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Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

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    Terry Fox’s Niagara connection

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    As elementary and high schools across Niagara wrap up Terry Fox fundraising and runs this week, it’s a little known fact that the Canadian hero’s first and only trip to Niagara Falls had to do with one of the city’s own legends.

    Canadian Basketball icon Jay Triano, who calls Niagara Falls home, had a special bond with Fox – one that former Simon Fraser University Head Coach Stan Stewardson said brought Fox to the Honeymoon Capital.

    Triano would graduate from A.N. Myer High School in the Falls and attend Simon Fraser to continue his education and basketball career.

    “The only reason Terry went to Niagara Falls was to see Jay,” coach Stewardson said on a Terry Fox anniversary feature.

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    Second wave of COVID-19 has arrived says Province

    COVID-19

    While the number of COVID-19 daily reported cases in Niagara dropped significantly from 24 on Sunday to 12 on Monday, the provincial numbers continue to rise sharply with a reported 700 new cases yesterday. However, about 85 per cent of all cases are in Toronto and Ottawa.

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    Two top Niagara Region staffers will maintain “acting” status for the foreseeable future

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    A pair of high-ranking Niagara Region staff members may not be onstage performers, but their “acting” roles are getting noticed.

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    Tradition continues with Thanksgiving Festival

    Local

    What a difference a year makes.

    After coming off of one of the best years in terms of attendance in the more than four decades of hosting its annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), will be hosting a virtual festival this Fall.

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    Time to end the teachers’ unions’ monopoly over public education in Ontario

    Opinion

    Without competition, prices go up and quality goes down. That’s exactly what’s happening in Ontario’s public education system. And it’s bad for students.

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    Should ability to pay matter?

    Provincial

    The Ontario Divisional Court this week made a decision that will likely end up costing Ontario taxpayers more money for health care, at a time when the provincial health care budget is already under considerable stress.

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    Pure politics behind “urgency” of national address

    National

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took heat for his national address last week.

    While the Speech from the Throne (SFT) is all about pomp and circumstance, it is at its core a political document.

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    Region awards large contract despite open investigation

    Local

    At a special meeting of council Thursday, Regional Council awarded a multi-year and multi-million dollar contract to Thomas Nutrient Solutions to run its biosolids program.

    The meeting proved to be contentious after Niagara Falls Regional councillor Bob Gale began fervently speaking against awarding the contract to Thomas due to an open whistleblower investigation and indications that Thomas was not the lowest cost option.

    He said he received an unsolicited email from one of the involved bidders stating that “our price was nearly one million dollars less than Thomas.”  Gale informed them he was unable to talk to them due to the open procurement.

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    Believing in Truebelieve

    Sports

    Tuesday Sept. 29 will see the running of the 85th Prince of Wales Stakes in Fort Erie.

    The race is the second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown and this year’s running will have some local flavour as Truebelieve, owned by Centennial Farms (Niagara), will be in the starting gate.

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    Niagara Parks declines Ramsar designation

    Local

    The Niagara Parks Commission did their due diligence on a proposal to affix a Ramsar designation to the Niagara River and in the end withdrew as a potential nominator of the designation.

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    The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour

    Opinion

    If debt servicing were a ministry of government in Ontario it would be the third largest after health care and education in terms of overall cost.

    The reason is Ontario has the largest sub-sovereign debt in the world. Like a household with runaway credit card bills, a massive portion of Ontario’s revenue is dedicated to service interest payments.

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    National poll shows Canadians are most concerned about the economy

    Economy

    The state of our country’s economy is the biggest issue of the day for Canadians, according to a new poll from IPSOS. The poll has 44 per cent of Canadians choosing the economy as the biggest priority for government, even putting it ahead of healthcare (chosen as the top issue by 36 per cent of those surveyed).

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    Ontario’s new carbon tax

    Provincial

    After pressuring all provinces into imposing various forms of carbon taxes on their citizens, as well as policies to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry, this week the federal government accepted Ontario’s plan to impose carbon pricing on industry.

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    Trudeau is prepared to give everything to everyone (except the dollars needed for health care)

    National

    Wednesday, with pomp and ceremony, Governor General Julie Payette presented the Trudeau Government’s Speech from the Throne. The GG took 55 minutes to pedantically work her way through the 17-page regal address to set out the government’s plan to manage our current health and economic crises.

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