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    Drones banned over falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Concerns over drone activity have led to a request from the local police board for signage prohibiting the small aircraft from flying over Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Regional Police services board chairman Bob Gale brought the issue forward at Thursday’s meeting, calling on Niagara Parks Commission to consider adding signs around the famous falls to help curb usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the area.

    Gale wants unbiased NPC investigation

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The list of people to turn to is short, and getting shorter for Bob Gale in his ongoing push for what he considers a proper investigation of the Niagara Parks Commission.
    As a former commissioner, Gale has spent the last few years crusading for change at the arms-length agency of the provincial government that is responsible for overseeing the parklands and attractions surrounding the Niagara Parkway. It was Gale’s complaints about the untendered lease of the Maid of the Mist boat tour operation in 1998 that started the ball rolling on a number of changes to hit the commission, including the most recent provincial overhaul there.

    More Niagara Parks Commission news

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    Wow! What is going on over there?! For the last 2 weeks there has been story after story after story about problems at the Niagara Parks Commission. On Monday the dismissed 4 of the commissioners. Here are some accompanying news stories:

    ‘It’s time to change it all up,’ says Gale – Niagara Falls Review
    Gale says shake-up at NPC step in the right direction – Niagara Falls Review
    Decision to remove commissioners helps move the NPC ‘forward,’ says Booker – Niagara Falls Review
    Parks housecleaning shows agency serious about moving forward: Booker – Bullet Media
    Officials look to the future for Niagara Parks – Niagara Falls Review

    Competition for boat tour operator evolving, NPC says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission will keep tweaking its process for picking a boat tour operator while it moves toward a Nov. 24 target deadline for companies to submit their bids to run Niagara River boat tours, general manager John Kernahan says.

    A month after the provincial agency launched a competition that could sever the historic ties with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co., former commissioner Bob Gale said he’s worried the process is “slanted” in favour of the company that has run tours for years.

    “I’ve received numerous phone calls from people involved in this about how outrageous this is, and that it’s slanted in favour of the incumbent (Maid of the Mist),” Gale said in an interview.

    Province orders lease for Maids reopened

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For the first time in years, the Maid of the Mist will have to fend off competitors to hold onto the right to run boat tours in the Niagara River.

    Ontario Tourism Minister Monique Smith announced Wednesday the Niagara Parks Commission will solicit competing bids from companies interested in leasing the property needed to provide the tours.

    “For once, the taxpayers have won. It’s unbelievable,” said Bob Gale, the former commissioner whose concerns about the attempt to renew the lease in 2008 led to a year and a half of intense scrutiny for Niagara Parks.

    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.

    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.

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