From the Niagara Falls Review (includes video):
With the push of a button by Mickey and Minnie, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights kicked off its 29th year Saturday night. The festival got under way in familiar fashion with a pair of free shows at Queen Victoria Park featuring magician Greg Frewin, the cast of the Oh Canada Eh? dinner show and local dancers and singers.
There were back-to-back Ontario Power Generation Opening Ceremony shows, but the first one ended with the illumination of the festival’s three million lights along a 6 km stretch of the Niagara Parkway.
The park was packed with thousands of people for the opening night events thanks to temperatures that were less frigid than normal. “It’s like an early gift. It’s a nice way to start off the season,” said Winter Festival of Lights general manager Dino Fazio.
The nice weather made the kick-off more appealing this year, said one of the many parents who brought their kids to see the Disney characters perform. “The kids love it because they get to see action – the characters, the Christmas music. It’s good for the community,” said Lorraine Bradshaw, who brought her nine-year-old daughter Kaitelyn to the event for the first time.
We had originally planned on going again this year (we went last year), but after reading about it, decided it would be the same as last year so we didn’t bother going.
From the Buffalo News:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse mascots will flip the switch Saturday evening to mark the official start of the 29th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights at the Ontario Power Generation Opening Ceremonies at 5:45 in Queen Victoria Park.
In addition to the debut of the lights, a one-hour stage show will feature performances by up-and-coming Canadian singers Brooklyn Roebuck and Stephanie McIlroy, the cast of the “Oh Canada Eh?” dinner show, the Wendy Leard School of Dance, the Festival Choir and champion magician Greg Frewin. The first holiday fireworks show will follow. A second show, complete with fireworks, will start at 7. Both shows are free.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
After four years of underground burrowing, Big Becky is about to surface near Niagara Falls.
Big Becky is the nicknmame of the tunnel-boring machine digging a 10-km tunnel under the city of Niagara Falls that will bring more water to the Sir Adam Beck hydroelectric generators.
“If all goes well, we’ll be breaking through the other side in April,” said Tom Mitchell, president of Ontario Power Generation, the provincially owned company responsible for producing electricity.
From a letter to the Editor of the Niagara Falls Review:
The Niagara Parks Commission should be more open and accountable to the public.
It is shameful that the public doesn’t know the details of the lease with the Maid of the Mist. The best outcome would be that the contract is declared void and re-issued via an open-tender process so that all can bid.
NPC is publicly funded in part by the revenue it receives from water rights paid to it by Ontario Power Generation. OPG gets its revenue from all hydro ratepayers via the electricity line on your hydro bill.
Therefore, NPC owes it to the public to use its resources wisely.