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Region to review flag raising policy following Israel-Gaza conflict

Niagara Region’s Corporate Services Committee is recommending that Niagara Regional Council change its policies to prevent the flying of foreign flags after controversy broke out when an Israeli flag was raised at the Region’s Thorold headquarters after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The recommendation will be considered by council at a meeting next week, on June 28.

Immediately following Hamas’s attack on Israel last October, Chair Jim Bradley instructed staff to raise the Israeli flag at the Region’s Thorold headquarters and light the Niagara sign in blue and white as a sign of solidarity with the people of Israel.

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Local author pens children’s book about living in Welland

The City of Welland, like so many municipalities across southern Ontario, is experiencing exponential population growth.

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OHL names new commissioner

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) made it official Thursday, introducing Bryan Crawford, Golf Canada Executive and Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open, as Commissioner of the OHL.

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The disgrace in our schools

In recent weeks we have seen a number of disgraceful anti-Semitic incidents in our public school system.

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Where the parties stand ahead of Monday’s federal by-election

Where in the world is Jagmeet Singh? While this question isn’t meant in the literal sense, one has to wonder what is going on at NDP headquarters.

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For Biden, it all comes down to Pennsylvania

Endless analysis and deep digs attempt to understand developments in the 2024 presidential election.

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Conservatives’ efforts bridging the east – west divide (Part 2 of 3)

We R CONSERVATIVE (WRC) is a federal registered non-profit political advocacy organization whose mission is raising awareness of the misdeeds of the governing Liberals and of the biased national press corps.

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Ontario government investing over $600,000 to enhance active lifestyle options for seniors

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As the benefits of an active lifestyle to overall health and vibrance continue coming into focus, there is a growing need to provide opportunities for senior citizens to stay involved in their communities. With this goal in mind, the Ontario government recently committed $624,788 to improve Seniors Active Living Centres and their programming throughout Niagara.

Raymond Cho currently serves as the Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility and commented on the announcement.

“Seniors are the most important people,” Cho stated in a comment to The Niagara Independent. “They are the ones who built the best province in the world – Ontario, in the best country in the world – Canada. Seniors Active Living Centres are becoming so popular across the entire Niagara Region and all over Ontario that is why we are increasing the base funding for this year so that they can become even better places for seniors and older adults to enjoy the kinds of activities, services and programs that work for them.”

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Niagara Regional Police Central Fraud Unit warns of growing threat of “grandparent scams”

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The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) is warning local seniors about so-called “Grandparent Scams” after receiving a number of complaints throughout the area.

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St. Catharines Jr. B Athletics open playoffs this week

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When the St. Catharines Jr. B Athletics open their playoff run Tuesday night, they’ll be playing a familiar foe.

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Lessons from Calgary

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The ongoing water crisis in Calgary is something that never should have happened in an advanced country such as Canada, but does contain object lessons for other municipalities and perhaps all other governments in the country.

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Lecce leaves strong legacy in education portfolio, hits the ground running in energy

Provincial

Stephen Lecce certainly didn’t waste any time after the recent cabinet shuffle landed him in the expanded portfolio of energy and electrification, ending a relatively successful five-year run as minister of education.

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The clash: Can Trudeau recapture the magic of 2015?

National

Should he stay or should he go? That is the question that many are asking about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the next election.

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Ford’s bloated cabinet reflects an embrace of big government

Provincial

Is Queen’s Park nearly twice as effective as it was six years ago?

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