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    Heat turned up on Diodati over Paradise project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The city’s mayor has been accused of lobbying Premier Kathleen Wynne on behalf of the group proposing a $1.5-billion development on property that is home to more than 200 acres of provincially significant wetlands.

    “I did not know that you were lobbying the Premier,” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni told Mayor Jim Diodati at Tuesday’s meeting of Niagara Falls City Council. “I haven’t seen one letter from you to the Premier. They haven’t been copied to council. We didn’t give a motion to direct letters to the Premier lobbying for the developer, so if we could as a council get copies of those letters that would be fantastic.”

    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.

    Niagara Falls Calls For More Casinos and OLG Investment in Existing Casinos

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    From Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    The city of Niagara Falls has put out the welcome mat for investment by the world’s gaming sector, unanimously passing a City Council resolution asking Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Finance Minister to allow new gaming sites in the city and to direct Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. (OLG) to include the city’s two existing resort casinos in its modernization program.

    “Niagara Falls is the premier gaming destination in Canada and a global brand that attracts millions of international tourists,” said Mayor Jim Diodati. “It is the logical place in Ontario to expand the gaming sector and attract more tourism, jobs, investment and spending.

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