Tightrope Walker Seeks Permit from Canada

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM EDT

(Niagara Falls, Ontario) Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the 'Flying Wallenda's,' is hoping to walk a highwire over Niagara Falls this coming spring.

U.S. officials are enthusiastic about the walk and granted Wallenda permission.

However, Canadian authorities are more skeptical, worried that a mishap could cast the Niagara Falls region in a negative light.

Wednesday morning, Nik Wallenda and his father, Terry Troffer, gave a presentation to the Niagara Parks Commission.

They addressed issues concerning safety and environmental concerns.

An economic impact report compiled in Toronto, and submitted by Nik Wallenda, estimates that over 100,000 people will come to watch the event - creating a 14.3 million dollar short term benefit to the Niagara region.

The Niagara Parks Commission will now review the information and issue a final decision in a few weeks