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Niagara Falls receives nearly $8 million from OLG in first quarter

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From Niagara This Week:

The city is set to surpass the $100-million mark in revenues derived from hosting two OLG casinos.

Niagara Falls received a first-quarter payment of $7.8 million from the OLG as a part of its hosting agreement for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. The payment brings the total non-tax gaming revenue paid to the city to $98.9 million since Casino Niagara first opened its doors in 1996.

“OLG gaming revenue provide essential funding to host communities, which offers greater ability to invest in infrastructure projects as well as important local programs and services that benefit families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s minister of finance. “These funds directly benefit Ontario’s critical public services such as health care and education, and local development.”

CWF Canada invades Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Over the years Niagara Falls has always been a popular destination for honeymoons and professional wrestling.

From the years of Tony “Cannonball” Parisi, Neo Spirit Pro Wrestling’s monthly shows at the old Polish Hall on Stanley Avenue, and the WWE retail store on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls has always been a staple in the professional wrestling business.

On Saturday, August 12, professional wrestling returns to Niagara Falls as CWF Canada invades the Scotiabank Convention Centre with an action packed card inside of the Fallsview Theatre at 7:00 pm.

While the card is still being established, some of the early names for this event feature some of the very best in professional wrestling today.

Former WWF superstar Paul London will be in attendance as he takes on “Reckless” Ryan Swift in what will be a hard-hitting and fast-paced contest.

OLG picks group to build Niagara Falls entertainment centre

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From Niagara This Week:

It’s now known who will be responsible for building a new entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The OLG announced early Tuesday evening that the contract to build a 5,000-seat venue has been awarded to Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, a consortium that includes Bird Construction Inc. of Mississauga.

The consortium will build and maintain the new facility.

In a news release, Bird said it will “perform the design and construction of the project and will also, through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary, take a minority equity interest in the concession responsible for the overall project, including design, construction, financing, and maintenance.”

The facility will feature a performance space with multiple stage configurations, a public lobby and gathering spaces, box offices, bar and concessions.

What’s next for Niagara Falls’ Downtown BIA?

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From Niagara This Week:

Some members of the Downtown BIA who had concerns over how the business organization is being run are taking a wait-and-see approach as to what comes next.

And, despite the resignation of board chair Julio Batres-Gavidia, Lisa Thomas, a Queen Street business owner and member of the BIA board who went to the media with concerns over how the organization is being run, said she remains “skeptical” as to whether there would be change.

‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

Niagara Falls council wants ‘flawed’ casino RFP process stopped

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From Niagara This Week:

The city plans to explore all “available legal avenues” with the hopes of getting the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to halt the process of procuring a new operator for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort.

At a special council meeting on June 22, council voted unanimously in support of a resolution that refers to OLG’s request for proposals (RFP) process as “flawed” with its emphasis on revenue for the province, while ignoring economic development and job creation.

According to a report completed by HLT consultants on behalf of the City, the OLG’s plan could result in the loss of up to 1,400 jobs at the two casinos.

One day not enough to celebrate Canada’s 150th in Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

There will be no shortage of things to do to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the city on July 1.

Festivities will centre on Queen Street and will include everything from the country’s newest citizens being sworn in to a parade, music, games, live entertainment, fireworks and, of course, birthday cake.

Following are the activities going on June 30 and Canada Day, July 1:

Man suffers head injury in fall at Niagara Gorge

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From Niagara This Week:

A 54-year-old man was airlifted to a Toronto hospital after he left the trail and tried climbing the headwall at the Niagara Gorge and fell.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, emergency responders were called to the Niagara Glen at 3050 Niagara Pkwy. in response to a 911 call.

It was learned the man and his family were hiking in the Niagara Glen along the white trail system near the headwall by the metal staircase.

Niagara Falls receives funds for annual New Year’s Eve show

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From Niagara This Week:

The city has secured funding from the province to help with the costs associated with the annual New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park.

Earlier this year, staff submitted a funding request to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario program and was approved. The city will receive $35,000 to help cover costs associated with the event, including securing talent.

“The cost to produce the Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve show increases annually and these additional funds will assist in covering these increased expenses,” council heard from staff in a report that came before them at a special council meeting on June 22.

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