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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.”

Seal with amputated flipper headed to Niagara Falls aquarium

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to an upstate New York aquarium…

The injuries make it nearly impossible for the seal to survive in the wild, so center staff arranged to send the animal to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls on Friday.

Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

HAMILTON: Political structure is why Clifton Hill rises, Niagara falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…

Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.

HIGGS: Niagara Falls hotels through the ages

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Never let it be said that you could not get a room when visiting Niagara Falls during its early years before it was a city. There were 70 hotels and saloons listed in the Town of Niagara alone. This was before Niagara Falls was a city. Names we probably never heard of, such as the American Hotel at Niagara and Fourth streets, which was razed in 1929. The American Hotel in Suspension Bridge Village was removed May 18, 1887 and another American Hotel during 1878 was in Lewiston, built in the 1830s and burned in 1893 and rebuilt as Cornell House in 1894. I am not listing them all – only the ones I was able to find some items of interest on them.

Editorial: Niagara Falls has to seize the moment

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From the Buffalo News:

Lockport’s good news is a reminder of what Niagara Falls should be doing and isn’t. At least, not enough of it. It’s crazy that both Lockport and Niagara Falls, Ont., are able to move ahead on tourism development, but that on this bank of the international river, things can’t seem to happen very quickly.

Courtyard Marriott Opens in Niagara Falls

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From Buffalo Rising:

BF Patel and family have opened Niagara Falls’ newest and most unique hotel in recent years. Originally built as a Chocolate Factory for the Niagara Chocolate Company in 1912, the building later became home to the northeast headquarters for Moore Business Forms employing thousands of Niagara Falls residents for decades. After Moore closed its operations in Niagara Falls in the late 2000s, the building sat vacant for a few years before being purchased by the Patel’s in 2010.

After partnering with Marriott, Waterbourne Construction Advisors, Carmina Wood Morris, and Mussachio Architects and investing approximately $12.8 million into the project, the iconic and beloved building has been reinvigorated with new life as a Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

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