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    Crossing Niagara, the return journey

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    From The Independent (in the UK):

    It takes a cool head, impeccable balance, and plenty of self-confidence to walk unaided across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Unfortunately, for daredevil Nik Wallenda, it also requires formal permission from local bureaucrats.

    The 32-year-old circus performer is bidding to become the first person in more than a century to perform the high-wire stunt, reviving a tradition of derring-do which stretches back to the destination’s golden era. But first, he needs a rubber stamp from Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission.

    The article also has a nice history of the various daredevils over the years.

    NPC projects continue under temporary board, Booker says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two of the big projects on the plate of the Niagara Parks Commission will continue over the winter despite Monday’s turfing of four government-appointed commissioners and their temporary replacement by six senior bureaucrats.

    Chairwoman Fay Booker said a government-ordered competition to pick a company to run boat tours on the Niagara River is unfolding, as is a strategic planning exercise Booker launched earlier this year.

    The parks commission put the “final strokes” on its request for proposals Tuesday -the document private companies interested in providing boat tours will respond to.

    “Then it’s all in the hands of the bidders in terms of the bidding,” Booker said in an interview this week.

    Justify sole-source contract: MPP

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Whatever information Niagara’s regional tourism organization used to justify an “exception” from the province’s ban on single-source contracts, it should be disclosed to the public to ensure public confidence in the agency, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor says.

    “I think that the chairman of the board should explain to the media or to the public what they presented to the bureaucrats that convinced them this should be an exception,” Craitor said Th ursday.

    The first project by Niagara’s regional tourism organization — a body created last year by Ontario’s Liberal government to promote tourism — led to a controversy after it was revealed it commissioned Niagara Fallsbased Rev Publishing to produce a glossy $500,000 tourism magazine without putting it out to tender.

    “This is not a good way for it to start out,” said Craitor, who is also parliamentary assistant to Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan.

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