Category: Niagara Falls News

For Gale and the Parks, the divorce appears final

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It looks like any bid to get Bob Gale a second term on the Niagara Parks Commisison is almost out of gas.

Niagara’s own oil baron was sidelined from the government agency in February, when his three-year term expired. Now, after Friday’s reaffirmation by the commission of its 2008 decision to extend its lease with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co., it seems Gale’s days are done.

His stated condition not to take another term unless the Maid of the Mist lease was put to tender makes it all but impossible for him to accept another term, and equally unlikely the government could offer him one.

It’s a lesson in how slippery the underbelly of politics can be.

Niagara Falls won’t fight Marineland trailer park evictions


From the Welland Tribune:

Green Oaks trailer park residents have lost their bid to have city hall get between them and Marineland owner John Holer, who is evicting 47 families from the Stanley Ave. property.

But some say the attention they raised might help Niagara Falls renters in the future.

“They don’t want to protect Green Oaks trailer park. But they want to look into acting on it on all residential properties, which may end up helping us,” said Brian Topolinsky, one of the trailer park residents, after a city committee meeting Monday.

Councillors won’t invoke a seldom-used section of the Municipal Act to stop the trailer park from kicking out its tenants.

Instead, they opted to investigate how to use Section 99.1 of the Municipal Act in the future.

Fixing the trip to the glen, step by step

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hikers and anglers should find it easier and safer to get to the Whirlpool area, thanks to a group of volunteers who installed new stairs on the steepest part of the trail.

More than two dozen volunteers lent their hands to put in place 70 new stairs, making a safer descent to the Niagara River Whirlpool, a popular spot for fishing and hiking.

The work was a partnership between the Niagara Parks Commission and several community groups, including the city’s trails and bikeways committee, some firefighters and high school students.

“In 2008, the trail was almost impassable up there,” said Lisa Wilson, chairwoman of the city’s trails and bikeways committee.

The top of the staircase is near a parking area, across from the Whirlpool golf course.

Canada and Ontario Invest in Niagara People Mover Project

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From a Marketwire press release:

he City of Niagara Falls will soon benefit from a new bus system thanks to a joint investment by the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, and His Worship Ted Salci, Mayor of Niagara Falls, announced today.

“The Government of Canada is proud to be a long-time supporter of this project,” said Minister Nicholson. “The Niagara People Mover will contribute to easier movement of people in this great city. We are happy to join with the Government of Ontario and the City in making this long-awaited project a reality.”

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Politicians keep Falls falling

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From the Medina Journal-Register:

A national publication recently wrote an in-depth analysis of Niagara Falls, N.Y., versus its Canadian counterpart.

Not surprisingly, the outlook was far more rosy in Ontario. examined the sparkling development of the Canadian side and the equally dreary crumbling of the American side, which the publication said falls far short of what a tourist destination should be.

A lack of vision by municipal leaders, the report said, is to blame.

“Simply put, Niagara Falls, Ontario, has benefited from decades of decisions by regional and provincial policy makers who have built on one another’s work,” the report said. “Niagara Falls, N.Y., has lurched through short-sighted, incompetent and sometimes corrupt municipal governance, failed stabs at regionalism and flailing, inconsistent and outright destructive approaches by various arms of state government.”

Movie shoot news to city

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Published reports about plans to shoot another motion picture in the Falls came as news to Mayor Paul Dyster on Thursday.

Although an article appearing in The Hollywood Reporter suggested the American side of the Falls would serve as the backdrop for an upcoming film featuring Dennis Hopper, Dyster said, at this point, the city has not been approached about the project.

“As of right now, there have been no requests to film on the U.S. side,” Dyster said in reference to “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” a film The Hollywood Reporter described as a dark comedy penned by Jonathan Sobol, a writer with roots in the Western New York area.

Dyster said it was his understanding that filming related to the project may be done nearby, but that the work would likely occur at locations in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Parks to finish review of Maids lease by Oct. 1

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Members of the Niagara Parks Commission will complete a government- ordered review of its lease with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. “no later than Oct. 1,” chairman Jim Williams says.

Commissioners met last week to consider advice from the provincial government and their own legal staff, and to chart a course for reviewing the lease.

“We had a meeting, but it wasn’t to arrive at a decision,” Williams said in an interview.

A decision will come later this month, when commissioners hold a special session to consider the lease question.

Ruedi Hafen, Niagara Helicopters’ President and Chief Pilot, Nominated for Aviator of the Year!

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From a PRWeb press release (via Yahoo! News):

Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot of Niagara Helicopters has been nominated under Aviator of the Year for his daring rescue of the man who went over Niagara Falls this past March 11, 2009.

The man who plunged over the Niagara Falls in March did not want to be saved, but Ruedi Hafen refused to give up. Following up an emergency call, Hafen – founder of tourist flight operator Niagara Helicopters – hovered his Bell 407 over the drowning man, so a police officer could attach a sling to his arm. When he resisted, Hafen used the aircraft’s downdraft to push the would-be suicide safely to shore. Swiss-born Hafen -who has taken Niagara Helicopters to $6 million revenues in 20 years with his Niagara Falls helicopter tour and specialty flight service – was praised in media coverage for his courage, quick-thinking and airmanship.

“I am honoured to be included in this category with such incredible people as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Iren Dornier and Jose Miguel Ceppi” said Mr. Hafen.

‘Rink at the Brink’ gets the thumbs up


From the Niagara Falls Review:

Outdoor skating is on its way to Table Rock.

The Niagara Parks Commission has approved a plan by the Winter Festival of Lights for the ‘Rink at the Brink,’ putting a 20- by-40-metre sheet of ice next to the Horseshoe Falls.

Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio envisions a family attraction similar to the world-famous rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

“It has been quite a challenge for us this year with this project,” he says. “The timelines have been tight since Day 1.”

Planning began in February, and Fazio says the “logistics” were overwhelming.

But once it’s up and running in November, he expects it to become an “iconic” winter attraction for the city.

New Daredevil Gallery Adds to Exhilarating Niagara Falls Attractions on Fallsview Boulevard

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From a PRWeb press release (via Yahoo! News):

The most thrilling Niagara Falls attractions have a home on Fallsview Boulevard, a bustling area with Fallsview hotels, nightclubs and more just 500 yards from the Mighty Falls. This summer, Skylon Tower, the IMAX Niagara, and Niagara Freefall have been joined by yet another gripping Fallsview attraction – the new Daredevil Gallery located within the IMAX Niagara.

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