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[PHOTO] Niagara Falls on my screen in Toronto (2)

Niagara Falls on my screen #toronto #niagarafalls #horseshoefalls #niagarariver #satelliteimage #googleearth #googlehome #television

Written by Randy McDonald

May 8, 2020 at 6:45 pm

[PHOTO] Niagara Falls on my screen in Toronto

Niagara Falls on my screen #toronto #niagara #niagarafalls #niagarawhirlpool #satelliteimage #googleearth #googlehome #television

Written by Randy McDonald

May 8, 2020 at 4:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Fifteen Niagara Falls, Ontario links (#niagarafalls, #niagarafallscanada)

  • A new storyboard in Niagara Falls displays the importance of railways to the city. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • Niagara Falls city council is considering the idea of linking casinos by aerial car. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • Global News reports on a drug bust that saw two people arrested in Niagara Falls.
  • The Niagara Falls Review reports the number of reported homicides in Niagara Region tripled in 2019, to six.
  • The immersive live nativity hosted by a Niagara Falls church sounds interesting. More is here.
  • A recent discussion at Niagara Falls city council was dominated by discussion of housing issues and of homelessness. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • Most revenues from the casinos of Niagara Falls have been directed to the infrastructure of the city. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • City council in Niagara Falls has approved the construction of a 72-storey hotel. Construct Connect reports.
  • In November, the mayor announced the old city hall and courthouse in the downtown of Niagara Falls was scheduled to be demolished. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • The Bath House Hotel once was intended to be a centrepiece of local tourism. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • Carrie Bosco writes about the experience of a customer service associate working at the Niagara Falls Public Library, over at the Niagara Falls Review.
  • The Niagara Falls Public Library in winter is a happening place for locals. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • A Chinese developer hopes that a proposed $C 1.5 billion dollar project in south Niagara Falls will still go forward. The Niagara Falls Review reports.
  • Niagara Falls is going to have a hard time replacing city historian Sherman Zavitz. The Niagaa Falls Review reports.
  • Niagara News reports on the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls.

[PHOTO] Niagara Falls map of the Niagara-Haldimand section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

This map of the Niagara Peninsula, located outside of the Niagara Falls Transit Terminal on Erie Avenue, highlight this region’s component of Ontario’s Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. This section of the trail hugs the coasts of lakes Ontario and Erie and the Niagara River in between.

Niagara Falls map of the Niagara-Haldimand section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail #ontario #canada #niagarafalls #niagara #greatlakes #waterfronttrail #greatlakeswaterfronttrail #maps #erieave #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Hotel Europa, Niagara Falls

I at first was not sure if the Hotel Europa, on the corner of Bridge Street and Erie Avenue in the old downtown of Niagara Falls just south of the train station and east of the bus station, was actually abandoned. I did see some open windows, and I did reason to myself that a hotel in such a prime location must surely be in use even if it might be a dive. But no, I later found out via a local that the hotel had been abandoned for years; one Flickr-hosted photo from 2007 identifies the hotel as abandoned even then. This is a shame: This building, dating back to 1910, really is in a prime location. Were I the enterprising and well-funded sort, I might well try to make a go of this place. I might even make this incarnation succeed.

Hotel Europa, Bridge Street side #ontario #canada #niagarafalls #hoteleuropa #bridgestreet #erieave #abandoned

Hotel Europa, Erie Avenue side #ontario #canada #niagarafalls #hoteleuropa #bridgestreet #erieave #abandoned #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] Four photos of The Water Molecule, Niagara Falls (#niagarafalls)

I do not know why The Water Molecule, a 1967 sculpture by Derek Costello of a water molecule down to the nuclei and electrons, was ever apparently controversial. I am glad that it is in a public space, poised in the Rosberg Family Park just a couple of blocks south of the bus and train stations on Erie Street at Queen, visible to at least some visitors.

The Water Molecule (1) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram

The Water Molecule (2) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram

The Water Molecule (3) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram<

The Water Molecule (4) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #plaque #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 2, 2019 at 11:15 am

[PHOTO] Disembarked, Niagara Falls train station

VIA Rail’s $C 23 one-way ticket to Niagara Falls makes use of the convenient Maple Leaf train that crosses the Canadian-American border at Niagara Falls. When the train arrives at the Niagara Falls station, the passengers who had intended to go to Niagara Falls disembark along with the VIA Rail crews, while the Amtrak crews who take the Maple Leaf across the border get on.

Disembarked #ontario #niagarafalls #niagara #rail #viarail #amtrak #train

Written by Randy McDonald

April 30, 2019 at 11:00 am

[BRIEF NOTE] Some thoughts on the mass transit gaps of Canada

After VIA Rail’s service from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ontario dropped us off in that border city’s train station yesterday morning, I went inside the station to (among other things) take a look. I was interested to see the below map, depicting the GO Transit service network in southern Ontario. Niagara Falls is literally on the uttermost edge of the network, the southeasternmost extension of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s regional commuting network.

GO System Map #ontario #niagarafalls #niagara #gta #southernontario #gotransit #map

I’ll be sorting through the very enjoyable day trip to Niagara Falls for some time; sharing some of my photos is going to take up a fair amount of space, for instance. One thing that did impress me, as a Torontonian visiting from the city, was the extent to which Niagara Falls was physically removed from the heart of the Golden Horseshoe, could be substantially inaccessible even. The VIA Rail trip out in the morning was perfectly good, a comfortable ride two hours’ long that was only five minutes late, but it was not matched by a corresponding train trip back–we had to book a return trip on GO Transit, an express bus to Burlington and then a commuter rail ride east to Toronto. Had it not been for the combination of VIA and GO Transit service, we wouldn’t have been able to get there save by bus.

I live in the heart of a region that, by Canadian standards, is absurdly well-served by transit options. GO Transit does stretch far and wide, extending to Hamilton and Kitchener and Barrie and Oshawa, and bus routes do extend beyond these cities to smaller centres like Niagara Falls and Peterborough, but beyond that? Talk of developing a high-speed rail connection between Toronto and the southwest Ontario city of London have been dismissed by the new provincial government, with talk of perhaps increasing VIA Rail service, but I am unaware of this talk being solidified. There was a brief flurry of excitement this year when the mayor of Niagara Falls, New York, talked of extending commuter rail from Toronto to his city, and that does appeal to me; better yet, I think, also extend GO Transit just a bit further too, to connect to a Buffalo that while more distant from Toronto than Hamilton is also larger than Hamilton. The border, alas, is going to intervene. The Golden Horsehose will remain connected, but cities and destinations just tantalizingly out of reach will remain tantalizingly out of reach to people who do not own vehicles, to the deficit of these cities and to the Golden Horseshoe, too.

Beyond this, what do things look like for mass transit? There are, as best as I can tell, no transit links to such an eminently day-trippable community as Port Hope, just one hour’s trip east of Toronto. The Québec City-Windsor Corridor as a whole remains connected by bus and rail routes, but only barely; I cannot help but think that the lack of affordable transit connections in the arguable core of Canada is a good thing. And beyond Central Canada, mass transit options are scarce. Prince Edward Island can barely sustain decent bus routes within and between its major cities, with even the North Shore remaining consigned to private shuttles, for instance, while Atlantic Canada as a whole is lacking. At least things are better than in Western Canada, where a Greyhound hit hard by long distances and high costs has shut down most of its routes, leaving small communities especially disconnected from the wider country and with successors apparently unclear as to how they can fill the gap.

I am lucky in that I only find Niagara Falls a bit complicated to reach, and London offputting. Others outside the Golden Horseshoe, and the well-serviced conurbations of the Québec City-Windosr corridor, face worse fates, trapped in their communities without access to the wider world and facing terrible risks as they try to get out. The so-called “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia, known as being a haunt for murderers of women, could only take on this role in the first place because of the need of women to hitchhike for want of any other way to leave.

I can easily make the argument that much more funding is required for mass transit in Canada, to make it much easier for Canadians to move from one community to another. A Canada arbitrarily parceled out into communities of various sizes, each disconnected from each other with the costs of individual travel making regular travel inaccessible to most people, is a Canada that is poorer in so many ways. Why public policy in Canada has not sought to remedy this, if not through direct investment in new transit infrastructure then at least through subsidies to private companies like Greyhound, is beyond me. I would have thought the gains obvious. Far-sighted politicians should seize on this, I’d think, as an issue they can at least try to deal with.

[PHOTO] Three photos of Niagara Falls (#niagarafalls)

American and Horseshoe Falls #niagarafalls #americanfalls #horseshoefalls #niagarariver #spring #blue #sky

Permanent rainbow #niagarafalls #americanfalls #horseshoefalls #niagarariver #rainbow

Horeshoe Falls in spring melt #niagarafalls #horseshoefalls #niagarariver #spring

Written by Randy McDonald

April 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Niagara Falls, London, Québec City, Surrey, Onagawa

  • Two British tourists were kicked out of their Niagara Falls hotel for supporting striking workers at an attached restaurant. CBC reports.
  • Members of different Christian minorities from the Middle East living in London, Ontario, have united to create a new community church. CBC reports.
  • Le Devoir looks at how Québec City is torn by a debate: Should it build a streetcar or a subway?
  • The British Columbia city of surrey is currently rounding up its rogue peacocks. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities reports on how the Japanese city of Onagawa, hit by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is trying to rebuild without sprawl.