Category: Niagara Falls News

Diodati takes note of Airbnb booth at conference

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One exhibitor booth in particular at last week’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference caught the attention of Mayor Jim Diodati.

“One of the booths this year that I’ve never seen before was an Airbnb booth. We (Diodati and the city’s chief administrative officer Ken Todd) spent a lot of time there. We grabbed a bunch of resources, and spoke with their national reps on their approach. That was eye-opening. It was so interesting. They want to participate, following all rules. They don’t want to have groups going off and causing trouble and ruckus in communities.”

It was timely, said Diodati, as the city is trying to come up with a better way to control vacation rental properties, which in some cases have caused issues in certain neighbourhoods.

Canada’s birthday party continues in Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Canada Day might have come and gone, but the party for Canada’s 150th isn’t over yet.

Members of the Canada 150 committee in Niagara Falls have been busy planning and organizing the city’s official Canada 150 Signature event entitled 150 Fun Fest in the Falls, set to take place this Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Festivities include a daytime and evening component featuring Canadian musician Matthew Good — both are free to attend.

“We wanted to provide members of our community the chance to celebrate what it is to be Canadian, with an event tailored for people of all ages,” said Chris Dabrowski, chair of the Niagara Falls Canada 150 committee. “Best of all, it’s free to attend.”

Cuomo threatens new casino in Niagara Falls; Senecas call it ‘foolish’

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls.

“They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester.

“I have no doubt that we would get companies from around the world to bid on casino rights in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I have no doubt,’’ Cuomo said. “Look, we could potentially create more jobs with a different operator.’’

“Foolish,” responded the leader of the Senecas.

Next phase of Victoria Avenue work before council

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls city council will consider awarding a $6.8-million contract to complete the second phase of a road reconstruction and streetscaping project along Victoria Avenue.

Staff is scheduled to present a report to politicians Tuesday recommending the lowest bidder, Rankin Construction, do the work.

The report also recommends staff appoint CIMA+ to conduct contract administration and inspection services for $448,653.

No tickets to ride this trolley

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From the Lockport Journal:

Alice Putnam and her two lady friends from Niagara Falls just wanted to have lunch in Lewiston. And then ride up to Old Fort Niagara to visit Alice’s daughter who works in the gift shop there.

Joyce and Bill Price had walked from Lewiston to Youngstown with their daughter, Rachael, her boyfriend, Chaz Martenstein, and Millie, their baby granddaughter. The family caught the free shuttle in Youngstown and rode it home. Then they planned to have pizza for lunch without worrying about the calories after their six-mile walk.

An Ohio family found the Discover Niagara Shuttle an easy way to get to Old Fort Niagara so their kids could see the fort. “My birthday is coming up,” said Erin Martin of Hopewell, Ohio, traveling with her husband Lee and their two children, Emma, 13, and Charley, 12. “This is my present,” she said of her family’s vacation to the region.

Eclipse watchers pack Niagara Glen

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The last time so many Canadians stared up at the sky at the same time, Rod Stewart’s Do You Think I’m Sexy was the No. 1 song and Laverne & Shirley was TV’s No. 1 show.

It was Feb. 26, 1979, that the last total solar eclipse passed through North America, and for the most part it was an underwhelming, cloud-covered affair.

It took 38 years for the next one to swing by, but people hoping for darkness in the afternoon were again disappointed Monday. Most of Canada missed the totality some Americans enjoyed, with the best views around Victoria, B.C., where about 90 per cent of the sun was blacked out.

In Niagara Falls, the partial eclipse reached its peak at about 2:33 p.m. when the moon was closest to the sun, resulting in about 75 per cent coverage. Even then, the sky only slightly dimmed, as if the sun was being filtered by a nylon.

Indigenous music rumbles Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Across both sides of the river, drums played back and forth during the opening ceremony of Rumble at the Falls on Saturday night at Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls.

Though they were tough to hear at some parts from the other side, during the swells of traditional Indigenous drums and singing, the message was clear across the Niagara River — Indigenous people are still here and still rocking today.

Following the kickoff, the music was loud and spirits high as the sounds of rock and blues filled the air of Clifton Hill, featuring Indigenous musicians including two-time Juno Award winner Derek Miller.

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Unveils New Pollinator Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

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From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large:

This August 18th, The Niagara Parks Commission officially launched its new pollinator exhibit, Saving the Pollinators; Our World Depends on It, at the Butterfly Conservatory with an announcement and unveiling led by Niagara Parks Chair, Janice Thomson.

At this new bilingual exhibit, visitors can learn more about Ontario’s pollinating species, from bees to hummingbirds, who, despite their small size, play a major role in maintaining our environment.

Marineland and OSPCA continue sparring

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It didn’t take long for Marineland and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to renew hostilities.

A week after 11 charges of animal cruelty filed by OSPCA against the park were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom, the two sides were once again chirping at each other following a surprise inspection of Marineland on Wednesday.

In dueling statements, Marineland said the inspection found “no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect” among its animals, while the OSPCA says inspectors found “11 items requiring action” involving veterinarians.

Neither side was budging Friday, referring media requests for comment to their own press releases.

Niagara Falls attractions secure despite Toronto casino plans

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From Multibriefs.com:

After years of debate, a casino is coming to Toronto. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners recently announced a partnership to upgrade the OLG Slots at Woodbine to a full casino and entertainment/hotel complex.

With plans for a “city within a city” set to run on a 22-year lease, the development is causing concern among some who worry that it could steal some of Niagara Falls’ thunder. However, Niagara Falls’ tourism initiatives shouldn’t be counted out just yet — they have a few new offerings on the horizon.

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