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Audio of Canadian couple interrogated at US-Canada border

This is actual audio of a Canadian couple being interrogated at the United States/Canada borer. The couple was on their way to Niagara Falls outlet mall.  At the end of the audio the couple was arrested and thrown in jail.

Were the US border patrol just?  What is your opinion?

Famous Friday – Nikola Tesla
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Name: Nikola Tesla
Birth Date: 10 July 1856
Place of Birth: Smiljan, Croatia
Claim to Fame: His contribution to commercial electricity and the second industrial revolution was so great, that a monument was erected in his honour on both sides of the border.
He is is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism.  The standard of measurement in electromagnetism is known as a T (tesla).  For example, the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field at the equator is:   31 µT (3.1×10−5 T)
Each Fridays we will be be profiling a notable Niagara Falls native. If you would like to sponsor our Famous Friday post or suggest a person to be featured, please email us at niagarablog2010@gmail.com
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Funny things happen at Niagara Falls!

“Funny things happen at Niagara Falls!” This was the tag line of the 1941 movie “Niagara Falls” staring Marjorie Woodworth, Tom Brown, Zasu Pitts, and Slim Summerville. more…

Niagara Falls Gumball 3000

Gumball 3000 is a exotic car rally from London to New York. On May 7th they stopped at the  Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls Canada.

Video of Niagara Falls with Full Rainbow

Niagara Falls video showing a full rainbow.

Rivers Seen From Space

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Though a satellite’s view of a vertical feature on Earth may not be the most flattering angle, this image of Niagara Falls is impressive. The Niagara River drops nearly 170 feet to form one of the world’s largest waterfall, shown above in an image taken by GeoEye’s Ikonos satellite in August 2004. More than 1.7 million gallons of water runs over the edge every second, constantly eating away at the rock below and pushing it back as much as 20 feet in a year. more…

Famous Friday – Sir Casimir S. Gzowski

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Name: Sir Kazimierz Stanislaus Gzowski
Birth Date: March 5, 1813
Place of Birth: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Claim to Fame: First chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission (1885-93) Gzowski was born in Russia of Polish parents. Forced to emigrate, following participation in the Polish Rising of 1830, he came to Canada in 1841. An exceptionally able engineer, he first served as a government construction superintendent. He later organized a company which built the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Sarnia, 1853-7, and the International Bridge across the Niagara River at Fort Erie in 1873. He was a founder of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887. A colonel in the Canadian militia, he was appointed Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 1879 and knighted in 1890. Gzowski served as Administrator of Ontario 1896-97. more…

Spring break road trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls New York

Sarah Takacs and her friend took a road trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls for Spring Break.  This was the first time any of them saw Niagara Falls in the winter.

Sarah tells us, “At times, we could feel the mist, and, while standing on a bridge, we were amazed at how fast the water flowed over the rocks below us. The best part of the trip, in my opinion, was getting to see the Falls lit up in many different colors at night.”

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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…

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…

Fishing at Niagara Falls video

Fishing for Steelhead right next to Niagara Falls.

Want to bid on Operating the Maid of the Mist?

motmThe Niagara Parks Commission has released details of how they intend to proceed with opening up the Maid of the Mist (Niagara Falls Boat Tour) operations bid process.  Bidders will be able to submit their proposals this spring on merx.com.  If you are interested in bidding you should preregister for a information session here.

A copy of the official Niagara Parks Commission press release is available following this jump.

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Famous Friday – Jay Triano

Name: Jay Triano
Date:
September 21, 1958
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame:
head coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors

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Born in Niagara Falls Ontario, Jay Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he served as an assistant coach to Lenny Wilkens during the 2002-03 season.

A native of Niagara Falls, Triano was the head coach of the Canadian men’s national team from 1998-2004 posting a 52-42 (.553) record. He led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and to a 5-2 record, second best to the United States, in the 2000 Olympics.

In addition to his duties with Canada Basketball, Triano worked six years as a radio analyst and director of community relations for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He moved to Toronto from Vancouver in 2001 to work as a basketball analyst for TSN.

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Rink at the Brink has Competition

skateIn November 2009 the Rink at the Brink opened up in Niagara Falls Canada, in hopes of being a ‘must see’ winter attraction similar to the Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the Rockefeller Center in New York. The attraction became a little disappointing when we learned that due to the mist from the falls, it needed to be covered up by a white roof and enclosed in plexiglas.

Niagara Falls, New York, hopes that their idea is better.  Construction of an ice rink DeVeaux Woods State Park,  just a little further from the falls, just finished.  Because the rink is far enough from the falls there is no need for a roof and enclosure.  Hopefully skating at the rink becomes an annual tradition for residences and visitors to Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls slips to 5th in Monopoly Voting

mr_monopoly_largeI won’t argue that Cornwall has a magnificent water tower; that Beauceville has delicious poutine; and I’m sure Kenora (formally named Rat Portage) is actually very nice; but is it possible that these cities will be added to Monopoly Canadian Edition instead of Niagara Falls?

When we first posted about the vote, Niagara Falls moved to second place behind Banff, and was positioned to take one of the two available spots. There are only 22 days left to spread the word to all your friends to nominate Niagara Falls.  Spread the word with Facebook and Twitter!

To vote enter “Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA” in the nominate box on this page: www.monopolyvote.ca/en_CA/world (note: Firefox may not work properly)

Niagara Falls Educational Video

An 18 minute video by Travel Video StoreThe video has fantastic Niagara Falls footage and is very educational. The Travel Store took down the original video we posted and replaced with this shorter and older video.

Vote for your Favorite Peace Bridge Design

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Two Tower Signature Bridge Concept I

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Three Tower Signature Bridge Concept I

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Three Span Arch Signature Bridge Concept

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Vote Niagara Falls to be Added to Monopoly

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For the firs time ever the public will be able to decide what cities are to be included in the Monopoly, Canadian Edition.  Surprisingly, Niagara Falls is not on the list of preselected cities. So, the only way to have Niagara Falls added is for everyone to vote for 2 wild-card spots.   The city with the most votes will occupy the coveted ‘Boardwalk’ spot.

Cast your vote:  http://www.monopolyvote.ca/en_CA/world

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Harry Houdini 1922 Niagara Falls Stunt

This is footage of a 1922 movie called “The Man From Beyond”. It features a stunt, by the famous magician Harry Houdini, and his co-star dangerously close to the edge of Niagara Falls.  There’s no camera tricks and apparently very few safety fail-safes. more…

Niagara Falls Tour 50% Off? Yes, Hurry!

Wow! Check out this deal from TeamBuy.ca.  For just $40 you can purchase a Niagara Falls tour from Toronto that includes a visit to Pillitteri Estates Vineyards, wine tasting, historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Journey Behind the Falls, and free time in Niagara Falls.  Pick-up and return from Toronto is included.

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