Category: Niagara Falls News

Minister lukewarm on city’s Parks plan

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario government isn’t in a hurry to act on free advice from Niagara Falls council about how the Niagara Parks Commission should run.

Tourism Minister Monique Smith confirmed her staff received a July 9 letter from city hall that outlines a resolution councillors passed calling for openness at the Niagara Parks Commission.

Council suggested the Liberal government amend the Niagara Parks Act to allow the four Niagara Parks Commissioners who are also municipal politicians to report back to their councils about parks business.

“The resolution has been received by my staff. It will be taken into consideration,” Smith said in an interview with The Niagara Falls Review this week.

City gets extension on people mover application

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From Niagara This Week:

The federal government has issued the city an extension to apply for a $25-million grant for its version of a people mover system.

The deadline to submit an application was June but Mayor Ted Salci recently reported he secured a one-year extension to allow for more time to prepare a business plan, which is currently being undertaken, said Salci.

“We’re taking a P3 (public-private partnership) approach to finance the project,” he said.


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From a press release seen at Canada.Travel:

It is with great pleasure that Hard Rock International announces Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, Canada as the latest franchise cafe recipient of “Top of the Rock,” an award presented to six franchise and six company-owned cafes each year based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments and community contributions.

Convention centre construction on target, city officials say

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A building permit for the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre is expected to be issued in the next few weeks, as work continues toward the centre’s 2011 completion target.

“It’s tracking on schedule. It’s tracking quite well. Everything is moving along quite nicely,” said Serge Felicetti, the city’s business development officer.

He submitted a report on the convention centre’s progress to city council Monday.

TV’s ‘Office’ lovers will be ‘married’ in Niagara Falls

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I know this was quite the buzz yesterday, but in case you haven’t heard it, here it is…

From the Buffalo News:

Lovebirds Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) will be heading to Niagara Falls shortly for their wedding this fall on NBC’s “The Office.”

Greg Daniels, the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning comedy that is set inside the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pa., confirmed here Friday that director Paul Fieg is currently in the Falls to scout out locations for the wedding.

Daniels said he “assumed” the wedding would take place on the U. S. side of the Falls, but wouldn’t be sure until Fieg finishes his scouting.

First, he wins Indian bachelorette. Next stop – Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Star:

Brangelina. TomKat. And now, Elkhi.

It’s official: Toronto-born Elesh Parujanwala and Bollywood bombshell Rakhi Sawant are engaged to be married, following Sunday’s finale of reality TV show Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, India’s answer to The Bachelorette…

“I have plans to show her my life and my lifestyle, my entire family and friends. There are a ton of things for us to do, but I know the first stop,” he said.

“Niagara Falls – the Canadian side, obviously.”

ONTARIO: Rescuers can’t stop falls jumper

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From the Niagara Gazette:

After a man was stopped from jumping into the Niagara River and plummeting over the Horseshoe Falls Tuesday night, emergency personnel were unable to stop another man’s attempt Wednesday morning.

Unfortunately, it seems that the police are keeping busy with this sort of thing…

Consultant brought back to refocus marketing strategy for city’s tourism

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. has brought back a consultant who helped start the agency six years ago to refocus its marketing strategy for the future.

The strategic marketing plan will attempt to pin down exactly who visits Niagara Falls and what markets should be pursued, corporation President John Percy said Monday.

It will be the first time the agency has undertaken a full review of its marketing plan by an outside consultant since it started.

Three Parks posts refilled -but no word on Gale’s spot

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The province has reappointed three Niagara Parks Commission members whose terms were ending -but not Bob Gale, the controversial member whose term expired in February.

“We wanted to make sure the board remained functional. We were concerned about that,” Ontario’s Tourism Minister Monique Smith said in an interview Tuesday.

Niagara Falls lawyer Italia Gilberti, St. Catharines businessman David Howse and Ed Werner, the Niagara-on-the-Lake investor who backed the highly successful Trivial Pursuit board game, have been reappointed to the parks commission, Smith said in a phone interview from Sudbury.

Skyline Inn Niagara Falls AAA/CAA Three Diamond Award Recipient for 2010!

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From an i-Newswire press release:

The Skyline Inn hotel is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the three diamond rating from AAA/CAA for 2010. This rating recognizes the continued high level of hospitality that the associates at the Skyline Inn provide. A three diamond rating requires that a hotel establishment be versatile with a distinguished style, including upgrades that contribute to overall guest enjoyment.

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