From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:
A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.
The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…
As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I don’t know how common this is, but I’ve never seen this before. The National Post has a sponsored article that is supposed to be “Special to the National Post”. It is essentially an ad for golfing at Niagara Parks Commission courses.
Growing numbers of golfers come every year to gaze in awe at the world’s mightiest waterfalls and play the celebrated trio of courses that helped the Niagara Peninsula blossom into one of North America’s hottest and most unique golf destinations.
Operated by Niagara Parks Golf, the two championship courses at the $27-million Legends on the Niagara complex, together with the Stanley Thompson-designed Whirlpool Golf Course, have become as essential to life and tourism on the peninsula as the award-winning wineries, War of 1812 battlefields, and theatre offerings of the Shaw Festival.
Launched to rave reviews in 2002, Legends on the Niagara is one of the showpieces of the Canadian game. Niagara Parks Golf recruited two of the country’s top golf architects, Doug Carrick and Thomas McBroom, to design sister 18-hole courses.
I know I posted about this yesterday, but this article has more details.
From the National Post:
New York officials are considering temporarily turning some of Niagara Falls into a trickle.
Plans to replace two 115-year-old pedestrian bridges could involve shutting down the water flowing over one section of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect it to another.
It was done once before, for a 1969 study of erosion.
The result then, as now, would be a rare look at the rock formations that lie beneath the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side of the tourist draw, and perhaps an even more robust Canadian Horseshoe Falls, where 85 per cent of the water flows over normally.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
A bill that would prohibit anyone from owning and breeding orcas in Ontario could impact 700 direct jobs in Niagara Falls and 36,000 indirect jobs across the region, says Coun. Wayne Thomson.
But animal rights activists say Marineland could survive, even thrive, as a theme park without animals.
“Anybody would put up their hand in a second in the municipality to make sure they protected that, but those 700 jobs precipitate, if you can imagine, 36,000 jobs not only in Niagara Falls but in the entire region,” Thomson recently said to a parliamentary committee at Queen’s Park.
“The 700 jobs is just Marineland. The 36,000 in the restaurants, in the hotels and motels, that’s what really is the spinoff of Marineland.”
I’ve waited for the “dust to settle” before posting more about the Maid of the Mist. There were lots of articles posted, but as usual, other than the local sites they were mostly Associated Press or Canadian Press articles. Here are a selection of good articles: