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Government of Canada to announce support for electric vehicle sector in Niagara

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), will make an important announcement for Niagara’s electric vehicle sector tomorrow afternoon at Niagara Regional Headquarters. The investment will support the people working hard to make sure the business can reach its full potential, the government stated in a media advisory, and develop new possibilities for Canadians. Minister Tassi will be joined by Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre and Chris Bittle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines.

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WDBIA Feature with Skin by Nicole Grace
There’s an undeniable power in feeling truly comfortable in your own skin. The kind of confidence that radiates from having healthy skin can positively impact how you carry yourself and interact with others. Nicole Viccica understands this deeply, and her mission is to ensure that everyone can experience the joy of healthy, radiant skin. Now situated at the tranquil Rose Manor Bed & Breakfast, Nicole is determined to bring her transformative expertise to the heart of Welland.

Nicole’s passion and extensive knowledge in skincare stem from her personal journey with acne. Wanting to learn how to combat this herself, Nicole took matters into her own hands, embarking on extensive research to heal her skin. Nicole has since curated a personalized treatment plan that not only resolved her acne but helped push her towards helping others to do the same. Nicole’s personal wealth of knowledge about skincare has continued to grow as she has furthered her education in the skincare field and is constantly adapting to meet more client needs.

Using this knowledge, in February 2022, she founded “Skin by Nicole Grace.” Her haven of skincare offers an array of facial treatments, from invigorating exfoliation therapies to cutting-edge techniques like microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and a new high-frequency innovative acne-targeting facial. Nicole offers a range of exceptional skincare services that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and glowing. Each client receives a tailored skincare regimen after a thorough consultation with Nicole, addressing their specific needs. Nicole understands that each person’s skin is unique and requires a customized approach to achieve optimal results. Whether you’re struggling with acne, dryness, oiliness, sensitivity, or signs of aging, Nicole’s facials will leave your skin feeling hydrated, nourished, and revitalized.

Nicole’s work has been incredibly rewarding, as she witnesses her clients’ newfound comfort and confidence. For Nicole, the highlight of her day is helping others embrace their skin’s natural beauty. She is consistently on the lookout for innovative ways to enhance her treatments, ensuring her clients receive the best care possible.

You can find Skin by Nicole Grace nestled in the picturesque Rose Manor, located at 41 Frazer St, Welland. To schedule an appointment, you can reach out to Nicole through Facebook. Nicole’s hours work perfectly for those working during the day, as she is available evenings from Monday to Thursday and all weekend. Beyond her detailed knowledge of skincare, Nicole is driven by her commitment to ensuring every client feels confident in their own skin!

Don’t wait any longer; seize the opportunity to book your appointment today and embark on your own journey toward skin confidence!

Governments of Canada and Ontario bringing broadband internet to Niagara communities

Today, the Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, and the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, together with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, and Donna Skelly, Member of Provincial Parliament for Flamborough–Glanbrook, announced over $219 million in combined federal and provincial funding for Rogers to bring high-speed Internet access to more than 66,000 households in over 300 Ontario communities, including over 600 Indigenous households.

Niagara communities in the program include Beamsville, Crystal Beach, Dain City, Fonthill, Fort Erie, Grimsby, Jordan, Jordan Station, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, St. Davids, Thorold, Virgil, Wainfleet, Welland, and Wellandport.

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The following fixtures will remain dark on Bridge 13 until the replacements are installed: 

– Wheel house – upper lighting fixtures on the east side

– West tower – all lighting

– East tower – south pully fixture

Transparency needed in governance meetings: Campion, Diodati

With the province announcing recently it will be appointing a regional facilitator for Niagara in the coming weeks, many people are left wondering what Niagara will look like in the future.

While there are few details about what’s to come, other than that the facilitator will be looking to create efficiencies, at least two Niagara mayors feel that discussions should be held in open session.

Admitting it’s not a popular opinion, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said he believes Niagara has too many politicians as it is and said the more that can be condensed moving forward, the better.

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Businesses still facing obstacles, but pressures are easing: Statistics Canada

Businesses continued to expect to face a variety of obstacles related to supply chains, rising inflation, and rising costs, Statistics Canada reported in today’s release of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. However, pressures faced by businesses have continued to ease in the third quarter of 2023 relative to the previous two quarters.

Nearly one in five businesses were facing challenges maintaining inventory levels or acquiring inputs, products or supplies, either domestically or abroad. Among these businesses, nearly one-quarter expected these challenges to worsen in the short term.

Nearly half of businesses expected their operating expenses to increase over the next three months. Additionally, one-third of businesses expected their profitability to decrease, and just over one-quarter expected to increase the prices they charge.

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Media Release

City of Welland and NPCA invite volunteers to support planting a new community pollinator garden



August 31, 2023

Welland, ON – The City of Welland and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) seek volunteers to help plant a native pollinator garden at Sparrow Meadows Park this September.

Pollinators are a diverse group of creatures, including bees, butterflies, birds, and other insects, that aid in transferring pollen from flower to flower. This process results in the production of seeds, fruits, and the growth of new plants. Pollinators are crucial in pollinating more than 70 percent of food crops, including fruits, vegetables, and grains.

“Many pollinators worldwide are under serious threat due to pesticides, pollution, habitat loss, disease, and climate change,” said Dave Steven, manager of parks, forestry, cemeteries, operations, and development. “The City and NPCA recognize these threats and are working together to create a natural pollinator garden in Welland’s newest park.”

“The pollinator garden will be planted with native wildflower species that serve as either host plants or nectar sources for native pollinator species,” explained NPCA’s manager of climate change and special programs, Natalie Green. “Pollinator habitat in urban spaces can have large environmental benefits including increased biodiversity, wildlife viewing opportunities, water conservation, and water quality improvements”.

The Sparrow Meadows garden will be the newest addition to the Mickey DiFruscio and Family Legacy Pollinator Project gardens planted across the Niagara Peninsula watershed since 2017. The initiative honours the late Mickey DiFruscio, who served on the NPCA Board of Directors from 1993 to 2019 and dedicated 25 years to improving the local environment.  Planting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sparrow Meadows Park, located at 321 Julia Drive.

In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Community members interested in volunteering can sign up by emailing ibyhagrrevat@acpn.pn


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

City of Welland

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Erika Navarro


Communications Specialist





Homeless population in downtown Welland has probably tripled in the last year

Welland city council left the door open for a temporary emergency homeless shelter despite a staff recommendation to discontinue a pilot program.

Operating out of the Hooker Street Community Centre this past winter and housing a maximum of eight people, the program had 90 stays at the centre, home to Welland Tennis Club, accounting for 22 unique individuals, representing approximately three to five attendees per day.

The idea behind it came from Ward 6 Coun. Bonnie Fokkens and Ward 3 Coun. John Chiocchio, with support from Niagara Regional Police and The Hope Centre, the latter which administered the program with help from Beyond the Streets Welland.

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Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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