Author: Graham

Visiting Canada’s tallest hotel tower

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From Canoe Travel:

As my boyfriend Mauricio and I drove along highway 420 to Niagara Falls, Ont., I could see it in the distance: Canada’s tallest hotel tower, rising 500 metres above the ground and now open at the Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.

It’s impossible to miss the 53-storey tower as you head into the city. The only thing rising higher than the tower is the mist from the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, the latter of which mesmerized me from our 32nd floor hotel room window. Though I’ve made several visits to Niagara Falls, the natural wonder always awes me.

No shakeup at the Parks

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

There are no plans to shake up the Niagara Parks Commission, Tourism Minister Monique Smith says.

In an interview Tuesday, she brushed off a Conservative critic’s claim that replacing the whole board is the only way to restore public confidence in the government agency.

“We have no intention of replacing the board,” Smith said about how the Liberal government is responding to 11 pages of recommendations in a report she requested looking into how the parks commission is run.

The Niagara Parks Commission Governance Review called for “fundamental changes” in who is appointed to the parks commission and the process for appointing them.

Smith, however, was not specific about how the Liberal government will handle that recommendation or when.

“We’ll be working with the commission to determine the implementation,” she said.

New N.F. hotel opening soon

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From Buffalo Business First:

With a nod to an elegant past, the Hotel Giacomo will welcome its first guests just before the Thanksgiving holiday week.
By all accounts, the hotel’s opening is a significant moment in Niagara Falls history. It represents the rebirth of an architectural icon that dominates the skyline but also stands as a prime example of new, private-sector investment in the Cataract City.
The 20-story, former United Office Building had been vacant since the early 1980s and represented something else entirely. It was considered an urban planning eyesore until top bidder Ellicott Development Co. took a nearly $7.2 million risk to bring it back to life.

Twitter updates for 2009-11-25

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  • I’ve been slow this in posting this week. Today/tomorrow I’m going to post things you’ve already seen, but I still wanted to post them #
  • @NiagaraParksPR Have you seen my screenshots from “The Office” wedding? in reply to NiagaraParksPR #
  • The movie crew is back on Clifton Hill today, but I don’t see any filming yet. #

Season’s Greetings From Safari Niagara – $10 Kids Season’s Memberships – Limited Time Offer

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Last Thursday I received the following newsletter from Safari Niagara.


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STYX, Glass Tiger to perform New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Legendary rockers STYX and the Canadian group Glass Tiger will take to the stage on New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Parks Commission released its lineup for the popular, televised concert Tuesday afternoon.

“Niagara will be the place to be on New Year’s Eve,” said Niagara Parks Commission Chairman Jim Williams. “It really is exciting to see the city come alive on this special night.”

The New Year’s Eve concert, which attracts up to 30,000 people to Queen Victoria Park, is a nationally televised event.

Also performing will be Moeraes Fate, the winner of this summer’s inaugural youDiscover music competition, as well as runner-up Robyn Dell’ Unto.

NPC comes under fire


From the Niagara Falls Review:

Holding annual general meetings could help the Niagara Parks Commission regain the public’s confidence, a government report says. It’s an idea chairman Jim Williams said he pitched when consultants prepared the report in the spring.

“That would give the public an opportunity to pose whatever questions they would have. It would also give us a chance to say, ‘Here’s the year in review’ and the next couple of years in advance,” Williams said Monday, responding to the release of two full reports whose summaries had only been made public in September.

“I would love to get in front of an audience and say why we went ahead with the Maid of the Mist lease,” he said, referring to the controversial deal that put the commission under the government’s microscope for a year and a half.

Group wants town to put the brakes on speedway project in Fort Erie

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A group of Niagara residents have raised the caution flag over the proposed Fort Erie motor speedway project.

A grass-roots organization, known as CARS (Citizens Against Racing Speedway) warns the proposal will not be an economic windfall for the town, rather it will be its “worst nightmare.”

The town and the Regional Municipality of Niagara is currently looking at an application to build a NASCAR-style speedway on an 800 acre site near the Queen Elizabeth Way between Gilmore and Bowen Roads.

The auto racing complex proposal put forward by an investment group includes grandstand seating for up to 100,000 people, an oval track and road course and other developments including a research and development centre overseen by McMaster University.

CARS, which formed a few months ago after the town held a meeting to discuss the proposal, says the development would have a detrimental impact on the area.

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