Thumbs Down to the decision by MPAC to reduce the assessments on Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino and the negative impact this will have on the city of Niagara Falls and the Region. The basis for the re-assessment is flawed and making the decision retroactive, thereby forcing the city and region to reimburse the OLG for money that has been collected and spent, is harmful. The precedent this has now set for other business owners to begin an appeal process is a potential floodgate of hardship for the citizens of our communities. Where does MPAC think these lost dollars that they have effectively robbed from Niagara Falls are going to be recovered?
Thumbs Up to the Canadian Motor Speedway taking another step forward towards the realization of this development by partnering with Aecon Group to become the project’s construction manager. Fort Erie desperately needs a success story and seeing this project continue to overcome the hurdles and move forward is refreshing. Looking forward to seeing shovels in the ground very soon.
Thumbs Down to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for continuing its ban on extracirricular activities in public elementary schools. This despite admittedly “cordial” talks with the province. We have said it before and we will say it again: Stop treating our kids like pawns in your labour dispute. It’s repugnant and the majority of Ontarians believe so. This kind of behaviour will only hurt the union’s public image further and help roll out the red carpet for the election of Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak as premier of Ontario. And we know what his views on education and teachers’ unions are.
Thumbs Up to Pope Benedict XVI, who this week became the first Roman Catholic Pontiff to abdicate in more than 600 years. Religious controversy aside, one has to commend the Pope for putting the interests of the church above his own. In recognizing he is no longer well enough to continue as head of the church, Benedict has set the example that true leadership sometimes means turning over the reins to someone else for the benefit of the many.
Thumbs Down to parking enforcement officers in St. Catharines… again! Yes, they have a thankless job. However, a recent occurrence helps
illustrate how anxious many of the officers are to dole out tickets.
Recently, a Bullet employee parked in the downtown market square and
walked to a nearby parking machine to purchase the paper ticket designed
to leave on the dash. The process took about 60 seconds. When this person
turned to walk back to his car, they were already being written up for an
infraction. Seriously?!?! You can be fined before you even have a chance
to purchase your ticket? Fortunately the parking officer was stopped in
time, but this illustrates perfectly why some consumers refuse to venture
downtown for any sort of shopping.
Thumbs Up to Lyndesfarne Theatre Group in Niagara Falls for another outstanding production at the old Seneca Theatre on Queen St. Their
current play is entitled “Criminal Genius” and it is absolutely hilarious.
The show runs through March 10th and ticket prices are very reasonable,
especially if you visit the Bullet News Deals site at www.bulletnewsdeals.com. This is their final show of the season so now is the time to show your support for the local arts community.