Category: Niagara Falls News

On either side of Niagara Falls, when it rains, it pours sewage and stormwater

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From the Buffalo News:

An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.

It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.

The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.

Horror fans get their own festival in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Horror fans loved having a Niagara Falls convention this weekend dedicated to all the things they love.

“I like it because it’s a lot more intimate, it’s more segregated to the horror genre,” said Aaron Kellar, who Saturday dressed up as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street during the first-ever Frightmare in the Falls at Scotiabank Convention Centre.

OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland’s $21-million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

In a statement of claim obtained by Niagara Falls Review this week, Marineland accuses the OSPCA of “malice” towards the park, bowing to pressure from the “animal activist community” to lay animal cruelty charges in January and last November in order to please its donors.

“In addition, through its press releases and public statements … the OSPCA has threatened Marineland with effective extinction,” says the 34-page statement of claim, filed on Oct. 24 in St. Catharines.

Niagara Falls: WNY Land Conservancy announces ‘Restore the Gorge

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From Niagara Frontier Publications:

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the community to attend a project unveiling at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Niagara Falls Public Library, for “Restore the Gorge,” its planned ecological restoration of the Niagara Gorge.

With funding from phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, and Empire State Development’s Yahoo! Community Fund for Niagara County, the Land Conservancy has been awarded $2.1 million to undertake a three-year ecological restoration project in the Niagara Gorge – from the Gorge Discovery Center to Devil’s Hole State Park. This habitat restoration project is a separate and distinct effort from the removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive, but the two projects will take place concurrently and collaboratively.

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Near Niagara Falls, a ‘secret’ bouldering spot grows in popularity

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From the Globe and Mail:

Not far from one of Ontario’s most famous sights – Niagara Falls, attracting 14 million visitors a year – is one of the province’s best-kept secrets: a hidden playground of large rock formations spread throughout the wooded trails of the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, just above the rapid, cool water of the Niagara River.

The Glen is known as a relaxing hideaway from the touristy crowds. What many people don’t know: It’s also the best outdoor bouldering spot Southern Ontario has to offer.

If you haven’t heard of bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but without a rope. You climb up four or five metres instead of 20. You need a lot of body strength to do it, but it also picks your brain.

Diodati calls for clarity on hotel tax, DMF

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It will be up to the City of Niagara Falls whether to replace the controversial Destination Marketing Fee with a new hotel tax, says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport.

“That will be up to municipalities, that will be up to them to decide,” she told the Niagara Falls Review during a sit-down interview following her address to delegates this week at the Ontario Tourism Summit at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Niagara Parks begin parkway, trail improvements

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission began road work this week on the Niagara Parkway, and will be making improvements to five locations along the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Each year, Niagara Parks invests capital funding toward the maintenance of its properties, gardens, parklands, facilities, recreational trails and parkway.

Tourism minister addresses summit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon celebrated the success of the sector in the province, while acknowledging it faces challenges as a result of her government’s policies.

“This sesquicentennial year has been nothing short of extraordinary, with so many special events and visitor experiences,” she told a room full of delegates during the second of a two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

“While there is much to celebrate, I am — we are — cognizant that there are some challenges on the horizon, and despite our significant assets and opportunities, you have been grappling with some challenges.”

New Year’s concert still alive, but no TV for 3rd year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For a third straight year, the New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls won’t be televised.

Nor, as originally hoped, will it be live streamed.

But with this year’s line-up likely announced within a couple of weeks, Mayor Jim Diodati hints changes are coming to the annual show.

“Next year’s when we anticipate there being a little more excitement and innovation and re-investment around New Year’s Eve,” he said. “I would hope it would involve TV or a TV/streaming combination.”

Niagara Falls planning unreal holiday lights festival this year

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From blogTO:

Canada’s largest lights festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Niagara Falls this year – and organizers say it’ll be their “brightest season yet.”

More than a million people from around the world come each year to see more than two million lights displayed throughout Niagara Falls during the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights.

“Tour our 8km long illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts,” reads the Niagara Falls Tourism website.

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