From the Niagara Falls Review:
It may be promoting “1 Less Trip” to the U.S., but the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce isn’t on board with Canadians paying an entry fee to visit their neighbours to the south.
The U.S. is proposing a “land border crossing fee” to ease the country’s financial situation. The Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 budget calls for a study on the costs to collect a fee from vehicles and pedestrians crossing the border, and to complete it within nine months.
The department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, wrote in written testimony two weeks ago fees to support processing travellers haven’t been adjusted for more than 10 years and more customs officers are needed.
Kithio Mwanzia, the chamber’s director of government relations, said a fee would “greatly impact” cross-border trading.
From the Las Vegas Weekly:
At this time last week, Lijana Wallenda-Hernandez was feeling a little stressed. There was the water, the height, the mist. There were the cameras, the reporters, the 125,000 Canadians waiting in the dark, the two years of negotiating and changing laws, all leading to this one day: the day her little brother would tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.
“It was awesome. It was breathtaking to watch,” says Lijana, who took in the stunt at the falls with the rest of the Flying Wallenda tightrope-walking clan. “It was also very nerve-wracking. I would rather have been the one up there than watching him do it.”
From a CNW Group press release (via Yahoo! Finance):
Conveniently located a short drive from the Niagara Falls border, Darien Lake’s Canadian deals make it the ideal family fun getaway destination this summer. With over 45 rides, a 10-acre waterpark, live shows and midway games, all located within steps of a relaxing lodge, modern cabins, campsite and RV rentals, Darien Lake is the perfect combination of thrill and chill. Canadian cash is at par.
From the Toronto Sun (including pictures):
Niagara Falls, the Canadian Rockies and the CN Tower top Canadians list of the country’s “must-see” destinations, according to a survey by Transitions Optical Inc. and Leger Marketing.
From Tim Denis on 610 CKTB (his “View From the Drive Thru” commentary):
Americans and Canadians have a lot in common but we do some things very differently. There are many examples of the US doing a much better job of preserving their history than Canada but one example of how the Canadian Government was way ahead of our neighbors is right in our own backyard…or front yard if you happen to live in the Falls. Back in the late 1800s both the Ontario and New York State governments were faced with a question of what to do about the Niagara River and Niagara Falls itself. Their reactions could not have been any different. The Americans decided to exploit the industrial possibilities of the river…they built roads and encouraged factories to make use of the waterway and the cheap power. The result is what you see across the river. Highways and smokestacks. The Ontario government created the Niagara Parks Commission in 1885.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
If you’re anywhere near a local mall these days there’s good chance you’ll spot even more Canadian license plates than usual. That’s because the Canadian dollar has grown stronger and now goes further at U.S. Stores.
Better selection and lower taxes on this side of the border have long drawn Canadians. “We’re saving a lot more because the taxes are lower,” says Marianne Bolonga of Niagara Falls, Ontario who was shopping with a friend on Wednesday at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, NY.
“Pretty much you can’t get the brands back in Canada so just better to come over here I guess,” says Blair Fontana, a Canadian shopping for clothes at the Fashion Outlets.