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    Marineland threatens to sue former trainer for more than $1 million

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland has threatened to sue former senior trainer Christine Santos for “well in excess of $1 million” for telling the Star its lone killer whale Kiska was bleeding sporadically from her tail.

    In a five-page letter to Santos, lawyer Andrew Burns accuses her of having made statements “in complete carelessness, reckless and/or negligent disregard for the truth” in a story published Oct. 18.

    The letter demanded a public retraction by Friday at 4:30 p.m., noting it wouldn’t satisfy any claim against her but would “mitigate against continuing damage to Marineland.”

    Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Kiska, the killer whale, swims alone in her pool at Marineland, often followed by a trail of her own blood.

    Her tail has been bleeding off and on since July but has been getting progressively worse, according to Christine Santos, who has been one of Kiska’s primary trainers. She described the bleeding as “gushing” last week.

    Marineland lawyer Andrew Burns emailed the Star Tuesday saying allegations described by the paper were “seriously inaccurate, false, and if published are defamatory of Marineland, its veterinarians and Mr. Holer.”

    The Star also has an article about how the shutdown of the Ontario government will affect the animal rights changes that were announced. The article is called Marineland: Ontario minister pledges to continue work to beef up animal protection despite house being shut

    NYS charges Wallenda $225,000 for walk

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    With just days before Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls, the seventh generation daredevil finally has the permission needed from New York State.

    His lawyer, Henry Wojtaszek, said the permits have officially been issued.

    “We had to work along with the state attorneys. They were very responsive, but it does take some time to get the documents together and to get information together,” the attorney explained.

    Permit drafts were sent to Wallenda’s team on three separate occasions in the month of May. News 4 has learned not one of those permits was ever returned to state parks, until the signing on Tuesday in Albany.

    Now, everything is all set for the walk – including the payment to the state. The permit itself costs $50,000 and by Friday, Wallenda’s team must fork over $150,000 for security and other management costs. The state also mandated they keep $25,000 in escrow to pay for any damage to the park.

    NPC holds speakers to 5 minutes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Five minutes isn’t enough time to explain complicated legal or financial positions during Niagara Parks Commission meetings, says James Bannister, a consultant and member of the Preserve Our Parks group that monitors what goes on at the commission.

    During their monthly meeting Friday, commissioners adopted a five-minute time limit for presentations from members of the public. How long and how often to let members of the public address commissioners is one of the issues members of the provincial agency responsible for the land and attractions along the Niagara River had to come to terms with as a result of their December decision to hold their meetings in public.

    Bannister, a retired lawyer, looked at his watch while acting chairman Archie Katzman read a two-page report.

    “It took him four and a half minutes to get through that and he was kind of skimming. That shows you the limits of what you can get done in five minutes,” Bannister said.

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