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Ottawa urged to address long waits at Niagara border crossings

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From the Globe and Mail:

Wait times at Canada’s second-busiest border crossing can stretch to hours, according to mayors and bridge authorities in Ontario’s Niagara Region who are pleading with Ottawa to boost staffing levels to ease the congestion, especially as the busy Peace Bridge prepares to reduce its operating lanes next month.

Now it’s Canada’s turn to correct staffing issues that discourage cross-border travel

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From the Buffalo News:

Will Canada start listening now? With border backups attracting attention across the country and pressure rising at all levels of government, perhaps Ottawa will finally act to defuse a problem that poses economic perils on both sides of the border.

The problem, which has been evident at various times all summer, repeated itself late last month as Canadians returning home from the Kanye West concert in Buffalo encountered not only long lines at the border crossing in Fort Erie, but the additional insult of watching booths closing as agents packed up for the night. An unnecessarily long wait was thoughtlessly extended.

Canadian authorities have been made aware of the problem. Yet nothing improves.

Leaders from both sides tell Ottawa more resources needed at border

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From WBFO.org:

Seven elected leaders, including the mayors of three Western New York municipalities, have co-signed a letter to Canadian federal officials urging them to increase resources that will help ease long waits at local international bridges.

City to ‘keep the heat’ on province for gaming help: Diodati

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From Niagara This Week:

The City will continue to push the provincial government for Niagara Falls to be a part of the government’s gaming modernization strategy, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We want to keep the heat on,” Diodati said.

That was one of the things discussed with provincial officials at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa, Diodati said.

“We had talks with the Minister of Finance (Charles Sousa) and Minister of Infrastructure (Glen Murray). The big thing was trying to get a decision of the modernization of gaming.”

Canada simply gives up competing for the American tourist

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This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but in the tourism industry we definitely know what the article is talking about. We just don’t get the US visitors we used to.

From the Toronto Star:

Ottawa no longer wants to waste time and money trying to lure American tourists to the land of moose, mountains and Mounties.
According to a new report, the U.S. has become one of Canada’s poorest performing tourism markets, and this country isn’t getting full value from expensive marketing campaigns aimed south of the border.
U.S. visitors spent, on average, only $518 per trip to Canada last year, the lowest amount spent by an international visitor group. It was the third straight year of declines. By contrast, tourists from Brazil spent an average of $1,874 per trip.
The Canadian Tourism Commission, in its 2012 annual report, released last week, describes its strategic plan to stop promoting Canada in poorly performing markets such as the U.S.

Sweet casino deal for Toronto has other cities fuming

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From the Globe and Mail:

The special funding deal Ontario’s lottery corporation has promised Toronto if councillors approve a downtown casino has sparked anger among mayors of border cities and the nation’s capital.

The mayors of Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Windsor are all calling on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to offer their cities the same deal as Toronto.

New Exhibit Coming to the Butterfly Conservatory

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From the Niagara Parks blog:

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to welcome some of the world’s most exotic animals in a new exhibit, ‘Under the Canopy – Animals of the Rainforest’, organized by Ottawa-based Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo.

Staff from Little Ray’s will be in Niagara Falls with the exhibit to lead all educational programs and host daily interactive sessions with the animals.

Rainforest animals that will be on display include: Common Marmoset, Brazilian Short Tailed Opossum, Emerald Tree Boa, Jungle Carpet Python, Red Footed Tortoise, Emperor Scorpions, Cuviers Dwarf Caiman, Panther Chameleon, White’s Tree Frog and the Reticulated Python.

I hope to be able to see this soon…

Power of thought to control Niagara Falls lightshow

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From TGDaily.com:

Visitors to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next week will be able to control lightshows at major landmarks by the power of thought alone.

Toronto-based InteraXon has invented a headset that picks up the user’s alpha and beta waves and translates them into commands.

“We’re like interpreters fluent in the language of the mind: our system analyses the frequency of your brainwaves and then translates them into a control signal for the computer to understand,” says the company.

The system will be used to control lightshows at Toronto’s CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliament buildings and Niagara Falls.

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