CLOSEUP: Casino Niagara turns 20

From the Niagara Falls Review: Some were fearful and skeptical. Others excited and optimistic. Wayne Thomson, mayor at the time, was caught in the middle, trying to convince the former group to join the latter. “I was a little nervous about running again for mayor,” says the current Niagara Falls city councillor. “But I came…

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“Disney-style amusement parks open in Canada” – June 25, 1979

The other day I came across a Google News archived/scanned story from the Star-Phoenix out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was from 1979, when Maple Leaf Village was opening. The move to large amusement parks took visible form in the last week when Maple Leaf Village – Canada’s newest – opened in Niagara Falls, Ont., better…

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Casino lease extension makes sense: Premier

From the Niagara Falls Review: Protecting the Ontario government’s own investment in Casino Niagara is the reason it has to be treated differently from the Maid of the Mist, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, rejecting opposition calls to invite bids from property owners interested in hosting a casino. “There is a distinction,” the premier told…

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