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    Clifton Hill ride almost ready to relaunch

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has had its fair share of ups and downs, but that’s sort of symbolic for the Pile Driver.

    The Clifton Hill thrill ride that sent those who dared to be shot 200 feet up into the air and plummet back down again at high speeds has been out of commission since the end of the 2010 tourist season

    But Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, the owner of the property, said it should be back up and running around the beginning of August.

    “We are reengineering it to simplify it, make it run better and faster,” said Birrell.

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

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