Graham on December 18th, 2014

From Bullet News Niagara:

The Canadian Motor Speedway is moving ahead even though an approximate $60-million commitment from the provincial government that would cover costs of needed infrastructure improvements in the area of the 823-acre project in Fort Erie has not been provided.

The widening of thoroughfares in the area of the proposed project and the reconstruction of the Bowen Road QEW interchange all need to be completed for the $400-million development to continue moving ahead at full speed.

The $60 million figure is subject to change as the process unfolds.

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Graham on December 18th, 2014

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland’s eighth lawsuit since 2012 is seeking $600,000 in damages from a Vancouver publication for a story it claims is “indifferent to the truth.”

The park is seeking $500,000 for defamation and $100,000 in punitive damages from the weekly Georgia Straight and writer Travis Lupick for an article published and posted online April 28 titled ‘Vancouver Aquarium seals left blind or dead after transfer to Marineland.’

The article’s title has since been amended to ‘Vancouver Aquarium seals allegedly left blind or dead after transfer to other facility.’

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From Canoe.ca News:

A 43-year-old man has been charged after a makeshift bomb ignited but didn’t explode in a hotel lobby Wednesday, police say.

Emergency crews were called to the Courtside Inn around 6:30 p.m. after a guest lit a glass jar filled with liquid and debris before running back to his room, police said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire before it spread to other areas of the hotel.

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Graham on December 17th, 2014

From the Niagara Falls Review:

You’re going to hear a lot of Niagara Falls composer Nathan Chamberland at the upcoming Winter Festival of Lights. Over and over again.

An eight and a half minute score Chamberland wrote will be matched with the light displays at Dufferin Islands, giving the park a musical component to go with several new attractions.

Chamberland, a veteran musician who ran the Niagara Music Awards for two years, says his name was brought up to Festival organizers who were looking for a local artist to create the score.

“They wanted to hire a Niagara Falls resident instead of going somewhere else,” he says. “They contacted me and said ‘Would you submit some stuff?’ I did, and they said ‘This is great, could you compose eight and a half minutes worth of music?'”

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Graham on December 17th, 2014

From Inside Halton:

Marineland and its owner John Holer have ramped up the legal machine, filing defamation suits against a pair of news publications.

On the heels of a $600,000 suit being filed in Ontario Superior Court against the online Digital Journal, the park has filed suit against Vancouver publication The Georgia Straight. As with the action involving the Digital Journal, the suit against the Straight is seeking $600,000 — $500,000 for what the park says is defamation and an additional $100,000 in punitive damages.

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Graham on December 17th, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

A new home for technology development and job training in the tourism industry has taken root in the downtown tourism district.

The Niagara Global Tourism Institute, once fully up and running, also will serve as a research hub and business incubator aimed at boosting tourism in Niagara Falls.

“Niagara Falls today is not the Niagara Falls it was 10 years ago and is not the Niagara Falls it’s going to be 10 years from now,” said Eddie Friel, director of the institute, which opened its doors last month.

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