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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…

The UFC coming to Ontario?

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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.

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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…

The 2010 Cuvee Awards Winners

cuveeAnd the (unofficial) winners of the 2010 Cuvée Awards are:

Red Wine: Inniskillin 2007 Reserve Series Cabernet Franc

Limited Edition Red: Niagara College Teaching Winery 2007 Dean’s List Pinot Noir Canadian Oak Project

White Wine: Flat Rock Cellars 2007 Reserve Chardonnay

Limited Edition White: Creekside Estate Winery 2008 Reserve Viognier

LCBO Red: Jackson-Triggs Niagara 2007 Proprietors’ Reserve Meritage

LCBO White: Creekside Estate Winery 2008 Pinot Grigio

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Find it Local with Mypelham.com

mypelhamThe Pelham community is in the process of becoming a fully connected on-line neighbourhood called “www.MyPelham.com“. For both Pelham residents and visitors alike, the developers of MyPelham.com, are aiming to make the web portal a one stop source for all aspects relating to life, work and entertainment in the Town of Pelham.

MyPelham.com is a joint venture project of Tiger Eye Solutions, a boutique marketing company operated by Pelham-based real estate broker, Cathy Berkhout-Bosse and local web designer, Melissa Wells, owner of Ex Nihilo Web Designs.

“We are not simply creating a website”, Berkhout-Bosse clarifies, “we are establishing a social enterprise – a co-operative business model that provides long term economic development and tourism benefit to all community members while also generating sufficient advertising revenue to be a self-sustaining entity that limits the potential tax burden of Town promotion. more…

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

Jay Triano

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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New York Wineries Upset with Canada

wineIf a customer with a Canadian accent comes to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, Fred Frank knows they’re there to taste, not to buy.

That’s because it wouldn’t make financial sense.

Canadians who visit any of New York’s 255 wineries are allowed to bring home two bottles per person duty-free. But the price of wine bought in the U.S. almost doubles with duties and excise taxes imposed by the Ontario government if a Canadian returns home with more than two bottles.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers can fill the trunk of their car with bottles from the wineries that dot the northern side of Lake Ontario and pay insignificant taxes when they cross the border on their return home. The first two bottles also are duty-free.

“It’s bothersome because it’s unfair and it’s the antithesis of free trade,” said Frank, part owner of the winery. “For us, even though we are not close to the border, Toronto is closer than New York City.”

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Locals Know Deals

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The 2009 LocalsKnow.ca winter campaign has just kicked off.  The site encourages Canadians to share and seek out their favourite winter places and experiences. Its goals: a shot in the arm to both Canada’s winter tourist economy and the media industry, plus amplifying any existing programs run by partners.

Here are some great local Niagara Falls Deals that we discovered:

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Fall & Winter Travel Guide

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Fall in Ontario is a wonderful time of year for making memories. Plan your fall getaway around any of the 18 scenic touring routes. It’s a time to explore our province with family and friends, and to enjoy all that our harvest has to offer.

Holiday CelebrationsFestivals and Events Ontario: Fall & Winter Celebrations

Celebrate the season! Find exciting festivals and events with your guide to Holiday Celebrations in Ontario.

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Marketing Niagara Falls Internationally

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The Canadian Tourism Commission has taken a new approach in marketing Canada as a vacation destination.   They are targeting free independent travelers through blogs and videos.  Recently they sponsored 8 well known bloggers from South Korea to visit and write about  Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.

The first to visit Ontario was Won Kyun Chun.  She has already posted a few stories.  Jin Hyun Han, Kum Ran Son, Yong-Chul Kim, Sang Gu Jung, Ja Young Lee and Won Goo Kang will follow.

I can’t wait to see what they have to say about Niagara Falls.

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Have You Seen This Man?

On November 19th 2008, an unknown male entered the ATM at the First Ontario Credit Union at 600 Ontario Street in St. Catharines. He can be seen on camera installing an Overlay Skimming Device and pin-hole camera. The devices are designed to capture magnetic card information and the corresponding PIN.

Police are looking to identify the man seen in this video in order to speak with him in relation to this occurrence. If you know this person, call police.

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Allanburg Bridge Destroyed in Seconds

The Allanburg Bridge over the Welland Canal comes down too soon and destroys the Windoc ship passing under it. This clip is from the Discovery Channel show called Destroyed in Seconds.

Welcome to Welland

A short video from Wreaks Havoc Records in front of a sign. I’m loving the Welland mullet on the guy on the right.

Crystal Skull of Doom

One of the only known Crystal Skulls in the world was owned by Anna Mitchell-Hedges of Port Colborne, Ontario. If you have an interest in the Skull of Doom, check out this Discovery Channel clip.

Ford Escape Commercial featuring Niagara Falls

The Hidden Entrance to the Blue Ghost Tunnel

Part 16 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

This is video of the hidden entrance (east end) of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. Many people have been searching for directions but it really is one of those places that can’t be described. It’s a good hour long hike over streams and through dense forest.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

1927 Film of Niagara Falls

Truck Cuts Off Police Car in St. Catharines

In this video, a delivery truck pulls out in front of a police cruiser that was on the way to a call. It was a near miss but luckily no accident. The truck driver must not have been able to hear the siren in time. This was under the QEW on Geneva Street in St. Catharines.

Fun Things to Spin

Tivoli Miniature World

Here is some home video from 1983 of Tivoli Miniature World, which was attached to Prudhommes Landing.

Current Prudhommes Landing Photos

A user on Flickr.com has placed some current photos of Prudhomme’s Landing, most recently known as Wet and Wild. The park was closed without notice about 10 years ago.

Also see: Tivoli Miniature World

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