From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:
Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, N.Y., beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. The Maid’s 2014 season marks the 129th consecutive year for one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, and one that has long been considered a “must do” for Niagara Falls visitors from around the world.
“For 129 years, the Maid of the Mist has been on the bucket-list of the world’s most famous, and not so famous visitors to Niagara Falls, and 2014 continues this genuine tradition,” said Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist.
All mothers will ride free on Mother’s Day, in honor of the 80th birthday of James Glynn, Chairman of the Maid of the Mist Corp. 2014 also marks James Glynn’s 64th consecutive season with the Maid of the Mist.
As long as I can remember going to Niagara Falls, it included a trip on the Maid of the Mist. I can remember getting the smelly old Jackets from way back. You put it on, took the tour and put it back for others to use. In 2014 the era of the Maid of the Mist end, well at least in Niagara Falls Canada. James Glynn Owner of the Maid of the Mist never had to bid on running his business until last year and he lost. (In Canada). Governor Cuomo of New York State is trying to keep the Maid of the Mist in New York. Having lost the Canadian side, Glynn is now looking for a place on the American side to store his boats to keep his New York business alive. Glynn’s hopes center around the state-owned former Schoellkopf Power Plant.
You can check out a great article on the Niagara Falls Reporter website.
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
Chalk up a victory for justice and the Niagara Falls Reporter — whose articles on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and their secret arrangements with James Glynn, longtime owner of the Maid of the Mist — led to more than the unraveling of his lease.
Last week, four NPC commissioners, including staunch Glynn ally Archie Katzman, were fired by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Katzman sat on the board for 40 years. The others were Fred Louws, Italia Gilberti and Ed Werner.
NPC General Manager John Kernahan announced he would retire effective immediately. He had been there 12 years. NPC Business Development Director Joel Noden, Kernahan’s righthand man, was unceremoniously fired from his $130,000 job after 13 years. Prior to that, there was the resignation of NPC Chairman Jim Williams, who was replaced by accountant Fay Booker.
In short, all the architects of the Maid of the Mist secret lease arrangements are gone at the NPC.