Contract talks between the Niagara Parks Commission and the union representing its employees have broken down, with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 217 calling for a strike vote early in the new year. OPSEU Local 217, which represents roughly 600 full-time and seasonal NPC employees, has been without a contract since Oct. 31, 2009.
A statement issued by staff representative and OPSEU negotiator Pati Habermann last Friday said the Parks Commission had tabled concession demands and filed for conciliation. The union announced it would hold a strike vote in early January. “Despite the best attempts of the bargaining team, the employer has refused to entertain any substantial union proposals. Citing ‘philosophical differences,’ the employer will not respond to issues such as job security, scheduling, seniority and hours of work, issues identified as being top priorities for employees,” Habermann said. “The employer’s position so far is to table concessions in layoff language, benefits scheduling, leaves and an attempt to introduce a two-tier wage system for seasonal members.” more…
First of all, congratulations to Niagara Parks Commissioners for voting in favour of opening their meetings to the public and the media. Quite a novel idea for public lands, we guess.
Vince Kerrio made the motion that was supported by his colleagues. This was the right thing to do and should have been done a long time ago. This newspaper has been calling for this type of openness and transparency for years.
But Kerrio’s rationale for calling the vote – because he felt he (and fellow commissioners) have been unjustly criticized lately -is curious, to say the least.
Niagara Falls USA is giving away a monthly prize pack of approximately $250. To win, all you have to do is to show that you are #1 by promoting yourself and Niagara Falls USA through online social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, Digg, Delicious, etc. The winner will be chosen based on both quality, quantity, and creativity.
Current Prize: Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel – 1 Night Stay – has the very latest slot machines, most popular table games, poker, and world-class dining and entertainment.
Tuscana Ristorante – $25 dinner gift certificate – Italian Style Dining for Adults and Families
The film was taken on the American side of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls New York, USA. The date of the footage is believed to be December 12, 1896. The copyright was owned by Thomas A. Edison and published by Edison Manufacturing Company which made over 1,000 of such films in that era.
The actual film reel can be seen at the Library of Congress.
The Stanley Cup will make a short Journey from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to Niagara Falls Ontario. You will be able to view and take pictures of the cup at the Rink at the Brink from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on December 19th, 2009. Admission is $5.75 for adults and $4.20 for children.
Niagara Falls offers a very unique backdrop for filmmakers. Which of these is your favorite movie featuring Niagara Falls? (A special movie offer available at the end of this post)
A twisted honeymoon road trip about a young couple on their way to Niagara Falls. Silas Parker is a moody petty-thief. He marries his parole officer’s niece, believing that he can use the romantic honeymoon to escape to Canada. Camille Foster is the sweetest girl you can ever hope to meet. She truly believes that Niagara Falls will change Silas for the better and won’t let anything stop the honeymoon, not even her death.
Superman 2 (1980)
Terrorists have taken over the Eiffel Tower, and threaten to blow it up with a hydrogen bomb. Once again, Superman is there and saves Paris by throwing the bomb into outer space. Unfortunately, the explosion releases the three bad guys imprisoned in the first Superman movie. They then move in on Earth, taking it over, but little do they know who they will have to defeat.
Receiving emails from Nigerian Princesses promising a percentage of a large sum of money is nothing new, but just recently eTours was directly targeted with a tailor-made scam centered around their Niagara Falls tour.
The scam involved booking a Niagara Falls tour for a small group but instead of charging the regular price the person wanted to be charged more. More? Yes because there were other costs that his agent would have to incur. He did not have access to his bank and money wiring services since he worked on an Oil Rig and it wold make it easier if he could be charged once for everything. After the initial email below the person wanted eTours to charge $3,000 on his card, deduct the Niagara Falls Tour portion and transfer the difference to another bank account… “his agent”.
Santa arriving in a helicopter, polish kolendy, wine tasting, parade, horse drawn carriage rides, and rock & roll. These are just a few events planned for December 2009. Be sure to check out these and future events on Niagara USA‘s comprehensive event listing.
Dates: Now – Dec 20th, 2009 The NACC’s Exhibits
Garden Gallery showcasing local artists; Main Gallery – The NACC Artists and Friends Exhibit 2009.
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls.
(716) 282-7530 www.thenacc.org
Dates: Dec 4th, 2009 Newfane’s Holiday Light and Parade (5pm)
Get into the spirit of the season at Newfane’s Holiday Light Up and Parade. The parade will start at 5:30pm on Main Street. Santa will be brought in by a horse drawn wagon, along with fire trucks and other floats adorned in lights and holiday colors to complete the parade. Free hot chocolate, spiced cider and cookies for everyone will be at the gazebo. There will be a Holiday Candy Cane Craft Show & Cafe at the United Methodist Church starting at 4pm.
Main Street, Newfane. (716) 778-5273. www.NewfaneBusiness.com
Dates: Dec 4th, 2009 Newfane’s Holiday Light Up & Parade (5:30pm – 8pm)
A lit parade brings Santa Claus in a horse drawn wagon down Main Street. Listen to carolers and musicians at the gazebo while you enjoy a steaming cup of cider or hot chocolate. Work on your holiday shopping by stopping into one of our local shops.
2714 Main Street Newfane www.newfanebusiness.com