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    Niagara: It’s no longer wine vs. cheese

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    From the National Post:

    If Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake were to be embodied by two grumpy old men and played in a movie, The Odd Couple would be the perfect film. Niagara Falls, uncouth, out-of-fashion and badly in need of a new coat of paint, would be Oscar; while Niagara-on-the-Lake would be Felix, stuck-up, tony and impossibly austere.

    “They do a good job for the high-end, wealthy Victorian type,” says R.T. (Ted) Salci, 60, mayor of Niagara Falls. “Our neighbours will pay $6 for a hot dog, but we don’t go for that here.”

    However, the lines between Oscar and Felix may be blurring. As Niagara Falls redevelops its downtown and Niagara-on-the-Lake lowers its rents and slashes prices, the twin tourist destinations less than two hours from Toronto are in the midst of a season of change.

    Jet boats working off town dock again today

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nearly three weeks after they were given the boot, jet boats will be back running from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s municipal dock this morning.

    An Ontario Court of Appeal judge granted the town a stay Monday in a previous court order banning the controversial tour boats from its dock in Old Town.

    The reprieve is in effect until the court hears the town’s appeal of a St. Catharines judge’s ruling last month that the municipality has been leasing the Melville Street dock illegally to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours for the past 16 years.

    “We’re certainly pleased that we’ll be able to go back to standard operating procedures for the balance of summer,” company president John Kinney said Monday afternoon.

    Jet boat reprieve

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Whirlpool Jets Boats could soon find itself again looking for temporary docking space in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Parks Canada has agreed to rent its dock at Navy Hall to the tour company until only June 15.

    The jet-boat operator has been using the wooden wharf as a passenger pickup point since it was forced from the municipality’s Melville Street dock following a recent court ruling.

    “It’s a temporary fix giving a tour operator some short-term relief, so they don’t have to close down their business immediately and cause disappointment to a lot of people who are coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake specifically for that,” said Bob Andrews, Parks Canada superintendent of Niagara historic sites.

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