Category: Niagara Falls News

    Man survives being swept over Horseshoe Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A man survived being swept over the Horseshoe Falls early Tuesday morning.

    Niagara Parks Police said at approximately 4 a.m. they were alerted to a report of a person in crisis at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

    Striking workers at Niagara Falls’ Rainforest Café secure first contract

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After 80 days on strike, the workers at Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls and the restaurant’s owners have been ordered to enter into a first contract.

    The order came from Ontario Labour Relations Board vice-chair Patrick Kelly, who issued the decision late in the afternoon Wednesday stating he knew it was a difficult process.

    The workers, represented by Workers United Local 2347, walked off the job April 7 after they had been unable to reach a collective agreement with management a year after workers voted to unionize.

    Marineland about to make a $6M splash with Arctic-themed water feature

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland is set to open a multimillion-dollar, two-acre, Arctic-themed splash pad.

    Polar Splash, which cost approximately $6 million to build and is located across from Friendship Cove, features 10 kid-friendly water slides along with 150 themed sprayers and jets designed to look like realistic dolphins, sea lions, belugas, walruses and polar bears.

    It allows visitors to play in an “immersive environment” filled with icebergs and a grotto, said Marineland officials.

    Falls part of Niagara’s UNESCO Geopark effort

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The push to have Niagara declared a UNESCO Geopark has come to Niagara Falls.

    In May, Patrick McKeever, a geologist and professor by trade who eventually helped create the UNESCO Global Geoparks label, made a case to Niagara Regional council the global designation would promote tourism and bring international recognition to Niagara’s cultural and geological assets.

    On Tuesday, members of a steering committee called Ohnia:kara Aspiring Global Geopark, made a similar presentation to Niagara Falls city council.

    Raptors star Kawhi Leonard visits Falls with family

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard and his family spent the day in Niagara Falls Tuesday, a day after celebrating his team’s NBA championship during a parade in Toronto.

    Videos and photos posted to social media show Leonard being surrounded by fans down by the falls area, many taking pictures of the player and chanting MVP.

    Niagara Falls turning Raptor Red Monday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls will turn red Monday night in support of the Toronto Raptors as they head into Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors.

    If the Raptors win, they win their first NBA championship.

    Falls Comic Con draws big crowds

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Appearing at Niagara Falls Comic Con was like coming home for Lance Henriksen.

    The American actor, best known as the android Bishop in two films in the Alien franchise and the cult classics Pumpkinhead and Near Dark, recently spent several months in Toronto filming a movie and was eager to return north of the border.

    He was also pleased the comic con was held in June as opposed to the dead of winter.

    New Falls casino operators June 11

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment is expected to assume day-to-day operations at the two casinos in Niagara Falls June 11.

    The commercial gaming company, headquartered in Connecticut, will also operate the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, scheduled to open later this year.

    MGE was selected by Ontario Lottery and Gaming in September to be the new service provider following a procurement process.

    Marineland attributes deaths of two deer to activist-triggered stampede

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland has temporarily closed its deer park after officials say two people intentionally caused the animals to stampede Saturday, resulting in the deaths of two deer.

    In a news release issued Sunday, the tourist attraction said “we are deeply disturbed by the shocking incident.”

    “This has never happened before and our guests have always, as a general rule, behaved responsibly in the deer park,” the statement read. “We are all upset by this terrible act against innocent animals. In order to protect our animals, we are closing the deer park to make modifications to prevent this type of incident from ever happening again.”

    Opening day brings addition to fence for Marineland

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A familiar sight will be awaiting Marineland when it opens for its 58th season Saturday: Protestors.

    But those protestors will be seeing something different: A long, blacked-out section of the fence dividing the property from Portage Road. It spans the grounds where protestors are legally allowed to gather, in the area across from the Rapidsview parking lot.

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