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In Memory of Henry Muller

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From HoudiniMuseum.org

Henry Muller, cofounder of the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, a public museum and tourist attraction operated in Niagara Falls, Canada, from 1968 to 1995, died on Feb. 28 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 86 years old.

Here’s Henry’s official obituary, reproduced from YourLifeMoments…

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In Focus: Niagara Falls Area, Ontario, Canada

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From HospitalityNet:

The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. The natural wonder of Niagara Falls, which is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, is a major tourist attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, attracting 12 million visitors every year. Combined, the three falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.

10 Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls

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From Yahoo! Voices:

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world is the Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls. These three waterfalls have been a popular tourist attraction since the 18th century.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the famous tourist attraction:

Marineland ordered to stop burying animals on-site

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From the Toronto Star:

The Ontario government has ordered Marineland to stop burying dead animals on its grounds immediately.

The Ministry of the Environment gave the Niagara Falls tourist attraction a strict timetable to carry out a series of orders, which includes a comprehensive assessment by an environment firm of the entire park and interviews with current and former employees who have knowledge of the grave sites.

Marineland: Environment ministry launches probe into mass animal graves

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The Marineland story keeps going on and on. Over the holidays, the Ministry of the Environment investigated the mass animal graves that Marineland has on their property. I’ve heard about these before, but this is the first time I’ve seen mention of them in mainstream media.

From the Toronto Star:

The provincial Environment Ministry is poised this week for a sweeping inspection of Marineland’s mass graves of animals — graves it had no idea existed because the park has no permits.

The Niagara Falls tourist attraction has dug pits for decades to dispose of its animals, using heavy machinery to cover them up, according to former staffers.

There are four mass graves, two of them containing “more than 1,000 animals,” said Marineland’s former land animal supervisor Jim Hammond.

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Marineland stormed by protesters

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Sounds there was quite a bit of excitement at Marineland on Sunday!

From the Toronto Star:

The last day of Marineland’s operating season drew hundreds of protesters outside the Niagara tourist attraction’s gates on Sunday and escalated when about 150 people stormed inside, yelling “shut it down.”

Organizers said they hadn’t planned to enter the park but set up a demonstration outside in hopes of keeping attention on sea mammal captivity in Canada, even after Marineland shuts down for the winter. The protest, which appeared to draw a crowd of at least 500 at its peak, follows a Star investigation that reported accounts by former trainers who blamed poor water quality and short-staffing for animal sickness and death.

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Documentary star urges Ontario to strengthen protection laws for captive animals

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From the Guelph Mercury:

The star of an Academy Award-winning documentary on dolphin abuse is urging Ontario to enact laws to protect captive animals, including those at Marineland.

Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer turned animal activist, is lending his support to Zoocheck Canada and former park employees who allege animals at the Niagara Falls tourist attraction aren’t properly cared for.

Asked how it measured up to other parks he has seen outside Canada, O’Barry, who has not visited Marineland since the 1990s, responded: “Relative to progressive countries, very civilized countries, yeah, Marineland is the worst by far.”

Have you seen The Cove? It is a fascinating movie!

Doors open on flipped house

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

In your face, gravity. The Upside Down House is now open.

It defies logic and might turn some stomachs, but the 1,200-square-foot house sitting on its roof near Clifton Hill has opened its doors.

Business partners Marek Cyran and Adam Nielbvowicz came up with the concept after seeing a similar tourist attraction in their native Poland.

Construction started in the winter and it took about six months to build the house, which is located on Oneida Lane just off of Clifton Hill.

It opened July 1 and Nielbvowicz said business has been steady.

Leave it to TV to rob falls act of its suspense

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From the Buffalo News:

Remember all of those rooms Niagara Falls hotels expected to book for Nik Wallenda’s dramatic tightrope walk?

If they really want to protect the tourist attraction’s brand, they should offer full refunds to anyone who cancels after finding out the death-defying feat they thought they were coming to see will be nothing of the sort.

In fact, any marketing of Wallenda’s June 15 stroll that doesn’t include “tethered” before every mention of his name will constitute the biggest fraud since Anonymous.

For those who forget, the public was duped that time into believing the bestselling “Primary Colors” was written by a Clinton White House insider, instead of by a Newsweek columnist.

This time, the public was duped into believing Wallenda would risk all in his walk across the falls in a Friday night special that ABC will stretch into three hours of ads and promos.

Now it turns out that Wallenda will risk no such thing. Instead, he’ll wear a safety harness tethered to the wire so that he couldn’t fall if he wanted to.

Which means the stunt now should elicit a shrug and the obvious question: What’s the point?

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