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Not giving up despite ‘roadblocks, frustrations’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Despite facing hurdles to get a $1.5-billion development off the ground in Niagara Falls, the chairwoman of the company behind the proposal remains confident the project will eventually move ahead.

“My vision to this project, and to the future of the project, has never been changed,” Helen Chang, chairwoman and chief executive officer of GR (CAN) Investment Co., Ltd., told The Niagara Falls Review through a translator.

Chang said she “doesn’t believe this project will die for any kind of reason.”

NPC to announce new GM in ‘few weeks’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission plans to announce a new general manager in a “few weeks,” says chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“We’re currently in the interview process. I believe we’re just a few weeks away from having our new GM announced. The start date will depend on variables,” she said.

Current GM John Lohuis will retire, as of Aug. 31.

Thomson said Lohuis is currently taking some vacation time.

David Adames, the commission’s senior director of business development, has been appointed acting GM.

Thomson said the commission is working through a search agency, which has presented them with “some candidates that we’re currently interviewing.

Zip-line decision expected by year’s end

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The public should know by the end of the year whether a zip-line attraction above Niagara Parks Commission property will be a go.

Staff is preparing a report on the idea, which commissioners will likely deal with at their December meeting, said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

She said the report will include input from professionals and the public, staff comments on how to possibly mitigate concerns and any potential amendments to the concept. It will outline pros and cons between the parks commission potentially operating the attraction versus the private sector.

Thomson acknowledges any proposal dealing with nature areas can strike a nerve with people. That’s why she’s pleased with the “tremendous level of support” the possibility of two new zip-line attractions at Dufferin Islands and Thompson Point, which is directly across from Whirlpool Golf Course, has received.

Parks official resigns post in Canada

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From the Buffalo News:

Fay Booker, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission, has resigned from the Canadian park agency.

The reasons for Booker’s resignation are unclear, though a source familiar with the situation said tensions between the agency and the Niagara Falls, Ont., city government likely played a role.

Before her hiring as general manager last summer, Booker served as chairwoman for the commission, which has garnered increased attention in recent months because of its decision to allow stuntman Nik Wallenda to walk on a tightrope above the falls and awarding a 30-year contract allowing Hornblower Cruises to run boat tours around the falls.

“We will build on the foundation Ms. Booker helped to establish and continue moving in a new strategic direction to ensure a strong, sustainable future for the Niagara Parks Commission,” interim Parks Commission Chairwoman Janice Thomson said in a statement.

Wallenda to meet with Niagara Parks Commission officials on Thursday

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Nik Wallenda, the American aerialist who wants to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope, will meet with officials from the Niagara Parks Commission this week.

NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson told The Review on Monday that a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday between Wallenda and NPC senior staff.

The meeting will not be open to the public.

“It is an internal staff meeting,” Thomson said. “I will be there and our general manager and her senior managers who will discuss this project with him (Wallenda).”

Thomson expects the meeting will last at least two hours.

The Canadian Press also had a similar article called Daredevil to pitch Niagara Falls tightrope walk again

Some Wallenda posts today

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I know I’m behind, but I still wanted to post some articles about Nik Wallenda and his attempts to get approval to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.

The rest of the posts today and at least one tomorrow will be on his recent trip to Niagara Falls Ontario to present to the Niagara Parks Commission.

Wirewalker to make pitch on Falls crossing

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Nik Wallenda is used to wowing people. Now he hopes he’s able to wow the Niagara Parks Commission.

Wallenda will have his chance in two weeks to finally convince Niagara Parks commissioners his proposal to walk on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls between Canada and the United States is the work of an experienced and talented performer, not that of a thrill-seeking stuntman.

The Florida wire walker submitted his request online to speak before the commission, a request interim chairwoman Janice Thomson granted for the Nov. 16 meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Legends golf course.

“Separately, (Wallenda) sent me a letter with some of the details of how he would propose to do this walk,” said Thomson.

Next tour boat operator could be named by year’s end: NPC

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The winner of the much-publicized bid to provide boat tours in the Niagara gorge could be named by the end of the year, says Janice Thomson, interim chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

“We’re currently still in the review process. There has been a lot of detail throughout the whole procurement process. The decision will last a long time and we want to make sure it’s done thoroughly,” said Thomson.

“But if you’re asking me to forecast, I’d say there will be an announcement before the end of the year.”

NPC issues likely to be under the radar during provincial election

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One explosive issue — the Niagara Health System — continues to publicly manifest itself as candidates get ready to hit the provincial election campaign trail.

But decisions surrounding the Niagara Parks Commission’s board of directors and Maid of the Mist boat tour operation will likely continue to unfold out of the public eye.

Six provincially-appointed bureaucrats who sit on the parks commission board will not be replaced until at least November — a month after the provincial election.

Their term was originally set to end in May, but earlier this year, with outstanding business matters yet to be resolved, the board decided it wasn’t practical to change over the appointees.

Their term was extended until November.

And with the election campaign set to begin next week, a freeze on appointments to government boards and agencies is in affect, said Janice Thomson, interim chairwoman at the parks commission.

“The Public Appointments Secretariat has stopped making appointments to any government body until after the election,” said Thomson.

“So nothing will change on that front until after the election.”

Falls Parks: Canada Thrives, U.S. Struggles

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From WNED-AM 970 NEWS:

On one side of Niagara Falls, state parks need $85 million in repairs while on the Ontario side millions of dollars are going into renovation of Old Fort Erie and the Laura Secord House.

WNED’s Mike Desmond talked with the Chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker, about the difference.

This year, the commission will spend around $100 million (Canadian) on its capital and operating budgets, serving millions of visitors from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Ontario agency is set up to pay for itself by raising money and keeping it.

Booker takes NPC to heart: Niagara Parks chairwoman marks first year on the job

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

On a sunny Saturday in March, Fay Booker surrounded herself with the next generation of plant experts – graduating students from the Niagara Parks Commission’s horticultural school. Their graduation ceremony recognized eight students in a specialized program whose labour keeps the Botanical Gardens attraction in shape.

“The Niagara Parks has an ability to get into your heart very quickly,” she told the budding horticulturists. Her speech was peppered with “we” and “our” as she talked about her vision of employees and commissioners working together as stewards of the natural parklands and historic sites the provincial agency is responsible for.

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