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    WEGO officially a go

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    From Niagara This Week:

    “This is a very important moment for Niagara Region,” Nicholson said. “It required a lot of work and dedication over the years. It is an important component in what we’re doing to find better ways of moving people around and extending their stay.

    “This will do just that.”

    Both the federal and provincial governments contributed $25 million to the project and Nicholson called it money well spent.

    “It increases the availability for all the attractions to all people,” he said.

    Boat tour procurement process ‘free from any apparent bias’: Fairness commissioner

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission has been fair, open and transparent so far in a procurement process that will eventually lead to the selection of an organization to operate boat tours in the Niagara gorge, says a government-appointed fairness commissioner.

    In the first of what is expected to be four reports, Howard Grant, the fairness commissioner who was appointed by the provincial government to observe, monitor and oversee the procurement process, said the request for proposal was “complete and consistent with best procurement policies and free from any apparent bias.”

    According to Grant, the RFP was open to all proponents, not only those that were pre-registered.

    Gale wants unbiased NPC investigation

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The list of people to turn to is short, and getting shorter for Bob Gale in his ongoing push for what he considers a proper investigation of the Niagara Parks Commission.
    As a former commissioner, Gale has spent the last few years crusading for change at the arms-length agency of the provincial government that is responsible for overseeing the parklands and attractions surrounding the Niagara Parkway. It was Gale’s complaints about the untendered lease of the Maid of the Mist boat tour operation in 1998 that started the ball rolling on a number of changes to hit the commission, including the most recent provincial overhaul there.

    City sends Kerrio back to NPC

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Coun. Vince Kerrio is going back to the Niagara Parks Commission, but he wants the right to talk. And his city council colleagues want the provincial government to free him from an oath of confidentiality that limits how much parks business he can fill them in on.

    Kerrio has been the city’s representative on the 12-member Niagara Parks Commission since 2007.

    Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Regional Municipality of Niagara each appoint one person to the board.

    NPC on target for boat tour competition

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The document that will spell out what the Niagara Parks Commission wants from a boat tour provider is on target for release in the next few weeks, says commission general manager John Kernahan.

    “It’s coming along very well. I think we’re going to be on or very close to our target of late July or early August to release the RFP (request for proposals),” Kernahan said.

    But Bill Mocsan, the consultant hired by the provincial government to help guide the parks commission through the process, wouldn’t say when the document will be issued.

    He said Monday telling The Review might allow one bidder to find out sooner than another.

    Eleven companies took part in an April session to find out more about the bidding process, though it doesn’t mean all of them will submit bids when the parks commission issues its request for proposals.

    Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. to Build New Hotel Complex Decision brings new jobs, development and tourists to Niagara Falls

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    From a PRWeb press release:

    Today brings great news for the city of Niagara Falls and the Falls Avenue Entertainment Complex.

    The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has renewed the lease of Casino Niagara at its current location on Falls Avenue. The lease extension is for an additional 15 years, showing the Provincial Government’s confidence in the future of Niagara Falls. This commitment creates stability and certainty on which economic development and job creation can be built.

    “I am excited that we have this opportunity to bring hospitality & tourism jobs into the much needed private sector in Niagara Falls”, DiCienzo said.

    The 300 room 30 floor Hotel with a Falls view will be the first All-Suites Hotel in the Falls Avenue / Clifton Hill area.

    Perhaps the press release left something out, as it jumps from talking about the lease extension to how many rooms the new hotel will have. Other than the title of the press release, the hotel isn’t mentioned beforehand.

    Also, the press release has a short video that is a promo for the Canadian Niagara Hotels property. It’s simple, but nice.

    Fort Erie council endorses speedway proposal

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Fort Erie council unanimously authorized an amendment to its official plan Monday night, essentially endorsing the Canadian Motor Speedway proposal. A bylaw will go before town council next Monday night.

    The issue will also need approval from Niagara Region, and must meet other requirements from the provincial government.

    Close to 60 people took to the podium to voice their support or opposition to the proposal during a town council meeting last night.

    Normally, council meetings are held inside town hall. But with a packed house expected for such a hot-button issue, the larger Leisureplex banquet hall was required.

    Hundreds packed the venue, while 57 people registered to speak.

    The meeting began at 6 p.m. and finished at 12:50 a.m.

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