Despite the fact that more than 70 of the 500 other Canadian municipalities that applied were granted extensive federal funding, Niagara Falls was not a recipient. Photo Credit: iStock. In 2023, the federal Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) was introduced through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The program has been providing funds from a […]

The Rotary Club of Fonthill is excited to match exchange students with families with whom they can stay. Pictured:  Incoming student Maria from Brazil. Photo Supplied.  It may be the dog-days of summer, but preparations for the 2024-25 school year are already well underway. Here in Niagara, the Rotary Club of Fonthill is excited to […]

Ontario government taking action to help newcomers pursue health careers

by Nick Redekop

The In-Demand Skills stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will now recognize fifty-six occupations (up from twenty-two), allowing more highly-skilled workers to join the workforce in a shorter period of time. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Images.  As Ontario’s public health-care system seeks to grapple with rapidly expanding needs, the demand for qualified industry professionals […]

The NDP has regularly defended, propped up, and even partnered with Liberal governments which many people believe represent globalist and elitist interests rather than those of everyday working families. Photo Credit: iStock.  Meet Joe, a life-long resident of Beaumont, a small town near Edmonton, Alberta. Joe works for a major Canadian oil production company and […]

Niagara Falls Councillor seeks to strengthen property standards by-law

by Nick Redekop

Councillor Mona Patel believes that action must be taken to ensure that grass and weeds are kept under control on both residential and corporately owned properties. Pictured: Councillor Mona Patel. Photo Credit: City of Niagara Falls.  The City of Niagara Falls is a world-renowned tourist destination. The municipality is known for its natural beauty, proximity […]

Howells Farm opens early for 50th season

by Nick Redekop

As July begins, the farm is currently employing 6-8 staff members. With peak season just around the corner, however, Howell says that number will soon grow exponentially. Photo Credit: Howells Farms.  Niagara residents and tourists are being afforded a special treat this year. Howells Farm, the beloved destination for Autumn fun in Fonthill, has opened […]

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours launches innovative Historical Freedom Tour

by Nick Redekop

School is out and the dog days of summer are on the horizon. As locals and tourists alike consider which of the various local attractions to visit, there is a new experience available to them. Photo Credit: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which began serving the public in 1992, has once again […]

The complex will be located on a 0.25-hectare site west of Allendale Avenue, on the south side of Main Street, and will provide accommodation options for middle-class families. Pictured: Rendering of 20-story development. Photo Credit: City of Niagara Falls Staff Report.  As the City of Niagara Falls continues to experience rapid population growth, the need […]

The Tavares’ case will provide much for sports business, legal minds and political analysts to consider. Pictured: Maple Leafs Captain John Tavares. Photo Credit: John Tavares Foundation/X.  There is almost a universal sentiment in the Great White North that our nation is in need of more professional sports teams. Extensive research has concluded time and […]

Local author pens children’s book about living in Welland

by Nick Redekop

Welland Chief Engagement Officer Marc MacDonald recently wrote a children’s book, entitled Wonders of Welland, which showcases life in the locale throughout the year.  The City of Welland, like so many municipalities across southern Ontario, is experiencing exponential population growth. This is happening as potential residents identify terrific opportunities for career growth, as well as […]

The Ontario government recently committed $624,788 to improve Seniors Active Living Centres and their programming throughout Niagara. Pictured: Minister of Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho. Photo Credit: Raymond Cho/X.  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 […]

Aspiring tradespeople will be able to access instruction and mentorship from seasoned professionals. Pictured: Associate Minister of Energy and Niagara West MPP Sam Ooosterhoff. Photo Credit: Sam Oosterhoff/X.  The need for skilled trades has never been greater in the province of Ontario or the Niagara Region. With this reality in mind, the Ontario government has […]

Canadian Amazon workers are forming unions. What happens next?

by Nick Redekop

Whether we are talking about the Canadian or American landscape, there are vast implications that come with Amazon unionization. Photo Credit: Amazon Jobs.  It has been a significant spring for labour relations in Canada. Not only have there been several major unions threatening to go on strike from coast to coast, but landmark events are […]

Oosterhoff reflects on cabinet appointment

by Nick Redekop

Oosterhoff was appointed as the province’s new associate minister of energy last week. Pictured: Sam Oosterhoff. Photo Credit: Sam Oosterhoff/X.  Last week, Premier Doug Ford tapped Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff as the new Associate Minister of Energy for the province of Ontario. The appointment, which was part of Ford’s most recent cabinet shuffle, took […]

Breaking down the threat of CBSA job action

by Nick Redekop

The key demands of CBSA include higher wages, enhanced retirement plans and more opportunities to work remotely. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.  Summer has arrived for border communities across Canada and the United States. Businesses in municipalities such as Niagara Falls and Fort Erie have been looking forward to another opportunity to recover from the pandemic by […]

Council is not in complete agreement about the amount of space needed for parking. Photo Credit: City of Niagara Falls. For many years, Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls has been home to the Super Putt miniature golf course, a destination that attracted families celebrating birthdays and other occasions, as well as tourists visiting the area […]

Annual walk to end ALS taking place in Niagara this weekend

by Nick Redekop

The event aims to raise awareness and funds for a rare and debilitating condition impacting thousands of families across the country. Photo Credit: Walk to End ALS Ontario. On Saturday, June 1, hundreds of Niagara residents will come together at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Lock 3 to embark on a five […]

Railway collective bargaining negotiations in context

by Nick Redekop

It is a distinct possibility that the new contracts will eventually have to be settled through binding arbitration. Photo Credit: iStock.  Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) are currently in the process of negotiating new collective bargaining agreements with their employees. While a stoppage has not yet commenced, the workers […]

Province building new Catholic elementary school in Niagara Falls

by Nick Redekop

This cutting-edge educational institution will create 363 spaces for elementary-aged students and will be located at Kalar and McLeod Road. Pictured: MPP Sam Oosterhoff talking with students on the grounds of the future elementary school. Photo Credit: Sam Oosterhoff/X.  Another major construction project is commencing in Niagara Falls as the government of Ontario has announced […]

The skilled trades are coming back into leading focus at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. Photo Credit: Facebook/Niagara Catholic District School Board The need for skilled tradespeople is rapidly growing across the Niagara Region. With this reality in mind, the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB), Niagara College (NC) and the Niagara Home Builders […]

City of Niagara Falls hosting free Touch-a-Truck event for families

by Nick Redekop

Admission to Touch-A-Truck is free. Photo Credit: City of Niagara Falls.  This week is National Public Works Week across Canada and the United States. It presents a unique opportunity to provide the public with first-hand knowledge of the important role that public works careers play in maintaining essential services and continuously improving quality of life […]

Niagara economic growth may outpace province and nation in coming years

by Nick Redekop

Niagara Region’s Blake Landry is bullish that the economic development and growth of the region could outperform both Ontario and Canada over the next couple of years. Photo Credit: The Niagara Independent.  Earlier this month, Blake Landry, Economic Research and Analysis Manager for the Niagara Region, delivered his forecast for the coming months and years […]

Photo Credit: X/Fordnation   On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Niagara for a landmark announcement. Asahi Kasei Corporation, a world renowned Japanese chemical company, shared their plans to operate a cutting-edge battery component plant in the City of Port Colborne. The facility will cost $1.6 billion to construct […]

Niagara City Cruises celebrates 10th anniversary

by Nick Redekop

Photo Credit: Facebook/Niagara City Cruises  As families across Canada gear up for the unofficial kick-off to summer this weekend, one of the nation’s most famous tourist attractions is marking a significant milestone. Niagara City Cruises, led by Niagara native businessman Mory Di Maurizio, celebrated 10 years of providing boat tours for Niagara falls visitors on […]

Niagara Falls Exchange grand opening slated for Saturday, May 18th

by Nick Redekop

The first 100 people to attend the inaugural day of operations will receive a Niagara Falls Exchange tote bag. Photo Credit: The Exchange    This Saturday will be a historic day for Niagara Falls as The Exchange, the city’s new cultural hub and home of the Farmer’s Market, opens its doors to the public. The […]

Midwives across the province will now be able to complete more prescriptions and administer new medications, among other changes. Photo Credit: iStock.  The Ontario government is taking more action to reduce patient wait times and ensure that medical care is provided with maximum efficiency. Midwives across the province will now be able to complete more […]

The unpopular truth about these Toronto Maple Leafs

by Nick Redekop

The Maple Leafs Management Team is scheduled to hold a press conference today. This briefing will give a sense of direction regarding where the team is headed. Pictured: Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. Photo Credit: Mitch Marner/X.    The calendar may be approaching mid-May, but in spite of the sights and signs of spring, it […]

The final sale was valued at $35 million and marks the conclusion of an extensive process of consideration that began in the summer of 2021. Photo Credit: City of Welland.  As the city of Welland continues to experience rapid growth, negotiations between the municipality and prospective land developers have been heating up.  The most recent […]

Rotary seeks to provide practical contributions that will enhance the academic and extracurricular endeavors of students. Pictured: Crossley rowing team members: front, left to right with cheque, Coach Patrick MacNally, Carolyn Mullin, Carole Irwin, Katie Irwin E.L. Crossley’s Secondary School Rowing Program and the FirstOntario Performing Arts imPACt Education Series received special recognition this spring […]

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be utilized to provide direct assistance to children with health challenges and special needs. Pictured: Justin and Courtney De Caire with children Andrew and Connor at Niagara Children’s Centre’s 2024 Help Kids Shine launch event. Photo Supplied On Wednesday May 1st, the Niagara Children’s Centre kicked off its 2024 Help […]

Bob Gale appointed Niagara Parks Commission Chair

by Nick Redekop

Bob Gale’s term as NPC Chair is scheduled to end on April 10, 2025. Pictured: Incoming NPC Chair Bob Gale. Photo Credit: Niagara Region.  Ontario Premier Doug Ford has appointed local businessman and Niagara Falls Regional Councillor Bob Gale as the next Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC). Gale, a lifelong Niagara resident, will […]

Integrity Commissioner finds Grimsby Councillor violated Code of Conduct

by Nick Redekop

While the Integrity Commissioner did not find Councillor Veronica Charrois culpable of harassment, it was his view that she did clearly violate the Code of Conduct for Town Council. Pictured: Grimsby Mayor Jeff Jordan and Ward 3 Councillor Veronica Charrois. Photo Credit: Town of Grimsby.  A long-standing confrontation between Grimsby Mayor Jeff Jordan and Councillor […]

Fonthill Rotary Club prepares to reward community builders and volunteers

by Nick Redekop

Residents are encouraged to consider nominating deserving community members prior to the deadline for this year’s intake on April 30. Pictured: 2023 Paul Harris Fellow Recipients. Left to Right: Michael Jacques, Marcelle Jacques, Paul Snack, Ann Harrison, Zachary Snack, Carol Berkhout. The Fonthill Rotary Club is looking forward to once again honouring the contributions of […]

Garden City Skyway expansion taking shape

by Nick Redekop

The Ontario Government hopes that the construction phase of the twinning project will commence in 2026. Photo Credit: Mayor Mat Siscoe/Facebook  Earlier this month, the Ontario government officially requested proposals to proceed with the Garden City Skyway expansion on the Queen Elizabeth Highway. The news has been heralded as a major step forward in the […]

Construction of new school completed in Beamsville

by Nick Redekop

The new school provides 1,533 new secondary spaces for local students. It also includes a community theatre and greenhouse. Photo Credit: Sam Oosterhoff/X.  The community of Beamsville received $50.4 million from the provincial government to build the new West Niagara Secondary School. The project is now complete, and the grand opening ceremony was held last […]

The total solar eclipse, which has been anticipated by celestial enthusiasts for years, attracted approximately one million people to the city of Niagara Falls alone. Photo Credit: Steven Levitt Monday, April 8, 2024, provided much of North America with an astronomical spectacle that will not recur in this century. The total solar eclipse, which has […]

Guinness Book of World Records in Niagara Falls for solar eclipse

by Nick Redekop

The goal is to have the greatest number of people dressed up as the sun at one time. Photo Credit: CIty of Niagara Falls The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. It will be, in fact, the only time that a complete solar eclipse will be visible in the Greater Toronto […]

Niagara residents rally to ‘axe the tax’

by Nick Redekop

Conservative Finance Critic Jasraj Singh Hallan is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to dissolve Parliament call an election, arguing that Canadians should be able to directly weigh-in on Trudeau’s carbon tax plan. Pictured: Conservative Finance Critic Jasraj Singh Hallan and Conservative candidate Fred Davies. Photo Supplied.   On March 27, local residents from various […]

A St. Catharines take on Mulroney’s legacy

by Nick Redekop

In the weeks since Mulroney’s passing, former MP Kenneth Atkinson has been thinking back to many fond memories from his time serving as a Conservative Member of Parliament. Pictured: Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Photo Credit: Parliament of Canada.  Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s state funeral took place in Montreal on Saturday, March 23, with […]

Local churches prepare for Easter

by Nick Redekop

As the young church has gotten up and running, Pastor Liam Wilson says that the leaders and congregants of Harbour have been extremely supportive every step of the way. Photo Credit: Pony Church. With Easter weekend commencing across the country, local churches have once again been holding services and ministering to the community throughout holy […]

Niagara gearing up for generational solar eclipse event

by Nick Redekop

The event, which will span the entirety of the afternoon and peak around 3pm ET, will result in pitch black conditions, and will be a once in a lifetime experience. Photo Credit: Wikipedia   On April 8, citizens across North America will be treated to a rare astronomical spectacle as a total solar eclipse takes […]

Remembering Brian Mulroney

by Nick Redekop

While tributes have poured in from those of all political stripes, some who knew Mulroney personally have been taking the opportunity to share many rich memories and fascinating stories. Photo Credit: Canadian Heritage/X.   As former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney lies in state this week, Canadians from coast to coast have been reflecting on the […]

Addressing Niagara Region’s doctor shortage

by Nick Redekop

Niagara Region alone needs an additional 81 family doctors to address the system’s shortcomings. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.   As the population of Niagara continues to grow, the need for quality, accessible medical care has never been greater. It is estimated that roughly 30 per cent of residents currently do not have their own family physician, […]

 The Building Faster Fund is a three year program that began in late-2023. Over this designated period, $1.2 billion will be distributed from the province to designated municipalities to facilitate a resolution to the housing crisis. Pictured: MPP Sam Oosterhoff, Minister Paul Calandra and Mayor Mat Siscoe. Photo Credit: Paul Calandra/X. In recognition of it […]

Worth $10,000 each, the scholarships will be awarded to one exceptional student from Niagara College as well as one student from Brock University, to further a research-based experiential learning opportunity in the health sciences sector. Pictured: Niagara Health President and CEO Lynn Guerriero. Photo Credit: Niagara Health. On Monday, March 11, it was announced that […]

Conservatives nominating local candidates ahead of next federal election

by Nick Redekop

The period for nominations in St. Catharines has not yet closed and there is much speculation about additional big-name candidates joining the race in the coming days. Pictured: Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Photo Credit: Pierre Poilievre/X.    As Canadians anticipate a new federal election cycle, the Conservatives are preparing to nominate candidates for the upcoming […]

Niagara leaders pay tribute after Mulroney’s passing

by Nick Redekop

While his parliamentary accomplishments are prestigious, the earned respect that Mulroney received from his predecessors, peers and successors is, perhaps, his crowning achievement. Pictured: Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Photo Credit: Getty Images.  On Thursday, Feb. 29, Canadians from coast to coast learned that Brian Mulroney had died at the age of 84. Mulroney, who […]

Fonthill Rotary Club exchange program enriching lives of local teenagers

by Nick Redekop

The exchange program is open to outstanding young people between the ages of 15 and 18. It provides them with a unique opportunity to spend at least three months living and studying in a country that is culturally distinct to their own. It is open to 8,000 successful applicants, annually.  As young people and their […]

Funding announced for new Niagara Falls school

by Nick Redekop

Once the school has been built, it will provide 608 elementary spaces as well as 49 licensed childcare spaces. The project will be backed by an investment of $28.8 million, including $12.9 million in additional funds. Pictured is Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. Photo Credit: X/Stephen Lecce.   As the municipality of Niagara Falls […]

Baldinelli speaks out about ArriveCan app disaster

by Nick Redekop

The long-term solution for the industry, Baldinelli argues, is the election of a new Conservative government, led by Pierre Poilievre as Prime Minister. Photo Credit: Tony Baldinelli.    While Parliament is out of session this week, the House did not recess for its mid-winter hiatus before the Auditor General delivered a scathing report, which focused […]

Niagara Children’s Centre recognized with international award

by Nick Redekop

CARF was reportedly not only pleased by the efficiency and vibrance of Niagara Children’s Centre programs, but also with the tangible impact that these services are having on the lives of clients and their families   The Niagara Children’s Centre has been recognized with a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities […]

Fonthill Legion receives Trillium Foundation funding for accessibility

by Nick Redekop

The renovations, when completed, will include an improved front entrance with automatic doors, enhanced lighting and a more seamlessly usable outdoor walkway. Photo Credit: Fonthill Legion. As the Fonthill Legion, Branch 613, continues to serve local veterans and their families, the need to enhance user accessibility has never been greater. With this objective in mind, […]

The Ontario government has announced that it will be providing the municipalities of Niagara with an additional $280,000 to accomplish the objective of managing abandoned oil and gas wells. Photo Credit: Sam Oosterhoff.     Municipalities across the country are seeking to utilize innovative technologies to realize environmental stewardship. As a result, there is a growing […]

Cogeco purchases Niagara Regional Broadband Network

by Nick Redekop

Cogeco Communications Inc. is purchasing Niagara Regional Broadband Network (NRBN), it was announced on Feb. 5. The deal will see Cogeco expand its footprint in the region, as growing populations and industry accelerate the demand for the fast and reliable delivery of telecommunications services. Photo Credit: Donatello Trisolino via Pexels.    Cogeco Communications Inc. is […]

New emergency call handling system introduced in St. Catharines

by Nick Redekop

The City of St. Catharines is launching a brand new state-of-the-art emergency call handling system. The next generation server, called (NG-911), will be the first of its kind to begin servicing residents in Niagara.    The City of St. Catharines is launching a brand new state-of-the-art emergency call-handling system. The next generation server, called (NG-911), […]

The Rotary Club noted that Newton and the UCC-Niagara work with the community to help find employment, get documentation, and make use of translation services for Ukrainian newcomers, as well as support Ukrainian children settling into new schools.   The dawn of 2024 has seen local charities anticipating a busy year. The Fonthill Rotary Club […]

Local entrepreneur launches Kickstarter campaign for hockey tabletop game

by Nick Redekop

Morrison shared that Hockey Hardware has all the standard components that would be expected in a quality board game, including dice, various types of cards and the ability to play with numerous players. A single game includes three periods and can be fully completed in less than one hour.    With another hockey regular season […]

Ford government announces new pediatric funding for Niagara Region

by Nick Redekop

As municipalities across Niagara continue to experience population growth, more families are accessing pediatric services for children and youth. In order to meet accelerating needs, the Ontario government is dedicating an additional $2.3 million to pediatric health. Pictured include Ontario MPPs Dawn Gallagher Murphy, Nolan Quinn and Sam Oosterhoff.   As municipalities across Niagara continue […]

Blood drive at Niagara hotel a major success

by Nick Redekop

While Canadian Niagara Hotels began advertising for the event at the beginning of December, it was the sharing of personal stories which point to the life-saving impact of blood donations that dramatically increased interest and support.    It was a significant day in Niagara Falls on Jan. 11, as Canadian Blood Services held their first […]

Confronting the housing crisis by fostering home sharing

by Nick Redekop

Home sharing brings together people who may not have the opportunity to pool resources with family members but are still looking to replicate the financial benefits. Photo Credit: Niagara College.    With the Canadian housing crisis continuing to impact millions of residents across southern Ontario, the need to ensure that students have adequate and affordable […]

Niagara Falls Exchange nearing completion

by Nick Redekop

After more than three years of construction and several delays, the brand-new Niagara Falls Exchange is nearing completion. Photo Credit: DTAH Designs.    After more than three years of construction and several delays, the brand-new Niagara Falls Exchange is nearing completion.  Located on Sylvia Avenue, The Exchange will serve as the city’s new cultural hub. […]

New Year’s leeves make return to Niagara region

by Nick Redekop

Levees have a long and rich history in Canada. They provide opportunities for local military, appointed and elected officials to engage with their constituents and neighbours. Photo Credit: Niagara-on-the-Lake Local.    With the dawn of another year upon us, Canadians across the country are enjoying the return of more annual traditions. One notable example can […]

Niagara 2023: A year in review

by Nick Redekop

In 2023, Niagara, Canada, saw game-changing developments: the announcement of the University of Niagara Falls Canada promised downtown revitalization, while LocoMobi’s AI production relocation signalled tech sector growth. The groundbreaking for the South Niagara Hospital set the stage for future healthcare advancements, hinting at a transformative landscape ahead. Photo credit: X/Doug Ford   As another […]

Local initiative teams up with country musician Tim Hicks to bring musical gifts to Niagara schools and students this holiday season. Photo Supplied.   Schools and students across Niagara are receiving the gift of music this Christmas season. Marz Homes, The Niagara Conservatory of Music and local artists are partnering to spread holiday cheer for […]

Fonthill Rotary Club’s ongoing dedication to advancing STEM education in the Niagara Region continues as they pledge $1,500 to support the ‘Scientists in School’ program. This generous donation bolsters initiatives aimed at nurturing the curiosity and skills of young minds in science and technology. Photo Supplied   As local communities seek to facilitate careers for […]

Niagara Region Budget Committee Agrees to 6.9% Levy Increase for 2024 Budget

by Nick Redekop

Regional councillors express apprehensions over the long-term fiscal strategies and deferrals proposed in Niagara’s 2024 budget planning, citing concerns about their impact and efficacy. With the end of the year fast approaching, Niagara Regional Council is focusing much of its efforts on completing the 2024 budget. The Budget Committee, chaired by Fort Erie Mayor Wayne […]

Welland residents to see an increase of 3.15 per cent in 2024

by Nick Redekop

Mayor Frank Campion expresses satisfaction with the finalized 2024 budget, emphasizing its focus on city services, infrastructure improvements, and affordability following the conclusion of the City of Welland’s budget review process. Photo Credit: Wikipedia    City of Welland councillors recently concluded a review of Mayor Frank Campion’s proposed 2024 budget. The process involved meticulous considerations […]

F.A.R.M.S. President reflects on 2023 growing season, readying for 2024

by Nick Redekop

Amidst challenges posed by weather vagaries and escalating expenses, Ken Forth sheds light on the resilience of Canadian farmers, as they prepare for a fresh start in 2024. Photo Credit:  F.A.R.M.S. website While the 2023 Canadian growing season has come and gone, farmers and leaders in the agricultural sector are taking stock of the season […]

Heddle Shipyard investing $107 million in St. Catharines manufacturing operations

by Nick Redekop

Heddle Shipyards’ $107 million investment at Port Weller Dry Docks set to create 30 jobs in Niagara; Ontario Government extends $3.4 million support. Photo Credit: Facebook/Sam Oosterhoff   Heddle Shipyards, the biggest ship repair and construction company located on the Great Lakes, has announced a $107 million investment into advancing initiatives at Port Weller Dry […]

Rotary Auction Niagara giving back to the community at Christmas

by Nick Redekop

Rotary Auction Niagara heralds the Christmas season with online bidding, marking significant changes to the long-standing tradition. Six Rotary Clubs unite for community support as residents donate items for bidding, supporting local service initiatives. Photo: Facebook/Rotary Niagara Auction   Rotary Auction Niagara is heralding the arrival of another Christmas season! People across Niagara’s municipalities have […]

Niagara College alumni nominated for Ontario Premier’s Award celebrate diverse achievements across industries and communities. Photo Supplied   Niagara College (NC) is celebrating seven alums who have been nominated to receive the prestigious Premier’s Award. “The Premier’s Awards have been honouring outstanding Ontario college graduates since the early ’90s and have elevated many Niagara College […]

Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality team up for a $200 million overhaul of Toronto Power Generating Station, aiming to create a world-class visitor experience. Photo Supplied: Niagara Parks   Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality have agreed to a transformational private sector investment to restore the Historic Toronto Power Generating Station.  “Niagara Parks is proud to […]

Niagara Regional Transit’s 2024 Budget faces upheaval due to proposed service cuts and fare hikes. Photo: Facebook/Niagara Regional Transit   As 2023 concludes in the coming weeks, plans for 2024 are taking shape on municipal and regional councils. One of the public services that has been drawing a lot of attention is Niagara Regional Transit […]

Annual Celebration of Lights Christmas fundraiser returns, uniting the Niagara community to support healthcare at Niagara Health Foundation. Photo: Facebook/Niagara Health Foundation   The Celebration of Lights Christmas Fundraising Campaign is returning for another season, the Niagara Health Foundation. The event began on Nov 13 and will run through Jan 7, 2024, with the motto […]

Welland councillors divided on regional speed enforcement cameras

by Nick Redekop

Speed enforcement camera located on Rice Road in Welland has been vandalized several times. Photo: Facebook    While Welland City Council is divided over the proposed 2024 Budget, another key issue is also being intensely debated: Regional Speed Cameras. So far, four speed cameras have been installed across the Niagara Region as part of its […]

Ann Harrison, former President of Rotary Club Fonthill and Principal of E.L. Crossley Secondary School, talks about reviving the school’s Rotary Interact Club post-pandemic. The club’s ‘Halloween 4 Hunger’ initiative aided Pelham Cares, with more projects in the pipeline. Photo Supplied   After multiple years of pandemic-related disruptions, the Rotary Interact Club at E.L. Crossley […]

Hydro One and ACT Foundation celebrate three million students trained in CPR and AED usage. Photo Supplied   On Thursday, Hydro One visited Welland’s Notre Dame College, alongside the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation. The two organisations joined with more of their community partners to celebrate CPR month, as well as three million Ontario students […]

New Welland CAO excited by strategic opportunities facing City in coming years

by Nick Redekop

Newly Appointed Welland Chief Administrative Officer Rob Axiak outlines the vision for the city’s growth and priorities following the mayor’s announcement of strategic leadership change. Credit: Facebook/City of Welland   On November 1, 2023, Welland Mayor Frank Campion announced Rob Axiak as the City’s next Chief Administrative Officer.  “As the City enters a critical period […]

Familiar Faces Program reducing wait times at Niagara Health

by Nick Redekop

Photo Credit: Niagara Health   As local health departments across Canada continue to grapple with demand beyond their capacity, the need to develop innovative solutions for the delivery of care is immense. The emergency room is no exception.  Niagara Health recently announced the new Familiar Faces Program, which will seek to address emergency room wait […]

Niagara Regional Council weighs drafting Citizen’s Code of Conduct

by Nick Redekop

As polarization grows, municipalities weigh citizens’ code of conduct in response to disrespect and threats towards elected officials.   As the levels of polarisation and divisiveness in western societies intensify, the impact is being felt locally. Specifically, representatives of municipal and regional governments are contending with an uptick in aggressive, abusive behaviour when interacting with […]

Port Colborne Woodmaker carves lawn poppies for Remembrance Day

by Nick Redekop

Niagara Woodmaker honours veterans with wooden lawn poppies for Remembrance Day. Photo Credit: Facebook/Kevin Farris    Another Remembrance Day is almost here. While communities across Canada are donating to the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as preparing for memorial services to honour our soldiers of past and present, a new tradition is gaining traction in […]

Province announces plan for new school gym construction in West Lincoln

by Nick Redekop

Ontario Government Invests $3.8 Million in New Gymnasium for Gainsborough Public School in St. Anns. Photo Credit: Facebook/Sam Oosterhoff   On October 26th, the Ontario government announced a $3.8 million investment to build a new school gymnasium for the students of Gainsborough Public School in St. Anns. Sam Oosterhoff, who currently serves as the Member […]

A.I. Revolution coming to Niagara in full-force

by Nick Redekop

Pioneering A.I. Innovator Grant Furlane, plans to revolutionize city living and transportation with LocoMobi world’s cutting-edge technology. Photo Credit: Pexels    Health crises, economic woes and the threat of global conflict seem to be dominating the 2020s. While these challenges are immediate and far-reaching, the opportunities of the future are also immense. Niagara resident Grant […]

This year marks 20 years since the initiative launched. Over the last two decades, Sleep Cheap Charities Reap has raised over $2.4 million for local charities. Photo credit: Niagara Falls Tourism   As the height of the 2023 tourist season comes to a close for the City of Niagara Falls, a significant event is still […]

Proposed 81-room hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake in jeopardy

by Nick Redekop

Proposed building will not only include hotel rooms, but also multiple restaurants, comprehensive lounge/entertainment areas, as well as spas. Pictured is downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Photo credit: Expedia   As Niagara’s tourism economy continues to expand, there is a growing need to build strategic infrastructure, such as restaurants, entertainment venues and hotels. To this end, Van Riesen […]

Niagara realtor reflects on current state of housing market

by Nick Redekop

 It’s become ‘very typical’ for homes to take three or four months to sell.    As another turbulent economic year draws to a close, the local housing market has taken a sharp turn. The Niagara Association of Realtors (NAR) recently confirmed that the region is now in a “buyer’s market.” Fort Erie real estate agent […]

Sunshine Express Garden Centre celebrates 35th anniversary season

by Nick Redekop

The Niagara-on-the-Lake garden centre grows 95 per cent of what it sells on site. Photo credit: Facebook/Sunshine Express Garden Centre   As the blustery winds of autumn roll in, garden centres across Niagara are reflecting on the season that has been, and already planning for next year. This is a particularly special year for Sunshine […]

Escalation in the Middle East to have reverberating effects locally

by Nick Redekop

From further straining already strained resources to spiking local gas prices, expect the developing Israeli-Palestinian conflict to have a number of tangible effects on the Niagara community. Photo credit: AP   As a devastating week in the battered nation of Israel comes to a close, the ensuing war threatens to wreak great havoc far beyond […]

City of Niagara Falls launches ‘Cyber Seniors’ technology training program

by Nick Redekop

Sessions designed to help Niagara’s seniors build digital knowledge, connect socially, address cyber-safety, and more. Photo credit: Senior Planet/AARP   As the world enters the second generation of personal computing and internet-based technology, the need to help elderly citizens utilise these powerful tools is growing. That is why this fall, the Municipality of Niagara Falls […]

Niagara Falls Soup Kitchen provides respite for community’s most vulnerable

by Nick Redekop

With food insecurity at an all-time high, the Kitchen’s services are more important than ever.    As Thanksgiving arrives and the Christmas season approaches, local charitable organisations are busy providing for the community’s most vulnerable members. Judy Todd currently serves as co-chair for the Niagara Falls Soup Kitchen.  “Our mission is to feed the hungry,” […]

HOPA Ports, BMI Group announce Niagara Falls expansion project

by Nick Redekop

Standing in front of the old Canadian Ohio Brass Company location on Thorold Stone Rd., Mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati (third from right) cuts a ceremonial ribbon alongside personnel from HOPA Ports and the BMI Group. Photo credit: City of Niagara Falls   As the largest re-industrialization in North American history takes shape, small-medium […]

Niagara West MP weighs in on government’s latest diplomatic difficulties

by Nick Redekop

Long-time local Conservative MP Dean Allison talks federal government inviting a Ukrainian veteran who fought alongside the Nazi regime to Parliament and the country’s souring relationship with a key trading partner in India. Photo credit: Facebook/Dean Allison   Last weekend marked the conclusion of another odd month in Canada’s Federal Chambers. From India, to Ukraine, […]

Forty Creek pays homage to Niagara’s fruit belt with new reserve

by Nick Redekop

Forty Creek’s Cherrywood Reserve Whisky won gold at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Photo credit: CNW Group/Campari Group Canada   Forty Creek Distillery is a multi-award-winning whisky maker located in the town of Grimsby. Bill Ashburn is the Master Blender behind many of the distillery’s innovations, including its limited release Cherrywood Reverse Whisky.  […]

University of Niagara Falls Canada set to welcome first students in new year

by Nick Redekop

University now accepting applications for winter 2024 term. Photo credit: Pexels/ICSA     As of Wednesday, September 27, the brand-new University of Niagara Falls Canada (UNF), located on Queen St. in the city’s downtown core, is accepting applications for its inaugural semester starting in January 2024. Cyndi McLeod currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of […]

Niagara Falls Lions Club celebrates 101 years of community service

by Nick Redekop

Dwindling membership doesn’t stop one of Canada’s oldest clubs from being there for the community, and planning for the future. Photo credit: Niagara Falls Lions Club   The City of Niagara Falls may have seen a lot of change over the past 100 years, however, there are some things that have remained constant. The Niagara […]

Niagara communities prepare to be ‘Saved by the Beep’

by Nick Redekop

With its name inspired by the famed television show Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Beep encourages residents across Ontario to check their homes’ fire alarms. Photo credit: First Alert via PRNewswire   Communities across Ontario will have the opportunity to update their knowledge of fire prevention and safety over the next couple of […]

Pictured left to right: Bryan Bebas, production control manager at Highland Ridge; Edwin de Jonge, Nick de Jonge, and Fred de Jonge, leadership team at Highland Packers; Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West; and Marinus and Janneke de Jonge and Janet DeVries, leadership team at Highland Packers. Photo credit: Sam Oosterhoff   Highland Packers, a meat processor […]

Niagara College connects students to careers

by Nick Redekop

Career and Co-op Services director chats upcoming school year and bridging the gap between classroom and employment. Photo credit: Niagara College   Career and Co-op Services director chats upcoming school year and bridging the gap between classroom and employment. Photo credit: Niagara College   The 2023-24 school year is well underway at Niagara College. Whether […]

Brock chaplain looks forward to exciting year at Faith and Life Centre

by Nick Redekop

Christian Reformed chaplain and chair of Brock’s Faith and Life Centre Zack DeBruyne. Photo credit: Brock University   As students at Brock University settle into the 2023-24 school year, a wide variety of extracurriculars and clubs are starting back up, including faith-based groups and activities. Zack DeBruyne currently serves as the Christian Reformed chaplain and […]

Co-op, Career and Experiential Education director Cara Krezek. Photo credit: Brock University/The Brock News   As post-secondary institutions return to school this month, the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) department at Brock University is eager to support students in realizing their professional goals. Cara Krezek currently serves as director of CCEE.  “It’s been great […]

‘Ready at a moment’s notice’: Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

by Nick Redekop

Located just over the border in Niagara Falls, New York, the 914th Refuelling Wing maintains a close relationship with its Canadian counterparts. Photo credit: Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station   As a turbulent decade continues, the need for democratic allies to collaborate on defence is as important as ever. Oftentimes, local military bases play a […]

Local education directors talk start of new school year

by Nick Redekop

With local students returning to class last week, The Niagara Independent caught up with Warren Hoshizaki of the District School Board of Niagara and Camillo Cipriano of the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Photo credit: Pexels/RDNE Stock Project   As September marches on, a new school year is taking shape for students, educators. and administrators […]

Province increases funding for Niagara offloading nursing program

by Nick Redekop

Pictured is MPP for Niagara West Sam Oosterhoff and Niagara Regional Council Char Jim Bradley. Photo credit: Sam Oosterhoff   The Niagara Region will receive an additional $1.8 million in specialized health-care funding over the next three years, the provincial government announced Thursday, September 7.  The investment, which is part of a broader $51 million […]

 ‘After several seasons of capacity limits and border closures, it’s been a really important opportunity for us to rebound’. Photo credit: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours   As the nights get colder, school returns to session, and the signs of the season turn to football, migrating birds, and pumpkin-spiced lattes, it is a critical time for […]

Annual ‘Big Move Cancer Ride’ takes place this weekend

by Nick Redekop

Event marks decade and a half of fundraising success. ‘Every pedal rotation and every dollar raised holds profound significance.’ Photo credit: Facebook/Big Move Cancer Ride   On Sunday, September 10, more than 500 participants in the annual Big Move Cancer Ride will gather at White Meadows Farm in Pelham.  “For the past 15 years, the […]

Sheridan College prepares to welcome students to Fort Erie satellite campus

by Nick Redekop

Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop (centre right) joined Mayor of Fort Erie Wayne Redekop (right) and school officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new campus last week. Photo credit: Facebook/Jill Dunlop   As students and educators return to the classroom after Labour Day, many post-secondary applicants will soon have a new and […]

Hotel Dieu Shaver receiving $2.5 million from province for strategic expansion

by Nick Redekop

Pictured left to right: Rick Mauro, Board Chair, Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation; Sister Louise Dillon, Director of Mission and Pastoral Services, Hotel Dieu Shaver; Jim Bradley, Chair, Niagara Region; Sam Oosterhoff, MPP Niagara West; Lynne Pay, Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Dieu Shaver; Tracy Geoffroy, Executive Director, Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation; Betty-Lou Souter, Trustee, Hotel Dieu […]

The lion’s share will be dedicated to advancing patient care directly, with portions going toward the Walker Family Cancer Centre (pictured) and the new Niagara Falls hospital. Photo credit: BH Architects   This week, the largest donation in the history of Niagara Health was presented by philanthropists Greg and Diane Slaight. The family committed a […]

Hydro One investing $1.3 million to help Pelham meet energy demands

by Nick Redekop

Pictured centre are Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, Mayor of Pelham Marvin Junkin, and Hydro One Executive VP Teri French. Photo credit: Hydro One   Hydro One is investing $1.3 million to add a third power line to the Pelham Centre Distribution Station, the organization announced Wednesday.  Teri French currently serves as Executive Vice President, […]

Officials take part in a ground-breaking ceremony at the future Siltech site at 1700 Pettit Rd. Pictured left to right are Maple Reinders president Harold Reinders, Siltech project engineer Mark Marynowicz, Niagara Falls MP Tony Baldinelli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli, Siltech CEO Rick Vrckovnik, Mayor of Fort Erie Wayne […]

Niagara Falls City Council pledges $30 million for new local hospital

by Nick Redekop

Artist rendering of the future Niagara Falls hospital at the corners of Montrose and Biggar roads. Photo credit: Niagara Health   The City of Niagara Falls has officially committed to provide $30 million dollars to the construction of a cutting-edge hospital for residents of South Niagara. Lynn Guerriero currently serves as President and CEO of […]

Niagara’s Shaw Festival Theatre celebrates half century of entertainment

by Nick Redekop

While the Shaw Festival is currently in its 61st season, the organization’s main theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake officially opened its doors 50 years ago on June 28, 1973. Photo credit: Shaw Festival   As the calendar turned to July last weekend, the 2023 season at Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake was already well underway. However, this is […]

Rooted Hair Studio showcases local entrepreneurial spirit

by Nick Redekop

Colleen Slappendel (pictured, centre) opened her Pelham hair salon at the height of the pandemic in October 2020. Despite the inherent challenges in starting a small business, plus the added pressures of recurrent lockdowns and restrictions, she and her business prevailed, and continues to grow. Photo credit: Rooted Hair Studio   2020 was undoubtedly one […]

Niagara Falls MP Tony Baldinelli, Mayor of Fort Erie Wayne Redekop comment on possible tax that would increase costs for Canadians who own property in the U.S. Pictured is the Peace Bridge, which connects Fort Erie, ON and Buffalo, NY. Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn   In response to a generational crisis in housing […]

The award-winning market is set to move from the MacBain Community Centre parking lot (pictured) to the brand-new Niagara Falls Exchange Cultural Hub and Market on Ferry Street later this summer. Photo credit: Facebook/Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market   The 2023 season at the Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market is well-underway. This year, however, is particularly special. […]

Sixth year in a row the Parks Canada fort, which typically serves as a War of 1812 reenactment site, will play host to World War I commemorations. Photo credit: Fort George National Historic Site   Fort George, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is most renowned for its depiction of daily life during the War of 1812. For one […]

Niagara West MP Dean Allison (pictured), who previously served as shadow minister of international development and international trade as well as director at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said the CCP has “inundated” many of Canada’s largest and most powerful institutions, and most Canadians aren’t even aware of the severity of the […]

Mass retirements and more building projects means there will be tens of thousands of good-paying jobs available over the coming decade and beyond. Photo credit: Niagara College   As the demand for new infrastructure increases, technology advances at an unprecedented rate, and the baby boomers retire in droves, the need for skilled trades people is […]

New facility located at 118 Main Street East in Grimsby. Photo credit: Strive Niagara   Strive Niagara, a local learning support organization for young families, opened the doors to its new Margaret Jarrell Centre last Thursday, May 11. Tracy Belcastro currently serves as Executive Director for Strive Niagara.  “The Margaret Jarrell Centre is one of […]

Pictured is the International Railroad Bridge that connects Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. Three individuals were caught by U.S. officials on the bridge trying to illegally enter the U.S. last Thursday. According to U.S. Border Patrol, agents have captured 24 non-citizens in the last 60 days trying to enter the country in the […]

Local chambers excited for return of ‘Niagara Networks’

by Nick Redekop

The South Niagara Chambers of Commerce is excitedly preparing for the return of its blockbuster networking conference and tradeshow later this month at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre (pictured). New this year is a series of sector specific roundtables. The event, held annually prior to the pandemic, last took place in 2019. Photo credit: Niagara […]

The consortium alleges Woodbine has worked to monopolize the horse racing industry in Ontario and believes the Toronto track has intentionally exacerbated tensions with Fort Erie and its partners. Photo credit: Facebook/Fort Erie Race Track   Attempts to resolve a long-standing dispute between Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) and Woodbine Entertainment regarding the shipping […]

Atura Power eyes 2024 grand opening for Niagara Hydrogen Centre

by Nick Redekop

Concept illustration of the Niagara Hydrogen Centre. According to Atura, construction of the new facility on the Niagara River will generate an estimated $67 million of GDP, $31 million of labour income, and $4 million of tax revenues at the provincial level, plus tens of millions more over its 30-year operating life. Photo credit: Atura […]

The increased funding from the Ford government amounts to $62,314,200 over three years. Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff (pictured, centre) made the announcement alongside Mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati (right) and Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley (front-left) earlier this week. Photo credit: Sam Oosterhoff   The Niagara Region will receive an additional yearly $20,771,400 […]

Local MP Tony Baldinelli responds to Liberal minister’s tour of Niagara

by Nick Redekop

Canada’s minister responsible for trade and economic development Mary Ng (pictured, left, at Ravine Vineyard) was in town last Thursday to tout the federal government’s recent budget. Photo credit: Twitter/Mary Ng   Mary Ng, federal Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, visited Niagara on Thursday, April 6. Alongside fellow Liberal […]

Holy Week reflections with Niagara’s Father Corso

by Nick Redekop

The Parochial Vicar at Niagara Falls’ Our Lady of the Scapular Church shares his thoughts on the holiest time of the year for Christians and provides some practical ways in which the faithful can participate and find peace this weekend. Photo credit: Facebook/Our Lady of the Scapular Church   As Holy Week culminates this weekend […]

Each year, Niagara growers employ thousands of migrant workers to help fill the significant labour gaps in the local agricultural sector. The Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) program connects seasonal workers with local producers. Photo credit: F.A.R.M.S.   As spring arrives and the days become longer and the temperatures slowly begin to rise, the […]

Niagara City Cruises enjoys earliest season opening in a century

by Nick Redekop

The first cruise of the year set sail last week. The iconic boat tour at the base of the Falls typically holds its inaugural excursion in April or May. Photo credit: Facebook/Niagara City Cruises   While Monday was the official first day of spring, Niagara City Cruises welcomed the new season even earlier. Mory DiMaurizio […]

With all pandemic restrictions at the border now lifted and international travel continuing to increase, the Niagara Parks is expecting a stellar 2023 tourist season – and the organization needs help from the community to make it a success. Photo credit: Niagara Parks   It may only be March but plans for summer 2023 are […]

Councillor Huson chats challenges, opportunities for Niagara Region

by Nick Redekop

Current chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Diana Huson (pictured) was first elected Regional Councillor for Pelham in 2018. Photo credit: Niagara Region   As spring approaches, many initiatives will be picking up speed in Niagara’s regional government. Diana Huson serves as the Regional Councillor for Pelham.  “The first big objective we’ve […]

At present, there are thousands of asylum claimants occupying some 2,000 hotel rooms in Niagara Falls. The migrants crossed into Canada from the U.S. via Quebec’s Roxham Road (pictured). Photo credit: Global News   As winter drags on, the migration crisis facing Canadian border communities is intensifying. Niagara is no exception. “Our local service organizations […]

The regionwide transit service launched on Jan. 1, 2023. Carla Stout heads up the commission in charge of making sure the new system runs smoothly. Photo credit: CPTDB Wiki   After several decades of planning, designing, and securing long-term investment, the newly amalgamated Niagara Region Transit system is up and running.  Carla Stout is the […]

Reimagined Gilmore Lodge eyes January 2024 grand opening

by Nick Redekop

The new facility on Garrison Road will replace the Gilmore Road home and double its capacity to 160 long-term care beds. The three-storey facility will be situated close to Albany Street, providing sight lines to Lake Erie. Photo credit: Niagara Region   A central component of the Niagara regional long-term care system is on the […]

Oosterhoff believes productive year lies ahead for Ford government

by Nick Redekop

Niagara’s lone PC Party MPP – pictured, left, alongside Grimsby mayor Jeff Jordan – talks health care, housing, and Greenbelt. Photo credit: Facebook/Sam Oosterhoff   Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Niagara West, is preparing for a significant year at Queen’s Park. “I believe this will be a big year for this government, […]

Located in Fort Erie, Ray Rosettani is a long-time veteran of the real estate industry. Photo credit: Facebook/Ray Rosettani    Canadian real estate has seen rapid changes and sharp turns over the past several years. The pandemic, inflation and broader market instabilities have contributed to price and inventory numbers that many home buyers and sellers […]

The town’s long-time head of council said the storm that ripped across Niagara’s south coast in the days before Christmas – encasing some lakefront homes in solid ice – was the worst weather event the municipality’s seen since 1977. Photo credit: Twitter/Nick Iwanyshyn   When an extratropical cyclone took more than half of North America […]

Local pharmacy owner Sean Simpson (pictured, left) said the provincial government’s recent move to provide pharmacists the ability to prescribe medication for 13 common ailments represents a “big change” that will positively impact healthcare in Ontario. Photo credit: Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy    As of January 1, 2023, Ontario pharmacists are now able to prescribe […]

Santos is the senior pastor at Redeemer Bible Church in Niagara Falls.    This past year has brought with it no shortage of change, much of which has made a weary Canadian population even more uneasy. As 2022 concludes, however, many holiday traditions are returning for the first time since 2019.  Reverend Carl Santos serves […]

Diodati predicts 2023 ‘year of the great recovery’

by Nick Redekop

Four-term mayor (pictured) eyes ‘grand reopening ceremony’ for North America in Niagara Falls this spring. Photo credit: Facebook/Jim Diodati   Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati is exhilarated to begin his fourth term, following a landslide victory in October’s municipal elections.  “Sometimes I’m almost pinching myself when I think about all the amazing things that are […]

Construction on new West Niagara Secondary School making ‘steady progress’

by Nick Redekop

The new high school (pictured), which was originally supposed to open in September 2022 but was delayed due to the pandemic, will amalgamate and retire Grimsby Secondary School and Beamsville District Secondary School. If all goes to plan, the school could welcome students before the end of the academic year. Photo credit: Twitter/DSBN   Families […]

Despite short and long-term challenges, future for Niagara business bright

by Nick Redekop

Executive Director of the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce Dolores Fabiano pointed to widespread labour shortages as the most significant challenge facing local employers at the moment, but said Niagara is especially good at attracting talent and uniquely positioned to succeed moving forward. Photo credit: The Niagara Independent    The pandemic, inflation, labour shortages and […]

Practical ways you can help support our veterans

by Nick Redekop

Before, on, and after Remembrance Day, there are myriad ways Niagara residents can make a difference in the lives of our country’s finest. Photo credit: Facebook/Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124   Remembrance Day is here again. The annual observance provides a special opportunity for Canadians to honour the sacrifice made by our armed forces, both […]

Since first taking office in 2019, Niagara Falls MP Tony Baldinelli has been a vocal advocate for local winemakers. At a recent committee meeting, Baldinelli asked Minister of International Trade Mary Ng if the Liberal government will continue to share revenue from the government’s newly reimposed excise tax on wine with producers into the future. […]

While the current season is now well underway, the club is always accepting new members of every size and skill level. Photo credit: Facebook/Niagara Falls Curling Club   After three disrupted seasons, Sean Ford, manager of the Niagara Falls Curling Club, believes brighter days are ahead.  “We have seen a significant uptick in numbers”, said […]

Ichabod Crane: a Niagara-born Halloween legend

by Nick Redekop

Most North Americans are familiar with the story of the headless horseman, but few realize its creator and protagonist’s namesake have deep Niagara roots. Pictured is The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (1858) by 19th-century American painter John Quidor. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Google Art Project    On Monday, people throughout Canada and the United States […]

Romney gets the last laugh (but it’s not funny)

by Nick Redekop

A decade ago, the former presidential candidate was derided by some for his views on Russia and China and the threats their respective regimes posed on the west. The Idaho Statesman/Kyle Green via AP    This month is the anniversary of two critical events in the history of American foreign policy. The first, of course, […]

Approaching the looming population crisis with realism

by Nick Redekop

The underpopulation crisis, that is. Photo credit: MedPage Today   Most of us grew up being told that overpopulation posed a direct threat to the economic and environmental sustainability of the world. This argument was put forth based on naive assumptions regarding the permanency of globalism, world peace and the absence of any large global […]

 Spencer Bellows-De Wolfe (left), son of late community leader Sandie Bellows, is running for St. Catharines City Council in the 2022 municipal elections. Photo credit: Twitter/Spencer Bellows-De Wolfe   Spencer Bellows-De Wolfe is one of six candidates vying for two city council spots in St. Catharines’ St. Patrick’s Ward this October. A teacher by trade, […]

Why Canada should resist calls to become a republic

by Nick Redekop

Outside of being an arduous, potentially contentious process, such a shift would remove both an important check on influence and power and a vital part of the country’s identity.    The months and years ahead will be full of challenges for the royal family of Great Britain. One of the greatest of these objectives will […]

Allison lays out priorities for fall session

by Nick Redekop

The long-serving Niagara MP said cost of living and labour shortages currently top of mind for Canada’s Opposition.   Niagara West MP Dean Allison says he and his federal Conservative colleagues are ready to get back to work. “There are a lot of big issues that need addressing this fall”, Allison told The Niagara Independent […]

The challenges King Charles III will face moving forward

by Nick Redekop

From his personal reputation to the relevancy of the monarchy, Her Majesty’s eldest son will have to carefully navigate a handful of immediate challenges as he assumes the throne. Photo credit: AP/Alastair Grant   The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on Monday, marked the end of the official mourning period in […]

The three greatest British monarchs were women

by Nick Redekop

Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II reigned for nearly a cumulative two centuries.     Britain, Canada and the entire Commonwealth are mourning the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Her passing marks the end of seven decades defined by innovation, economic prosperity and unprecedented world peace. There have been numerous exceptional monarchs […]

Has urbanization gone too far?

by Nick Redekop

Urbanization and its accessory offshoots have pulled untold millions out of abject poverty and freed our society from the necessity of hunting, fishing, foraging, and personal farming to survive. But there’s still value in many of the all-but lost skills and activities we once counted on for subsistence. Photo credit: City of Toronto Archives   […]

The battle for the soul of the Conservative Party

by Nick Redekop

Whether it be front-runner Pierre Poilievre (pictured) or an unexpected contender, whoever earns the distinction of Conservative Party leader this weekend will face a number of defining challenges from the outset of his or her tenure regarding values, foreign engagement, economic recovery, and more. Photo credit: Twitter/Pierre Poilievre    The Conservative Party of Canada will […]

The unsung hero of the Canadian labour movement

by Nick Redekop

Figures like J.S. Woodsworth, Tommy Douglas, and Jack Layton most easily and often come to mind when one considers the history of organized labour in Canada. However, with passage of the Trade Unions Act in 1872, among other efforts, Sir. John A. Macdonald laid the foundation for Canadian labour long before the modern movement’s successes […]

It’s time to refresh the Canadian calendar

by Nick Redekop

From moving, renaming, and expanding the significance of Victoria Day, to giving the country’s veterans the proper recognition they deserve by making Remembrance Day a full day of observance with schools and offices closed, there are several ways Canada could revise and refine its holiday calendar. Photo credit: Manulife Financial via To Do Canada   […]

Mandatory use of ArriveCAN is only exacerbating the issue. Steve Richardson, general manager at Rainbow Bridge’s Niagara Duty Free (pictured), revealed the local situation is dire. Photo credit: Duty Free Canada   It has been another tough summer for Duty Free stores across Canada, with ample vaccine supply and loosening restrictions not enough to overcome […]

The real ‘Great Reset’ that terrifies the Trudeau Liberals

by Nick Redekop

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ilk long for the kind of worldwide socioeconomic reorganization championed by the WEF and similar enterprises, however, the very phenomenon that would enable such a monumental shift – namely, globalism – is breaking down at every turn. The trends and policies that are emerging in its place may well […]

Why Diefenbaker’s legacy is overshadowed by Pierre Trudeau

by Nick Redekop

 The Athens and Jerusalem-born, enlightenment-dreamed and free-market-based principles that built our country have been gradually replaced by increasingly globalist, relativist and socialist policy initiatives. Since the nation is now understood more commonly through this new lens, it is no surprise that Trudeau, not Diefenbaker, is considered by the masses as the “Father of modern Canada”. […]

Removing tax-exemption status from churches is a horrible idea

by Nick Redekop

Despite the missteps and sorted histories of some churches, as well as a palpable wane in religiosity in modern day Canada, faith-based communities do a great deal of good for the mind, body, and soul of society and are worth preserving. Photo credit: Pexels/Rodnae Productions   The pilgrimage to Canada by Pope Francis was met […]

Canada can play a vital role in addressing the global food crisis

by Nick Redekop

5 Blessed with abundant land and resources, but plagued by over-regulation, immigration issues, and the like, Canada could alleviate a great deal of suffering around the world if the powers that be would help facilitate, rather than encumber production. Photo credit: Canadian Chamber of Commerce   The world is on the brink of an existential […]

Why CANZUK makes sense for Canada (and the world)

by Nick Redekop

  The partnership would be a formal bridging of the largest economies in the Commonwealth: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Global threats from modern imperialist states like Russia and China, coupled with growing American isolationist sentiment, means that effective alliances of such middle-sized powers will be crucial to maintaining peace and stability […]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his resignation address outside 10 Downing Street, London on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Photo credit: UK Government   Citizens of Great Britain, the Commonwealth and people around the world have watched the downfall of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with keen interest. This is a cycle that, for one reason or […]

Canada and private property rights

by Nick Redekop

Citizens of free nations buy, sell, labour on, and enjoy private property. Canada is no exception. It is thus a surprise to many when they learn that Canadians are not formally guaranteed private property rights in our Constitution. Though it may prove challenging, it’s high time that changes.    Private property, as a concept, is […]

Annunziata retiring after nearly three decades in public service

by Nick Redekop

Anna Annunziata at the constituency office of MP Tony Baldinelli on Jarvis Street in Fort Erie. Supplied photo.    After dedicating the past 27 years of her life to her community, Anna Annunziata, Fort Erie constituency office manager for MP Tony Baldinelli, will be retiring at the end of this week.  Anna’s career in public […]

Preparing for armageddon (and a brave new world)

by Nick Redekop

The West must recognize the threats posed by the world’s increasingly aggressive authoritarian regimes and ready itself for any situation. Specifically, Canadians must fulfill the ideals of our national anthem and be prepared to “Stand on Guard” for the nation. Photo credit: National Capital Commission   Since the 1990s, the West has embraced an end-of-history […]

Pierre Trudeau’s policies Americanized English-speaking Canada

by Nick Redekop

The former prime minister executes a pirouette behind Her Majesty’s back during a May 1977 visit to Buckingham Palace. The move, in the words of the photographer who captured the iconic image, reflected Trudeau’s “democratic disdain for aristocratic pomp”. Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Doug Ball    As Canada Day approaches, many are reflecting on our […]

Remembering the Oilers’ 2006 playoff run that rallied a nation

by Nick Redekop

Edmonton Oilers assistant captain Ryan Smyth celebrates with Shawn Horcoff after the latter scored on the San Jose Sharks during the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference semi-final playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, May 17, 2006. Photo credit: NHL   It is playoff time again! Many of us are keenly watching […]

Reclaiming Canadian excellence

by Nick Redekop

Canada has proven itself to be a powerful force for good in the past. It’s high time that we once again live up to our potential and strive to be a global leader in the areas in which we excel.    In recent decades, Canada has failed to realize its potential in numerous key areas. […]

Questions that will guide the debate on Canada’s new defence policy

by Nick Redekop

Photo credit: Canadian Armed Forces    The federal government will soon launch an initiative to develop a new Canadian defence policy. This is welcome news. It has been 70 years since the last update. We do not live in a 1950s world anymore.  The most recent federal budget left much to be desired. With that […]

Is there a future for publicly funded religious schools in Canada?

by Nick Redekop

The issue and its various solutions are more complex than one may think. Photo credit: Catholic News Service/ Gregory A. Shemitz   As Ontario enters election season, complicated issues will make a return appearance to public discourse. Few debates plague provincial representatives with more nightmares than public funding for religious schools. The future of Catholic […]

Poilievre fires up Niagara

by Nick Redekop

Well over 1,500 people showed up to see the leadership hopeful speak at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines Thursday evening. Photo credit: Twitter/Pierre Poilievre    “We will tackle inflationary taxes… and I will axe the consumer carbon tax.”  Pierre Poilievre rolled into St. Catharines last night and addressed a packed house at the Holiday […]

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