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Cultural hub a missing piece of city: Mayor

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new cultural hub announced in Mayor Jim Diodati’s state of the city speech Wednesday would be a “shared gathering space” for the community, and create a vastly improved Sylvia Place Farmer’s Market. Read More…

Casino operator controversy in Niagara

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From the St Thomas Times Journal:

Niagara’s mayor and regional chairman have asked the province to scrap plans to select new operators for the region’s two casinos.

In a letter to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara Regional Chairman Alan Caslin asked the government to terminate an ongoing request for pre-qualification and request for proposal process for a new service provider for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Read More…

What do you love about your city?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

What do you love about Niagara Falls?

The city of Niagara Falls has launched a new photo/video contest asking residents what makes Niagara Falls special to them.

“When you think of Niagara Falls, what puts a smile on your face?” asked Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati…

Contestants do not have to live in Niagara Falls, but must have a connection to the city

Niagara Falls launches Canada 150

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower joined Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati on Friday to officially launch Canada 150 celebrations for Niagara Falls.

The duo raised a flag featuring the Canada 150 logo at Rosberg Family Park, the first of 150 events taking place in the city this year to mark 150 years since confederation.

“There will be 150 events in 150 days to celebrate 150 years and what better place than Niagara Falls to do just that,” Diodati said.

Council to ask locals be exempt from DMF

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It appears Niagara Falls city council is finally wading into the contentious waters of the Destination Marketing Fee (DMF).

At Tuesday’s meeting, Coun. Wayne Campbell introduced a motion calling on Mayor Jim Diodati to meet with the city’s tourism stakeholders to possibly remove the fee for Niagara Falls residents…

“There always has been bad vibes between the citizens of Niagara Falls and tourism,” he says. “So here’s an opportunity for the tourist industry to mend some fences, I think. Because we need to work together as a city.”

Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder for New Year’s show

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canadian rockers Serena Ryder and The Sam Roberts Band will headline this year’s free New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park.

And if it seems like deja vu, that’s because both performers played the show just three years ago.

That concert, headlined by U.S. pop star Demi Lovato, was the second last time the show would be aired on Canadian TV. Following the 2014 event, headlined by Keith Urban, Global backed out of the broadcast, citing cost concerns.

Last year’s downsized concert featured Tom Cochrane, Dennis DeYoung and Alan Doyle, all of whom have played the show before.

But bringing back Ryder and Roberts isn’t a case of ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’ said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. Both acts are proven crowd favourites.

No TV for Falls New Year’s Eve once again

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From Niagara This Week:

Despite interest from a pair of broadcast outlets to televise the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, no cameras will be rolling when a variety of musical acts hit the stage at Queen Victoria Park on Dec. 31.

“There was interest from two broadcasters,” Mayor Jim Diodati said. “The discussions were going quite well, but in the end they had to make a financial decision.”

He said to mount a show like the one featuring Keith Urban to close out 2014 would cost between $2 and $3 million to produce, and the funds simply aren’t there.

“Certain acts need a certain level of production,” Diodati said. “Talent is not cheap.”

Tourism operators were reluctant to add any more money to the pot, Diodati said.

“I empathize with the tourism operators,” he said. “On New Year’s Eve they’re already full. You can’t create more rooms. When you’re full, you’re full.”

Border agency defends staffing, despite delays

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Border delays into Canada — sometimes topping an hour — are unacceptable, says Niagara Falls’ mayor.

And it’s not enough for the Canada Border Services Agency to average daily wait times, when peak-flow slowdowns are the issue.

“We seem to have a staffing challenge, as a result we don’t have enough booths open,” said Jim Diodati, expanding on similar comments recently made to Postmedia Network. “We’ve got significant and serious delays at the border.”

Delays during surges are not an excuse, said Diodati, who also says they may be related to rules requiring border officers to carry sidearms.

He suggests that, in turn, has resulted in students not being able to fill positions as summer relief.

Border mayors want feds to resolve bridge delays

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara’s three border mayors plan to write a letter this week calling on the federal government to address the traffic backups that have been a frequent problem at bridges into Canada this summer.

“We’re all feeling the pain. It’s very frustrating,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, adding counterpart mayors in the U.S. are equally frustrated.

Diodati said he has heard from people that it has taken them more than an hour to come back to Canada on Niagara’s bridges. He said even at the Whirlpool Bridge, which is a Nexus-only crossing, it took motorists half an hour to come into Canada Saturday.

Falls should ‘definitely’ look at hotel tax

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls should consider levying a new tax on hotel rooms to fund tourism initiatives and take the burden of local ratepayers, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

“Niagara Falls, N.Y. charges a bed tax in their hotels, and that’s how they fund their tourism,” said Diodati. “Niagara Falls (Ont.) should definitely have a look at that — if it’s allowed, if it’s to be used to market the destination and fund Niagara Falls Tourism, which is the city’s marketing agency for tourism.”

Documents obtained exclusively by the Toronto Sun show city officials in Toronto have been working for months to get permission from the Ontario government to levy new local taxes, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has already promised Toronto Mayor John Tory — should council approve — a new tax on hotel rooms.

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