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    Marineland charged with five counts of animal cruelty

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Ontario’s animal welfare agency laid five animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Friday, levelling allegations of mistreatment that were swiftly rejected by the amusement park.

    The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction relate to peacocks, guinea hens and black bears — and noted that further charges are pending.

    The OSPCA said inspection officers and a veterinarian went to Marineland on Nov. 10 after receiving a complaint about alleged animal cruelty.

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    Another new blogger – Introduction from Lisa

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    Hello folks, My name is Lisa and I am from Rochester NY I have been traveling to and from Niagara Falls since I was little. The Hotel we have stayed in the most was – Fallsway Motor Hotel which of course became the Quality Inn Clifton Hill, which than made way for the Niagara Skywheel. I have visited many hotels in all different parts of Niagara Falls and I believe I have eaten at most of the restaurants in the area.

    I can remember going to Maple Leaf Village eating either in the Food Court or at the Suisha Gardens Restaurant and being mesmerize by the Chefs preparing the food with knives, flames and talent.

    After being scared out of our wits going to Nightmares and watching my friends little kids actually have them. Who can than forget the memories made going to the Amusement park behind playing a few games and riding the rides? I can remember when the Skylon Tower was the place to be and the lines to get up and down were ridiculous. A few years back they had a card you could buy for the year $20.00 for unlimited rides but they quickly got rid of that.

    I can remember when there really was not a Fallsview district. Boy, it seems all those beautiful hotels came up rather quickly.

    People Movers transit, I can remember at one time had a connection with vans and the Combo pass included the historical places down Niagara Parkway.

    I have many memories and traditions I cherish and there are some I wish I could have back. The best memories were those of my sister and me taking my mom out for vacation. Mom passed 7/2011 so those memories are gone. Nothing was like going to Betty’s with her in Chippawa having the best home cooked meal. (Except for hers.)

    There are new buildings and new attractions; we have enjoyed staying at, eating at and trying out. Who has not tried getting a wax hand? What a pain in the neck. Trying on those weird hats on Clifton Hill. Going up the Falls Tower imagine that was the first and best view of the falls close up other than staying on the big hotels on Falls Avenue. Remember not long ago going to Canada and getting 56% exchange rate.

    Well those are just some of my memories and I hope to share more with you as time goes by.

    Like I said have gone to Niagara Falls with several different family members, friends etc. I have gone in the Hot Hot Sunny weather to the frigid Canada Winter. I like to venture out to Niagara on the Lake, St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Toronto, Chippawa, and Hamilton as well. I would not mind visiting London as well.

    I am being given the opportunity to help Graham with the website in any way I hope I can. Graham has had this website for as long as I can remember. How many years has it been? I appreciate what Graham has done with this site and hope to help keep it as interesting and vital for people who visit as many times as they do. There is so much I have learned from this site that it has saved and made prior trips. Graham has really made a nice time capsule for future generations to learn just what Niagara was at one time and the growth it has experience as time has gone on.

    I usually make it to the Falls at least 6 times a year. We have gone just for the day and have stayed as long as 2 weeks. I have learned to stay at different hotels, eat at as many places as I can and experience as many things as time allows.

    I hope I can contribute to this site so it makes things a little easier on Graham and it allows him to have a life away from this site. There are a few people who have also volunteered and I know you will learn a lot from their experiences as well as I have learned just reading their posts.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    Marineland to go back under the microscope

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    From 97.7 HTZ-FM:

    Marineland is getting a 2nd look from an industry watchdog.

    Inspectors with the Canadian Association of Zoos & Aquariums & the OSPCA will take a tour of the Niagara Falls amusement park.

    This comes after public allegations from ex-trainers that Marineland’s animals are being mistreated.

    CAZA’s National Director says if their team finds animals in trouble, the OSPCA will pull the animals out of the park & Marineland will be stripped of its CAZA membership.

    Mayor defends Marineland amid allegations


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    …In a story published in a Toronto newspaper Wednesday, Demers said the poor conditions and a lack of action by park owner John Holer is what made him quit – and subsequently break a non-disclosure agreement by going public.

    The public reaction to the report has been significant, with Marineland trending on Twitter. Many called for the park to be shut down by the City of Niagara Falls, but Mayor Jim Diodati said Wednesday it’s not something city hall has jurisdiction over.

    “We don’t regulate or license them,” Diodati said. “We’re not involved in monitoring them, that’s another body. We make sure the property taxes are paid and that there are no other bylaw infringements taking place.”

    The mayor defended the amusement park, saying he’s been going to Marineland since he was a youth and has never seen any signs of animal mistreatment…

    Whale of a police escort for U.S.-bound killer whale

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Ikaika the killer whale was escorted out of the country in a procession worthy of a head of state.

    A witness said he counted at least 14 Niagara Regional Police cruisers, with lights flashing, two transport trucks and a crane slowly escorting the 9-year-old male orca from Marineland toward Hamilton airport on the QEW on Saturday evening.

    John (Ringo) Beam, manager of Rempel Maximum Ice Services in Niagara Falls, said he joked to some of the orca’s escorts that the procession from the amusement park around 9 p.m. seemed a tad excessive.

    “I said, ‘It’s a whale, not a head of state,’” Beam said Sunday. “It was overkill.”

    The departure of Ikaika, also called “Ike,” comes at the end of a nasty custody dispute between the Marineland amusement park in Niagara Falls and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

    Whale at centre of custody battle returns to SeaWorld

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes a video):

    Ikaika is back home.

    The killer whale, the one at the heart of a custody battle between Marineland and SeaWorld, was removed from the Niagara Falls amusement park Saturday night by a fleet of transport trucks, a crane and more than a dozen Niagara Regional Police escorts cars.

    “Ikaika was moved from Marineland to SeaWorld San Diego overnight,” confirmed Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, located in Orlando, Fla, via email Sunday. “We typically do transports of this type at night to avoid disruptions in local traffic and in our park operations. The transport went perfectly and (Ikaika) is in the water in San Diego now, swimming with the park’s other whales.”

    NRP Staff Sgt. Pat McCauley confirmed the Niagara police were hired on special duty to assist with the transfer of the whale.

    Marineland’s last-ditch effort to get injunction to keep killer whale fails

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Lawyers for Marineland hoped an 11th hour temporary injunction would block the return of one of its two killer whales to SeaWorld Friday.

    The injunction, however, was denied by a U.S. district court judge and that led to the dramatic transport of the 1,815-kilogram killer whale Ikaika Saturday night.

    More than a dozen police cars, a crane and a number of transport trucks arrived at the Niagara Falls amusement park just after 6 p.m. Floodlights and the crane could be seen from the road as workers removed the male killer whale and lowered him into a waiting transport truck container filled with cold water. Two hours later, the convoy left for Hamilton, where the nine-year-old whale was loaded into a cargo plane outfitted with a holding tank. Ikaika was flown to California and to SeaWorld San Diego, where he was lowered back into a tank Sunday morning.

    “The animal was attended to by vets and other zoological professionals throughout the process,” Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, wrote in an email.

    Send killer whale back to Florida, court tells Marineland

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision ordering Marineland to return a killer whale to the Florida water park that loaned it out.

    In July, an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the Niagara Falls amusement park to return Ikaika, a 9-year-old male orca, to SeaWorld, the Orlando, Fla.-based owner.

    The initial ruling focused on legal technicalities surrounding the “breeding loan agreement” between the two parks.

    Marineland appealed the decision, but the appeals court echoed the sentiments of the previous ruling in rejecting its court challenge.

    “The breeding loan agreement is not a long term agreement. The maximum term of the loan of Ikaika is only four years and thereafter only a year at a time,” wrote Justice Stephen Goudge, on behalf of a three-member panel.

    Today’s Drabble is very true

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    If you’ve been following the blog for a long time, you will probably know that I am a fan of the Drabble cartoon. You may even recall that the characters in Drabble travelled to Niagara Falls 6 years ago and I was even able to contact Kevin Fagan for some comments.

    Today’s Drabble comic isn’t specific to Niagara Falls, but I still figured I’d link to it. It comments on how expensive attractions can be.

    Please visit the Drabble section of the GoComics web site to see a larger version of the comic and to view past comics.

    36 Hours in Niagara Falls

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    From the New York Times:

    At Niagara Falls, the United States is the poor relation and Canada is king. Nature gave Canada the wide-angle view of the majestic waterfall that straddles the border between the two countries, and the Canadians’ commercial bet on tourism landed most of the visitor comforts on their side of the Niagara River. American reliance on industry, however, ended in Rust Belt ruin. Yet the story isn’t so simple. Casinos, high-rise hotels and hucksterish come-ons have so proliferated in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that it risks feeling like a tired amusement park. Meanwhile, in Niagara Falls, New York, the visitor who ventures inside the shabby, underfinanced state park is surprised to discover vestiges of something like a natural landscape. The party is in Canada. The real feel of the river, in all its awesome power, is more accessible in the United States. Hop back and forth to get the best of both Niagaras and see for yourself.

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