in Australia are one example.

 Cruelty to animals is against the law.  So why is this massacre not being punished?

These fires are potentially wiping out thousands of species and entire ecosystems. Not to mention the devastation to humans because of politicians’ neglect to protect the environment and purposely promoting destructive environmental policies.

Koala bears, suffering from burns they received in the wildfires of Australia. There are estimates that more than a billion animals have perished in these fires, fueled by climate change

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is only one example.

President Bolsonaro in Brazil is actively promoting deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forest, leading to devastating and unprecedented fires. Continue reading

Learn More About How Solar Energy Can Benefit Us in Our Lives and Communities

On Thursday, February 6th at 6 p.m. on the Second floor of the Crane Library on 633 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York

An Invite to a Community Solar Forum from the Sierra Club’s Niagara Group in Buffalo

Posted February 4th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

The Sierra Cub group has had a long history of hosting public forums and meetings on topics that matter to the health and welfare of communities we should all want to live in.

So it is always a pleasure to post information about the public meetings they are hosting, like this one

For more information on the Sierra Club Niagara Group, click on – https://niagarasierraclub.com/

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

A Reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Ontario’s Niagara Parks to Host Annual Job Fairs

One of the Niagara region’s largest employers set to fill over 500 student and seasonal positions

Job Fair Dates – Saturday, February 8th and Saturday, March 7th (read details below)

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 4th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission, one of the region’s largest employers with over 1,700 full-time and seasonal employees, will host two Job Fairs on Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, March 7 at Niagara Parks’ Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex.

Annual Job Fairs allow Niagara Parks to showcase the seasonal job opportunities that exist within the Commission each year, while providing individuals with an opportunity to connect directly with various departmental hiring managers. Representatives from Niagara Parks’ Human Resources Department will also be on-hand to help answer any questions. Continue reading

More than 2,000 St. Catharines Area Citizens Sign Petition to Clean Up Abandoned General Motors Property

“We’ve put up with this mess for too long,” says (St. Catharines) resident Susan Rosebrugh, who has been demonstrating Wednesday mornings on Ontario Street (where the GM property is located). “I won’t be done until I see some real progress.”

The abandoned General Motors site off Ontario Street in St. Catharines, Niagara – a rotting eyesore near residential neighbourhoods and the city’s downtown

A News Release from the Niagara citizens group, Coalition for a Better St. Catharines

Posted February 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

A look inside the abandoned industrial mess near downtown St. Catharines

Niagara, Ontario – Over 2,000 residents of St. Catharines have asked the City to make the GM Lands safe and secure by signing a petition organized by the citizens group Coalition for A Better St. Catharines. At least 90% of the signatures were collected in person with additional signatures coming from an online portal found on the group’s Facebook page.

The petition drive has been ongoing for about 30 days and continues via volunteers in the neighbourhoods adjoining the half demolished former manufacturing site.

“It is no problem getting signatures,” says Coalition for A Better St. Catharines organizer Peter Russell. “In fact, wherever I go people ask to sign the petition. They thank me for helping to get the community organized behind this action.” Continue reading