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Marineland and OSPCA continue sparring

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It didn’t take long for Marineland and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to renew hostilities.

A week after 11 charges of animal cruelty filed by OSPCA against the park were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom, the two sides were once again chirping at each other following a surprise inspection of Marineland on Wednesday.

In dueling statements, Marineland said the inspection found “no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect” among its animals, while the OSPCA says inspectors found “11 items requiring action” involving veterinarians.

Neither side was budging Friday, referring media requests for comment to their own press releases.

OSPCA surprise inspection at Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland says investigators with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found no signs of abuse or neglect during a surprise visit on Wednesday

The Niagara Falls attraction, in a statement released Thursday, said the inspection further confirms the park’s “total innocence to all allegations made by discredited activists.”

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The court case against Marineland might be over, but we can still consider this saga a ‘win’

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From a CBC News Opinion piece:

Despite years of bad press and seemingly credible allegations of animal abuse, it comes as little surprise that cruelty charges laid against Marineland by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) were withdrawn last week. The Crown said there was no reasonable chance of conviction.

Animal cruelty convictions are notoriously rare in Canada. But though the law may not recognize it, the very nature of Marineland — to confine animals to unnatural environments for entertainment and profit — is cruel.

OSPCA ‘extremely’ disappointed Marineland charges dropped

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is feeling blindsided after 11 charges of animal cruelty it filed against Marineland were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom Thursday.

OSPCA chief inspector Connie Mallory said recent talks with the provincial prosecutor, including an e-mail Wednesday night, showed no indication the charges would soon evaporate.

“It wasn’t what we had anticipated,” she said. “It is extremely disappointing. It takes a lot of resources to do this.”

Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

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From the Marineland Blog:

Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.

Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland. Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod. Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.

Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

Marineland mourning death of walrus

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

Marineland bows out of CAZA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

Details of the expansion were not provided.

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Niagara Falls Tourism March 2017 newsletter

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I’m not sure if they do one every month, but Niagara Falls Tourism has a Travel Trade newsletter that they put out. The March 2017 issue is available online (as is a PDF of the newsletter) and there are lots of interesting tidbits in it, including:

  • NIAGARA FALLS CRAFT DISTILLERS
  • COMING SOON TO CLIFTON HILL – NIAGARA SPEEDWAY
  • EXCITING RENOVATIONS AT ELEMENTS ON THE FALLS RESTAURANT
  • THERE’S A NEW SHOW IN TOWN AT GFT!
  • NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE CHANGE
  • “ALL NEW” NIGHTLY ILLUMINATION OF THE FALLS
  • NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUMS
  • A NEW ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION AT SHAW FESTIVAL
  • FOUR BROTHERS CUCINA – TRULY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN
  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT IMAX NIAGARA
  • REVISIT THE RENOVATED BUCHANANS
  • MARINELAND – NEW SHOW FOR 2017
  • POPPING THE BUBBLES AT CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES
  • WHAT’S NEW – NIAGARA SUNSET CRUISES
  • LOOKING TO EXPLORE NIAGARA IN STYLE?
  • A TRUE MUSICAL CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
  • ROCKWAY VINEYARDS

Best of Access Niagara – Doubletree Marineland package

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This is the first of my “Best of Access Niagara“. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls open in 2004, and it looks like my first post about them was in 2005. I had never heard of Doubletree before they came to Niagara Falls, but now see them all over the place. I’ve had the opportunity to stay there a couple of times, and it has always been a nice stay.

Strangely, one of my most popular posts ever was one I did back in 2008 that was about a Marineland package that they were offering. For the summer of 2008 it was by far the most visited page, and all of the traffic was coming from Google. I guess if you searched for Marineland package back then, my site was right up near the top. The Doubletree themselves told me that the hits to their website about the package “was [their] best result ever!”

Anyway, I’ve been hit hard by changes that Google has made over the years and I don’t get the traffic I got before. I still look back on those days in 2008 and wish that I could get such a high listing again. Maybe then I could actually make some money off this site 🙂

As a side note, the Doubletree does not have a Marineland package anymore. Apparently very few hotels do. However, the Doubletree does have a Summer Family Package that contains meals and Niagara Adventure Passes. You can read more about it here.

Here is the original page that I had about the Doubletree Marineland package

Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview Marineland package

Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

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