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    Bradley blasted by fellow councillors for hosting exclusionary “private meeting”

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    At the most recent Niagara Regional Council meeting, Chair Jim Bradley and his senior staff were upbraided by several council members for hosting what Pelham regional representative Diana Huson called a “private meeting” that excluded most regional councillors and went forward without public notice.

    According to a staff report provided to regional councillors in the July 22 agenda package, “On Thursday, July 15, the Regional Chair, in partnership with the 12 mayors, hosted a moderated forum with representatives from Niagara’s business associations to exchange information, ideas and priorities.”

    “The discussion”, per the report, “focused primarily on Regional post-pandemic economic recovery strategies.”

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    Crime rates dip across country, as Niagara remains one of Canada’s safest metro areas

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    Last week, Statistics Canada published its annual survey of police-reported crime, as measured by the Crime Severity Index (CSI), for the year 2020.

     

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    “Really proud to represent St. Catharines”

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    There’s no doubt the women have been the story for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.

    As of Monday evening, 13 of the 14 medals won by Canadians were done so by women.

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    Can ‘net zero’ go bad for politicians? Keep an eye on British prime minister Boris Johnson

    Business

    The British newspaper The Sun noted in a July 7, 2021 piece that the Boris Johnson government’s “Net Zero” agenda will cost £50,000 per household.

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    Alberta’s bold move

    Provincial

    Late last week, the Alberta government announced the most comprehensive lifting of pandemic restrictions that has taken place in Canada.

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    Trudeau must justify the necessity of an election as pandemic persists

    National

    Despite a now world-leading vaccination effort, health officials are warning of a looming fourth wave of COVID-19.

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    Denying independent schools COVID prevention funds “wrong”: former education minister

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    “What were they thinking” was the phrase that came to mind when reading news that the Ontario Government did not include the province’s independent schools when it distributed over $700 million to public schools to fund COVID prevention measures.

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    Revamped Niagara Parks Power Station opens to the public

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    After several months of assessment, planning, redevelopment, new construction, and careful preservation, the historic ‘Niagara Parks Power Station’ is now open to the public.

    Located kitty-corner to the Horseshoe Falls along the Niagara Parkway, the former hydroelectric power station was built in 1905 and is the only era-specific, fully intact structure of its kind left in the world.

    Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod was on hand for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and initial tour of the facility Wednesday.

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    Mountainview’s Mark Basciano “an everyday hero”

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    Talk to director of philanthropy and public relations at Pathstone Mental Health Kim Rossi about Mountainview president Mark Basciano the builder and she can speak volumes, without ever mentioning his successes in the construction industry.

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    In their own words: Mayor Frank Campion of Welland

    Local

    Mayor Campion has a clear message for the residents of Welland: get vaccinated. The second term mayor emphasizes the need for Welland residents to protect themselves against COVID-19, noting that locally the town has hit a plateau in the rate of vaccinations.

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    NHL free agent frenzy – Niagara edition

    Sports

    Over 70 National Hockey League (NHL) players signed new contracts this week, including four former Niagara IceDogs.

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    Unequal treatment of the provinces divisive and unfair

    Provincial

    A recent dispute between the federal government and the province of Saskatchewan got very little media coverage, yet should be of serious concern to all Canadians.

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    Each Canadian owes $57,000 in government debt

    Business

    Fifty-seven thousand dollars.

    That’s the average amount each Canadian will owe in provincial and federal government debt by the end of the year.

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    Trudeau is systematically dismembering Canada: part five

    National

    In Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first appearance on the international stage, he blurted out, “We’re back.”

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