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1938: Disaster over Niagara Falls

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I came across this today, and had never heard it before. I’ve obviously heard of the event that led to the destruction of the Honeymoon Bridge, but I’d never heard a radio broadcast from the day it happened. CBC has a nice archives section and here is the audio for a broadcast that day:

In a cloud of snow and ice, the great bridge that crossed the Niagara River has collapsed upon itself. Now, all that remains of the Honeymoon Bridge are tangled cable lines, crushed wooden beams and twisted metal. Under the weight of an enormous amount of ice, the bridge’s beams gave way and fell into the freezing water below. In this on-the-scene report, CBC Radio captures the spectacle of the disaster as hundreds of tourists look on in shock.

What would a hotel tax in Niagara Falls mean for the DMF?

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From Niagara This Week:

More information on a measure that would allow municipalities to institute a hotel room tax is needed before what that may mean for Niagara Falls can be determined, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

“I’d be very interested to learn more,” Diodati said Friday morning while attending a tree planting at Lions Park in Chippawa. “Then we can bring it before council, we can consult with the industry.”

Taxes collected under the scheme would be used to fund tourist organizations.

Currently, hotels and restaurants charge a destination marketing fee — or DMF for short. The fee is known by many names, including the tourism improvement fee. The province first allowed the practice in 2004 and said the fee is voluntary, and still is.

The fee has been the subject of two investigations by the CBC public affairs show Marketplace, which revealed some hotels and restaurants are telling customers the fee is mandatory.

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.

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