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    Heat turned up on Diodati over Paradise project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The city’s mayor has been accused of lobbying Premier Kathleen Wynne on behalf of the group proposing a $1.5-billion development on property that is home to more than 200 acres of provincially significant wetlands.

    “I did not know that you were lobbying the Premier,” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni told Mayor Jim Diodati at Tuesday’s meeting of Niagara Falls City Council. “I haven’t seen one letter from you to the Premier. They haven’t been copied to council. We didn’t give a motion to direct letters to the Premier lobbying for the developer, so if we could as a council get copies of those letters that would be fantastic.”

    Make new entertainment centre all-ages: city council

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A new 7,000-seat entertainment centre, planned to be built adjacent and connected to the gaming floor at the existing Fallsview Casino, should not just cater to adults and gamblers, say city council.

    The venue, expected to host national and international-scale concerts, as well as sports and entertainment events, should also be open to younger people who might want to catch certain shows, say local politicians.

    “It should be an all-ages venue, not just for those 19 and older,” said Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni. “It should be accessible to teenagers.”

    Ioannoni was backed by her council colleagues this week when her motion was approved to “send a strong message” to the company managing the city’s two casinos that the new facility be family-friendly.

    Cash-tight festival needs help from city

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With its own finances at the brink, the Winter Festival of Lights has turned to city hall to back up its bid to get a line of credit it needs to pay the bills on the new Rink at the Brink skating attraction.

    Festival manager Dino Fazio said his organization needs a $500,000 line of credit from its bank to start paying some of the bills associated with the new rink’s construction across from the Niagara Parks Commission’s Table Rock Complex last fall.

    Without the city acting as a guarantor, the bank won’t give the festival the loan, Fazio said.

    “I don’t need a dollar from the city. I do need a guarantee,” Fazio told members of the corporate services committee, which considers council’s financial matters.

    “Will they give it to you without us?” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni asked.

    “No,” Fazio replied.

    COUNCIL MADE RIGHT DECISION WITH LORETTO

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    Someone wrote a letter to the editor of the Niagara Falls Review:

    Thumbs up to councillors Diodati, Ioannoni, Kerrio, Maves, Pietrangelo and Mayor Ted Salci for voting with their heads and not their emotions in supporting the proposed Loretto Hotel Project…

    It’s encouraging to see that we have a majority on city council that use common sense.

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