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Niagara Falls says no to change of development agreement with province

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From Niagara This Week:

Note: The article includes a nice rendering of the position of the theatre and how it would obstruct the view from the Hilton.

City politicians do not want to see a new theatre built at Fallsview Casino, where a staff report showed the building’s height would obscure views of the Horseshoe Falls from various hotels overlooking the cataract.

On Tuesday, council backed the report from staff, asking it not to support a request from one of four proponents vying to win the bid to build a 5,000-seat theatre in Niagara Falls. The proponent, a Quebec-based consortium, has proposed to build the theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort, which is on land owned by the provincial government.

The proponent is looking to build the theatre over top of the bus area at the rear of Fallsview

Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

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I know I’m a couple of days late…

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

“We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

“It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

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Butterfly Conservatory looks at the lives of owls

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From Niagara This Week:

When staff at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory planned for exhibits for Ontario’s 150th birthday, naturally they looked up to kick things off.

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Vandals strike WFOL display

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From Niagara This Week:

One of the more recent illuminations added to the Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights is now dark.

It’s all thanks to an act of vandalism which occurred sometime between midnight on Jan. 15 and 5 p.m. Jan. 16. That’s when an individual or a group caused substantial damage to the Sylma display at Dufferin Islands. The arched lighting display came from France, according to Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) executive director Tina Myers.

So much fun for just a buck

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From Niagara This Week:

For a pair of local youngsters, it was a chance to hang for a few minutes with Katy Perry — at least a wax rendition of the pop singer anyway.

“Everything!” Brooke Annette said when asked what she liked about the annual Museums Dollar Day for Cystic Fibrosis.

“Everything is great,” sister Caitlin added.

The Annette girls’ excitement was music to Nancy Clayton’s ears. The vice-president of the Niagara Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis is the organizer of the annual fundraiser, which allows residents entrance to a selection of museums and attractions in the Clifton Hill area for just a loonie.

“There’s so many happy families, so many happy kids,” Clayton said as she watched visitors take in displays at the Movieland Wax Museum, one of the most popular sites to visit Sunday afternoon, it seemed. Lineups were long, but were constantly moving.

Temporary closures for Niagara Parks attractions

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From Niagara This Week:

A pair of Niagara Parks attractions will be closed temporarily over the next few weeks.

The shutdowns at the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara’s Fury attractions are to accommodate for annual maintenance programs. These closures allow Niagara Parks staff to carry out needed maintenance to ensure the continued operation of these popular year-round attractions…

Niagara’s Fury will close on Jan. 16, reopening by Feb. 11. Wonder Pass holders will be able to substitute for admission to NPC’s Floral Showhouse or the IMAX Theatre during this period.

Comic Con gives Star Wars fans something to ‘Chewie’ on

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From Niagara This Week:

As an actor, Peter Mayhew has been a part of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

But you may not recognize him if you met him on the street.

Mayhew, of course, is best known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s wookie sidekick. Fans will get a chance to see the man behind all that hair and makeup when he makes a rare Canadian appearance in Niagara Falls later this year, when Niagara Falls Comic Con takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre from June 2 to 4.

“There’s no question that Star Wars is hands down the most popular film series of all time, so we couldn’t be more excited to land one of the more well known characters from the movie franchise,” said Chris Dabrowski, Comic Con’s show manager. “This will be a real treat for Star Wars fans of the original and new movies.”

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Marineland faces animal cruelty charges:OSPCA

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland was charged Monday with six counts of animal cruelty, but the company dismissed the allegations, accusing Ontario’s animal welfare agency of acting on behalf of “a band of discredited activists.”

The latest charges, filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, relate to a number of land animals kept at the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They include one count each of permitting elk, red deer and fallow deer to be in distress, and one count each of failing to provide the standards of care for those animals.

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Dollar Day returns to Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

It all started with a cough that wouldn’t go away for Angela Morris.

“They started thinking I had pneumonia,” Morris, a Grade 9 student at Stamford Collegiate Secondary School says.

As it turns out, doctors at Niagara Health’s St. Catharines site found it was something completely different — and life changing — for the Niagara Falls teen. It was discovered she had cystic fibrosis or CF for short…

Since being diagnosed last year, Morris has had to make a few changes in her life.

“I can’t sleep over a friends’ houses. I can’t play sports,” she says.

But according to Nancy Clayton, vice-president of CFC’s Niagara chapter, situations like Angela’s can now be avoided.

Clayton is busy putting together the finishing touches on this year’s Dollar Day, which raises funds for cystic fibrosis research. Niagara Falls residents can get into a 13 different attractions — wax museums, haunted houses and others — on Clifton Hill for just a loonie. This year’s event — the 29th annual — takes place on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of the Ripley’s Moving Theatre, which closes at 3 p.m.

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