From the Niagara Gazette:
New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
A proposed $15 million “beach and surf club” in downtown Niagara Falls has been tangled up in controversy over whether the developer “copied and pasted” artist renderings from a defunct project in Japan.
Developer Michael DiCienzo is seeking $4 million in public subsidies for his year-round surf club concept, which would be built on to his Sheraton hotel on Third Street and would include a retractable roof, a wave pool and even marine animals.
“[I’m] absolutely excited,” said Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins. “Can’t wait for something like this to come to fruition here in the Falls.”
Skratch announced that Season 2 of “Is It Driveable presented by Avis” will feature World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls. The first episode in the three-part series will appear on July 30, with the remaining episodes being released on consecutive days at www.skratchtv.com.
Apparently he was successful. See the Niagara Parks tweet about it.
From a PR Web press release:
The newest restaurant and attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario is now open; Niagara Distillery & Billy Bones BBQ. The innovative restaurant opened its door to the public on Wednesday, and has already grabbed the attention of tourists and locals alike. This unique venue is located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, just steps from Niagara Falls. The new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted spirits and deeply smoked BBQ selections from legendary competition favourite Billy Bones.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
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.
From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:
A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.
The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…
As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.