- Created on Friday, 27 November 2015 13:32
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
“I like to make people laugh.”
Many people enjoy doing many different things for many reasons, but David Green found his calling in comedy by wanting to make people laugh.
And you can laugh with the “PUNniest comedian in Canada” as he hosts comedy shows at the newly opened Showtime Comedy and Entertainment in downtown St. Catharines.
The 30-year-old Green fell in love with performing stand-up during his three-year return to England, where he lived until his family moved to Montreal when he was 13. His friend signed him up for his first show, and the audience loved his performance so Green was asked to come back the next day.
Shortly afterwards, he returned to Canada settling in Niagara Falls.
Green started his own monthly talk show this year, Live on Queen with David Green, filmed at Taps Brewery in Niagara Falls. It is open to the public. All shows are...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:12
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A new, free interactive app will add new traditions to this year’s 33rd annual Winter Festival of Lights.
Available on Android and Apple devices, the app features the ability to take pictures with three frame options, guides users through the festival experience, including the newest areas added to the displays, and will also help users find other Niagara Falls attractions including restaurants and sleeping accommodations.
“With each passing season we notice more of our visitors that drive through Dufferin Islands with passengers using their cellphone for taking pictures and videos of the lights,” says Tina Myers, program director in a news release. “The festival’s free mobile application provides visitors all the information they need in the palm of their hands.”
The festival will be hosting a Photo Hunt Contest in the wake of this new technology. Entries will be accepted on the opening night of the festival and users are asked to capture...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:55
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By LAURA BARTON
Despite a “unanimously supported” call to action for Lyme disease recognition and better treatment in 2014, Ontarians are still left waiting to see anything happen.
In November of 2014, Michael Mantha, New Democratic Party member of provincial parliament of Algoma-Manitoulin, went to Queen’s Park to fight against Lyme disease, asking the government to do something more to help patients.
Regardless of what he and other sources cite as unanimous support, the provincial government has yet to act.
“A year has passed, and many of those same concerned people [Lyme patients and their loved ones] are left wondering what the government has done to date. I, too, echo those concerns,” Mantha writes in a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Over the phone, Mantha says he is “calling on the Premier to go into action, to push her minister” to do something for patients across Ontario who are forced to go elsewhere...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:02
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
National Family Caregiver Week at the start of November recognizes and thanks those who have provided care to their loved ones.
“We know that over 2.6 million Ontarians are caregivers to a family member, a friend, or a loved one. These caregivers work hard to provide care to those in need but are often overlooked,” says France Gelinas, Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) Health critic.
Gelinas introduced a bill, with the help of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition, to make the first Tuesday of every April, Family Caregiver Day.
Lisa Levin, chair of Ontario Caregiver association, says, “We want family caregivers to recognize the important role they play and feel comfortable to reach out and ask for assistance when needed. The Ontario Caregiver Coalition is very grateful to the NDP and France Gelinas for introducing the Family Caregiver Day Act.”
A caregiver is a paid or unpaid position that provides...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:45
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By CONNOR MARTEN
Rudolph’s nose was more than necessary Saturday evening, as the sun set on Welland’s annual Christmas parade.
Hundreds of spectators lined both sides of East Main Street hoping to catch a glimpse of floats, friends, and festive faces during the two-hour display. Local politicians Mayor Frank Campion, and MP Vance Badawey helped lead-off the celebration, offering handshakes and smiles to many along the way.
The holiday auto-cade did not go without its speed bumps however, some complications with Santa’s little helpers led to a slight delay between floats. This ‘dramatic pause’ only added to the anticipation and, once it resumed, members of the parade were met with cheers.
Local businesses and organizations were all involved, with the displays from the Lions Club, Quad Niagara, Niagara College, Welland Shriners, and many more.
With the parade coming to a close, not even darkness could put a stop to the...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:00
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
Many people experience tiredness, energy loss, and sadness in the winter, likely because it gets darker earlier and days feel longer. This is known as “winter blues”: a mild form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Two to three per cent of Canadians will struggle with SAD. Fifteen per cent will experience a milder form – such as winter blues or February blahs.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, “Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a kind of depression that appears at certain times of the year. It usually begins in the fall when the days get shorter and lasts through the winter.”
Mood Disorders of Ontario lists the symptoms as: oversleeping, low energy, intense craving of carbohydrates, weight gain, withdrawal from social contacts and depression.
Though SAD is a form of a clinical depression, in order to be diagnosed, depression must occur only in certain seasons. Otherwise you...
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:33
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By CERENA GATILA
It’s flipflops, floral print shirts, lei necklaces and greeting “Aloha” to one another at the Seaway Mall.
For the first time, Women’s Place of South Niagara held Join the WAVE, an acronym for Walk Against Violence Everyone, in which participants dressed up in beach-like apparel and did a five-kilometre walk around the mall and raised approximately $13,165.
“We created this event because we do have a shelter in Welland and Niagara Falls, but most of our events are generally held in Niagara Falls. We do serve all of South Niagara, so we wanted to spread out our presence and host an event here in Welland,” Development Director Amanda Braet explains.
“We thought it was also important to include men, women, children of all ages and abilities because we truly believe it’s going to take the community’s effort and everyone, hence the name of the event, to wipe out domestic...