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Changing Canada’s national anthem

One of the Parliament’s ideas to change Canada’s national anthem to something a little more modern. Of course most of us shoot that idea down, it’s our song and you can’t just change it. Then again the idea is still being taken into consideration by a few.

The idea that may have rose after seeing the cultural closing ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics. But with a collection of Canadian literature, art, and music, creating a collage of the colorful background that is Canada.

The generalization was to make the anthem more gender neutral.

Niagara Falls paintings by Frederic Edwin Church

NG 799This painting, based on a drawing Church made at Niagara in July 1856 and on a sepia photograph touched with colour, was commissioned by the New York art dealer Michael Knoedler in 1866. It may originally have been destined for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, as Church was selected to represent America there. It was bought in 1887 by John S. Kennedy who presented it to his native Scotland. It is the only major example of Church’s work in a European public collection.  The painting is currently on display at the National Gallery of Scotland. more…

Famous Friday – Frank Pietrangelo

pietrangeloName: Frank Pietrangelo
January 24th 1963
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame:
NHL goalie for Pittsburgh Penguins  Stanley Cup Champions in 1991

Each Fridays we will be be profiling  a notable Niagara Falls native.  If you would like to suggest a person to be features in our Famous Friday post, please email us at

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours Wins Court Appeal


The Court of Appeals has ruled in favour of the Whirlpool Jet Boat operator,  setting aside a judgment made by a previous judge.  The ruling allows the boat operator to use the Melville Street Dock for the purposes of (1) docking space for the loading and unloading of passengers as required;  (2) refuelling of boats as permitted by the Applicable law; and (3) overnight docking. Docking space was restricted to a maximum of three boats, though a fourth was allowed to dock if circumstances required. more…

New Chair Of Niagara Parks Commission Nominated

faye bookerMcGuinty Government Nominates Expert In Accounting And Governance

Ontario has nominated business consultant and financial professional, Fay Booker, as the new Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission’s Board of Directors. The selection followed the review and interviews of applicants through an open competitive process.

The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies and approval by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

As the Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, Booker would lead the overall strategic direction of the government agency responsible for preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of current and future visitors while maintaining financial independence. Booker would replace Archie Katzman who has served as interim chair since December 10, 2009. more…

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The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce presents its Lunch n’ Learn; Power Up for Savings demonstration.

Learn how to make your business more eco-friendly and save big bucks on energy salvation, a few tips you may not have known.

CEO of Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. and industry experts.

Thursday March 11, 2010 at The Great Wolf Lodge Resort, 3950 Victoria Ave.

Registration 11:30am-12 noon Lunch

Download pdf

Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery in IMAX

Tomorrow, gold medalist Jon Montgomery from team Canada will be attending the new openning of Extreme, a new IMAX film.

Montgomery won the gold medal in the Olympics for men’s skeleton.


The film is a 45-minute documentary featuring world athletes.

The film is for invitation-only on Thursday, but will be open to the public Friday.

Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in Canada

The Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels in Canada decided by based on comments. The top most being one in Niagara Falls, as well as the 7th. So be careful during your next vacationing stay!

Trip Advisor

Niagara Falls NOT the Honeymoon Capital?

Think of romantic Canadian cities and Niagara Falls likely tops many people’s lists.

Not according to

The online retailer this week declared Saskatoon as Canada’s most romantic community. Even more odd is the fact Niagara Falls didn’t even make the top 20. based the list on an analysis of sales data since Jan. 1, 2010 of romance novels, sex and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs -and Michael Buble CDs.

To be fair, the list is based on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, meaning Niagara Falls wasn’t even eligible. more…

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Rest in Peace Alan N. Dikcis

soldier_mournedSpc. Alan N. Dikcis, 21, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., died March 5 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 630th Engineer Company (Clearance), 7th Engineer Battalion (Combat Effects), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (Airborne), Fort Drum, N.Y.

A Letter To Dalton McGuinty Premier of Ontario


Protect our Parks, an activist blog dedicated to protecting the Parks of Southern Ontario, has published this letter to the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.


March 2, 2010

The Honourable Dalton McGuinty Premier of Ontario

This letter will be emailed and served by Registered Mail

Re: Reasonable Apprehension of Bias in Maid of Mist Lease Negotiations


First, please let me tell you the reason for this whole letter. It is an embarrassment to the people of the Province of Ontario and your Provincial Government to have allowed the present Board of Commissioners and General Manager of the Niagara Parks Commission to still remain in their present positions with what you and the citizens already know.

Second, I fear that if you respond to this letter you will give me a standard explanation that you are forwarding this to Minister Chan, Tourism Minister. To pass the buck again to a new Tourism Minister who has done nothing to improve the credibility of your Government, nor show the people that the process will be fair, is negligence on your behalf. You already know some of the conflicts and dirty inner workings of the Niagara Parks Commission through this ordeal and you choose not to take control and be a leader, but to hope we all go away. That’s not going to happen unless we are assured a fair, unbiased tendering is done that is transparent in its selection.

Here are some of the facts:

1. The Chairman (Jim Williams) and General Manager (John Kernahan) of NPC were involved in a meeting with the CEO of IMAX in fall of 2006 where an option was presented that IMAX will
build a new attraction at Table Rock fully financed by IMAX. This meeting and all information was suppressed from the Niagara Parks Commissioners and never exposed until I was told in May of
2008. In the mean time the NPC borrowed $38 million to renovate Table Rock and build the attraction “Fury” which has been exposed to be a dismal failure.


Giant snow rooster

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This picture of a giant snow rooster was taken just outside of St. Catharines Ontario by@thirteen_31 . more…

Vote to help local Niagara Falls animal shelters

468x120_ShelterChallenge_Jan2010Now you can help The Animal Rescue Site choose which eligible animal rescue organizations will receive up to $100,000 in funds to help animals! Voting is simple: just select your Country and (if U.S. or Canada) State/Province. The contest ends April 18th, 2010  and you can cast one vote every day for your favorite rescue organization.


Memo: Code of Conduct for the Commissioners and Sr Staff

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Code of Conduct for the Commissioners and Senior Staff
January 20th, 2010
Memo to: Commissioners & Senior Staff
From: Howard Grant, Fairness Commissioner
PPI Consulting Limited
Re: Restrictions on Lobbying Activities related to the Request for Proposals for Tour Boat Services

I have been hired by the Ministry of Tourism to assist the Niagara Parks Commission with the competitive process for tour boat services. In my role as Fairness Commissioner, I will provide oversight and process advice to ensure fairness throughout the competitive process.

The Niagara Parks Commission has established a Project Team comprised of John Kernahan, Nick Murphy and Joel Noden for the planning, design and advancement of this initiative. From time to time, others in the Commission may also be requested to contribute their expertise to the initiative. more…

Famous Friday – James Cameron

james-cameron-oscarName: James Cameron
August 16, 1954
Place of Birth: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame: Academy Award winning director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and inventor.  His films Titanic and Avatar are the highest grossing films of all time ($5 billion).

James Cameron grew up in Chippawa Ontario, a municipality of Niagara Falls, and attended Stamford Collegiate Secondary School in Niagara Falls Canada.

His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2 (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). He is also a co-developer of the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System, a precursor to his invention of the now popular Blu-ray Disc format. His most recent film Avatar is up for 9 Academy Award this Sunday March 7th 2010. more…

Twitter Hits 10 Billionth Tweet

10 billion tweetsIts official.  Just a few hours ago, Twitter reached its 10,000,000,000th tweet.  The official tweet was “DON’T U EVER” by SheSz_FUcINgBAD.   Not very profound is it?

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American vs Canadian Falls

ABC Good Morning America 2008 comparison between the economies of the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls.

How much have things changed since?

Dining in the dark too “out there” for Niagara Falls

It’s hard to imagine Toronto’s new-ish “dine in the dark” trend taking off in Niagara Falls, but it was also hard to believe how much buzz there is about it already here in Niagara.

O. Noir opened last summer in the Centre of the Universe, following others in Montreal and New York and a growing trend of European restaurants that serve their guests in a pitch black room, according to the restaurant’s website. more…

Bowl for Kids Sake

Big Brothers BowlingThe Big Brothers Big Sisters company participated in their annual bowling event, that helps raise costs for Kids Sake.

Last year the group raised $65,000 for the Niagara Falls agency, this year their target was $70,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is like what some of you already know, an organization to help bring young generations of boys and girls to be partnered up with a volunteer brother or sister, to show those who are less fortunate of having siblings, an experience of companionship.

Bowl for Kids Sake is a fundraiser started by Tim Hortons.

This year, the final tally was a short coming of only $60,000.

The UFC coming to Ontario?


Step right up. Buy your tickets to the Brawls by the Falls. Grown men kicking, scratching and biting each other in a no-holds- barred fight that comes as close to gladiatorial combat as modern society allows.

The Toronto Sun reported this week there’s a battle brewing at Queen’s Park over whether Ontario should legalize mixed martial arts, a move that would clear the way for the Ultimate Fighting Championship league to hold events in this province. If Ontario were to allow UFC matches, Niagara Falls would be a natural host.

For the uninitiated, mixed martial arts is a type of fighting that pits two men against each other inside a cage in an anything- goes scrap that’s only a tiny step up from a prison yard brawl.

But UFC, which is allowed in Quebec and New York State, is wildly popular.

So popular, on a Saturday night, some Niagara Falls bars turn all their TVs away from Hockey Night in Canada to show pay-per-view UFC fights instead.

The issue has entered the political arena, pitting Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty against Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, who hails from Niagara region. more…