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Integrity commissioner clears Thomson after complaint

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An integrity commissioner has found no evidence that city Coun. Wayne Thomson shared confidential information from an in-camera meeting earlier this year.

In a report going before council Tuesday, Integrity Commissioner Brian Duxbury says a complaint submitted to the city clerk alleged Thomson disclosed information from the meeting to third parties “who were not entitled to such information,” as evidenced by text messages.

One of the messages, sent Jan. 25, stated: “I was just talking to Wayne about another issue and he said in-camera was interesting and I will tell you…(blacked out) is the cause of the rumors.”

Following his investigation, which included interviews with Thomson and the unnamed person who sent the text, Duxbury concluded there was “nothing unusual or suggestive of any improper disclosure” in the communication, since Thomson was speaking with someone whose position requires interaction “on a regular basis.”

Tourism agency finalist for awards

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has shortlisted Niagara Falls Tourism as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.

This acknowledgement comes after the success of its summer 2016 #ExploreNiagara social media campaign.

The awards are presented annually by the association and the Toronto Star to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry.

“Niagara Falls Tourism is thrilled to be recognized for a campaign that excelled largely because of its spotlight on our amazing members, who work hard every day to enrich Niagara Falls as a world-class destination,” said Jon Jackson, executive director of Niagara Falls Tourism.

‘Really lovely weather’ this fall

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Mother Nature should provide plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy taking in the fall colours this upcoming season, says a meteorologist with the Weather Network.

“We’ll be able to take advantage of some really nice weather for doing those sort of activities,” said Nadine Powell.

“I think that everyone will be happy, for the most part, with what fall has in store for us.”

The Weather Network released its fall forecast on Wednesday, forecasting for the months of September, October and November.

Powell said Niagara should experience close to seasonal temperatures this fall, while models are showing precipitation levels should be on par with the norm.

The history of Chippawa

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

History came alive Sunday as Sherman Zavitz, the city’s official historian, hosted a walking tour of Chippawa.

Before a crowd of 80 people, Zavitz said the area was first mentioned 339 years ago, even before there was a town.

On Dec. 7, 1678, Louis Hennepin, a missionary and explorer, became the first European to view the mighty Niagara Falls.

“He was awed by the spectacle,” Zavitz said. “He later wrote in his diary the falls were a vast and prodigious cadence of water falling down in an astonishing manner.”

That night, Hennepin and his company set up camp alongside the Welland River, in an area now known as Kingsbridge Park.

The walking tour focused on the history of the area on both sides of the river, commonly referred to as Chippawa Creek.

Oakes Garden Theatre celebrates 80th annivesrary

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A ceremony to mark the official re-dedication of Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls will be held Monday.

The 4 p.m. event will showcase the recently completed restoration work at the Niagara Parks landmark and includes a Canadian Citizenship ceremony.

Zombie Mud Run this weekend in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

About 500 people will try and survive a 21-obstacle course in Niagara Falls this weekend.

Survive, because they will hunted down by at least 50 zombies.

The fourth annual Zombie Mud Run returns to Campark Resorts on Lundy’s Lane Saturday.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., participants will navigate a five-kilometre muddy obstacle course, all the while trying to avoid a horde of walkers trying to take away their lifelines.

‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

“I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

“People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

End of summer brings protesters back to Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

No sooner does Brenda Manning start talking about the scorn she’s endured as a Marineland protester over the years than a woman exits her vehicle, glares at her and proceeds to tell her she should “fight for human lives” instead.

Manning offers a smirk, then points out the woman left a child alone in the car.

For Manning, who has been protesting Marineland since the early ’90s, another day in front of the Niagara Falls theme park means another day of insults from random strangers.

“It kind of makes you lose faith in humanity when people throw things at you,” said the St. Catharines activist. “They’ve thrown packs of ketchup, I’ve been hit by a tomato … it just makes me stronger. I feel sorry for those people.”

Phase 2 of Victoria Avenue work approved

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A section of Victoria Avenue will undergo a $6.8-million road reconstruction and streetscaping.

Niagara Falls city council awarded the contract to Rankin Construction during its recent meeting.

The second of a proposed five-phase plan will include full road reconstruction and decorative streetscaping on Victoria Avenue from the limit of phase one, approximately 10 metres north/east of Centre Street and up to and including the intersection of Clark Avenue/Ellen Avenue.

Canada 150 festival sees community ‘come together’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

More than 4,000 people turned out to the Canada 150 Fun Fest inside and outside Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Saturday.

“We’re very happy with the turnout,” said organizer Chris Dabrowski.

The Stanley Avenue venue hosted a full day of free indoor and outdoor events, which started at noon.

The family portion of the event featured food trucks, a kids zone, large inflatables and an art showcase.

The mini Canadiana Comic Con featured the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Batmobile, and The Munsters coach.

Richard Comely, the creator of Captain Canuck, also attended, handing out free comics and signing autographs.

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