Gay marrage in Niagara - Anglican church allows blessing

This weekend Anglicans in Niagara overwhelmingly voted to adopt the so-called local option which allow clergy, "whose conscience permits", to bless the marriages of gays and lesbians. Implementation may wait for the Bishop-elect of Niagara Michael Birdon to take over the position on March 1 2008.

Individual priests can also opt out of same sex blessings according to the Niagara diocese web site

2007 Niagara wine harvest best Niagara vintage ever?

Monique Beech, The Standard's wine and viticulture reporter, reports in her Friday Niagara Wine column that "winemakers, grape growers and industry experts" are "praising the 2007 harvest as the best in recent memory". The very dry Summer means as expected yields are down with 43,000 rather than the normal 50,000 tons of grapes being harvested. The fry weather was a problem for young vines and meant that the roots had to dig deeper so the grapes are smaller but also sweeter. The dry autumn prevented the problems of last years wet Autumn.

Actor Danny Glover in court in Niagara Falls for union action at Sheraton hotel, Niagara Falls

Danny Glover and and two leaders of UNITE HERE Local 2347 were in court yesterday charged with trespass because last September he entered the lobby of the Sheraton hotel, Niagara Falls to demand a meeting with DiCienzo. Alexandra Dagg the national co-director of UNITE HERE Canada, and Wayne Samuelson President of the Ontario Federation of Labor were charged with Glover.

Every window smashed in Niagara regional police HQ by lone man with a hammer

The Niagara Regional Police press release opens with
"The Niagara Regional Police Service is currently investigating the intentional smashing of over 80 ground level, large panel windows in the downtown area of St.Catharines. Officers began their investigation after receiving the report that a male was in the area smashing windows with a hammer." They even had a description of the suspect "male, white, approximately 5’9” tall with a thin build. He was wearing a grey toque, a black backpack, last seen carrying a claw hammer."

Niagara Casino donations to charity - should gambling proceeds be accepted

I see the Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara are giving 120 thousand dollars to charity. Well 'charity' in some cases, 1/3 of that money is going to the New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park so I guess they are expecting to get a big chunk of that back in terms of extra revenue from those attracted to Niagara for the event. Maybe thats also true of the small donation to the Santa Claus parade.

But what about the two thousand dollars for the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign? What I'm not sure about is whether this money should be accepted?

Niagara river being cleaned of toxic pollution

Some good news for a change. It's the 20th anniversary of the Niagara River Declaration Intent which became the Niagara River Toxics Management Plan.
Don Zelazny of the US Department of Environmental Conservation in quoted in the Niagara Cazette as claiming that " Of the 26 sites on the U.S. side which were found in 1987 to need cleanup, 21 have been completed"

Niagara Falls from the air

There are some good youtube videos showing Niagara Falls from the air.

Urban decay and crime in Niagara Falls, USA

Damn good youtube video of the deacy of Niagara Falls, USA. One of the comments says "The drive from Buffalo through Niagara Falls was like the grand tour of urban decay. Vacant hotels, boarded up restaurants, rusting factories...It really is like the town time forgot. It's sad, man." I don't get across the border much, looks like I'm not missing anything

NL Council opens negotiations with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on Niagara river

The Niagara-On-The-Lake council has accepted a report which recommends negotations with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours for continued use of the Melville Street dock for its popular JetBoat rides on the Niagara river. Local residents particularly those with water front property had objected to the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours because of the noise created by participants when the boats hit the rapids on the Niagara river below Niagara Falls.

Six women arrested for prostitution at Private Eyes strip club

Grant LaFleche had a story over at the Standard about a Niagara Regional Police raid on the Private Eyes strip club in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Two of the women he says have links with the Bo-Gar gang from Quebec.

The press release from the 'Guns and Gangs enforcement unit' of the NRP says

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