From Buffalo Business First:

A vote by the Toronto City Council to support a massive gambling expansion at the Woodbine Racetrack could have a chilling economic impact on a pair of casinos in Niagara Falls, Ont. and effectively wipe out any hope of slots returning to Fort Erie Racetrack.

The council vote is one of the final steps needed before Woodbine’s mega gambling expansion can begin. Formal approval by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is still needed and, insiders, expect that to be mere formality. The OLGC board vote could happen later this summer.

If approved, Woodbine would see an 85 percent increase in slot machines, going from 2,700 to 5,000 and also add 300 table games. Combined those are more than are currently in Niagara Fallsview Casino and its cousin, Casino Niagara.

Both Niagara Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara are considered central to the Niagara regional tourism and hospitality industry.
Given Woodbine’s location in the Toronto metropolitan area, it would give residents and visitors from that city less reason to travel south down the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls.

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From the Verge:

It seems the tough streets of Philadelphia were too much for a friendly little robot from Ontario. All the Hitchbot wanted to do was see the United States. But just two weeks after starting its cross-country journey in Boston, Hitchbot’s trip has come to an unfortunate end. Last night, the cute little robot was vandalized and apparently decapitated in the City of Brotherly Love.

This is kind of old news, but I just saw this particular article, and the video shows the robot in Niagara Falls

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According to TripAdvisor, the 3rd best restaurant in Canada is located in Niagara Falls. I’ve never eaten at AG, but the reviews are great.

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Wayne Thomson can remember exactly where he was when he heard the province of Ontario was considering a law to allow casino gambling at two border towns.

“At first I was skeptical,” the former mayor and current councillor of Niagara Falls, Ont. said.

The Canadian resort city was eventually chosen to get one of those two casinos, and Thomson says that has made all the difference between the two cities along the gorge.

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Here is the press release I received regarding the new micro sculptures at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls:

World’s Smallest Micro-Sculptures on Display for a
Limited Time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

Lifelike creations are so tiny they can easily fit on the head of a pin – you have to see it to believe it!

Niagara Falls, Ont. – (July 9, 2015) – Tiny creations are making for BIG fun for visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium.

9 camels inside the eye of a needle

9 camels inside the eye of a needle

A collection of very rare micro-sculptures is now on display – most are so tiny that they sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

The micro-sculptures were created by renowned artist Willard Wigan. His work has been described by some as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Wigan uses homemade carving tools, including diamond shards, filed-down acupuncture needles, and his own eyelashes or hairs plucked from a fly to sculpt and paint his creations. To produce these tiny sculptures, he enters a meditative state and times his movements between heartbeats-even dust and static electricity can affect his work!

Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

Ripley’s Niagara Falls has this new, special exhibition featuring the miniature marvels and interactive stations, on display now for a limited time.

“The sculptures have to be seen to be believed,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls GM. “You can’t imagine how he creates such amazing detail in something that can’t be seen with the naked eye.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! owns the largest collection of Willard Wigan sculptures in the world. The collection is currently on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium for a limited time only.

To view some of the micro-sculptures in the Ripley’s collection, please visit this Dropbox.

Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium, located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, is open 365 days a year. For hours and ticket info, please call 905-356-2238 or visit

Media Contacts

Tim Parker
General Manager, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

Frank WolffWellons Communications

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Graham on July 16th, 2015

From Niagara This Week:

It is hoped a display of some tiny creations will be a big hit with visitors to Ripley’s Believe It of Not! Odditorium.

Several micro sculptures by renowned artist Willard Wigan are now on display at the Clifton Hill attraction.

“This is the smallest exhibit we have now,” said Ripley’s manager Mary Roberts. “Guests have been looking through the microscope, than looking at the pin to see if it’s actually there.”

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Graham on July 16th, 2015

From the Niagara Gazette:

The imprint left by the career of Paul Gromosiak can be found across the world, from the knowledge of tourists who have taken home his books to the advances of the city of Niagara Falls which might not have happened without him.

On Friday morning he was honored for his life’s work and the powerful impact it has had on Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Following a ceremony and a series of proclamations from city, county and state officials, a plaque in his honor was unveiled in Heritage Park in the Falls.

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