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Tourism minister addresses summit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon celebrated the success of the sector in the province, while acknowledging it faces challenges as a result of her government’s policies.

“This sesquicentennial year has been nothing short of extraordinary, with so many special events and visitor experiences,” she told a room full of delegates during the second of a two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

“While there is much to celebrate, I am — we are — cognizant that there are some challenges on the horizon, and despite our significant assets and opportunities, you have been grappling with some challenges.”

Niagara Falls, a US and Canadian jewel

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From the Stillwater New Press:

Spectacular Niagra Falls is a case study on international cooperation and agreement between two nations.

Of course, those two countries are Canada, and our good ol’ U.S. of A.

As the mighty Niagra River flows from the Great Lakes of Erie to Ontario, the incredible falls are created. The title Niagra Falls is actually a collective name for three separate waterfalls in the same general area. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York state on the U.S. side, while massive Horseshoe Falls is located almost entirely in the Canadian province of Ontario. Even with two huge countries involved, both governments have interacted with each other on excellent terms over many, many years, and there is no reason to believe this mutual cooperation will not continue well into the future.

Time for province to tackle DMF mess in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Last spring, my cohort Ray Spiteri and I did a three-part series on the Destination Marketing Fee, the notorious tourism fee several Niagara Falls hotels and restaurants have been charging since 2004.

In recent years, the fee – up to 10 per cent in some places – has angered countless tourists. And with good reason: There still isn’t accountability for it. Businesses collect the money, but do not remit it to a proper tourism agency or association. We are supposed to take their word for it that it goes toward tourism-related projects.

You can see why this is a problem. And why it hurts the industry as a whole.

Ontario government responds to Marineland allegations with crack down on animal abuse

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From the Globe and Mail:

The Ontario government says it plans to beef up regulations to protect animals kept in zoos and aquariums, including Marineland.

Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur made the announcement in a statement this morning ahead of a noon news conference.

She says the province will work with animal experts and other stakeholders to come up with standards for caring for captive animals.

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$850 K for historic Hydro landmark

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From Niagara This Week:

A total of $850,000 will soon be pumped into the historic Toronto Power generating station.

Niagara Falls MP and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque Friday, in addition to announcing the federal government will chip in a $425,000 infrastructure investment as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to stimulate the economy. The province, through the Niagara Parks Commission, will match the amount.

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