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    Lasers, 3D projections and more on tap for OPG Winter Festival of Lights

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While the 32nd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last year was regarded as a transitional year for the event, this year’s promises to build on that and establish a more modern festival.

    Lasers, 3D illuminations and projection lighting are the new signatures, including a new “Spirit of Niagara” presentation that will be illuminated on the walls of the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls.

    “Hopefully we’ll create a body of work where the province sees us as a winter destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chair of WFOL’s board of directors.

    New Falls hotel planned

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Niagara Falls could soon see another new hotel.

    The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to accept an application for a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from Sunrise Lodging, LLC, a local firm that plans to build a 72-room Comfort Suites hotel on Niagara Falls Boulevard between 70th and 71st streets.

    The company purchased the vacant land in 2007.

    Painter out as convention centre boss

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Scotiabank Convention Centre is looking for a new president and general manager.

    Kerry Painter, president and general manager of the Stanley Avenue facility, is no longer with the Centre. The news came following a meeting of the centre’s board of directors on Wednesday morning.

    Sources, who did not want to be identified, said Painter’s “termination was performance related” but councillor Wayne Thomson, who is also chair of the convention board, said that isn’t the case at all.

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    NPC appoints new chair

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After almost five months in the interim position, Janice Thomson has been appointed the chair of the Niagara Parks Commission’s Board of Directors.

    While the announcement was made by Tourism and Culture Minister Michael Chan on Wednesday, the appointment was actually effective Nov. 16. Thomson, executive director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau, also has experience as a sales and marketing consultant and a former owner and operator of a restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    The Niagara Falls Review also had an article called Janice Thomson named permanent chair of NPC

    New Chair Of Niagara Parks Commission Confirmed

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    From a press release seen on the Government of Ontario web site:

    Ontario has confirmed Fay Booker as the new Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission’s Board of Directors. The appointment follows an open recruitment process and takes effect April 21, 2010.

    Ms. Booker has extensive experience in corporate governance, accounting and auditing. Her experience includes independent consulting on corporate governance, risk management and organizational effectiveness for clients across Canada. She has also held key positions at national accounting and auditing firms and financial institutions, including Grant Thornton LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP and CIBC.

    A long-time volunteer, Ms. Booker has played an active role in leading a number of significant boards, including the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, The Brant Centre and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. She is the recipient of a Canada 125 Medal for her significant contributions to her community.

    As the Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, Ms. Booker will lead the overall strategic direction of the government agency responsible for preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor.

    Positive local reaction to OLG shakeup

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A massive shakeup at Ontario Lottery and Gaming could resolve some of Niagara’s issues with the government agency that oversees Ontario’s casinos and lotteries, Niagara sources say.

    A new board of directors and new management could settle Casino Niagara’s long-term future, said Dino A. DiCienzo, a vice-president of the Canadian Niagara Hotels, the casino’s landlord.

    “Very short-term, it will be a setback,” he said after the government cleaned house at OLG Monday. “Over and above that, it will be a good thing moving forward. You’ll see the OLG wanting to move forward,” DiCienzo said.

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