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Niagara Falls tourism fee called ‘ridiculous’ as some businesses make it mandatory

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From CBC News:

Every year, millions of people flock to Niagara Falls, Ont., shelling out hundreds of dollars for hotels, restaurants and attractions clustered around the towering falls. But at some businesses, visitors are finding a contentious tourism fee is now a mandatory part of their bill.

CBC’s Marketplace, which has looked into the tourism fee before, returned to Niagara Falls with hidden cameras in January to see how things have changed after receiving dozens of complaints from consumers about the fee.

Final Tragically Hip show to be broadcast in Queen Victoria Park

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From Niagara This Week:

Add Queen Victoria Park to the list of places across Niagara where Tragically Hip fans can go to see the band’s final show.

The CBC’s Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will be shown Saturday, Aug. 20 on two large screens in the park overlooking the Horseshoe and American falls.

Admission is free.

“Canada” (including Niagara Falls)

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At another store, I recently saw this book from 1978 called Canada which includes an introduction by Harry J Boyle (apparently he was a famous CBC broadcaster). The book has information about different parts of Canada and there was a section about Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls, where the mighty Niagara River plunges over the escarpment into a deep gorge, is one of the world’s most spectacular shows of natural beauty. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls measures 671 metres across and are an impressive 54 metres high. First described by a priest who travelled with La Salle, the Rev. Louis Hennepin, the falls have attracted honeymooners, stunt-men and tourists since the early 1800’s. The river also provides, at this point, much of the hydro-electric power for Ontario and New York.

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This shot of the Falls is great, as the only building you see is the Tower Hotel. There were no other big buildings at all.

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Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane dies of cancer at age 69

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From Yahoo! Canada News:

Celebrated Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ont., at the age of 69.
A tribute on Cochrane‘s website to the man dubbed ‘‘The Prince of the Air‘‘ says he died from pancreatic cancer.

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Face off on Clifton Hill

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canada’s best road hockey team will be crowned in Niagara Falls this September with the nation’s eyes watching.

CBC’s Sports Day in Canada will be broadcasted from the top of Clifton Hill beginning Sept. 27 for the Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! ball hockey national championship tournament.

More than 100 teams and 800 players from across Canada will be vying for the top prize over the course of three days as 11 rinks will be set up on Victoria St., closing down one of the city’s busiest intersections to vehicular traffic.

More on approval by NY for Wallenda to talk over Falls

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Yesterday I posted a few links to articles about Nik Wallenda and how Governor Cuomo has approved his proposal. If you are interested, here are bunch more links. Note that many of them use material from the Associated Press, but then add in their own comments:

Frewin’s risky business

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One more illusion. One more long night to get through. Once magician Greg Frewin deals with his Blades of Fire, the three-week marathon is over.

But it won’t be easy.

It’s the big finale of his CBC special, and there probably isn’t a worse place to be in Niagara Falls on this January night. The temperature at Table Rock is steadily dropping. Mist from the Horseshoe Falls has covered everything in ice. The wind from the gorge and nearby hotels cuts through the thickest overcoat.

Tomorrow, the crew will head home and begin the long process of editing all this footage into a one-hour TV show, not even airing for 11 months.

For now, everyone just wants to get through this last night without frostbite.

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.

Frewin provides a magical holiday special

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From the Toronto Sun:

Magicians are creepy. At least, that’s the general conclusion many of us came to during our childhoods.

We were kind of kidding when we said that. But Greg Frewin answered the question seriously.

“I think magic has gone through a lot of changes over the past 15 or 20 years,” said the Canadian and world-renowned magician, whose special Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays debuts Wednesday, Dec. 9 on CBC.

“I think through the media, magicians like David Blaine and David Copperfield have weaved it into a cooler art form than it used to be.”

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