Fi­nal rally planned be­fore vot­ing day

ELEC­TION NOTE­BOOK: Thoughts on Marineland, Ludzik and politi­cians

The Niagara Falls Review - - News -

One fi­nal rally be­fore the Oct. 22 vote is be­ing planned by the Ni­a­gara Falls Vot­ers Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

The group, which orig­i­nated on Face­book and has about 500 mem­bers, has held sev­eral ral­lies this year at which can­di­dates and vot­ers were able to mix and min­gle in­for­mally.

For vot­ers, it will be the last chance to meet the mu­nic­i­pal can­di­dates as a group be­fore elec­tion day.

Or­ga­niz­ers hope to in­crease voter turnout over re­cent elec­tions, where it has hov­ered in the 40 per cent range.

The rally will be held Mon­day, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Del­phi Hall 1 on Portage Road near the train tracks.

Ludzik has opted out

A re­minder to Ni­a­gara Falls vot­ers — al­though Steve Ludzik’s name will ap­pear on the bal­lot as a city coun­cil can­di­date, he is not run­ning.

The former Na­tional Hockey League player and fundraiser for Parkin­son’s dis­ease re­search reg­is­tered to run, but on the ad­vice of his doc­tor has re­moved him­self from the race. That was af­ter the dead­line to with­draw, though, so his name will still be on the bal­lot.

He has said that even if elected, he will not serve.

Shoot­ing from the lip

On the CKTB ra­dio may­oral de­bate ear­lier this week, chal­lenger Kim Craitor drew laughs when asked how he would han­dle the per­ceived prob­lem of Ni­a­gara hav­ing too many politi­cians.

“Uh, you shoot them all,” he joked.

“Can you erase that? I apol­o­gize. I’m frus­trated, there are too many of us.”

Marineland makeover

Dur­ing the same de­bate, chal­lenger Di­nah Man­sour broke with pop­u­lar opin­ion over the is­sue of keep­ing ma­rine an­i­mals in cap­tiv­ity.

Host Matt Holmes asked Craitor and Man­sour what they would do with Marineland if the de­ci­sion was theirs to make, fol­low­ing the death ear­lier this year of founder John Holer.

So far, op­er­a­tors of the famed Ni­a­gara Falls at­trac­tion haven’t said whether they plan to con­tinue oper­at­ing the park in Holer’s ab­sence or if they are look­ing at sell­ing it.

“I would never, in a mil­lion years if I had the op­por­tu­nity, close down Marineland but I would make it bet­ter,” said Man­sour.

“An all-year-round at­trac­tion place … it’s about peo­ple who truly care about those species.”

She would “re-create Marineland, but in a dif­fer­ent way … even for my­self, I just love to go and walk and have my time and look at all the at­trac­tions and the an­i­mals. It’s a pas­sion of mine.”

Bar­ring that, she would use it to open a neigh­bour­hood of small houses of 450 to 600 square feet, as an af­ford­able com­mu­nity with stores and ser­vices.


Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion day is Mon­day, Oct. 22.

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