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    Gates wants province to commit to GO timeline

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Wayne Gates is calling on the province to commit to a timeline to extend GO Train service to Niagara.

    “The inclusion of GO to Niagara in the 2016 Budget was a positive step forward and highlights the hard work done by local mayors, councillors, and our Regional Chair,” the Niagara Falls MPP said. “The expansion of GO Train services to Niagara is not about scoring political points.”

    Casino Niagara to remain open

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls will be home to two casinos for the foreseeable future.

    That’s according to Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who said the 16-year-old gaming facilty — the city’s first — will remain open.

    And not only will the casino remain in operation, Craitor said the government and the Falls Management Company, which operates both Casino Niagara and the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, are looking at ways to increase business at the former.

    “We have some very talented people — some of them are here today — in Niagara Falls,” Craitor said. “Give me ideas and how we can better market it.”

    Casino’s future will be clearer Friday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The future of one of Niagara’s two casinos will become clearer Friday.

    The fate of Casino Niagara, which first opened its doors in 1996, will be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the facility, said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor on Tuesday.
    Closing Casino Niagara was one of the 362 recommendations made in the Drummond Report released late last month. The report was commissioned by the province to look at ways it could eliminate its $16-billion deficit. The casino’s future was muddied further after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a report detailing its plans to revitalize the province’s gaming industry. Although Casino Niagara was not named, the report talked about consolidating underperforming facilities, including casinos and slots facilities. The report also called for the establishment of a casino in Toronto.

    Craitor said he has met with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan “a number of times” over not only the casinos but gaming issues in Niagara as a whole.

    Festival of Lights turns up the wattage with new sports events

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With its 30th anniversary looming next year, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is adding more juice to its lineup.

    Sponsored by beverage maker Cintron, a new three-day sports festival will take place throughout the city to conclude this year’s event. It’s expected to attract about 1,300 athletes in a variety of sports, along with 2,600 spectators during tourism’s chilly off-season.

    Festival of Lights general manager Dino Fazio looks at it as a “mini-Olympics,” with potential for major competitions and TV coverage down the road.

    “Curling, gymnastics, basketball, girls and boys hockey, you name it — if anybody wants to be part of it, they will be,” said Fazio. “The sky’s the limits in terms of the number of sports we could add, the number of age groups we could add.

    “The beauty about this event is that it can include provincial and national championships.”

    Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor announced $81,400 in funding for the sports festival over the next 24 months through the province’s Trillium Foundation. The money will be used to hire an events manager.

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also had a related article

    • Winter Festival of Lights to Open Nov. 5th.

    Falls Incline Railway slated for overhaul

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s time to stop the decline of the incline.

    The Niagara Parks Commission has plans to replace its aging Falls Incline Railway that makes it easier for visitors to go from the Fallsview tourism district down into the park.

    The upgrade is the next phase of its Table Rock Redevelopment Project and is intended to enhance the overall guest experience of Niagara.

    The announcement was made Friday near the Table Rock Clock Tower close to the incline by Janice Thomson, interim chair of the NPC, and Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Tourism and Culture.

    The projected opening date is March 2013.

    Ontario tourism minister didn’t force people-mover deal on Parks Commission: Niagara Falls MPP

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    A pending deal between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to create a new people-mover bus system to service the millions of visitors to the Honeymoon Capital each year was no shotgun wedding.

    While Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor acknowledges he and Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan were asked to help resolve an impasse in negotiations between the parties in recent weeks, the minister did not force a deal on the provincial agency, whose chairwoman Fay Booker continues to raise concerns about the impact the new system could have on Niagara Parks’ revenue stream.

    “No – I don’t think that’s true,” said Craitor, when asked if the ministry put pressure on Booker and the commission to get the deal done.

    Auditor general won’t probe Parks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ontario’s auditor general is “not likely” to launch a special investigation of the Niagara Parks Commission following a Queen’s Park committee’s vote asking him to stay out.

    “I’d have to say, at least in the short term, it is not something I would be pursuing,” auditor general James McCarter told The Review Wednesday.

    The public accounts committee voted 5-3 against New Democrat MPP France Gelinas’ motion calling for a special audit of the commission.

    Justify sole-source contract: MPP

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Whatever information Niagara’s regional tourism organization used to justify an “exception” from the province’s ban on single-source contracts, it should be disclosed to the public to ensure public confidence in the agency, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor says.

    “I think that the chairman of the board should explain to the media or to the public what they presented to the bureaucrats that convinced them this should be an exception,” Craitor said Th ursday.

    The first project by Niagara’s regional tourism organization — a body created last year by Ontario’s Liberal government to promote tourism — led to a controversy after it was revealed it commissioned Niagara Fallsbased Rev Publishing to produce a glossy $500,000 tourism magazine without putting it out to tender.

    “This is not a good way for it to start out,” said Craitor, who is also parliamentary assistant to Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan.

    Craitor kicks off Tourism Week in Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls’ economic bread and butter is front and centre this week as part of celebrations for this year’s national Tourism Week.

    In a kickoff celebration held today at the Ontario Travel Information Centre on Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who’s also the newly appointed parliamentary assistant to the minister of tourism and culture, encouraged Niagarans to get out and enjoy the summer in Ontario.

    “Our province has so much to offer, not only to visitors but residents as well,” he said.

    Convention Centre halfway done

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre reached its half way point with a topping off ceremony as the last pieces of the roof were installed last Friday.

    Construction began on the centre May 1, 2009 and the doors are scheduled to open April 8, 2011.

    Mayor Ted Salci, MPP Kim Craitor, Regional Chairman Peter Partington and vice-president of Bondfield Construction, John Aquino, all spoke, congratulating the workers on their work in keeping the construction on schedule and in budget.

    “You guys really do work hard,” said Craitor, “I tip my hat to each and every one of you.”

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