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Marineland launches lawsuit against OSPCA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

The Niagara Falls park filed the charges Tuesday in Toronto, according to OSPCA spokeswoman Stephanie Johns. When asked for comment, the animal welfare organization issued a statement saying it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.

“No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”

Likewise, Marineland would not elaborate on the lawsuit or specify the amount being sought: “Marineland does not presently have anything to provide to you in relation to your enquiry.”

Smartphone app offers virtual tour of Niagara Falls State Park

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From the Buffalo News:

A smartphone app called “The Official Niagara Falls State Park Tour” is now available, according to Delaware North, which operates concessions in the park.

The app, available in the Apple App and Google Play stores, can be used as a tour guide while walking in the park, or a way to check out the attractions anywhere. It includes photos and stories about 17 sites in the state park, as well as an interactive map, videos and links to the gift shop.

Marineland bows out of CAZA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

Details of the expansion were not provided.

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Pillar and Post plans moving forward

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Expansion plans by the Pillar and Post Inn and Spa that include development of the former C and C Yachts property next door were given the go-ahead by Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors Monday.

Official plan and zoning bylaw amendments would allow for increasing the size of the existing hotel on John Street and a mix of private and public uses for the Regent Street site, including an outdoor event area, conference and administration buildings, a parking garage and an extensively landscaped park.

Marineland demonstrations won’t go away, activist says

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From Niagara This Week:

“We’re never, ever leaving.”

So said local activist Mike Garrett as hundreds gathered outside Marineland in a bid to draw attention to what they see as mistreatment of the park’s animal charges.

And it was a case of going back to the future as demonstrators gathered on Labour Day for the first time since the 1990s.

Marineland disputes claim by activist that walrus is in ill health

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From Niagara This Week:

Phil Demers was disheartened when he was sent a video of Zeus, one of Marineland’s walruses last week.

“He’s lost hundreds of pounds,” Demers said. “He should weigh up to 3,000 pounds. I’d be shocked if he weighed 1,000.”

In the video in question, Zeus can be seen in what has become a rare appearance at the park. The 13-year-old walrus moves slowly for a few moments before settling near the edge of the water in the park’s show theatre…

Marineland, meanwhile, said the concerns for Zeus’ health were unfounded and that like all of the park’s animals, it receives proper veterinary care.

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Final Tragically Hip show to be broadcast in Queen Victoria Park

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From Niagara This Week:

Add Queen Victoria Park to the list of places across Niagara where Tragically Hip fans can go to see the band’s final show.

The CBC’s Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will be shown Saturday, Aug. 20 on two large screens in the park overlooking the Horseshoe and American falls.

Admission is free.

Musical upgrade for Festival of Lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

You’re going to hear a lot of Niagara Falls composer Nathan Chamberland at the upcoming Winter Festival of Lights. Over and over again.

An eight and a half minute score Chamberland wrote will be matched with the light displays at Dufferin Islands, giving the park a musical component to go with several new attractions.

Chamberland, a veteran musician who ran the Niagara Music Awards for two years, says his name was brought up to Festival organizers who were looking for a local artist to create the score.

“They wanted to hire a Niagara Falls resident instead of going somewhere else,” he says. “They contacted me and said ‘Would you submit some stuff?’ I did, and they said ‘This is great, could you compose eight and a half minutes worth of music?'”

$3 Million To Improve Niagara Falls State Park

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From MyTwinTiers.com:

The state has launched a more than $3 million project to improve Niagara Falls State Park, New York’s most-visited Park.

On Tuesday, workers began blocking off public access to the Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island viewing areas on the American side of the Falls. The project calls for $2 million in upgrades to Three Sisters and another $1.1 in improvements to Luna Island.

Latest improvements at Niagara Falls State Park unveiled, next phase in $25M project begins

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From Yahoo! Canada News:

The multi-million-dollar improvements made to New York’s most-visited state park have been unveiled, while the next phase of the renovations begin.
Local media outlets report that state and local officials gathered Wednesday at Prospect Point at the edge of the American Falls in Niagara Falls State Park to celebrate the completion of the more than $4 million upgrade to some areas of the park.

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