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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.

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."

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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