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    Striking workers at Niagara Falls’ Rainforest Café secure first contract

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After 80 days on strike, the workers at Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls and the restaurant’s owners have been ordered to enter into a first contract.

    The order came from Ontario Labour Relations Board vice-chair Patrick Kelly, who issued the decision late in the afternoon Wednesday stating he knew it was a difficult process.

    The workers, represented by Workers United Local 2347, walked off the job April 7 after they had been unable to reach a collective agreement with management a year after workers voted to unionize.

    Best of Access Niagara – Hornblower Niagara Cruises

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    This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

    The other day I told my kids about the series I was putting together about the best of Niagara Falls, and asked what attraction we’ve been to that I should highlight. Without hesitation my daughter said, “Hornblower!”.

    One of the biggest news stories in Niagara Falls in the last decade was the renewal of the Maid of the Mist contract with the Niagara Parks Commission, and then the subsequent uproar about how it was done. The end result was that the contract was opened to other companies, and it was ultimately award to Hornblower. They already had experience providing tours to Alcatraz, Statue of Liberty, and more.

    Well, it seems to have been a great decision. Hornblower improved the platform at the river’s edge, brought in new boats, and is setting sales records each year. They are now going to improve the incline railway that goes down the hill.

    I’ve been on the Hornblower tour a couple of times, but it appears I’ve never written about it (or at least I can’t find the blog postings). I’ll have to take another trip and write about it. For now, just trust me… if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, you should. It really is the best way to see the Falls!

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    More on Niagara Parks Commission problems

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    I haven’t posted much for a few days, but I’ve got a bunch of links for more articles about the Niagara Parks Commission expenses “scandal” as well as the non-tendered contract for the magazine.

    Province orders lease for Maids reopened

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For the first time in years, the Maid of the Mist will have to fend off competitors to hold onto the right to run boat tours in the Niagara River.

    Ontario Tourism Minister Monique Smith announced Wednesday the Niagara Parks Commission will solicit competing bids from companies interested in leasing the property needed to provide the tours.

    “For once, the taxpayers have won. It’s unbelievable,” said Bob Gale, the former commissioner whose concerns about the attempt to renew the lease in 2008 led to a year and a half of intense scrutiny for Niagara Parks.

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