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Near Niagara Falls, a ‘secret’ bouldering spot grows in popularity

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From the Globe and Mail:

Not far from one of Ontario’s most famous sights – Niagara Falls, attracting 14 million visitors a year – is one of the province’s best-kept secrets: a hidden playground of large rock formations spread throughout the wooded trails of the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, just above the rapid, cool water of the Niagara River.

The Glen is known as a relaxing hideaway from the touristy crowds. What many people don’t know: It’s also the best outdoor bouldering spot Southern Ontario has to offer.

If you haven’t heard of bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but without a rope. You climb up four or five metres instead of 20. You need a lot of body strength to do it, but it also picks your brain.

Investors reconsidering Thundering Waters project

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The future of a proposed $1.5-billion development backed by Chinese investors in Niagara Falls is now uncertain.

A spokeswoman for the developer told the Globe and Mail some of the project’s backers, which include the real estate fund of a state-owned Chinese investment company, are re-evaluating their commitments because of ongoing delays.

Cynthia Lai, a Toronto-area real estate agent and spokeswoman for GR (CAN) Investment Co. Ltd., an arm of China-based GR Investment Group, told the national newspaper some investors are reconsidering their investment, but not GR (CAN).

She said GR (CAN) is looking for investors every day, which they don’t have trouble finding.

Marineland charged with five counts of animal cruelty

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From the Globe and Mail:

Ontario’s animal welfare agency laid five animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Friday, levelling allegations of mistreatment that were swiftly rejected by the amusement park.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction relate to peacocks, guinea hens and black bears — and noted that further charges are pending.

The OSPCA said inspection officers and a veterinarian went to Marineland on Nov. 10 after receiving a complaint about alleged animal cruelty.

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Ottawa urged to address long waits at Niagara border crossings

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From the Globe and Mail:

Wait times at Canada’s second-busiest border crossing can stretch to hours, according to mayors and bridge authorities in Ontario’s Niagara Region who are pleading with Ottawa to boost staffing levels to ease the congestion, especially as the busy Peace Bridge prepares to reduce its operating lanes next month.

The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world

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From the Globe and Mail:

Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

My travel guilty pleasure? Niagara Falls!

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From the Globe and Mail:

Niagara Falls, Ont., is tacky, brash and vulgar, as subtle as a punch in the nose, as un-Canadian as a drunken brawl at a PTA meeting. This is precisely why it is so magnificent.

It is a town full of casinos, cut-price cocktails, slightly mildewed carpets, haunted houses and dubious waxworks. There is nothing organic, artisanal or locavore in its streets. I have never seen a ukulele, though I have visited many times, and I once spent an afternoon searching in vain for hummus. It is bursting at the seams with gluten. It must never change.

Daredevil: Would you plunge over Niagara Falls in this vehicle?

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From the Globe and Mail:

The Daredevil is a thrill ride boat designed to take the plunge over Niagara Falls with eight people on board. A drag anchor chute would slow it down, and safety features would include shock-absorbing bumpers.

No thank you!

Fireworks and cocktail cruises: A whole new way to see Niagara Falls

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From the Globe and Mail:

For the first time in more than a century, tour boats not named Maid of the Mist are sailing from the Canadian side to the frothy foot of the country’s most famous cascade.

But old habits die hard. Several locals don’t miss a beat when asked for directions to the Maid of the Mist, even though they all know about Hornblower Canada Co.’s new 700-passenger catamarans, Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder.

Sweet casino deal for Toronto has other cities fuming

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From the Globe and Mail:

The special funding deal Ontario’s lottery corporation has promised Toronto if councillors approve a downtown casino has sparked anger among mayors of border cities and the nation’s capital.

The mayors of Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Windsor are all calling on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to offer their cities the same deal as Toronto.

Ontario government responds to Marineland allegations with crack down on animal abuse

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From the Globe and Mail:

The Ontario government says it plans to beef up regulations to protect animals kept in zoos and aquariums, including Marineland.

Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur made the announcement in a statement this morning ahead of a noon news conference.

She says the province will work with animal experts and other stakeholders to come up with standards for caring for captive animals.

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