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Niagara upgraded to Red on COVID response framework

After a two-week delay from upgrades to other Ontario regions, Niagara will move into Red – Control designation on Monday, March 1. Under that designation there are still significant restrictions on some and closure for othe ...

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Lincoln firefighters brave icy lake for rescue training

By Tristan Marks NewsNow Members of the Lincoln Fire Rescue (LFR) took to the icy shores of Lake Ontario last week for several days of cold water rescue training. From Thursday to Saturday, the firefighters sharpened their critical rescue s ...

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A firefighter in an inflatable dingy pulls up a mannikin from icy Lake Ontario.

FORT featured on March 7 reno show

CTV’s new show Holmes Family Effect featuring FORT will finally air this Sunday, March 7. Popular TV personality MIke Holmes, his daughter Sherry and son Michael, were all in Smithville last summer to tape the episode. COVID-19 caused a s ...

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Opinion: Time for Grimsby 4 to resign

Grimsby residents know who they are. Mayor Jeff Jordan Coun. Dorothy Bothwell Coun. Reg Freake Coun. Lianne Vardy These elected officials’ services are clearly redundant and obviously no longer required, so they may as well just pack it i ...

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Opinion: Et tu, Harnick? Not!

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Vindictiveness. Hate. Childishness. Spite. Stubbornness. Bullying. Manipulation. Ridiculousness. When one asks, what would possess the publisher to give up four full pages of space to one silly council story, loo ...

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Opinion: Town of Grimsby needs to shuffle the deck, again

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Tuesday night of this week was Grimsby’s first – and really its only public session – for input into the 2021 budget process. Few residents would know that, because the was no proper public notice. ...

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Anatomy of a disenfranchisement

(Editor’s Note: The following is a word-for-word account of the lengthy debate conducted at Grimsby’s Town Council meeting of Tuesday, 16. It is NOT a transcript. There some simple introductions, jibberish and non-relevant chatter left ...

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Opinion: SLHS good enough for elementary students, renovating current sites worthwhile

Dear Editor, Much has already been written about the proposed new High School to be built on the border between Grimsby and Beamsville. As a former student of GDSS and retired teacher of BDSS I would like to make a few additional ...

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Opinion: Great feedback on drawings, keep it coming

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Considering it is the dead of winter, there’s a lot going on. Not all good things, like community events and such…miss those. Normally this time of year we would be raising the flag on registrat ...

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Carolinian forest expansion “natural” for Grimsby

By Tristan Marks NewsNow With some careful planning and an eye to detail, the Town of Grimsby has an opportunity to become an ecological hub and be recognized as the Carolinian Capital of Canada. That is the hope of Coun. Lianne V ...

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Region plans heightened COVID-19 safety measures

Ontario, including Niagara, is at a precarious point in the pandemic. Average cases in Niagara, while declining, remain almost as high as at the worst of the first wave, according to officials with Niagara’s department of he ...

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Opinion: An Emotional Pandemic

By Flavio Iammarino For NewsNow At this present moment we are living under a dark cloud which I call FEAR. When we speak of fear it means there is an absence of courage, and what fuels courage is FAITH. With faith we can focus and believe t ...

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Small step for West Lincoln a big step for future planning

By Tristan Marks NewsNow Last Thursday’s virtual public meeting for West Lincoln’s urban boundary expansion was another small step in a very big process. Consultants rolled out two possible concepts for expanding Smithville’ ...

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With Niagara in Grey Vaccine roll out even more key

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow With Niagara Region being the only one left in Grey-Lockdown mode of 28 regions in Ontario to see an upgrade in the COVID response framework this week, many have turned their attention to the rollout of ...

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Habitat Niagara ReStore to re-open for in-store shopping

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Niagara’s ReStore in Grimsby will re-open its doors for for in-store shopping on Tuesday, Feb. 16. During the recent lockdown, Habitat Niagara’s ReStores were closed under the provincial order, howev ...

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Much of Ontario opens, Niagara stays Grey

Much of Ontario is opening up from lockdown and going back onto the province’s COVID-19 response framework’s Red Zone, but Niagara Region is not one of them. Niagara is the lone municipality of the 27 which received an ...

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Sign issue at council Monday

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow A sign posted on Main Street East in Grimsby has town hall in a flap. The sign read, “Who speaks for the people of Ward 3?” Ward 3 councillors are John Dunstall and Randy Vaine. Last week, Clerk Sarah Kim sai ...

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Praises sung for new high school

Lincoln Council was aglow Monday night as Mat Miller, soon-to-be principal of the new West Niagara Secondary School (WNSS) announced that the new super school will open its doors to 1,500 students in September 2022. Miller present ...

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If downtown Grimsby was a blank canvas…

Grimsby DIA offers possibilities with creative visioning exercise By Joanne McDonald NewsNow When life hands you lemons, re-envision your downtown. That was the view Grimsby’s Downtown Improvement Area board of directors took over the las ...

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Region warns of phone scam about COVID-19 vaccines

​Niagara Region Public Health has received a number of reports of a phone scam in the area about the COVID-19 vaccine. Nobody is calling residents in any official capacity to schedule vaccine appointments at this time, and will never ask ...

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