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    Wallenda makes pitch to Canadians

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.

    “I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”

    A day after holding a similar gathering on the American side, Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda discusses proposed Falls stunt

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda’s motto in life is never quit.

    So when asked Wednesday about remaining opposition to his plan to walk a wire across the Canadian Falls, he said he’s approaching the whole effort as if failure isn’t an option.

    “My dream actually is to walk right into the middle of that mist and disappear and walk out the other end,” said Wallenda who joined local officials during a press conference at the Top of the Falls Restaurant overlooking the spot on Goat Island where he said he would like to take his first step on his wirewalking journey.

    Wallenda to meet with park, city officials about performance over gorge

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda is scheduled to meet with state officials today to discuss the progress of his plan to perform a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge.

    Wallenda will discuss the logistical aspects of the proposed wire walk with representatives from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Park Police and the Niagara Falls police and fire departments.

    After the private meeting, Wallenda is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Falls Restaurant to offer an update on his plans.

    “This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the logistical aspects of how Wallenda’s high-wire walk could work,” said state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who organized the meeting. “This is a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed. I’m confident we can overcome any perceived difficulties with the walk by keeping an open dialogue and communicating our needs.”

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also has an article/video about the meeting.

    • Niagara Falls Becomes Setting for Death Defying Stunt

    Crossing Niagara, the return journey

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    From The Independent (in the UK):

    It takes a cool head, impeccable balance, and plenty of self-confidence to walk unaided across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Unfortunately, for daredevil Nik Wallenda, it also requires formal permission from local bureaucrats.

    The 32-year-old circus performer is bidding to become the first person in more than a century to perform the high-wire stunt, reviving a tradition of derring-do which stretches back to the destination’s golden era. But first, he needs a rubber stamp from Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission.

    The article also has a nice history of the various daredevils over the years.

    Niagara Falls high-wire plans could go haywire

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    From the Toronto Star:

    A daredevil’s plan to be the first person in a century to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls may take a tumble even though it’s just gotten off the ground.

    Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas, a family of tightrope performers, is hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of walking over the gaping maw of the falls on a high wire.

    He’s got the support of the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., who’s thrilled at the chance to boost sagging tourism numbers with the high-profile act. A bill to allow Wallenda to tightrope across the falls passed through New York’s Senate without a hitch and awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. And city council in Niagara Falls, N.Y., voted last week to support Wallenda’s bid.

    The final holdout, however, is on the Canadian side at the Niagara Parks Commission. Its fears the act is a one-time stunt that would return Niagara Falls to its days of flash and showmanship, rather than highlight the falls’ natural beauty. The commission was founded in 1885 specifically to put an end to the falls’ carnival atmosphere.

    Commission interim chair Janice Thomson said it hasn’t received Wallenda’s request yet, but she can’t imagine the commission approving the act.

    Skywalker petitions to cross Niagara Falls

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Nik Wallenda walked his first tightrope when he was 2.

    He’s bicycled 45 metres across a wire suspended 20 storeys high.

    He even proposed to his wife on a high wire.

    But the famed funambulist’s most hair-raising feat yet may be a political one: persuading g the embattled government agency overseeing Canada’s top tourist attraction to relax a century-old ban on stunts and green-light his life-long dream of walking across Niagara Falls.

    A few more articles about Nik Wallenda’s proposed wire walk over Niagara Falls

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    Here are a few more articles that I’ve found that mention Nic Wallenda. He is the guy who wants to walk on a wire above Niagara Falls. NY side has approved it, but the Canadian side hasn’t.

    Fearless high-wire walker eyes Niagara Falls

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    Nik Wallenda, the man who recently got approval from New York State legislators to walk across the Falls on a wire, was on the NBC Today Show a couple of days ago. it isn’t a long segment, but he talked about some of the walks he’s done, and his desire to walk over Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video…

    Should experienced high-wire walker be allowed to cross the falls?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Since he was a boy Nik Wallenda has dreamed of walking over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

    “It’s just something I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” said Wallenda, 32, a U.S.-based highwire walker who hopes to do a 2,200-foot crossing of the Niagara River Gorge and Horseshoe Falls next summer.

    That lifelong dream got a boost from lawmakers on the American side of the Niagara River on Wednesday when the New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly, with just one dissenting member, to permit Wallenda to do the walk. Before that, the state Senate voted 62-0 to give him the OK.

    But Wallenda needs more than just the support from Albany if he is to realize his dream. To cross into Canada, he would need the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission, an agency that has long been opposed to such endeavours.

    Wallenda gets OK to cross the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The walk is on — at least as far state legislators are concerned.

    It might be rare for the State Legislature to approve something that legitimately can be called death-defying, but final approval was given Wednesday permitting a member of the legendary Flying Wallendas to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

    “I’m thrilled to death … It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Nik Wallenda told The Buffalo News.

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