The official groundbreaking and reception for a 10-storey, 150-unit condominium complex in Niagara Falls is scheduled for later today from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Niagara Fall mayor Jim Diodati will be in attendance at 4:00 pm.
Developed by Evertrust Development Groups Canada Inc., the $100-million Upper Vista Luxury Condominiums project represents “a sophisticated contribution to urban revitalization in Niagara Falls which aims to be a vital part of the community.”
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Normally, Chris Dabrowski is consumed with comic books, science fiction and superheroes as manager of the annual Niagara Falls Comic Con.
But Dabrowski was wearing a different hat when he appeared before council to unveil plans being put forward by the city’s Canada 150 Celebration Committee, of which he is chair.
“It’s a big one. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to celebrate, for us to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Canada here in Niagara Falls,” Dabrowski said. “We want to make sure next year that we don’t just celebrate on July 1 but we celebrate throughout the whole year.”
Other communities have already announced plans on how they plan to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial he said.
“Now it’s our turn.”
From the Niagara Falls Review (includes video):
With the push of a button by Mickey and Minnie, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights kicked off its 29th year Saturday night. The festival got under way in familiar fashion with a pair of free shows at Queen Victoria Park featuring magician Greg Frewin, the cast of the Oh Canada Eh? dinner show and local dancers and singers.
There were back-to-back Ontario Power Generation Opening Ceremony shows, but the first one ended with the illumination of the festival’s three million lights along a 6 km stretch of the Niagara Parkway.
The park was packed with thousands of people for the opening night events thanks to temperatures that were less frigid than normal. “It’s like an early gift. It’s a nice way to start off the season,” said Winter Festival of Lights general manager Dino Fazio.
The nice weather made the kick-off more appealing this year, said one of the many parents who brought their kids to see the Disney characters perform. “The kids love it because they get to see action – the characters, the Christmas music. It’s good for the community,” said Lorraine Bradshaw, who brought her nine-year-old daughter Kaitelyn to the event for the first time.
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping up with things on the site. I’ll go several days without posting things, and then post a bunch over a couple of days, and then go days without posting things again. Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning the site. I still love having the site and socializing with the great group of visitors that are here. Unfortunately, I’ve just been very busy. My days are busier than before, and when I get home I’m often not at the computer.
I’ll try to do better. As you can imagine, it can be difficult when you run a site like this on your own. There is essentially no money in it, but it is still very rewarding. If any of you would like to participate more, let me know and maybe we can figure something out.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Niagara Parks Commission has launched a community website designed to provide easy access to information about the operations of the parks and how to do business with the commission.
The move follows recommendations in Ontario Ministry of Tourism governance and audit reviews of the NPC undertaken last year.
“The commission is committed to being as open and transparent as possible,” said acting commission chairman Archie Katzman.
“One of the ways we can do this is by providing more information to the public about our activities and the reasons behind the decisions we make. We believe this website will help us do that.”