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    Canada border bill adopted by US Congress

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A bill with potentially sweeping consequences for the Canada-U.S. border has just been adopted by the American Congress, allowing new projects aimed at speeding up travel through the international boundary.

    The so-called preclearance bill has now been adopted by both U.S. legislative chambers after being passed by the Senate early Saturday. It’s now expected to become law with President Barack Obama’s signature.

    Officials in both countries celebrated the news. The project has involved both U.S. political parties and the Harper and Trudeau governments, yet some participants had begun worrying it might stall from inertia.

    Bollywood arrives in Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Standing across from President Barack Obama and his wife MIchelle are two stars from a blockbuster that made millions worldwide.

    Wax figures of Katrina Kaif and Salman Kahn are the newest additions to the Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars on Clifton Hill.

    The duo stared in 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger, the second highest-grossing Bollywood film.

    While the actors may not be well known to Canadian audiences, Joel Noden, director of marketing with HOCO Entertainment and Resorts, said the duo are a hit with international audiences.

    “Bollywood actors are known around the world,” he said.

    “The Bollywood film industry is enormously popular. It’s phenomenal and these actors have a huge following around the world.”

    The wax museum has over 100 figures and 70 sets depicting actors in the scenes that made them famous.

    ‘Our interests are … closely aligned:’ Nicholson

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The new agreement on border co-operation between Canada and the U.S., announced Friday by the two countries’ leaders, is a continuation of the existing relationship rather than the start of something radically new, says Canada’s Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, the MP for Niagara Falls.

    “Some of that process has already begun,” Nicholson said Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new body aimed at cutting red tape and making it easier to move people and goods across the border.

    Tourism gets G20 boost

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With yet another long weekend behind them, some local tourism officials like what they’ve seen from the summer so far.

    “Everybody seems to be up slightly (from this time last year),” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    “Rates for accommodations are not what they used to be, but I think there’s optimism for the rest of the summer.”

    In recent weeks, traffic seemed to be up in the city, while stores and restaurants appear to be recovering from tough economic times, said Thomson.

    He said Niagara Falls benefi ted from the G20 summit June 26 and 27, which saw a plethora of Torontonians leave their city, many coming to the Honeymoon Capital for a reprieve.

    The White House even confirmed U.S. President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, along with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, made a visit.

    “June was good, better than June of last year,” said Thomson.

    Movieland Wax Museum of Stars in Spring 2010 (pictures)

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    I’ve visited Movieland Wax Museum of Stars on Clifton Hill many times before, but hadn’t walked through it in the last couple of years. I’ve tweeted and posted about some new figures that were there, but I hadn’t actually seem them myself. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to go in again, and I’ve taken pictures of the new figures. There are figures of Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Twilight’s Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, Will Smith, and President and Mrs. Obama.

    As always, you can see the thumbnails below, or the full-size images in the Movieland Wax Museum of Stars in Spring 2010 gallery.

    Note: There are now 2,969 images in 241 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.

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