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Groundbreaking ceremony to be held for Niagara Falls luxury condo complex

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From MortgageBrokerNews.ca:

The official groundbreaking and reception for a 10-storey, 150-unit condominium complex in Niagara Falls is scheduled for later today from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Niagara Fall mayor Jim Diodati will be in attendance at 4:00 pm.

Developed by Evertrust Development Groups Canada Inc., the $100-million Upper Vista Luxury Condominiums project represents “a sophisticated contribution to urban revitalization in Niagara Falls which aims to be a vital part of the community.”

‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

Special council meeting Thursday

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A special council meeting has been called for Thursday to discuss the city’s continued concerns about Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s modernization plan.

“We’ve gone on record with having serious concerns with modernization, the way it’s being rolled out, and serious concerns of up to 1,400 jobs being in jeopardy (at the casinos in Niagara Falls),” said Mayor Jim Diodati.

“We’ve done a couple of public meetings and rallies and gatherings (opposing the plan) – we’ve met with the provincial government, we’ve met with OLG, and (Thursday’s meeting will be about) next-step endorsements from council.”

Council is also scheduled to deal with a funding grant application for this year’s New Year’s Eve concert.

‘Live! With Kelly and Ryan’ coming to Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Kelly’s coming back, and she’s bringing Ryan with her.

Kelly Ripa and newly minted co-host Ryan Seacrest will be in Niagara Falls on June 5 to tape a pair of episodes of Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

“It’s great news,” Mayor Jim Diodati said. “We’ve been working on it for quite a long time. We had hoped to have them in 2016.”

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Does hotel tax mean end of Niagara Falls DMF?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Will a new hotel tax the province has granted municipalities power to impose replace the notorious Destination Marketing Fee in Niagara Falls?

There were lots of guesses after Thursday’s provincial budget, but not much clarification. Even Mayor Jim Diodati is unsure just what the new tax is, and what it means for the city.

“I’ve got a lot of questions I need answers to, but if it’s done right this could be a good thing,” said Diodati Friday. “I’m guessing that the province’s idea is not to add a tax, but to create an environment that’s more accountable, more transparent, more consistent.

“But at this point, we’re still in the dark on it.”

What would a hotel tax in Niagara Falls mean for the DMF?

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From Niagara This Week:

More information on a measure that would allow municipalities to institute a hotel room tax is needed before what that may mean for Niagara Falls can be determined, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

“I’d be very interested to learn more,” Diodati said Friday morning while attending a tree planting at Lions Park in Chippawa. “Then we can bring it before council, we can consult with the industry.”

Taxes collected under the scheme would be used to fund tourist organizations.

Currently, hotels and restaurants charge a destination marketing fee — or DMF for short. The fee is known by many names, including the tourism improvement fee. The province first allowed the practice in 2004 and said the fee is voluntary, and still is.

The fee has been the subject of two investigations by the CBC public affairs show Marketplace, which revealed some hotels and restaurants are telling customers the fee is mandatory.

Niagara Falls prepares for Canada’s 150th birthday

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From CHCH TV:

To mark Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1st, the city of Niagara Falls will host 150 different events throughout the year. The city expects this year’s tourism season to be one of their best, but the challenge is to keep visitors here longer. Read More…

Casino concerns bring Niagara officials to Queen’s Park

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Wow… it doesn’t matter what side of the river you are on, everyone seems to be concerned about casino revenue and related jobs!

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The day after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation started a process to find new operators for Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino, a delegate from Niagara will head to Toronto to speak out against potential job losses. Read More…

Concerns over Niagara Falls casino jobs not being taken seriously: Diodati

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From Niagara This Week:

The province is moving ahead with the modernization process for gaming in the city after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued request for proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the Niagara Gaming Bundle. Read More…

Mayor defends city after harsh video

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The president of Ryerson University has apologized to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati for a student film depicting the city in a harsh light.

The four-minute documentary As Niagara Falls is listed as a “Ryerson University Production” on the Facebook page of its student filmmakers, known collectively as Mayday Pictures. The film claims to reveal “what truly lies within the city” by showing images of dilapidated houses and boarded-up buildings, while unnamed people comment on the wide divide between tourism and the rest of Niagara Falls.

Diodati responded to the video in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday which has been shared more than 160 times. He was most puzzled by the film’s connection to Ryerson, which the city has been in discussions with to possibly bring programming to downtown Niagara Falls.

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