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    Michael Smith: No food pedestals, just a celebration

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    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    For having such an exacting profession, Chef Michael Smith isn’t a fan of perfection.

    He knows the importance of nailing recipes as the best-selling author of 10 cookbooks. But he’s also made a name for himself by advocating for free-styling in the kitchen in his Food Network Canada series, “Chef at Home.”…

    Smith will bring that message to Niagara later this month when he headlines the latest instalment of Tastes in Niagara, a series of food shindigs hosted by Fallsview Events that features some of Canada’s most recognizable chefs.

    The event, which happens on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Lounge in Niagara Falls, includes a four-course meal of Smith’s recipes, a cooking demo by the well-known culinarian, a meet and greet and some “hijinks and hilarity up my sleeve,” Smith promised.

    The ‘Canada first’ legacy of John A. Macdonald

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    Not really an article specifically about Niagara Falls, but it does get mentioned…

    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    In light of the furor to remove John A. Macdonald’s name from public institutions and bar his visage from the public square, it might be prudent to relate this serendipitous anecdote from our city’s rich history…

    By the late 1870s The United States had begun its journey to create an imperialist state, cancelling the free trade treaty of the 1850s. “Reciprocity” had been a boon to Hamilton’s first mass transit enterprise, The Great Western Railway. Rail laying equipment, iron rails, steam-powered shovels and even locomotives had streamed across the recently built suspension Roebling bridge at Clifton Hill on the Niagara River, without interruption or inspection.

    Skip the trash, go for the real flash – the Falls

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    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    …It’s fashionable for grownups to dismiss Niagara Falls as a tourist trap and make fun of it as a cultural wasteland with cheap motels featuring heart-shaped Jacuzzis, high rise casinos with has-been entertainers, and gimmicks galore, including cheesy wax museums, rip-off arcades and a flying saucer restaurant.

    It’s easy to forget there’s pure gold under all that razzle-dazzle…

    Niagara River back from the brink

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    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    A quarter century after serious cleanup efforts of the Niagara River got underway, much headway has been made in reducing pollution levels in the vital waterway.

    But the flip side is that serious threats to the river such as a massive toxic waste dump in Niagara Falls, N.Y. remain, those gathered at Brock University for the release of a new report on the pollution-reduction work heard Thursday.

    The policy brief by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory, authored by Niagara College professor Annie Michaud, looked at the impact of 25 years of environmental restoration under what’s known as the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan.

    Nik Wallenda Prepares for His Niagara Falls Stunt

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    The New York Times has a nice article (including video) of Nik Wallenda practicing:

    Nik Wallenda climbed up a scaffold, stepped onto the steel cable and slipped the harness of his balancing pole over his head. Then he began to walk — each step a few inches in front of the last, his leather moccasins kissing the wire that lay before him.

    The backdrop: a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant, a Starbucks and a Sheraton hotel to the left, and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel to the right.

    The scenery next month will be different: the rapids of Niagara Falls swirling below, a cold mist enveloping Mr. Wallenda, a national television audience watching in prime time.

    The Hamilton Spectator also had a nice article:

    Many in the crowd moved along with Nik Wallenda, slowly, at a distance, as the daredevil walked gingerly atop a high wire over the parking lot at Seneca Niagara Casino.

    But the couple of hundred spectators needed to keep their balance on a sidewalk rather than a five-centimetre-wide cable.

    Nik Wallenda explains how he’ll walk a wire over Niagara Falls

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    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    As the belly button goes, so goes the rest of the body.

    That saying never made it into the lexicon of high-wire walkers, but it helps explain how Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross over Niagara Falls on June 15.

    The daredevil will be 60 metres above the water barreling over the falls, holding nothing but a 30-foot pole weighing between 16 to 25 kilograms across his belly button.

    “It’s very difficult to do, but scientifically wire walking is just simple physics,” says Julie Jones, a scientist with the Ontario Science Centre

    Truck crash at Fallsview Casino entrance


    You may have heard about this on the news this morning. Apparently a truck that was trying to get away from the police crashed into the front doors of the Fallsview Casino.

    I stopped by the casino and they are already well on their way to getting things cleaned up:

    Brazen thief steals Hard Rock guitar

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    From the Hamilton Spectator:

    It isn’t rock’n roll if you play on a stolen guitar.

    It’s theft.

    Niagara police are looking for a $20,000 Gibson guitar stolen from the Hard Rock Cafe in the Skyline Inn on Falls Avenue early Sunday morning, shortly before the bar closed.

    This isn’t just any Gibson.

    It is a 1967 Gibson Flying V signed by Grammy award winning rocker Lenny Kravitz.

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