Friday, September 25, 2009
Oh, Iggy... you're so full of it.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
The worthless Pearson stamp is a fine touch! see also: http://rightinniagara.blogspot.com/2008/04/smelly-liberal-poop-o-grams-keep-piling.html
“Ontario needs an "overhaul" of the hospital administration structure that allowed the closure of emergency rooms at Douglas Memorial Hospital and Port Colborne General, says provincial Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
But he won't commit to return to having hospitals run by local boards of directors, the way they were until the late 1990s when the previous Conservative government scrapped them.
"We're going to have to overhaul McGuinty's broken LHIN scheme," Hudak said in an interview Thursday.
Premier Dalton McGuinty's government created Local Health Integration Networks across the province to oversee the corporations that manage hospitals. There's a LHIN in each of 14 regions across the province, including one that serves Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant County.
"We oppose the LHIN's decision to close down the emergency rooms in those two hospitals," Hudak said.
He called it a "shame" the McGuinty government imposed a new health tax in its first budget in 2004, but is "ripping services" out of Niagara.
"Our most important goal is to hold this government to account and to fight the closure of these services in Niagara."
In creating LHINs, the government's goal was to decentralize some of the decision-making from the Ministry of Health in Toronto and put it closer to the regions where the hospitals operate.
But Hudak said it has created a level of unelected, "largely anonymous" bureaucrats who aren't accountable for their decisions.
Hudak made the comments to The Niagara Falls Review Thursday, the day after Conservative MPP John O'Toole made a statement in Queen's Park condemning the closure of the emergency rooms in Fort Erie and Port Colborne.
On Wednesday, a group of Fort Erie hospital supporters visited Queen's Park to put pressure on the government to intervene.
The Niagara Health System announced the controversial ER closures more than a year ago as part of its hospital improvement plan.
The improvement plan was ordered by the LHIN to get the NHS to balance its budget.
After a year of heated debate, community rallies -including one that led to arrests of three protestors -and intense political pressure, Douglas Memorial's emergency room is scheduled to be downgraded to an urgent care centre by the end of this month. Port Colborne's has already been converted.
A Conservative government would get advice from taxpayers and health-care professionals about what kind of administration structure would work better than a LHIN, Hudak said.
The controversy of the hospital improvement plan has left some local politicians questioning why decisions that affect individual communities like Fort Erie and Port Colborne have to be made by a regional corporation based in St. Catharines.
Niagara Falls Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni said she questioned Hudak during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa in August.
She said she wanted Hudak to commit to abolishing the LHINs, if he becomes premier, and return to the way hospitals were managed by local boards.
Ioannoni reported to council Monday that Hudak gave a safe political answer, saying he would study the issue before agreeing to bring back the local board of directors system.
"The room was full of AMO (municipal) politicians and they kind of groaned. I was looking for a yes or no. The answer was really asinine," Ioannoni said.”
What’s truly asinine is Liberal-supporter Carolynn Ioanonni’s response to Hudak trying to open a local dialogue on the health care issue. Ioannonni is acting as a pathetic party partisan.
What’s asinine is Carolynn Ioanonni not understanding that her own ideological Liberal health care monopolists are the ones responsible for the health cuts in Niagara.
What’s asinine is Carolynn Ioanonni wanting to go to Liberal hack Dalton McGuinty for help – as if McGuinty had nothing to do with creating, funding, appointing, and directing the LHIN’s!!
That’s like going for help to the criminal extortionist who just robbed you.
South Niagara got hung out to dry by the Liberals - just ask the hoodwinked-by-his-own-Liberals buffoon Vance Badawey...
Liberal-supporter Ioanonni exemplifies the kind of groaning, "head-in-the-sand" health care monopolist mindset that Liberal MP Keith Martin presciently wrote about...
Ioanonni practises the kind of political hackery that the St. Catharines Standard wrote of in their Sept.5, 2009 editorial...
When did Ioanonni ever ask her own asinine Liberal health monopolists - Smitherman, Caplan, Bradley, Craitor, or McGuinty - to 'abolish the LHIN's'?!
Can Ioanonni publicly show she made the same demands of McGuinty's monopolist Liberal health-care-cutters and tax-increasers??
And, can Ioannoni provide public copies of the responses (if any!) that she received from them?!
In the 2015 federal election the obviously pink-Liberal Ioanonni ended up running for Thomas Mulcair's divisive NDP socialists in the Niagara Falls riding.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Well, on Sept.18, 2009, Bob Rae, Michael Ignatieff and their divisive federal Liberals voted against the home renovation credit! Iggy said that it felt good to vote against the government's measures!! Nice to know that, Iggy. flip-flop, flip-flop
The Liberal spin, several months later, will be that of course they supported it in theory, but didn't actually have to support it when it came time to do so, seeing as someone else would do their work - by actually (rather than virtually) supporting the credit - for them!
Clear as mud - as clear as this continuation to my earlier July 26, 2009 post about Liberal Michael Ignatieff pouring revisionist syrup on his coalition waffle:
Regarding revisionist Iggy re-writing his own complicity in signing and supporting Stephane Bumbledore Dion's Cuckoo Coalition, we now have pinko-Grit Bob Rae also spinning lies about Ignatieff's part in supporting Dion's desperate gambit for power during Dec. 2007.
Read it - and hear Bob Rae deliver his bald-faced lies/ distorted factual acrobatics - over at Alberta Ardvark in "Bob Rae lies about the coalition":
Apparently, we are now supposed to believe, as Bob Rae ridiculously says, that "there was no coalition with the Bloc".
We all know there was a three-party coalition, signed by The Three Stooges: Dion, Duceppe and Layton.
The technicality being used to absolve Iggy's part in Dion's coalition fiasco is that Iggy did not sign the actual main coalition agreement - as (obviously) he was not Liberal leader at the time.
So: by Iggy not having signed "the" coalition agreement (which would have been weird if he did, seeing that Dion was the leader!) are we now supposed to interpret this as somehow proving that Iggy did not support it?!
Iggy not only publicly supported Dion's coalition, he endorsed it by signing the coalition's letter to the Governor General.
To now attempt to sanitize Ignatieff's tarnished image, and to pretend that Iggy did not support and endorse Dion's three-party coalition - which included the Bloc all along - is an absurd splitting of hairs.
On their first Canadian tour, famed Ukrainian band HAYDAMAKY performed at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in the Bloor West Village St. on Sat. Sept.19, 2009. Bloor St.W. was packed wall to wall with thousands of fans as HAYDAMAKY rocked out an awesome, energetic two hour set.
Friday, September 11, 2009
below: looking from slightly further south. Looks like a nice neon sign was hanging off the corner over the sidewalk.
below: Feb.25, 1953 - looking at the storefronts at the rear of the Riverside Hotel (which is at the far right), from across Bridgewater St., seen in the foreground.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
below: Looking south along River Rd., date of photo not known. NFLA notes this is Thomas Barnett's Niagara Falls Museum, built 1859, opened in 1860, and demolished in 1903 to make way for the Ontario Power Generating station surge tank (seen above, from the south); and for the Refectory restaurant, which opened in 1904, just north of the tank. Mr. Barnett owned the museum until 1877, at which time he sold it to his competitor, Saul Davis.
This drawing would have been still before the days of the railroad, which later would be built just east (to the right) of the front of the hotel.
below: Lady by the Falls, May 1976.
To see the next post in this series, go to PART 15
or, start at the beginning of my Niagara Falls Then and Now series at Part ONE.
Note the crooked utility pole standing at the corner, at the center-right, with a sign on it - this same pole with the sign can be seen in the above four photos.
In the distance, the new Tower Terminal, seen still without its roof shingles, was being built to become a new streetcar transit hub. To the right, looking north, can be seen the buildings that once fronted onto River Rd. Note signs on the Tower Terminal for Piggott Healy construction from Hamilton, who must have been the contractors for the structure.
The Piggott construction firm had done a lot of work in Niagara: they had also built the 11-storey, 260-room General Brock hotel in record time: 6 months! (opened Jul.1, 1929); they built the second Table Rock House (opened in 1926); also built the deco styled Niagara Falls Post Office on Queen St. and St.Clair Ave.(opened Jan. 1931); they built the NFCVI school in Epworth Circle in 1949, as well as the Skylon tower (opened 1965)
The architects for the Piggott-built Table Rock were Findlay and Foulis, who had not only done a lot of work for the Niagara Parks Commission, but in 1928 they also designed the 'new' Oak Hall for Sir Harry Oakes. In 1927-1928, Findlay and Foulis also designed - and Piggott built - another Loretto convent and school in the then-outskirts of Toronto, near Yonge and Wilson. Findlay and Foulis also designed the 'new' St. Patrick's Roman Catholic School on Victoria Ave. and Maple St., in 1927; the Queen Victoria Park Refectory for the Parks Commission in 1926; and the Queen Victoria Park Administrative Building for the Parks Commission in 1927.
Finlay's partner James Foulis died in Niagara falls in 1932, at the age of 50. After Foulis' death, Findlay and Mann supervised the reconstruction of the Niagara Loretto academy after the major fire of 1938. Claude Findlay went to become president of Welland Securities (Sir Harry Oakes' private investment firm, which for a while used the 1856-built Samuel Zimmerman Clifton Hill gatehouse as their office!) and he died in Niagara falls in 1965.
above: further regarding the fate of the Queen's Hotel - the original structure of the Queen's Hotel still does exist in Niagara Falls - it is now on St.Paul Ave. The placemat ad above states that the Queen's Hotel was originally built in 1872 by Philip Bender, and was known as the Cliff House. But interestingly, it also states that the River Rd. building was disassembled in 1926 and rebuilt - yet, the previous photos clearly show that the building was still there on River Rd. on Oct.6, 1927, and it was gone by Nov.8, 1927: so the 1926 date cannot be correct. That the building was actually carefully taken apart, and not demolished, gives meaning to the Oct.6, 1927 photo, which shows that the building was being neatly stripped, instead of simply being bulldozed within a matter of hours, as it otherwise surely would have been.
Therefore, the below photo is likely from some time prior to the autumn of 1928 (seeing as the tree is still in leaf), taken before the steel framework of the General Brock Hotel went up (construction started on the Brock in Jan.1929). The Tower Terminal was demolished in late 1940 to allow for the construction of the new Rainbow Bridge and its associated plaza. The streetcar tracks were removed from Roberts St. up the Newman cut, making way for a four-lane automobile connection to the also-new Queen Elizabeth highway! The Queen's Hotel had stood at the far left, where the parking lot is now seen.
(note, the NFLA dates this photo as 1943, but, by looking at the scaffolding still attached to the side of the Carillon (at the far right), it still appears to be under construction - the same way it looks in another photo slightly further below (where the Carillon scaffolding is also seen, and which the NFLA says is from 1942); so the date of this photo must be the summer of 1942, not '43)