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    City chips in $350,000 for new falls illumination

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city will contribute $350,000 towards a $4-million public-private project that will modernize the illumination of the falls.

    The city will take the $350,000 from what is expected to be an approximately $4.5-million fourth-quarter payment in April from Ontario Lottery and Gaming for hosting two casinos.

    Niagara Falls also has $1.7 million remaining from the $18.4 million it received from the first three fiscal quarters.

    “This is very incredible, state-of-the-art, technology,” Serge Felicetti, the city’s director of business development, told councillors this week.

    Council defers talk on new casino cash until OLG agreement signed

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city’s wish list for its new casino cash windfall will have to wait.

    Council deferred discussions on what to do with hefty new funds expected this year from Ontario Lottery & Gaming until the new funding agreement is officially signed. The OLG has given the city a Sept. 30 deadline to enter into a new agreement which will see Niagara Falls receive an estimated $18 to $20 million for hosting two casinos.

    The new funding formula replaces the guaranteed $3 million the city receives per year.

    Council will wait until its September or October meeting to start discussing the funds.

    Casinos bring $6.4 million to Niagara Falls, Ont.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Niagara Falls, Ont., has received a windfall of $6.4 million for hosting two casinos.

    The money from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is provided under a new funding formula, according to the Niagara Falls Review.

    Seneca Casinos to offer fireworks displays

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    From the Salamanca Press:

    Seneca Casinos will host some of the most extravagant fireworks displays in Western New York to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Each of the two Seneca Casino resort hotels, in Niagara Falls and Salamanca, will host these exciting and memorable events, which are free and open to the public.

    The first display takes place Wednesday, July 3, outside Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, and begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. near the outdoor parking lot. A rain date is slated for Thursday, July 4.

    Are We There Yet? – Top 10 Canadian Destinations

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    I don’t know if they are in any particular order, but Crave Online has Niagara Falls at #1 in their list of top 10 Canadian destinations:

    Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring vacation destination like no other. From the top of Skylon Tower to the base of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls boosts beauty beyond your imagination.And it’s not just the waterfall itself that ignites this area – Niagara Falls is bursting with activities making it one of top 10 places to visit in Canada. From vineyards, golf, casinos, dining and trails to fun on the Clifton Hill main street, Niagara Falls is an experience you’ll never forget.

    Casino Niagara to remain open

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls will be home to two casinos for the foreseeable future.

    That’s according to Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who said the 16-year-old gaming facilty — the city’s first — will remain open.

    And not only will the casino remain in operation, Craitor said the government and the Falls Management Company, which operates both Casino Niagara and the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, are looking at ways to increase business at the former.

    “We have some very talented people — some of them are here today — in Niagara Falls,” Craitor said. “Give me ideas and how we can better market it.”

    GTA casino would be ‘devastating’

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A Toronto casino would be a gamble for the province if it moves ahead without an impact study is not completed first, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said Monday.

    Diodati was reacting to the news that the OLG plans to open a gaming facility in Toronto as a part of a plan to revamp the provincial agency’s business.

    It is feared that a Toronto facility will adversely impact business at Niagara Falls’ two casinos — the Fallsview Casino Rsort and Casino Niagara.

    Casino’s future will be clearer Friday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The future of one of Niagara’s two casinos will become clearer Friday.

    The fate of Casino Niagara, which first opened its doors in 1996, will be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the facility, said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor on Tuesday.
    Closing Casino Niagara was one of the 362 recommendations made in the Drummond Report released late last month. The report was commissioned by the province to look at ways it could eliminate its $16-billion deficit. The casino’s future was muddied further after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a report detailing its plans to revitalize the province’s gaming industry. Although Casino Niagara was not named, the report talked about consolidating underperforming facilities, including casinos and slots facilities. The report also called for the establishment of a casino in Toronto.

    Craitor said he has met with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan “a number of times” over not only the casinos but gaming issues in Niagara as a whole.

    Toronto casino would be ‘totally inappropriate’: Craitor

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Is it just hogwash from hogtown?

    Only time will tell.

    Recent media reports out of Toronto that Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. plans to recommend a casino be built in Toronto have some Niagara Falls businesspeople and politicians nervous.

    Provincial government officials insist the 2005 moratorium it placed on building new casinos has not been lifted.

    In an e-mail response to The Niagara Falls Review Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said the minister will not “speculate” whether or not Queen’s Park will alter its moratorium stance until it sees OLG’s report on the future of gaming in the province.

    Two sides of Niagara Falls

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    From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

    Are you going to the Canadian side? You must go to the Canadian side — it’s much better!

    Just about every time I mentioned that my family and I were planning a trip to Niagara Falls, that was the response. I was taken aback because I’d always thought of Niagara Falls as an American, not Canadian, icon, similar to Mount Rushmore, replete with both grandeur and kitsch. And then there’s its reputation as a classic — OK, clichéd — American honeymoon destination.

    The theme running through comments from friends-in-the-know seemed to be that the American side was too full of schlocky tourist traps, chain restaurants, casinos and even urban blight. So we departed Winona for Niagara with this question in mind: Is the Canadian side really superior?

    Wanting to make the most of our two-day experience, that’s where we headed first, with plans to visit the American side on Day Two. Niagara Falls actually consists of three waterfalls — the American Falls, the relatively tiny Bridal Veil Falls, and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls, which is about twice as wide as the American Falls. The entire panorama lay before us, with what looked like toy boats motoring along in a large, oval pool. Nice. Now I was really eager to see them up close.

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