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The Dictator, a Movie inspired by a novel by Saddam Hussein

The Dictator, inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.

Due out May 11, 2012, the movie tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

The Dictator will star: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto Airport

Waiting at an airport for a flight is probably the worst part of your vacation.  The few hours seem like days and it sometimes feels like torture.  Well, a Toronto airport (YYZ) stop over does not have to be so bad. eTours offers a Niagara Falls tour with pick-up and return from Toronto airport. Its a very viable alternative to wasting your precious hard earned vacation time, especially if you have never seen Niagara Falls.  The tours cost $95 plus tax and depart daily from Toronto Airport at 8:00 am.

Famous Friday: Kevin Bieksa

Number: 3
Shoots: Right
Born: 16 Jun 1981 (Age 29)
Birthplace: Grimsby, ON, Canada

Claim to Fame: Kevin Bieksa is a defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks.  The Vancouver Canucks are currently in the Stanley Cup finals battling the Boston Bruins.  Kevin was drafted by the Canucks in 2001 and has played for the team the past 6 seasons. We wish Kevin the best of luck!

Big Becky Drills Through Niagara Falls (video)


Big Becky, the worlds largest hard rock TBM (14.4m) breaks through into the grout tunnel in Niagara Falls, Canada. Becky has 290m left to tunnel before completing the mining stage of the Niagara Tunnel Project, which will supply water to the Sir Adam Beck Power Station.

The History of the Toilet

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre will flush convention down the toilet with this new exhibit.

Sitting Pretty, a traveling exhibit produced by the Guelph Museums, lets visitors get a handle on toilet lore with an interactive quiz, the history of outhouses – complete with an audio program of outhouse stories, and sections about toilet paper, chamber pots, the flush toilet and the public washroom.

Highlights include a collection of chamberpots, one with a silencer, a reconstructed outhouse and an actual flushing toilet.

The Museum will also be displaying a selection of items relating to toilets, from its own collection.

Where: St. Catharines Museum, 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy, St. Catharines

Tel: 905.984.8880 or 1-800-305-5134

When: May 21 to Aug. 28, 2011

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Selling Prices of Niagara Falls Hotels

In 2010 there were 9 major hotel sales totaling $166.9 million. The highest selling price was the Marriott Fallsview, which sold for $76.4 million.  But that wasn’t the most expensive.  The Riverbend Inn & Vineyard, with only 21 rooms, sold for $4.75 million which equals $198,809 per room.

Hotel Selling Price Rooms Price per Room
Marriott Fallsview Hotel $76,400,000 432 $176,852
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel  & Conference Centre $70,000,000 407 $171,990
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre $7,500,000 144 $52,083
Riverbend Inn & Vineyard $4,175,000 21 $198,810
Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls $2,500,000 202 $12,376
Carriage House Motor Lodge $2,500,000 122 $20,492
Fairway Motor Inn $1,505,000 49 $30,714
Regency Motor Hotel $1,200,000 23 $52,174
Niagara Inn $1,120,000 40 $28,000

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Free Breakfast from Subway May 31st, 2011

Subway Canada is offering Free Breakfast on May 31, 2011 from 7 am – 10 am at participating restaurants across Canada. The offer is a free ham and cheese egg muffin melt and a 12 oz. Seattle’s Best coffee! No coupon necessary.

Call your local Niagara Subway  to double check if they are participating:

5846 Drumond Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2G 4L5
905-371-2222
4025 Dorchester Rd
Unit 15
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6N1
905-357-0022
Local Web Page
5765 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3L6
905-357-2111
7906 Lundys Ln
Cataract Bowl/Subway
Niagara Falls ON L2H 1H3
905-358-1501
3643 Portage Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2J 2K8
905-354-7511
13210 Lundy’s Lane
Danny’s Esso
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6S4
905-227-1901
7555 Montrose Rd
Niagara Square
Niagara Falls ON L2H 2E9
905-358-9836
Fallsview Blvd.
Unit 204 Niagara Fallsview Cas
Niagara Falls ON L2G 7X5
905-354-1375
6940 Morrison St
Home Depot #7174
Niagara Falls ON L2E 7K5
905-357-0478
8044 Portage Road
Niagara Falls ON L2G 5Z1
905-295-9021
Local Web Page

5175 Victoria Ave
Unit 203 Victoria Plaza
Niagara Falls ON L2E 4E4
905 354-6199
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5o% off Tickets to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre.

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Only a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, levitate a tiger, or vanish a Celine Dion. Enjoy illusions of grandeur with today’s deal to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from three options:

  • For $27, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission (a $54.98 value).
  • For $24, you get one platinum Level 2 section adult’s admission (a $49.98 value).
  • For $19, you get one gold Level 3 and 4 section adult’s admission (a $39.98 value)

Greg Frewin’s list of accomplishments—which includes winning numerous awards and playing to international audiences—is so lengthy even he would have trouble making it disappear. Greg makes jaws drop and heads scratch with a fast-paced, Vegas-style magical review. The sleek, lavender-hued theatre seats more than 600 patrons for a family friendly show that features unreal illusions and exotic animals, including Greg’s pet tigers, Boomer, Cashmere, and Shimira. As the curtain goes down, show-goers will leave the auditorium delighted by dexterous sleights-of-hand, which, like the actual spelling of Saskatchewan, will remain forever a mystery.

 

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Niagara Parks Commission admits to using Agent Orange

Tim Parent, 610 CKTB News

The Niagara Parks Commission has confirmed it used a herbicide associated with Agent Orange to kill poison ivy on all of its lands.

Robert McIlveen, interim general manager of the NPC, admitted at a commissioners meeting today it used 2,4,5,-T up until 1974.

The NPC intends to hand over all of its records pertaining to the use of the herbicide to the government panel investigating its use in the province.

McIlveen added, the NPC is concerned about the effect the herbicide may have had on former parks employees and the public at large

The NPC has released a statement about the use of 2,4,5,-T.  It can be found here

The province has admitted, the former Ontario Hydro used Agent Orange back in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s to clear land along power line corridors across Ontario.

In March, Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati called on city staff to look in to the use of the herbicide by the province in the Falls area. Speaking to 610 CKTB News, Diodati calls the news unsettling but doesn’t want there to be a knee-jerk reaction to it.  What we need now, he says, is more information from the NPC.

Agent Orange was used heavily by the Americans during the Vietnam war to clear away dense jungle foliage and expose the Vietcong. Its use has been linked to several types of cancers, Parkinson’s disease and other health problems. more…

East Meets West in Niagara Falls

Alex (Vancouver) and Max (Montreal) live on both ends of the country, East coast and West coast. They film their daily lives and upload a video every weekend. Not only so they can keep in touch with each other but also for the youtubers.  Watch the videos of their visit to Niagara Falls.

$25 for $50 Worth of Goods at the Running Room

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Long-distance runners often begin training out of concern for their health, but many continue to run their whole lives if the neighborhood wolf pack doesn’t stop chasing them. Equip yourself for extreme mileage with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of shoes, apparel, and accessories at Running Room in St. Catharines.

A vast emporium of running apparel, accessories, and shoes, Running Room’s aisles are patrolled by experienced runners who know how best to advise toddling newcomers and svelte speedsters alike. As well as stocking many popular brands of shoes, the Running Room sells their own fit-wear and accessories, which mix style and utility into a patented stewtility gumbo. Feel free to drape the body’s upper crust in tops like the unisex team long sleeve ($19.99) and short sleeve ($9.99). Meanwhile, lower halves stifled after a day of modeling childhood wetsuits can breathe easier thanks to the feminine-friendly cool down skort ($49.99) and the made-for-males cooling shorts ($49.99). Thorlos supportive socks ($16.99) keep hands warm on brisk morning runs, and convertible gloves ($49.99) keep even the longest toes comfortable. Stylish, sturdy shoes from Nike, Asics, Saucony, New Balance, and more ($119.99–$199.99).

Niagara Food & Wine Expo Contest

Follow this link to the official contest page:

http://www.niagarablog.com/niagara-food-wine-expo-ticket-giveaway-contest/

 

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TVO’s the Agenda is Coming to Niagara

NIAGARA, HELP SET THE AGENDA FOR THE ONTARIO ELECTION

  • TVO and The Agenda with Steve Paikin visit Niagara May 15 and 16 for the Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour
  • TVO seeks public participation for the AgendaCamp public workshop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Sunday May 15. Registration for this free event open now at yourvote2011.ca
  • Live, on-location broadcast from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, Monday May 16 at 8 pm

The Agenda TVO

TVO and its flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will be in Niagara May 15 and 16 during the Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour to hear from citizens of the region what they think the should be the focus of the Ontario provincial election in the Fall . The two-day visit includes the AgendaCamp public workshop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Sunday May 15 which will inform the live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin the following night at 8 pm, also at the community centre. more…

Tourism from US to Canada down 8.9%

The Canadian Tourism Commission has released February 2011 statistics on overnight visits to Canada from abroad, and they don’t look good.  Overall, arrivals fell 4.1% as compared to 2010.  The most notable decline was visitors from the US (down 8.9%) and Germany (down 26%).  Should we panic?

Kevin Pillai, president of King Charter says “We have not noticed the decline.  The number of tourists traveling to Toronto and Niagara Falls has been relatively steady”.  In fact King Charter, a bus charter company servicing the Toronto and Niagara Falls area, expects a double digit increase in tourist this summer once the weather improves.   There is reason for this optimism.  After all,  last year Canada hosted the Olympics which saw many people visit BC.  Comparing February 2011 to February 2010 is not fair.

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Niagara Food & Wine Expo Ticket Giveaway Contest

Come celebrate with us the finest in international food, beer, and wine at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. Visitors can sample the signature dishes prepared by their favourite Niagara Region Chefs, and discover the perfect bottle of Riesling from one of the neighbouring wineries. This is Niagara’s largest international tasting event!

Where: The  Expo will be held at the newly constructed, state-of-the-art, environmentally designed Scotiabank Convention Centre. Situated in the internationally renowned destination of Niagara Falls, this cutting edge facility is the first of its kind in Ontario and provides a stunning backdrop for this world-class event.

When: May 27 to 29, 2011

General admission tickets are $12.  But we are giving them away for FREE! Want a ticket?  Here is what you have to do:

1. Visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca

2. Comment on this post and tell us which restaurant or winery you are most excited about visiting at the Expo.

3. Want an extra entry? Retweet this on Twitter ” I want to go to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo @NFWE #NFWE http://bit.ly/lvdKNv ”

We’ll be announcing winners throughout the duration of the Contest.  The contest ends May 17th 2011.

The winners of the Niagara Food & Wine Expo ticket giveaway are:

Dave S, Jenny C, Jennie N.

2 of the winners won by posting a comment on this page and 1 won by tweeting about it on Twitter.

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Maid of the Mist 2011 schedule

Maid of the Mist 2011

The Maid of the Mist is scheduled to start the 2011 season on May 4th, 2011.

Maid of the Mist Hours of Operation

Weekdays: 9:45 am to 4:45 pm

Weekends: 9:45 am to 5:45 pm

Times may change on holidays.

 

 

 

Flying over Niagara Falls in a Helicopter


Home video taken of the Niagara Falls helicopter tour. The tour flies over the majestic Falls of Niagara, Historical landmarks and Niagara’s renowned wine country in a way unimaginable from the ground. This particular tour is done by Niagara Helicopters which is located just a few minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake town center.  If you are from Toronto and wish to take the helicopter tour there are many tour companies offering this helicopter tours as a package.  Check out eTours.to, NiagaraTours.ca and TorontoTours.ca.  All these tour companies have the Heli Tour option.

$0.31 Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Day

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Baskin Robbins will host its third annual 31¢ Scoop Night in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). The national, charitable event invites the public to enjoy a scoop of their favourite ice cream or Soft Serve, in a cup or cone, for only 31¢. Donations will also be accepted in-store. To learn more, visit www.baskinrobbins.ca/cfff

Niagara Falls Baskin Robbins Locations: more…

Weekend Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory

Easter Weekend at Niagara Parks Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory
April 22 – 25, 2011

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to announce a fun new Easter Egg

Niagara Parks Butterfly ConservatoryNiagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory 

Hunt for families over the long weekend April 22 – 25, 2011. This event includes a word-scramble activity where children will look for letters hidden throughout the Conservatory to spell a secret phrase for a chance to win a grand prize gift basket donated by Pop & Lolly’s Candy Shop. Thanks to generous donations from Nestle, Mars and Hershey, each child will also receive one complimentary treat  (while supplies last) after their visit.

Families are encouraged to download and print a special Niagara Parks colouring page in advance of their visit and NPC staff will be pleased to post the artwork on site.

The fully accessible Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the world-renowned Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture, 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) north of the Falls at 2565 Niagara Parkway. Admission is $12.25 for adults (ages 13+), $7.95 for children (6 – 12 years), and children five and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn. plus tax). Parking is free.

The Butterfly Conservatory will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday – Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Easter Monday, with the last visitors admitted 30 minutes before closing. Please call (905) 356-8119 for details.


 

Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Another Niagara Easter tradition for over 60 years is a visit to the Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.

Take in the beautiful colourful and fragrant spring flowers and see real chicks and bunnies! Admission to this year-round attraction is free! more…

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Tourism tug of war

Welcome to the bumpy ride that is regional tourism.

A new body meant to co-ordinate provincial tourism funding for all of Niagara is just getting off the ground. But the fledgling Regional Tourism Organization has already stumbled into a controversy over an untendered marketing contract.

Meanwhile, the much-maligned Niagara Economic Development Corp., the regional government-funded agency that runs a separate Tourism Niagara website, is paralyzed by a political debate over its future.

When the dust settles, Niagara is supposed to have a co-operative, industry-led organization designed to cut through the clutter of competing marketing efforts and help co-ordinate an effective, regional tourism strategy.

But right now, some industry members feel “it’s hard to do our job,” said Susan Morin, community economic development manager for Venture Niagara.

Tourism marketing is still happening, of course. St. Catharines is still promoting the Garden City; Niagara Falls is still a well-oiled marketing machine. Regional co-ordination, however, isn’t as visible.

“It’s tough, trying to understand who is the leader here, who is doing what right at this moment,” said Morin, who is helping organize a meeting next week for concerned tourism industry members. “With all the changes, it’s a little bit like the perfect storm.”

Morin, who is also involved with Tourisme Franco-Niagara, said businesses at the April 6 session will talk about ways to replace a tourism marketing committee formerly run by NEDC.

Those brainstorming committee meetings disappeared following regional council’s recent decision to lop off the tourism arm of the economic development agency. Other agency tourism services no longer receiving regional cash include marketing literature for cycling tourism, the Welland Canal recreational trail and a winter and wine campaign, according to interim NEDC head Alan Teichroeb.

Regional councillors re asoned the new Regional Tourism Organization would be coordinating regional marketing efforts from now on. But it’s unclear what will happen to the remaining NEDC services, like the regional tourism website and the Gateway Niagara information centre.

“Some people think with the (Regional Tourism Organization), the calvary is coming,” Morin said. “But whether it is or not, we can’t afford to wait.”

Morin said if the meeting goes well, attending businesses could form a “tourism network” to help plug the gap left by the exit of the regional agency.

But there are more holes to fill, Grimsby and District Chamber of Commerce president John Dunstall said. more…