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Niagara Falls continues to grow as tourist destination

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From Buffalo Business First (sometimes the article shows up free, sometimes you need a paid subscription):

On a sunny spring afternoon, Asian tourists climbed off a bus in the Fallsview District of Niagara Falls and made their way toward the iconic waterfalls, many with cameras in hand.

Those who didn’t immediately head to a nearby overview were busy taking selfies near the Fallsview Casino.

Those 40 tourists are symbolic of the more than 14 million people a year who visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. They come not only for the dramatic views but for a growing list of attractions.

Hidden camera footage sparks angry response from Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new video released by international non-profit group Last Chance for Animals exposes “inhumane treatment” of beluga whales at the park, according to a group spokesman.

The five-minute clip is comprised of hidden-camera footage shot over five months by an LCA investigator hired as a Marineland summer employee last year. It documents what the group calls “insufficient care,” showing belugas bunched together, covered in scars and skin conditions. One young calf named Gia, separated from her mother, is shown in an isolation pool “where her condition deteriorated.”

Adam Wilson, LCA’s director of investigations, said the employee shot “discreet” footage with high definition cameras. The majority of footage focussed on the park’s 46 belugas, the largest population of captive belugas in the world.

Not falling for Niagara

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From Now Toronto:

At the Fallsview Casino, the toilet stall is the only place I feel comfortable. Not so much for the relative tranquility as for the fact that I am finally sure I am not being watched.

At last I can take out my phone and my notebook. Electronic devices are highly discouraged on the casino floor, and I don’t want to find out what they think about paper and pens.

Among my jottings: “represents the worst of society: a place that hates people, means to take your money.” Well, yes. A casino is its own little dystopian security state. For a place that wants to seem inviting and comfortable, it provokes a great deal of anxiety. Rules, cameras, facial recognition software. Like an airport whose only destination is itself.

Setting up for Nik Wallenda – lots of TV trucks and lots of wires (and lots of photos)!

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For the last couple of days there has been lots of work going on along the Niagara Parkway down to Table Rock Place. There are a LOT of trucks with a LOT of equipment for the TV production. There are barriers being put in place, security and police officers around, and more. It is kind of exciting. There seems to be some “electricity” in the air, and there are more and more people around. There were also a couple of very cool look helicopters around yesterday.

The wire was put in place late Tuesday afternoon. It also looks like there are some smaller wires that will have cameras attached to them. It should make for great TV!

I’m still undecided about whether I’m heading down to watch or not. I really want to be there, but there will probably just be too many people. My kids want to see it, but if I want to be able to park somewhere, I’m going to have to get there around 4-5 pm. Then what do we do for the next 5 or 6 hours? Plus, it may take an hour or two just to get out of the city once it is all over. I just don’t see any way around that, so we’ll have to decide if it is worth it or not.

FREWIN PART TWO: Magician can make crowds appear

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The whiff of free magic and being on TV has them lining up early.

The show doesn’t start until 6:30 p. m., but by 5 p. m. the lobby is already starting to fill up at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Before they enter, they’re greeted by a sign telling them they will be filmed tonight: “If you attend this event, your image may appear in the production and you hereby give consent to the use of your image.”

For many, that’s the reason they’re here. Two kids decked out in Greg Frewin T-shirts have already seen the show. But mention being on TV, and their eyes light up.

Frewin’s CBC special will take three weeks to film, and this is one of the biggest nights. A good crowd is crucial. A good-looking crowd is equally important. Organizers seat some of the more ‘camera friendly’ patrons near the stage, where they’re more likely to be filmed.

Hats and shirts with corporate logos are a no-no. A greeter asks everyone to smile. A lot.

Oh, and don’t look at the cameras.

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