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Thursday August 25, 2016

21:00 Trail »Pedaling PEI
21:00 Wanda Lee »justpictureit
photo - Wanda Lee

20:55 Investigation continues into fish kill in West Prince »The Guardian - Local News
Test results won’t be known for at least three weeks
20:30 Tyne Valley Fire Department looking at junior firefighter program »The Guardian - Local News
"We're exploring the avenue," said William Bishop, department chief.
20:28 Truck catches fire in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
A family of four is safe after their truck caught fire on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Kent Mitchell, fire inspector for the city of Charlottetown, said the driver was driving down the road after getting gas when he noticed some smoke coming from the front ...
20:17 New act is a 'fundamental shift' in delivery of public education »The Guardian - Local News
Currie says ultimate goal is better performing students
20:00 Island Tories not wasting time hitting the campaign trail »The Guardian - Local News
Liberals have yet to set date for District 21 byelecton
19:59 Sold-out crowd attends Harbourfront Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Gala »Journal-Pioneer Local
Under the twinkling stage lights promising a kind of magic, all 520 seats were taken at the Harbourfront Theatre Wednesday evening. The celebration marked the 20th anniversary of the theatre and its continued commitment to serve the community of Summerside, by welcoming the best talent of the ...
19:53 Charlottetown hosting event to promote cycling and healthy living »The Guardian - Local News
It will include a bike rodeo, bike repair clinic, information sessions, a guided group ride, lunch, prizes and giveaways
19:50 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS »Journal-Pioneer Living
See more Community Happenings listings in Events section at the bottom of the right-hand column of this page.
18:42 Shrinking reserve looking to expand »Journal-Pioneer Local
Lennox Island interested in developing subdivision in East Bideford
18:36 Lobster price offsets landings decrease »Journal-Pioneer Local
Spring value almost as much as spring and fall combined last year
18:32 Fish kill investigation ongoing »Journal-Pioneer Local
Test results won’t be known for at least three weeks
18:03 Islanders blast Newfoundland and Labrador 13-1 in opener »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders got off to a quick start Thursday at the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship. The Islanders scored five times with a hit-around first inning en route to a 13-1 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador in Fredericton, N.B. Josh McKinnon had a ...
18:03 UPDATE: Islanders blast Newfoundland and Labrador 13-1 in opener »The Guardian - Sports
Keith Craswell couldn’t have asked for a better start. The Charlottetown Guadet’s Auto Body Islanders scored early and often in routing the Newfoundland and Labrador entry 13-1 in five innings Thursday to open the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship in Fredericton, N.B. “Jumping out and ...
18:00 Gaelic Folkways Festival and Summer Institute set for this weekend »The Guardian - Living
The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead’s second annual Eilean an Àigh: Gaelic Folkways Festival and Summer Institute is this weekend, featuring workshops and events focusing on the Island’s rich Scottish Gaelic cultural inheritance. The institute opens today at 7 p.m., with the first annual Bard ...
17:59 New Brunswick draws even »The Guardian - Sports
New Brunswick records close win over Port Perry Angels
17:59 New Brunswick draws even »Journal-Pioneer Sports
New Brunswick records close win over Port Perry Angels
17:22 New restaurant and lounge, Local 311, opening in Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
A new ownership group is taking over management of 311 Market Street, currently known as Lido’s restaurant.
17:12 Caps open camp »The Guardian - Sports
First exhibition game Saturday
17:12 Caps open camp »Journal-Pioneer Sports
First exhibition game Saturday
17:00 [URBAN NOTE] "One Tiny Ski Town Is Defying Japan’s Scary Population Slump" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Chris Cooper and Katsuyo Kuwako report on how a Hokkaido ski town, Niseko, has avoided depopulation thanks largely to an embrace of the wider world. The performance relative to the rest of Hokkaido, or to small Japanese communities generally, is notable.

Japan’s shrinking population has weighed on the world’s third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns.

Not so in Niseko, a ski resort community on the nation’s mountainous, northern island of Hokkaido that’s prospering in the face of all the demographic gloom.

The local government has embraced immigration in a way the national government hasn’t. The area’s booming economy has spurred investment in luxury hotels, restaurants, and shops--and attracted local and expat workers who’ve become full-time residents. Niseko’s population grew 2.9 percent last year to 4,952 compared with 2010 levels, the highest mark in four decades. Nationwide, the population slid 0.7 percent over the same period.

“There haven’t been any other towns that have been this successful before,” said Tatsuya Wakao, a consultant at Fujitsu Research Institute. "They did a good job in recognizing the need for foreign tourism."

True, not every rural community is blessed with the ski slopes and hot springs that Niseko enjoys. Should the town’s much larger neighbor Sapporo win its bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2026, Niseko would host the Alpine events for the games and enjoy an economic windfall.

That said, other Japanese ski resorts and tourism centers have fallen on hard times and Niseko offers broader lessons to all struggling rural towns about the power of savvy and sustained marketing as a rising middle class in Asia broadens the region’s tourism opportunities.
16:57 [URBAN NOTE] "A seat at the bar: Issues of race and class in the world of specialty coffee" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Savage Minds hosts an essay by William Cotter and Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson looking at the cultural and ethical complexities of specialty coffee.

If you’re in academia, you probably have a very close relationship with coffee. For most Americans, coffee feels like a necessary part of our day, crucial to our higher-order cognitive functioning. Coffee has been a staple in American households and workplaces for over 100 years, and coffee as a commodity is one of the most widely traded and profitable items on the international market (Pendergrast 1999). In early 19th century, coffee served as a strong index for the elite classes of American society. It was expensive, often challenging to obtain, and was consumed primarily within prestigious social circles. However, the increasing reach of white European imperialism and the fine-tuning of the mechanisms of colonial trade and exploitation led to such resources becoming accessible to a wider range of consumers. In less than a century, the notion of coffee as a beverage consumed in the drawing rooms of the upper crust eroded. Coffee instead became a ubiquitous fixture of the American working class, tied to notions of cheery productivity and the booming prosperity of the American labor force (Jimenez 1995).

Despite the place of coffee as a common fixture in the American psyche, there is an accumulation of evidence to suggest that the social meaning of coffee is again shifting. Today, it seems that coffee is being enregistered (Agha 2003), or is coming to be seen as, a symbol of a “higher class” America. But instead of the narrowly defined American elite of the past, coffee, and specifically “specialty” or “craft” coffee, is becoming an increasingly important part of the “yuppie”, “hipster” experience. Craft coffee in the United States is an industry of skilled artisans, focused on delivering handmade products to their communities. This reorientation in the American coffee industry towards a more craft-focused ideal is closely tied to the emergence and growth of independent micro-roasters and coffee shops that offer a “local”, community-centered alternative to the mass market coffee franchises that have until recently dominated the landscape of American coffee consumption (Roseberry 1996).

But specialty coffee, like other craft industries in the United States, comes with a high price tag. While the $.99 cup of coffee still exists, the world of specialty coffee is limited to those who can economically participate in the industry by paying $5 or more for a cup of coffee. This conspicuous consumption indexes an investment in not just the coffee itself, but also in how the coffee is grown, harvested, roasted, and brewed. At the same time, consumption of specialty coffee reifies the divide between the $.99 cup of coffee and the $5 cup of coffee. This is one way in which forms of stratification tied to wider issues of race and class in the United States become concrete.

The physical spaces that specialty coffee shops and roasters occupy play an important role in the wider landscape of the industry. In many cases, specialty coffee storefronts are opening their doors in urban areas undergoing gentrification. The white yuppies and hipsters at the vanguard of these changes hold an economic status that makes a five dollar cup of coffee affordable, something that in many cases cannot be said for the historical residents of these areas.

The symbiosis between the consumption-based desires of this new upper-middle class and the services provided by the specialty coffee industry creates a situation in which craft industries feed off these larger urban development projects. Gentrification encourages new specialty establishments. At the same time, the existence and proliferation of specialty coffee, in these locations, further encourages gentrification through the availability of the commodities that the new upper-middle class feel they “need”.
16:55 [URBAN NOTE] "Behind the scenes of Toronto’s $15,000 capybara caper" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Robin Levinson King goes into detail about the recent hunt for the capybaras of High Park.

This is the true story of Bonnie and Clyde.

No, not the infamous outlaws who went on an armed robbery spree during the Great Depression. This is about the two endearing but evasive capybaras who escaped from the High Park Zoo, prompting a media frenzy and month-long search and rescue mission.

Lost in the park’s 400 acres of forest, ponds and trails, the mischievous rodents evaded capture for 36 days and cost the city at least $15,000 in services and overtime for about 30 employees, according to emails from the city’s parks and recreation division obtained through access to information laws.

It all began the morning of May 24, when the capybaras, which had been purchased for a total of $700 from a Texas breeder, were dropped off at their pen in High Park Zoo.

Zookeepers had hoped to exchange the duo, who are capable of breeding, for lonely old Chewy, High Park’s OG capybara. But Bonnie and Clyde, as they were later nicknamed by city staff, had freedom in mind and went on the lam.
16:53 [URBAN NOTE] "WMDs in the west end of Toronto?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Anti-nuclear activist Zach Ruiter writes about the latest campaign against the nuclear processing plant on Lansdowne just north of Dupont, just west of me.

Toronto's west end has a new nuclear neighbour. General Electric Hitachi announced August 19 that it plans to sell its Canadian nuclear operations, including its uranium pellet plant on Lansdowne, to BWXT Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Lynchburg, Virginia's BWX Technologies, which operates one of only two facilities in the U.S. licensed to process highly enriched uranium.

BWX Technologies is the prime contractor in charge of the U.S. Department of Energy's 13,000-hectare nuclear weapons testing laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Among the "recent accomplishments" listed on the company's website: the manufacturing of the grapefruit-size plutonium cores used in the W88 thermonuclear warhead designed for the Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

If BWXT acquires the necessary licence and regulatory approval from the federal government, it will take over GE Hitachi's operations and 350 employees at three plants in Toronto, Peterborough and Arnprior. BWXT's Cambridge plant was recently awarded a $103 million contract to supply the first eight of 32 steam generators for the refurbishment of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Tiverton.

The GE Hitachi plant at 1025 Lansdowne, north of Dupont, processes 53 per cent of all the nuclear fuel used in Canada's nuclear reactors. Drums of yellowcake uranium dioxide powder are trucked into Toronto and transformed into ceramic pellets for use in fuel rods at the Pickering and Darlington reactors.

I've blogged at length about my support for the plant. I see nothing in the article to justify a change of opinion.
16:50 [URBAN NOTE] "The life and death of Peter Dickinson and The Inn on the Park" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Spacing Toronto, Chris Bateman writes about a brilliant young architect, dead too soon, and the hotel he designed.

Peter Dickinson was dying when he designed the Inn on the Park.

From a bed in Mount Sinai hospital, his body weakened from cancer, Dickinson listened to Four Seasons co-founder Isadore Sharp explain his idea for a new flagship location at Leslie and Eglinton.

Sharp’s sixteen acre site was directly opposite the west branch of the Don River, next to Sunnybrook and E. T. Seaton parks, and rose gently to a hill in the middle. It was outside the core, but Sharp hoped to lure guests to the picturesque location.

After securing the land, Sharp approached Dickinson, who had previously designed the company’s first motor lodge on Jarvis and Carlton streets.

The hotelier explained he could only afford to build a 200-room complex, but that the design should be able to accommodate expansion.

“He sketched on a pad the way the hotel looked when it opened,” Isadore Sharp told Globe and Mail architecture columnist, Adele Freedman. “This building, when it opened, was identical to the sketch.”
16:48 [URBAN NOTE] "Where Does Ottawa’s New Transit Funding Fit In Toronto’s Budget?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Steve Munro begins his analysis of the new federal funding for Toronto transit.

With many Huzzahs! the federal government announced the details of funding for many projects in Toronto and other parts of Ontario under its new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This first step concentrates on “state of good repair” (“SOGR”) projects, especially as they relate to the TTC whose capital budget has been constrained by Toronto Council’s willingness to raise new revenues for only a few pet projects.

Press reports, together with the usual tub-thumping from Mayor Tory, imply that we are about to see a huge leap in work on TTC infrastructure upgrades. This sounds good, but the truth is not quite so simple, or as photo-op worthy.

The TTC’s Capital Budget can be a forbidding document, even in the short version that is online. The full version, with detailed descriptions of every project, fills two large binders. A fundamental problem, as we have heard every year for some time now, is that the total value of the ten-year Capital Plan is not completely funded, and there is a shortfall over that period of close to $3 billion. This does not include projects with their own earmarked funding such as the Spadina Subway Extension (aka “TYSSE”) or the Scarborough Subway Extension (“SSE”).

The main issues facing the City of Toronto and the TTC are:
•Almost all ongoing funding for Capital spending has dried up at both the Provincial and Federal levels with only the Gas Tax flowing on an annual basis. This amounts to about $160 million from Ottawa and $70m from Queen’s Park (an additional $90m in Provincial funding goes to the Operating Budget).
•City borrowing is constrained by a debt ceiling target such that no more than 15% of the Property Tax income is required to service the City’s debt. Major projects added to the budget in recent years, notably the Gardiner Expressway, have pushed the City right to that line leaving no headroom to finance additional projects until the early 2020s.
•City Council has not been willing to raise additional revenues either through the property tax, or other mechanisms allowed by Queen’s Park, to service new debt beyond the 1.6% Scarborough Subway levy, and Mayor Tory’s proposed 0.5% levy to help fund some other capital needs.
•Queen’s Park announces a lot of transit funding, but this focuses on areas outside of Toronto. Even within Toronto, it flows mainly to Metrolinx, not to the City and TTC. All of the new funding is for Capital projects, not for day-to-day operations.

There is much, much more at his blog.
16:45 P.E.I. artist presents Island Images show »The Guardian - Living
Joan Thompson’s work to be on display Aug. 26-27
16:36 Reds now 3-0 »The Guardian - Sports
Host team faces defending champions in battle of only undefeated teams Thursday evening
16:36 Reds now 3-0 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Host team faces defending champions in battle of only undefeated teams Thursday evening
15:57 Driver charged for texting while driving 24 km/h over posted limit »The Guardian - Local News
Police, Highway Safety hold second day of "dynamic enforcement'
15:39 Stevenson gets first start for Islanders at senior nationals »The Guardian - Sports
Jordan Stevenson gets the ball for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders in their opener at the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship. The Islanders play Newfoundland and Labrador at 3 p.m. in Fredericton, N.B. Stevenson is 5-2 with two saves in 59 and a third innings this season ...
15:28 Gillis to play rugby at St. Thomas »The Guardian - Sports
TOSH grad expected to fill big role with Tommies
15:28 Gillis to play rugby at St. Thomas »Journal-Pioneer Sports
TOSH grad expected to fill big role with Tommies
15:26 Sidney Crosby named captain of Canada's World Cup team »The Guardian - Sports
Hockey Canada has named Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby as captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Crosby served as captain on Canada's gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was an alternate captain when Canada won gold in Vancouver in 2010. He also wore the “C” as ...
15:09 The Goblin »The Monkey Rodeo
This was, in a way, one of the simpler more elaborate looking shoots I've done in some time. It was all put together from stuff already lying around in some form or another.

14:26 Part of Richmond Street in Charlottetown closed today »The Guardian - Local News
Sidewalk closed as well, between Weymouth and Cumberland streets
14:13 Rebelles get rolling »The Guardian - Sports
Quebec records first win at national senior women's fastpitch championship
14:13 Rebelles get rolling »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Quebec records first win at national senior women's fastpitch championship
14:10 Transition from school to work »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) is concerned about the transition of students from school to work (CMEC, July 8, 2016); so am I, and so are many parents, grandparents and employers that I talk with.
13:57 [BLOG] Some Thursday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • News of Proxima Centauri b spread across the blogosphere yesterday, to Discover's D-Brief and Crux, to Joe. My. God., to the Planetary Society Blog, and to Centauri Dreams and The Dragon's Gaze.

  • blogTO notes the impending opening of Toronto's first Uniqlo and suggests TTC buses may soon have a new colour scheme.

  • The Dragon's Gaze discusses detecting exo-Titans and looks at the Kepler-539 system.

  • Marginal Revolution notes Poland's pension obligations.

  • The Map Room Blog looks at how empty maps are of use to colonialists.

  • Steve Munro examines traffic on King Street.

  • The NYR Daily looks at what an attic of ephemera reveals about early Islam.

  • Otto Pohl announces his arrival in Kurdistan.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog and Window on Eurasia note that more than half of Russia's medal-winners at the Olympics were not ethnically Russian, at least not wholly.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at Ukraine's balance sheet 25 years after independence and considers if Belarus is on the way to becoming the next Ukraine.

13:48 Cheverie favoured in tonight’s top race at CDP »The Guardian - Sports
A former great in eastern Ontario racing will try his luck against tonight’s finest at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post is‪6:30 p.m.for the 12-dash card with Montreal Phil favoured in the Race 11 feature for a $2,000 purse. The 12-year-old veteran was a former ...
13:47 Maritime Electric seeks 2017 capital budget approval from IRAC »The Guardian - Local News
Setting aside more than $29 million for distribution, transmission costs to carry on basic operations
13:43 Phase Two and The Rollaway Boys play for Pig & Whistle Dance »Journal-Pioneer Living
Phase Two and The Rollaway Boys will take the stage as part of the Pig Whistle dance band-o-rama that will happen Thursday, from 8 to 11 p.m. at New London Community Complex, 10227 Route #6 in New London.
12:58 [PHOTO] Looking towards Etobicoke from Hanlan's Point »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

Yesterday I did my traditional circumnavigation of the Toronto Islands, heading from east at Ward's Island to west at Hanlan's Point. More photos from my trip are up at my Flickr page, and at Instagram.

It was really lovely yesterday.
12:47 Bantam Chevys drop opener »The Guardian - Sports
Four-run third inning keys Newfoundland and Labrador win
12:47 Bantam Chevys drop opener »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Four-run third inning keys Newfoundland and Labrador win
12:45 P.E.I. fiddler Richard Wood welcomed to Emerald Boxcar stage »The Guardian - Living
Fiddler Courtney Hogan will welcome fellow fiddler Richard Wood to her weekly ceilidh at the Emerald Community Centre, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. The fiery fiddlers will be joined on stage by Wood’s touring singer and guitarist Gordon Belsher, and Olivia Mullins from Emerald will join the fiddlers on ...
12:17 Defending champs 3-0 »The Guardian - Sports
Lead the field at national senior women’s fastpitch championship
12:17 Defending champs 3-0 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Lead the field at national senior women’s fastpitch championship
12:09 Arsenault-Gallant scores lone goal as United advances to provincial final »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Palmer records shutout in semifinal game
12:06 Gallant records hole-in-one »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Fourth career ace at Mill River
12:01 Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run goes Aug. 27 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Proceeds go to student bursary at Holland College
11:58 Charlottetown truck driver charged after serious collision in Maine »The Guardian - Local News
A Charlottetown truck driver has been charged with aggravated driving to endanger following a collision in Maine Tuesday that has left a man with life-threatening injuries. Dario Dosen, 49, was being held in Penobscot County Jail with bail set at $10,000. Maine State Police spokesman Stephen ...
11:56 Man charged with impaired driving, woman with break and enter »Journal-Pioneer Local
A 20-year-old Summerside man has been charged with impaired driving.
11:55 Choir! Choir! Choir! to guide singing of ‘Ahead By a Century’ Friday »Journal-Pioneer Living
The choral group, Choir! Choir Choir!, will take over Memorial Hall Friday with a special one-off fundraiser performance for Charlottetown’s outdoor visual arts festival, Art in the Open.
11:10 Dreams of P.E.I. chef turn to summer nights in Provence »The Guardian - Living
Try Chef Illons's Tapenade Crusted Baked Atlantic Salmon with aProvencal-Style Potato Salad


10:42 Charlottetown Launches Cycling Event »City of Charlottetown
2016-08-25 The City of Charlottetown will host a free cycling event on Sunday, September 11 that will include
10:29 Teens lead Summerside police on chase »Journal-Pioneer Local
Two Summerside teens are in trouble after leading police on a chase Saturday night.
10:12 Arctic expedition helps P.E.I. teen’s desire for environmental work »The Guardian - Local News
Julia Richardson, 18, of Kingston says her magnificent adventure was definitely life changing
08:59 Odds improving for lieutenant-governor's job extension »The Guardian - Opinion
The stars appear to be aligning for Prince Edward Island Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis. The odds are increasing that the former broadcaster will get the extension he is anxiously seeking. Our lieutenant-governor is already working overtime since his term officially expired Aug. 15, exactly five years ...
08:51 FISH KILLS: "We are the rivers" »The Guardian - Opinion
Dramatic increase in potato acreage saw huge amounts of pesticides, fertilizer dumped onto landscape
08:48 Leap second on New Year's horizon »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: I am the previous editor in chief of New West Press and current Harvard student. Most of my family lives in Georgetown, P.E.I., but I currently live in Los Angeles. This year will end one second later than previously planned. Announced earlier this month by the International Earth ...
08:46 Loud music disrupts Mi'kmaq powwow »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: I attended the Mi'kmaq Confederacy Powwow this year, and was appalled at the volume of fiddle music making its intrusion on the music and dancing happening at the powwow. This powwow, which is held downtown Charlottetown, is "largely focused on sharing traditions with the public," and ...
08:42 Straight line works best on bypass »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: The recent announcement to build a bypass around Cornwall has many people in Charlottetown bewildered, including myself. The long-term plan to bypass Charlottetown with a much-needed third artery has been scuttled in favour of a bypass around only Cornwall? Why?Where is the problem? The ...
08:28 ‘He shot my bird feeder,' says P.E.I. man being arrested for assault »Journal-Pioneer Local
Glen Stephen Gilbert pleads guilty to assaulting teenager in July incident
08:18 In just one day, RCMP issue 74 tickets for driving infractions »Journal-Pioneer Local
Also gave 17 written warnings, towed four cars Wednesday
08:10 Divine intervention turns P.E.I. church into home for family of 12 »Journal-Pioneer Local
Through a chance encounter at Gass's store, New Dominion United Church will soon be new home for Able family
07:29 Showers expected later tonight into tomorrow across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Thursday August 25th 7:30am.. The ridge of high pressure that gave the sunshine to the region yesterday is now located off the coast east of NS and continues to move away. Clouds have since invaded the area overnight as an … Continue reading
07:26 ‘He shot my bird feeder,' says P.E.I. man being arrested for assault »The Guardian - Local News
Glen Stephen Gilbert pleads guilty to assaulting teenager in July incident
07:06 Divine intervention turns P.E.I. church into home for family of 12 »The Guardian - Local News
Through a chance encounter at Gass's store, New Dominion United Church will soon be new home for Able family
07:02 Islanders ready to begin new chapter of franchise at baseball nationals »The Guardian - Sports
Andrew Macdonald has attended four of the past five Canadian senior men’s baseball championship, but never with the team he spends all summer with. That changes today when the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders make their debut at the national championship in Fredericton, N.B. The ...
06:54 CONTEST: Jazz up your night tonight with The Guardian »The Guardian - Local News
Act quilcky as contest closes today at noon for a free draw to win supper, plus two free tickets to see Wintersleep tonight
06:54 CONTEST: We have a winner in Jazz festival contest »The Guardian - Local News
The Guardian has given away a free supper, plus two free tickets to see Wintersleep tonight
06:54 Jazz up your night with The Guardian »The Guardian - Local News
Act quilcky as contest closes today at noon for a free draw to win supper, plus two free tickets to see Wintersleep tonight
06:34 So we gathered »Island Musings
6 retirees (or almost) gathered together for steak and adult beverage on the shore of Rustico. We are age 65 to 71. None of us are overweight and all are modrately active. All have had a business career.  One has had a heart attack.  One has MS and various organs removed.  One has a new&ellipsis;Read the full post »
02:00 Anne of Ontario? That doesn't sound right »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
She may be over 110 years old, but Anne is as endearing and vivacious as ever and still enchanting audiences and readers around the world.
02:00 ARCH is creating inventory of P.E.I.'s community halls »Journal-Pioneer Living
Community halls are the social hubs in many rural areas on Prince Edward Island and the Association of Rural Community Halls (ARCH) works to support community and rural halls. A recently updated website,, aims to list all Island halls and provides a calendar of events for member halls.
01:48 Discover P.E.I. scenery on Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run, Aug. 27 »The Guardian - Living
Event to raise money for a student bursary at Holland College
00:50 Bombs away as Doucette finishes second at national home run derby »The Guardian - Sports
Dillon Doucette finished second in the home run derby at the Canadian senior men’s Wednesday in Fredericton, N.B. The Peakes native hit 17 in the first round, 16 in the second and 13 in the final. Matt Gunning won the contest with a final round 14. The nationals begin Thursday with the ...
00:02 Reds open with wins »The Guardian - Sports
Defending champs 2-0 after opening day of senior women’s fastpitch ch’ship
00:02 Reds open with wins »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Defending champs 2-0 after opening day of senior women’s fastpitch ch’ship
00:00 2016 Spring Lobster Season »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is reporting a successful spring lobster fishing season. 'Fishers on Prince Edward Island are extremely hard working individuals who are passionate about their craft. I want to thank and recognize all Island fishers for their valued contribution to our provincial economy,' said Minister McIsaac. During the spring 2016 season, lobster fishers enjoyed very strong shore prices this year in light of what appears...
00:00 New Education Act comes into effect ahead of beginning of school year »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The new Education Act and regulations are now in effect, says Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie.'Government has made significant changes in our public school system in order to empower all partners to collaborate to provide a better education for Island students,' said Minister Currie. 'The new Education Act is a modern piece of legislation designed to support these changes, and provide a framework for improving student learning...
00:00 YDAY, youth summit to bring together Islanders to discuss opportunities for youth on PEI »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Young Islanders are invited to attend YDAY, a new summit that will bring together youth from across Prince Edward Island to help shape policies and opportunities that meet the interests of young people. YDAY is a full-day event to discuss opportunities for youth on Prince Edward Island and strategies related to youth, including employment, entrepreneurship, skills and training, migration and demographic shifts, labour market challenges, and more....

Wednesday August 24, 2016

23:46 Hudson scores twice as Wildcats defeat Islanders »The Guardian - Sports
Summerside’s Jeremy McKenna scored a goal Wednesday to help the Moncton Wildcats defeat the Charlottetown Islanders 5-3 in front of 320 fans at the Pownal Sports Centre. It was the Islanders’ first game of the exhibition season. Andrew Smith and Chris Chaddock had a goal and an assist for ...
23:46 Hudson scores twice as Wildcats defeat Islanders »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Summerside’s Jeremy McKenna scored a goal Wednesday to help the Moncton Wildcats defeat the Charlottetown Islanders 5-3 in front of 320 fans at the Pownal Sports Centre. It was the Islanders’ first game of the exhibition season. Andrew Smith and Chris Chaddock had a goal and an assist for ...
23:01 Anyone been to Lethbridge? (63 Words) » | New Topics
Looking at going to Lethbridge in October.

Wondering if it is better to fly into Lethbridge airport and taxi around or fly into Calgary and rent a car to drive to Lethbridge?

Is it hard to get around by car in Lethbridge. I like walking or public transit but not sure what that is like either.

Any input is appreciated....
22:41 Bearcats assistant coach talks about his struggle with depression »The Guardian - Living
Junior A hockey team holding CMHA fundraiser Saturday
22:41 Bearcats assistant coach talks about his struggle with depression »Journal-Pioneer Living
Junior A hockey team holding CMHA fundraiser Saturday
22:36 Machinthesand torches top class at Summerside Raceway »The Guardian - Sports
‘Willie’ gets 60th lifetime victory
22:36 Machinthesand torches top class at Summerside Raceway »Journal-Pioneer Sports
‘Willie’ gets 60th lifetime victory
22:35 [URBAN NOTE] "City rules on street sales drive food cart owner bananas" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Toronto's problems with managing non-traditional street food, the Toronto Star's Jessica Botelho-Urbanski notes, have not gone away.

A woman who's selling chocolate-covered-frozen-banana treats by tricycle is feeling too ticked to ride as she tries to navigate what she says is the city's confusing licensing structure.

The High Park resident spent about $25,000 to get her chocolate-covered-frozen-banana-on-a-stick-treat business, coco-bananaz, up and running. After jumping through what she called too many hoops at city hall, she plans to shut down the tricycle-based operation for the season.

In a strongly worded letter to Mayor John Tory’s office, Stanleigh expressed her disillusionment.

“Toronto appears to be against innovation, against any sort of change, ‘CLOSED for business,’” she told Tory. “Why does a small entrepreneur have so much difficulty gaining access to information, markets and opportunities in this city?”

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“I’m totally flabbergasted," she said. “It’s a maze to try and get through, and it shouldn’t be this way. It should be clear, it should be easy, and they should give people who are trying to start small businesses access to the market.”
22:30 [URBAN NOTE] "TTC gets $500M boost from Ottawa" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Betsy Powell of the Toronto Star shares the news.

Ottawa will pump $500 million into the beleaguered TTC in 2016-17 for dozens of projects, ranging from subway and bus repairs to adding bike parking at 40 stations, the Star has learned.

The federal cash is flowing to the province and cities to spend on transit and water, to “make sure what we already have is in a state of good repair and optimizing our existing infrastructure,” Kate Monfette, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, said Monday.

It’s a substantial down-payment on the $840 million the federal government has earmarked for Toronto transit. “There are more projects to come,” Monfette said.

TTC chair Josh Colle acknowledged the funded projects are not glamorous but said the nuts-and-bolts transit work is needed to reduce breakdowns and delays.

“This kind of work just gets neglected constantly — it’s hard to ribbon-cut for a subway pump but people get angry when we close a line or a station to deal with repairs. With a (repair) backlog so big, we just need help from other levels of government. To have a federal government that gets that and steps up is really encouraging and almost unheard of.”
22:28 [URBAN NOTE] "High-rise living increasingly part of GTA’s high-priced housing" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Tess Kalinowski describes the rise of the high-rise home throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

High-rise living and sky-high home prices aren't just for downtowners any more.

Toronto is still the hotbed of condo activity, with more than half of sales occurring in the city. But apartments are a hot commodity all over, with sales across the region rising 52 per cent in July compared to the same month last year.

Low-rise home sales declined 32 per cent last month, part of a 7 per cent drop this year to date. But high rises have risen 25 per cent year over year in 2016.

The average price of a new low-rise Toronto-area home — including detached houses, semis and townhomes — continued edging closer to the $1 million mark last month, hitting $906,508 — up 12 per cent over July 2015.

At the same time, the supply of ground-level new homes has plummeted, according to an Altus Group report for the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) released Monday.