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Buddhist museum opens in Niagara Falls

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From CHCH TV (includes video):

Hundreds of people turned out for the grand opening of the Buddhist museum. The first in North America and located right in the heart of Niagara Falls.

The 7 storey museum contains relics and artifacts from all over South East Asia and has over two thousand years of Buddhist culture waiting to be shared.

Niagara Falls fireworks

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From CHCH (includes video of the fireworks):

The May long weekend is one of the biggest days for fireworks. Down in Niagara, one man is responsible for creating Canada’s longest running series which kicks off Friday, the first of 70 shows.

For the past 18 years, David Whysall has been the mastermind behind the fireworks series at Niagara Falls. Whysall is a chemist by trade and worked with the British space program early in his career. He moved to Canada in the early 80’s and worked with Hands Fireworks, Canada’s oldest manufacturer of commercial fireworks.

Niagara Falls prepares for Canada’s 150th birthday

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From CHCH TV:

To mark Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1st, the city of Niagara Falls will host 150 different events throughout the year. The city expects this year’s tourism season to be one of their best, but the challenge is to keep visitors here longer. Read More…

Interactive Titanic museum planned for Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Sun:

An interactive museum that hopes to recreate the experience of sailing on board the Titanic may be coming to Canada.

A group in Niagara Falls, Ont., has conditionally purchased land that would house the museum and is moving ahead with plans to launch an exhibit dubbed “Experience Titanic.”

David Van Velzen, who’s spearheading the project, says the museum will differ from many similar efforts around the world by focusing on an interactive audience experience.

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Mayor: New Year’s show needs $2M in tourism support

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati wants to avoid last year’s mess with the New Year’s Eve show, but once again “the challenge is money.”

He needs to convince the city’s tourism partners to help pay about $2 million to get the concert back on a national broadcaster, which is much the same predicament he found himself last year.

“The funding model has completely changed,” he said. “Because of that, the networks can’t afford to subsidize the show the way they once did.”

Last year’s New Year’s Eve show at Queen Victoria Park was the first in 25 years not to be broadcast by either an Ontario or national network. Negotiations with Global came to an end in November when the network announced it would not televise the show for the first time since taking over from CHCH in 2009.

As a result, the line-up for the untelevised concert wasn’t announced until Dec. 16. The scaled back show featured Tom Cochrane, Dennis DeYoung and Alan Doyle.

Marlineland sea lion dies

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From Niagara This Week:

Baker, a Marineland sea lion, has died, the park said in a news released posted on the park’s website.

“We are all saddened to report the death of our old friend, Baker the sea lion on Monday, June 10, 2013. He died of natural causes,” the release said. “Today we are also celebrating his amazing life. You see, Baker may have been the world’s oldest sea lion. He turned 29 in early May. In the wild sea lions live to about 10 while in aquariums usually no more than 15. Baker almost doubled that number and that can be attributed to the wonderful care he has received through his many years at Marineland.”

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