The View from The Niagara Guide

General observations and musings on how we can make Niagara a better place.

Reflecting My Why

Mark Kawabe - Monday, January 08, 2018

Niagara is full of fascinating stories. People. Places. History. Commerce. Community. The more people I meet and the more I learn, I realize there's so much I don't know.

I started The Niagara Guide with a desire to "connect the dots", so to speak. I wanted to have a place where people could learn about all aspects of Niagara. My job is internet marketing, but my passion is learning and sharing. This year, as The Niagara Guide turns 18, I want it to better reflect the underlying "why" that sparked its creation.

This year I intend to share more stories about Niagara. I want to explore and share the beauty of our communities. I want to learn about people's perspectives on the issues that affect us all. I want to shine more light on issues that deserve more attention.

What will that look like? Longer articles. Perhaps videos and recordings of interviews. More photos. Deeper coverage and hopefully some discussion on topics of interest. Overall, more interesting content. At least, it will be more interesting to me. I hope it will be interesting to you as well.

It's going to be an interesting year. I'm looking forward to the journey, and I hope to have the pleasure of your company. The first step beings . . . now.

Niagara Region Children's Safety Village

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, January 13, 2011

What did over 6000 students in Niagara do last year? Visit the Niagara Region Children's Safety Village!

This safe, controlled environment teaches children how to recognize and deal with dangerous situations. Police, Fire and Ambulance crews all participate in the various classroom and street scenarios making this a one-of-a-kind educational experience for kids.

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Niagara Region Children's Safety Village to the Niagara Non-Profit Guide website. This is a free service offered to all Niagara non-profit organizations and we encourage them to take us up on our offer.

If you haven't heard of the Niagara Region Children's Safety Village, have a look at their listing.

Just look both ways before you click this link : )

Subversive but True - So What Will YOU Do?

Mark Kawabe - Sunday, February 28, 2010
If you've ever wondered why we learned what we did in school and what its purpose was, here's an interesting take on it from Seth Godin.


Personally, this rings so very, very true.

I printed this off to for my son to read. He's in grade 7 right now and starting to make decisions about what high school to attend, think about career options etc.

I wonder if this is too subversive for him to read - whether it will make him question the value of his education so much he fails to succeed as a student. Then again, I look at my own life and wonder if the lessons I learned during my time being "educated" could be learned in different ways.

Do you think you've been brainwashed? If so, what are you going to do about it?


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