by Peter Conradi/Bullet News
Nik Wallenda sits at home in Sarasota, Fla., waiting. Sometimes patiently, sometimes not so much. Each passing day the calendar becomes more and more of a factor.
"I've been told that it will happen, so I just have to believe the people who are helping me," he said. "It's hard sometimes, but we will work it out. I will never give up."
Wallenda has requested a meeting with Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan. Wallenda wants to see if there is any way the provincial government will overturn a rejection by the Niagara Parks Commission of his proposal to walk on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls.
Wallenda has permission from New York State legislators to cross the American Falls, and he has said that's what he'll do if nothing can be worked out with Chan to allow the cross-country spectacle. But he's hopeful some kind of arrangement can be reached - if only he can get his foot in the door at Queen's Park.
Chan told Bullet News prior to the Christmas break that he would welcome a chance to sit down with Wallenda. Sources have said Chan is seriously considering reversing the NPC decision. But that's just idle chatter for Wallenda; he wants to plead his case face-to-face with the minister.