Category: Niagara Falls News

The ice is nice: Rink at the Brink is ready for skaters

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The unmistakable sound of winter in Canada -metal cutting into ice -will blend with the roar of Niagara Falls when the Rink at the Brink opens today.

After two weeks of getting it ready, the Winter Festival of Lights attraction will open on Niagara Parks Commission land, creating a new winter attraction festival officials say they hope catches on like skating in New York’s Central Park or in front of Rockefeller Center.

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.

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

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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.

Getaway Guy: Skylon Tower Getaway

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From News 10 Now in Rochester (it includes a good video):

This getaway is fun for everyone and brings you a view of Niagara Falls like you won’t believe! This is the Skylon Tower, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Standing tall since 1965, it holds a great outdoor observation deck 775 feet above the falls and it’s open 365 days a year! Skylon also has a revolving restaurant at the top with one complete revolution each hour.

‘Local hero’ Ruedi Hafen can’t beat ‘Capt. Coolest’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Helicopters president Ruedi Hafen’s “quick-thinking and airmanship” were the reasons he was a finalist for Aviator of the Year, but he just couldn’t edge out the compelling story of U. S. Airways pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger.

“I feel really good to be chosen as the only helicopter pilot in the world amongst all those airplane pilots,” Hafen wrote in an email after the awards banquet in Dubai Saturday.

Hafen was one of four finalists for Aviator of the Year, nominated for the delicate manoeuvring of his helicopter during the successful rescue of a man from the frigid water below the Horseshoe Falls in March.

“All of us who made this happen, we must have done a great job, we have been recognized and we must continue ‘what we do safe, do best and do with love,'” said Hafen, who emphasizes safety during rescues, but also in day-to-day business of shuttling tourists over Niagara Falls.

Sullivan laying low after latest falls stunt

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Daredevil Dean Sullivan is back in town.

Sullivan filmed two stunts this month in which he used his face-first rappelling technique to jump from the top of the Niagara gorge, near the Horseshoe Falls.

“(Wednesday’s) was great. It was awesome. It was fantastic. It took me a couple seconds,” he said.

“It was one step off the top and it was quick to the bottom.”

An earlier Nov. 3 jump wasn’t as fast because he stopped a couple times on the way down, he said.

Sullivan, a 43-year-old British Columbia man, made a name for himself by descending from high places like cliffs, ravines or tall buildings. He wears a harness around his waist and is connected to a rope that’s secured at the top. He uses his hands as brakes to stop himself before hitting the ground.

Niagara Parks Police say they’re aware of the recent stunts, but aren’t rushing to round anyone up.

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