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    End of summer brings protesters back to Marineland

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    No sooner does Brenda Manning start talking about the scorn she’s endured as a Marineland protester over the years than a woman exits her vehicle, glares at her and proceeds to tell her she should “fight for human lives” instead.

    Manning offers a smirk, then points out the woman left a child alone in the car.

    For Manning, who has been protesting Marineland since the early ’90s, another day in front of the Niagara Falls theme park means another day of insults from random strangers.

    “It kind of makes you lose faith in humanity when people throw things at you,” said the St. Catharines activist. “They’ve thrown packs of ketchup, I’ve been hit by a tomato … it just makes me stronger. I feel sorry for those people.”

    Marineland mourning death of walrus

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

    The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

    In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

    Disney reportedly considered Falls park

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Walt Disney considered putting his second theme park in Niagara Falls.

    The Niagara News reports that when Walt Disney was exploring locations for a second “Disneyland” after the success of his park in California, he considered Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    Animal activist calls Marineland lawsuit ‘frivolous’

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    From Niagara This Week:

    An animal rights activist who filed a complaint with Niagara Regional Police after a confrontation with Marineland owner John Holer has dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by the park.

    “Their Statement of Claim is frivolous and has almost nothing to do with me, personally,” Mike Garrett said after he was served with court documents informing him the 52-year-old theme park is seeking $1.5 million — general damages of $1 million and punitive damages of $500,000. “In their claim, Marineland makes numerous absurd and false allegations about myself.”

    Ontario SPCA clears Marineland, park says

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    From Canoe News:

    The Ontario SPCA has found no evidence of animal abuse at Marineland and no charges have been laid, according to a statement released by the marine-animal theme park Friday.

    Marineland issued a one-page summary reacting to what it says were the findings in an OSPCA report.

    Marineland launches another suit

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    From Sun News:

    Marineland has filed its second lawsuit in less than a month.

    This time the marine-animal theme park is taking aim at Marineland Animal Defense founder Dylan Powell.

    The statement of claim was filed at the St. Catharines courthouse Friday afternoon.

    It asks for a permanent restraint from Powell and his company from trespassing on Marineland’s property, the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre’s property, Marineland owner John Holer’s property, Marineland veterinarian June Mergl’s property and any residence or private property owned by a Marineland employee.

    It also says Powell can’t protest within 500 metres of any of those properties.

    In addition, Powell is being sued for $1.5 million for general damages.

    Critics question Marineland probe

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Animal-rights activists are questioning what could and could not have been investigated at Marineland by one of the agencies that oversees the care of animals in captivity.

    Critics, who weighed in on social media sites, have been left scratching their heads after an official with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said animals documented to be under the care of a veterinarian were exempt from an August investigation of the Niagara Falls theme park.

    The OSPCA is bound by provincial legislation stating the agency has no authority to investigate how a veterinarian is caring for an animal.

    Marineland to remain on CAZA radar

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation committee has stopped short of giving Marineland a clean bill of health.

    A report on findings from an inspection at the Niagara Falls theme park was released Wednesday afternoon. While inspectors who were at the Portage Road park found water quality and staffing to be adequate the day of the August 23 inspection, an inspection of water quality logs did find problems that CAZA wants addressed.

    “Detailed examination of water quality logs and animal health records as well as interviews with some ex-employees, however, raise questions about how effectively the water quality systems in the three pools (stadium, arena and sea lion) are working,” the report said.

    Canadian park sues SeaWorld to keep killer whale

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    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    The Canadian theme park Marineland has sued SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in U.S. court, in the latest chapter of an international custody battle over a killer whale.

    In its lawsuit, filed last week in Orlando, Marineland asks a federal court judge to issue an injunction that would prevent SeaWorld from retaking possession of an 8-year-old killer whale that SeaWorld loaned to Marineland five years ago.

    Marineland says SeaWorld executives repeatedly assured it that the loan would extend for so long as Marineland was able to care for the whale, which is named “Ikaika” but nicknamed “Ike.” The park, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, also says the purpose of the loan was to allow Ikaika to breed with Marineland’s only other killer whale, a female named Kiska, and that Ikaika became capable of mating only late last year.

    Marineland suggests that SeaWorld wants to end the agreement now because one of its few other breeding-age males — a 12-year-old killer whale named Sumar — died last year at SeaWorld San Diego.

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    A few Niagara-related items in the Summer 2010 CAA magazine

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    The other day I received the latest CAA magazine. I’m in the Niagara Region, so there are always local things highlighted in the magazine. I noticed these 3 things in particular. I’m not sure which (if any) of them might have been in other regional editions of the magazine:

    1. The small “Coaster Craving” article doesn’t mention Dragon Mountain at Marineland, but does mention Sky Screamer
    2. I thought the ad for the Fallsview Cascade was interesting, as it doesn’t show the hotel at all.
    3. Thundering Waters is mentioned in the Grip It and Rip It blurb

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