the definitive Prince Edward Island blogroll since 2004.

Welcome to PEI Blogs, an aggregator of weblogs (blogs), news feeds, and tweets about or located in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. Email me (link below) to add or change sites. Click on the black subject link to expand an entry, or the red blog name link to go to the entry in the blog. Click on the Sources links below to view an entire blog.

PEI Blogs is provided as a public service on a non-profit basis. Information comes from individual websites, through RSS syndication, and from a Twitter list, and is displayed automatically by PEI Blogs, who have no control over information posted. Opinions expressed by posters are not those of PEI Blogs. Information posted will not be suitable for all readers, or all age groups. Sites may portray themselves as objective, but present a very biased point of view. Please make your own decisions as to the objectivity of any site or post.

- Derek MacEwen, PEI Blogs Aggregator

PEIInfo PEIInfo, PEI's Community Website and Message Forums since 2002. Visit us at

Aggregation of selected recently-updated blogs, news feeds and tweets:

Thursday June 30, 2016

14:57 A trail of false accusations: 'It's tragic and completely unnecessary' »Journal-Pioneer Local
14:13 McCormack, Williams pitch Chevys into first »The Guardian - Sports
Gunning, Gauthier lead offence
14:00 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord »Journal-Pioneer Living
By Rev. Eddie Rossiter
13:52 Wood, Sentner ignite offence »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Mosquito AAA Mustangs defeat Eastern
13:50 All in all, it’s just another brick in the fall.. »I Used to be on TV (Jeff Hutcheson)
My good friend Mark Cullen was named a member of the Order of Canada today. The sentence stands alone in its importance. He is more than well deserving, that’s for sure. What it means is Mark has been awarded this great Canadian honour in recognition of his life long work as a horticulturalist, for his … Continue reading "All in all, it’s just another brick in the fall.."
13:36 More Brexit havoc: now Boris Johnson says he’s not running for PM »John Cairns Blog
What’s in the water in the UK? Seriously, things have gone mad over there.  The latest bombshell news is that Brexit supporter Boris Johnson has announced today – to audible gasps, might I add – he won’t run to be the new Conservative leader or PM. Word is it’s all because his supposed ally Michael Gove decided to […]
13:33 Emerald Drive in Charlottetown closed to traffic this afternoon »The Guardian - Local News
Tree-lined street between Trafalgar, Queen shut due to construction.
13:09 Two-vehicle crash in Searletown results in impaired driving charges »The Guardian - Local News
Car, van collide on Route 10 just before midnight last night, leading to arrest of 28-year-old man.
13:04 NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMN: Trudeau channels Harper on Ukraine »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Some days it's as though Stephen Harper never lost the election. OK, not most days, but some. That was a hawkish speech Justin Trudeau delivered on Ukraine to a Ukrainian-Canadian audience last week in Toronto. A robust statement of continuity in Canadian policy.
13:02 Impaired charges follow two-vehicle collision in Searletown »Journal-Pioneer Local
A 28-year-old Island man faced impaired driving charges following a two-vehicle collision on Route 10 in Searletown late Wednesday night.
12:57 Too late for Senate to get tough with Duffy now »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
This is worse than crying over spilled milk – it’s like trying to clean it up off the floor and put it back in the bucket. One thing that became clear when Senator Mike Duffy was on trial charged with defrauding the public purse through questionable expense claims was that the rules on Senate ...
12:56 CN commits to $225,000 for Confederation Players historical theatre troupe »The Guardian - Local News
Roving actors are off to Ottawa for 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation next year.
12:53 Justin Trudeau should explain truth behind raising CPP rates »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Phillip Cross a senior at MacDonald Laurer wrote an article about the ugly truth behind the reason to raise the Canada Pension Plan. The private sector in Canada is expected to allow Canada Pension Plan to pay the unfunded portion of public service pension.
12:49 LETTER: Couldn’t be a Liberal politician »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
After reading the article in the Wednesday, June 29, edition of the Journal Pioneer and Guardian, it has become clear to me why I could never be a Liberal politician.
12:34 First show in the Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series set for Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Living
The Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series is back.
12:14 Bradley shuts out Rangers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
In under-14 girls’ soccer action
12:14 Business optimism cools in P.E.I., says national voice for small business »The Guardian - Business
Island's business barometer index dropped seven points to 68, but still second highest level of optimism in Canada.
12:09 Reid, MacNeil lead way offensively »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Stratford bantams outlast Royals
12:06 Ellis, MacPherson bring diversity, solid backgrounds to Health P.E.I. »The Guardian - Opinion
By Ron Maynard (guest opinion)
12:00 Four men from P.E.I. jump, run from truck being stopped by RCMP »The Guardian - Local News
All four found, all four fail breath test for alcohol but police eventually identify driver
11:56 Color Run will impact traffic in Charlottetown on Saturday »The Guardian - Local News
One of the largest five-kilometre events in the world will take place in Charlottetown on Saturday. The Color Run begins at 9 a.m. at the Charlottetown Event Grounds on Grafton Street. Participants will travel on along Water Street, take a right onto Haviland Street, left on Richmond Street to ...
11:56 CPP payments are not a tax »The Guardian - Opinion
The changes to the Canada Pension Plan have, not surprisingly, stirred up a lot of debate. I’m not going to take a side in this one; I don’t think there is a clear answer to suit everyone. What I take issue to is the way the ‘against’ faction state their argument. Take the rather lengthy guest ...
11:54 Telus Ride for Dad joining SummeRide for parade through Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
The bikers are coming to town.
11:53 More resources needed for mental health care on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Opinion
As we all know, mental health and its many tragedies have been in our headlines lately and rightfully so. The state of our system is in a downward decline with no light at the end of the tunnel, although our politicians would like us to think otherwise. They, by the way, are doing everything ...
11:46 Brexit vote hurts Ulster »The Guardian - Opinion
Please allow me to offer a few thoughts on the result of the Brexit, as a citizen of this fine nation and a man born in the north of Ireland. I am amazed that the "Little Britain" supporters, mainly the elderly (as am I), voted to abandon a sound and profitable union in a vain search for an ...
11:43 Filling up just got a lot easier at Charlottetown's Bell Aliant Centre »The Guardian - Local News
Filling up those water bottles just got a bit easier at the Bell Aliant Centre in Charlottetown. The city’s Water and Sewer Utility Department is providing $1,600 for the facility (formerly known as the CARI Complex) to use toward its initiative called Fit It Up, which will see some of the ...
11:43 Filling water bottles now easier at Charlottetown's sports centre »The Guardian - Local News
New fill fountain installed at Bell Aliant Centre, formerly known as CARI complex
11:36 Stratford prevails in high-scoring mosquito AA baseball game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Coffin, Pierce swing hot bats
11:33 Thinga to do this Canada Day in West Prince »Journal-Pioneer Local
Tignish events coincide with IRISH Moss Festival
11:27 TODD MACLEAN: Fundraiser fun on the River Clyde »The Guardian - Living
The River Clyde flowed peacefully in the warm breeze on Sunday afternoon, as The Mill restaurant on the New Glasgow riverbank was full of people gathered for a special fundraiser event. In exactly one month’s time, a unique outdoor spectacle called the River Clyde Pageant will take place in a ...
11:20 Maynard Schurman leaves lasting legacy »The Guardian - Opinion
By Paul H. Schurman (guest opinion)
11:14 Emotionally deep connection for N.B. singer Melissa Hunt in Montague »The Guardian - Local News
Her great-grandfather was shown kindness in Montague when he was ship-wrecked off P.E.I. in 1944
11:11 Tight race atop driving standings in Charlottetown »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Bazillion draws inside post for feature
11:11 Harbourfront Theatre announces programming lineup celebrating 20 years »The Guardian - Living
SUMMERSIDE: A summer celebrating 20 years is planned for Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre. Among the highlights include an anniversary gala featuring the Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons. The summer series kicks off on July 2 with an already sold-out show featuring fiddling sensations ...
10:20 Today's editorial cartoon »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
By Wayne Wright
10:01 Daily Specials for Thursday, June 30, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Thursday, June 30, 2016 are:

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup $4.99
  • Chicken Havarti Wrap $12.99 Sauteed chicken in a whole wheat tortilla with shredded carrot, cucumber, havarti cheese and avocado sauce. Served with side house salad.

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440

09:55 Utility Department Announces Funding for Sustainability Project »City of Charlottetown
2016-06-30 The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Department is pleased to announce its support
09:53 Police ask for help with Charlottetown break, enter, theft »The Guardian - Local News
Cash missing from a home on Bell Crescent, taken sometime on weekend.
09:51 Lion Bear Fox opens Musical Mondays at Victoria Playhouse »Journal-Pioneer Living
Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox will open the Victoria Playhouse Musical Mondays on July 4.
09:39 Good clean fun offered with foam at Jellystone Park in Borden-Carleton »Journal-Pioneer Business
Children were ankles – and heads – deep in foam at the grand opening weekend of the Island’s first Jellystone Park in Borden-Carleton.
09:23 Working together trumps closing doors, building walls   »The Guardian - Opinion
The photos and video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto jogging together Tuesday across an Ottawa bridge were designed to send a message. And when U.S. President Barak Obama joined them in Ottawa Wednesday for more group hugs and smiles, the message was ...
08:36 Showers this morning expected across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Thursday June 30th 8:35am.. A low pressure system located near Gaspe Bay this morning will drift slowly eastward today, meanwhile a trough extending southward from this low is located from Gaspe Bay down through Saint John then southward. This trough … Continue reading
08:32 FOUND: Queens RCMP get help finding missing P.E.I. man »Journal-Pioneer Local
Brian MacMillan, 44, had been reported missing from Blooming Point early Thursday.
08:32 Queens RCMP asking for help to find missing P.E.I. man. »Journal-Pioneer Local
Brian MacMillan, 44, last seen around Blooming Point early Thursday.
08:29 Liquor stores on P.E.I. open regular hours on Canada Day »Journal-Pioneer Local
Most other retail stores will be open, but with early closing at suppertime
08:26 Murphy Group opening new hotel in Moncton »Journal-Pioneer Local
New boutique hotel, with Gahan House Restaurant, Brewery, to be located on corner of Moncton's Wesley, Queen Streets
08:24 Break and Enter Residence - Bell Crescent »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services responded to a complaint of break and enter at a residence on Bell Cres., yesterday evening. Thieves entered residence the previous weekend and removed a quantity of cash. Anyone with information regarding this crime may contact police at 9026294172.
07:51 Liquor stores on P.E.I. open regular hours on Canada Day »The Guardian - Local News
Most other retail stores will be open until early closing at suppertime
07:12 P.E.I. meeting most important thing he might ever do: MacAulay »The Guardian - Local News
He is hosting Atlantic premiers, federal ministers to hammer out new regional devlopment plans
06:43 FOUND: Party ends with P.E.I. man missing in North Shore dunes »The Guardian - Local News
Brian MacMillan, 44, found early today with help of police dog, ground search team
06:43 FOUND: Party ends with P.E.I. man missing in North Shore woods »The Guardian - Local News
Brian MacMillan, 44, found early today after stumbling out of wooded area where he had become lost
06:43 Queens RCMP asking for help to find missing P.E.I. man. »The Guardian - Local News
Brian MacMillan, 44, last seen around Blooming Point early Thursday.
05:14 [PHOTO] First night of Fringe in the Alley, Honest Ed's »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
First night of Fringe in the Alley #toronto #fringeto #fringe2016 #honesteds #thealley

The photos that I'll be taking this year of The Alley, the corridor between the two main buildings of Honest Ed's that serves as headquarters for Toronto Fringe, will have a certain sadness to them, at least for me. This year will be the last year that the Alley will exist: the complex, the entire block, will be torn down, and the Fringe will be moving further down Bathurst Street.
02:00 Canada Day Ceilidh in Emerald reunites Hogan with Fiddlers' Sons »Journal-Pioneer Living
Courtney Hogan welcomes back the boys from Fiddlers' Sons to Emerald for a special Canada Day Ceilidh. Along with a blend of Celtic and traditional tunes from one of P.E.I.'s most popular bands, guests will be treated to some Canada Day surprises.The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald ...
01:37 Stewart McInnes Must Be ‘Rolling In His Grave’ Travesty By His Firm »
The disgusting behaviour by a Charlottetown law firm has been enough to rile the dead, indeed a founder of McInnes Cooper must be ‘rolling in his grave’. The firm will almost need a new name and rebranding once the PEI E Gaming Audit becomes public. McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown are a bunch of political … Continue reading Stewart McInnes Must Be ‘Rolling In His Grave’ Travesty By His Firm
00:00 Government is arranging alternative delivery methods for mail »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
In the event of a work stoppage affecting postal mail delivery, the government of Prince Edward Island will ensure alternative pickup and delivery methods are available for important transactions with Islanders and businesses. Government departments have identified which services will be impacted by a work disruption at Canada Post. In the event of a disruption in mail services, the provincial government will provide information about alternative...
00:00 More Islanders using Triple P to enhance their parenting skills »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The Triple P Positive Parenting program has been growing steadily in Prince Edward Island, since its introduction in the fall of 2015.'One of the best ways to help children is to support parents,' said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. 'We are pleased to see a growing number of people accessing Triple P for help that all parents can benefit from.'Access to Triple P continues to expand with 76 practitioners now accredited...

Wednesday June 29, 2016

23:42 CBC Discover that 38% of PEI are Working Poor, After Years Under The Upturned Noses »
Disconnected and now given to publishing ‘feel good’ tripe while eliminating any Public participation, CBC PEI makes a breaking news discovery. PEI has the highest number of working poor in Canada, right under the noses of the high paid journalists reporting ‘tripe’. CBC Radio has over 900 people who make over 100,000 dollars per year, … Continue reading CBC Discover that 38% of PEI are Working Poor, After Years Under The Upturned Noses
22:26 Hockey Night in… China?! Beijing gets a KHL franchise »John Cairns Blog
With all the talk about the NHL moving into yet another non-traditional market in Las Vegas, I came across this interesting news. The Kontinental Hockey League officially confirmed this week they are placing a team in, of all places, Beijing, China. That’s right, folks. The expansion team will be known as the Kunlun Redstar and begins […]
22:12 Bantam A Wildcats named Hockey P.E.I.'s team of the year »The Guardian - Sports
MacArthur, Clinton selected top players
22:12 Bantam A Wildcats named Hockey P.E.I.'s team of the year »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MacArthur, Clinton selected top players
22:00 Big Al's »Pedaling PEI
22:00 Lovely Lupins 3 »justpictureit
photo - Lovely Lupins 3

These white lupins in my garden echo the birch trees behind them. I like the twining vetch weed in the second shot. Lupins grow very tall but the shots this week were taken when they were at their early stage with their tops still undeveloped. I think they are especially pretty at this time of year but many would disagree. I mentioned earlier in the week that besides lupins, Anne of Green Gables was a tourist draw. I found this on Twitter this week:

21:54 Tignish coach recognized by Hockey P.E.I. »The Guardian - Sports
Hackett receives award from provincial association
21:54 Tignish coach recognized by Hockey P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Hackett receives award from provincial association
21:44 Hockey P.E.I. elects board of directors »The Guardian - Sports
Thompson is president for 2016-17 season
21:44 Hockey P.E.I. elects board of directors »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Thompson is president for 2016-17 season
21:44 Beals bent on delivering »The Guardian - Sports
Holland College inks all-star guard from Halifax, N.S., for 2016-17 ACAA season
21:39 Dead heat  »The Guardian - Sports
Harness racing driversCampbell and MacPherson aim at breaking tie
21:32 Beals bent on delivering »The Guardian - Sports
Holland College inks all-star guard from Halifax, N.S., for 2016-17 ACAA season
21:32 Beals bent on delivering »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Holland College inks all-star guard from Halifax, N.S., for 2016-17 ACAA season
21:26 MacKinnon sparks Summerside bantams »Journal-Pioneer Sports
In victory over Cornwall/Sherwood
21:16 Murphy Group opening new hotel in Moncton »The Guardian - Local News
The new boutique hotel, which will house The Gahan House Restaurant and Brewery, will be located on the corner of Wesley and Queen Streets in Moncton, N.B.
21:10 'It's a dream come true,' refugee says of becoming Canadian citizen »The Guardian - Local News
Ceremonies swear in 72 P.E.I. residents from 19 countries
19:03 P.E.I.'s oldest living veteran turns 101 »Journal-Pioneer Local
Margaret (McNeill) Cooke celebrated a milestone on Wednesday.
19:02 Canadians trade P.K. Subban to Predators »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for defenceman Shea Weber.
18:58 Big trades get big reaction »The Guardian - Sports
[View the story "NHL trades get Twitter buzzing" on Storify]
18:58 Big trades get big reaction »Journal-Pioneer Sports
[View the story "NHL trades get Twitter buzzing" on Storify]
18:55 Summerside area business shine for potential immigrant partners »Journal-Pioneer Local
“I’m looking for an investor and this seemed like a great place to start.”
18:44 [URBAN NOTE] On the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival (#fringeto) »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This year, I'll once again be contributing reviews of plays at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival for Mooney on Theatre. I'll provide links as I come up with them.

In the meantime, I've seen a few interesting article on the web highlighting things of note. blogTO came up with a shortlist of twelve must-see shows, while NOW Toronto singled out ten artists as particularly noteworthy and Toronto Life identified ten particularly unusual shows.
18:32 [OBSCURA] "Justin Trudeau joins Alpha Flight in Marvel comic book" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This Canadian Press article describes something glorious.

Make way, Liberal cabinet: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have another all-Canadian crew in his corner as he suits up for his latest feature role — comic book character.

Trudeau will grace the variant cover of issue No. 5 of Marvel’s “Civil War II: Choosing Sides,” due out
Aug. 31.

Trudeau is depicted smiling, sitting relaxed in the boxing ring sporting a Maple Leaf-emblazoned tank, black shorts and red boxing gloves. Standing behind him are Puck, Sasquatch and Aurora, who are members of Canadian superhero squad Alpha Flight. In the left corner, Iron Man is seen with his arms crossed.

“I didn’t want to do a stuffy cover — just like a suit and tie — put his likeness on the cover and call it a day,” said award-winning Toronto-based cartoonist Ramon Perez.

“I wanted to kind of evoke a little bit of what’s different about him than other people in power right now. You don’t see (U.S. President Barack) Obama strutting around in boxing gear, doing push-ups in commercials or whatnot. Just throwing him in his gear and making him almost like an everyday person was kind of fun.”

The variant cover featuring Trudeau will be an alternative to the main cover in circulation showcasing Aurora, Puck, Sasquatch and Nick Fury.

Trudeau follows in the prime ministerial footsteps of his late father, Pierre, who graced the pages of “Uncanny X-Men” in 1979.
18:29 Canadians trade P.K. Subban to Predators »The Guardian - Sports
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for defenceman Shea Weber. The 27-year-old Toronto native scored six goals and 45 assists in 68 games last season for the Canadiens. Weber was Nashville's captain and scored 20 goals and 31 assists ...
18:29 Fans react in shock after Canadiens trade P.K. Subban »The Guardian - Sports
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a release that the deal would “make the Canadiens a better team
18:27 [URBAN NOTE] Three links about the problems with the John Tory Scarborough subway expansion »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In the Toronto Star, Ben Spurr in "Jury’s still out on subway’s impact on immigrants" notes that the subway expansion, contrary to Tory's claims, will not open up Toronto to Scarborough's many immigrant poor.

In an effort to win over hearts and minds for the controversial Scarborough subway extension, Mayor John Tory has suggested that a major benefit of the project would be its ability to deliver transit to underserved immigrant communities.

But the city's own analysis shows the $3.2-billion, one-stop subway would directly serve only a small number of residents in disadvantaged neigbourhoods that have high populations of newcomers.

[. . .]

Tory wrote that the subway would “promote social equity,” and charged that “many of the subway’s loudest critics do not live or work in Scarborough, where more than half the population is born outside of Canada. When they say this is too much to spend on a subway, the inference seems to be that it’s too much to spend on this part of the city.”

[. . .]

City planners determined the Scarborough subway “would directly serve very few” disadvantaged residents, which they defined as people living in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas — designated areas that are economically marginalized and often have high immigrant populations.

The proposed one-stop subway extension running along McCowan Ave. would bring only 1,700 additional residents of NIAs within walking distance of a transit station, the report found.

Christopher Bird's fisking of Tory's op-ed at Torontoist, "John Tory is Lying About the Scarborough Subway", is thorough.

John Tory’s greatest power as a politician is his veneer of respectability and reasonableness. No matter how irresponsible a position Tory takes, he is masterful at presenting himself as someone who has considered all positions and chosen the most moderate and reasoned course. Because Tory is a politician, people can often forget that this is strictly a veneer, a mantle he adopts to cloak policies that are unreasonable, ill-advised, or just plain stupid.

The latest terrible idea Tory has chosen to advance during his mayorship is the Scarborough subway. Unfortunately, the Scarborough subway is so evidently a bad idea that widespread opposition has risen to it, because it is an enormous waste of money on a bad transit strategy that the general public actually doesn’t want as much as they want the Downtown Relief Line. As the months have progressed and people do not magically agree that his terrible policy initiative is actually really good, Tory progressively gets more and more upset. The latest iteration of this is a truly mendacious column in today’s Toronto Star, which probably could have done with a once-over from the paper’s fact checkers before it hit print—because it is full of shit.

“Throughout my time in office, I have tried to be completely honest with the people of Toronto so I will make this admission: the extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway is an issue with which I’ve struggled.

“We are a city that likes to draw lines and take sides, especially when it comes to transit, and it’s easy to characterize people as either ‘for the subway’ or ‘against.'”

Well, yes. It is easy to characterize people as being for the subway or against it, because it’s a binary option. Either we build a subway or we don’t. Being for or against the subway is not the same as being for or against transit generally, which is what Tory is dishonestly suggesting here.

Also note that Tory here is also setting up one of his favored rhetorical ploys: to present everybody else as divisive and himself as a neutral problem solver. The issue with that is that this is a divisive issue, and Tory has chosen a side. He is not above this particular fray.

TVO's Steve Paikin, meanwhile, in "Why John Tory's sticking by the shaky Scarborough subway plan", looks at the reasons why Tory may press ahead regardless.

However, Mayor Tory in his heart of hearts must also wish the hard data surrounding the proposed one-stop subway now on the books were a lot firmer. I’m sure ̶ without even asking him ̶ that he wishes the ridership projections for the subway were higher; that the population per square kilometre around the subway stop were denser; and above all else, that the cost of this project (which just jumped a billion dollars earlier this month) weren’t so egregiously high. More favourable facts on the ground, which would have made this project so much more justifiable, would be such a lifeline for this mayor. Alas, those more favourable facts just aren’t there.

However, other political realities are:

For better or for worse, the prevailing political winds at all three levels of government have agreed that Scarborough must have a subway ̶ that an LRT is somehow seen as second-class, and Scarborough, after being the butt of jokes for too long and being under-resourced with public services, can’t be seen to be receiving second-class treatment any longer.
Anybody hoping to be re-elected as mayor of Toronto in two years will need to cover his suburban flank against Doug Ford, who although currently out of politics is already increasingly appearing in the media and giving every indication he’s going to challenge Tory to a mayoral rematch in 2018. He was on Newstalk1010 the same morning Tory’s op-ed appeared, blaming the mayor for the return of “the gravy train,” a slogan so compelling, it propelled his late brother Rob to mayoral victory in 2010.
At the risk of indulging in too much psychobabble, Tory knows he is a child of privilege, went to the best schools, has had some great jobs, and lived a wonderful life. It is perfectly consistent with his sense of fair play or even noblesse oblige to ensure that Scarborough, with its large numbers of new and lower income Canadians, gets a subway, even if it’s only a one-stop model.
I don’t doubt for a second that Tory has struggled hard with this issue, as he confessed in his Star op-ed. He must know the cost estimate of this project is awfully tough to justify. And given the Toronto Transit Commission’s track record on previous projects, does anyone seriously believe this thing won’t eventually cost billions more? Who knows? It’s going to take years to build. Critics will say think of all the other more useful transit projects we could have funded with that money. And they’d be right.
18:12 IO Solutions to move into new Summerside call centre by mid July  »Journal-Pioneer Local
Melanie Wallace is a busy woman these days.
17:51 Canada Post workers in P.E.I. bracing for lockout »The Guardian - Local News
Postal workers on P.E.I. are bracing for a possible national lockout by Canada Post, says a local rep. “It’s going to be desperation for most of the postal workers,’’ says Pearl Gillis Palmer, president of Charlottetown local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Roughly 140 postal ...
17:45 Strawberries could be ready for eager Islanders to enjoy this weekend »Journal-Pioneer Local
Matt Compton is hoping for a better strawberry yield than last year.
17:33 Senior fast pitch league back in action Thursday »The Guardian - Sports
Two games scheduled for City Diamond
17:33 Senior fast pitch league back in action Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Two games scheduled for City Diamond
16:49 Architecture of Peace Notebook » from peter rukavina

Today’s notebook (see also here) recycles another part of the Architecture of Peace issue of Volume magazine for its cover. It’s smaller – just 4¼ by 2¾ inches – and made to slip inside my bag. The endpapers are a lovely ruffled Japanese paper in ruddy brown.


16:45 Smith aces fifth hole at Mill River »The Guardian - Sports
Club member recorded feat Tuesday
16:45 Smith aces fifth hole at Mill River »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Club member recorded feat Tuesday
16:36 Seven Islanders expected to drive in Cummins 100 Saturday »The Guardian - Sports
Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour stops in Geary, N.B.
16:36 Seven Islanders expected to drive in Cummins 100 Saturday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour stops in Geary, N.B.
16:31 Summer gets off with a bang in Montague »The Guardian - Local News
The 2016 Montague Summer Days Cultural Festival will transform the town into P.E.I.’s largest kitchen party from this Thursday to Sunday
15:56 No opposition expressed to O'Leary's annexation application »Journal-Pioneer Local
Approximately 100 acres affected
15:16 Zombies will help raise money for Children's Wish Foundation »The Guardian - Business
Crossfire Adventure Paintball in Cavendish is partnering with the Children’s Wish Foundation in P.E.I. to raise funds at their new zombie apocalypse this summer and fall. Crossfire will donate 50 per cent of the ticket price from one of its activities, thezombie Hunt to the wish ...
15:11 [NEWS] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bloomberg reports on the problems of France's Burgundy wine region, looks at the impact of Brexit on the economy of South Africa, and thinks Airbnb will survive San Francisco.

  • Bloomberg View considers what the European Union will do next, looks at the EU's failure to capture hearts and minds, and notes that young Britons are now trapped.

  • The Globe and Mail reports on the problems of Sobeys.

  • The Inter Press Service reports on Cuban agriculture.

  • MacLean's examines the reasons for Québec separatists' disinterest in Brexit.

  • National Geographic notes the suspension of Florida's bear hunts.

  • The National Post suggests Canada could take up the slack in NATO left by the United Kingdom.

  • Open Democracy considers tabloid-driven nationalism in the former Soviet Union and features Owen Jones talking about the need for post-Brexit Britain (or England) to change.

14:58 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • The Big Picture looks at flooding in West Virginia.

  • Centauri Dreams considers how to develop a deep-space infrastructure.

  • Crooked Timber considers Boris Johnson and looks at the Norway option.

  • Dangerous Minds praises Laura Nyro.

  • The Dragon's Tales reports on Martian agriculture.

  • The LRB Blog considers the ongoing constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom.

  • The Map Room Blog looks at the results of the Spanish elections.