From the Niagara Falls Review (includes article, video, and pictures):
After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.
“I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”
Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether or not to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.
This is the same article as the Tonawanda News article I linked to earlier today. However, the video and pictures are unique to the Niagara Falls Review.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.
The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.
The announcement was made official Thursday.
She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.
Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.
Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.
“I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.
From Bullet News Niagara:
A pending deal between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to create a new people-mover bus system to service the millions of visitors to the Honeymoon Capital each year was no shotgun wedding.
While Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor acknowledges he and Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan were asked to help resolve an impasse in negotiations between the parties in recent weeks, the minister did not force a deal on the provincial agency, whose chairwoman Fay Booker continues to raise concerns about the impact the new system could have on Niagara Parks’ revenue stream.
“No – I don’t think that’s true,” said Craitor, when asked if the ministry put pressure on Booker and the commission to get the deal done.
From the RV D@ily Report:
Go RVing Canada kicked off the RV vacation season at an exclusive press conference event hosted at The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), in Niagara Falls, an all-time favorite RV camping destination for Canadians.
Go RVing Canada highlighted the increase in summer bookings in Ontario campgrounds, indicating that RV owners will be enjoying more vacation time within Canada this year. Go RVing Canada also emphasized the success of the Canadian RV industry, with RV shows & sales seeing impressive increases in attendance and sales figures across the board…
“Ontario Niagara Parks is about preserving a rich heritage, conserving natural wonders and inspiring people worldwide!” stated NPC Chair Fay Booker. “A great way to explore all that Ontario and Niagara Parks has to offer is by travelling in an RV. I want to thank Go RVing Canada for launching the season here in Niagara Parks, with the spectacular natural wonder of the Falls as our backdrop. I also want to thank them for their continued support in promoting tourism throughout Canada,” added Booker. “I invite everyone to come and be inspired by Niagara Parks this summer.”
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.