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    Niagara Falls tightrope walk safety plan revealed

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    From CTV News:

    Officials have unveiled the safety plan they have prepared for a risky tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next week.

    The high profile event, scheduled for June 15, will be performed by tightrope walker Nick Wallenda, and is expected to attract unprecedented crowds to the Falls.

    Niagara Parks Police Chief Douglas Kane said visitors to the Falls typically peak on New Year’s Eve, when approximately 50,000 — 60,000 spectators descend on the area.

    By contrast, Wallenda’s staff estimate next week’s high-wire event will attract as many as 120,000 people on the Canadian side alone.

    Getting ready to party on New Year’s Eve

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When something works, the Niagara Parks Police like to stick with it.

    Even though Ontario’s liquor laws were loosened up a bit this past summer, those wishing to have a few drinks at the New Year’s Eve party in Queen Victoria Park will have to remain inside a designated area where alcohol is served.

    “The last two years we’ve had a licensed area and that discourages people from bringing in their own alcohol into the park and we don’t have to worry about people tripping over empty bottles or bottles being thrown,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “We are able to secure the area so that it’s remains a safe family event.”

    OPP investigating NPC procurement

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating allegations of procurement wrongdoing at the Niagara Parks Commission. Bullet News has learned the Parks Commission’s own Niagara Parks Police requested the OPP look into the assertions in an attempt to ‘clear the air.’

    Parks Police Chief Doug Kane confirmed he ‘recently’ made the call to the OPP, which is currently interviewing current and former staff members and current and former commissioners.

    “It’s not a secret that there has been a number of allegations made over time and rather than us investigating those we thought we would send it to a totally independent agency such as the OPP,” Kane said. “They have no connection to the Niagara Parks Commission and this will let them conduct their own investigation.”

    This was also reported by the Niagara Falls Review in the article OPP launches investigation into procurement practices at Niagara Parks Commission

    Brink of Niagara Falls perfectly safe for spectators – as long as they follow the rules

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The steel railing and stone wall that divides tens of thousands of tourists from the beauty and power of Niagara Falls are almost always wet and slippery from the mist that routinely drifts out across the city.

    But the obvious potential for danger, the signs warning people to keep their feet on the sidewalk, constant reminders from police patrolling the area around Table Rock – even with all of that, some people can’t resist tempting fate.

    “We see it all the time,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “It’s very disturbing … very disturbing.”

    So even on a breezy August Monday afternoon, with three incidents serving as fresh reminders of the dangerous and deadly consequences, there they were, visitors scaling the barrier at the brink of the falls, anxious for that apparent metre or two of added closeness to one of the world’s greatest wonders.

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