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Friday April 29, 2016

19:00 The Messenger at Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 3 days left to see this film.

Rated: General
Runs: 90 minutes
Director: Su Rynard
Country: Canada

"Awe and hard science share center stage in The Messenger, a wide-ranging study of songbirds' dwindling numbers and the people who are working to protect them. Traveling the world to spotlight challenges and solutions, filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the winged tunesters' sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull as perceived intermediaries between the earthly and spiritual... Rynard's film posits that songbirds, which account for half the planet's birds, are, collectively, the canary in the coal mine of the planetary ecosystem: Their decline is a signal of conditions that will affect us all. The director visits with ornithologists, biologists and ecologists who study migratory patterns, track populations and pinpoint growing threats: light and noise pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, the blanket use of insecticides, and - news that some cat people might not want to hear - species-devastating predation by outdoor domestic felines. Rynard makes a point, too, of showing how activism and increased awareness have led to policies and practices that benefit the delicate creatures... The topics Rynard covers are as far-ranging as Mao Tse-tung's disastrous campaign against tree sparrows and a young German DJ's incorporation of birdsong in his techno compositions... Bolstering the doc's central argument, that a world without songbirds would be a greatly diminished one, are the loving images of warblers, grosbeaks and their cousins. Cinematographers Daniel Grant and Amar Arhab showcase individuals at rest, in super-macro shots, as well as in flight. The doc's stunning slo-mo footage of midair locomotion emphasizes these messengers' grace and mystery." - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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17:05 Man found dead in industrial accident in Poplar Grove, P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
A 45-year-old man from Western P.E.I. was found dead today at the scene of an industrial accident. A approximately 10:30 a.m. East Prince RCMP were dispatched to the scene of the accident in Poplar Grove, Prince Edward Island. Upon arrival, an investigation revealed that the 45-year-old male ...
16:59 Nice weekend expected across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Friday April 29th 5:00pm..A ridge of high pressure oriented east-west is located just south of NS and should remain stationary through Sunday morning resulting in sunshine and light NW winds across the island. Later on Sunday, clouds will begin to … Continue reading
16:58 Bazillion looks to repeat »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Best Risque puts streak on the line
16:42 Just for laughs »Journal-Pioneer Living
Patrick Ledwell releases second book in May
16:37 Western P.E.I. man dies in workplace accident »Journal-Pioneer Local
A 45-year-old Western P.E.I. man has died following a workplace accident Friday morning in Poplar Grove.
16:37 [URBAN NOTE] "Community Housing Tenants Weigh in on Mayor’s TCHC Task Force" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Torontoist's Catherine McIntyre reports on the latest movements regarding Toronto Community Housing.

Robert Frederickson is ready for change. Last Saturday, he, along with more than 100 other tenants, gathered at the 519 Church Street Community Centre, eager to have their thoughts heard about changes to Toronto Community Housing.

Over the last two weeks, Toronto City staff has been meeting with the public in different communities to gauge how they feel about the recommendations put forth by the Mayor’s task force on Toronto Community Housing in January. The last of the consultations took place Monday, and for most of the community, particularly TCH tenants, there’s no question that social housing is past due for an overhaul.

What that change should look like, however, is still a topic of debate. At the 519, some tenants were frustrated with what they saw in the report, while others were anxious about the unknown outcomes of the proposed changes. Perhaps Frederickson was the more optimistic of the bunch, relieved that any change was on the horizon.

“We’ve been trying to get real changes, and we’ve been promised stuff before but nothing happens,” said Frederickson, a Scarborough resident who’s lived in community housing since 1997. “This report is the first time I’ve really seen something that shows they’re serious about improving the system. I’m just waiting to see what the City comes up with.”
16:36 THE GREEN FILE: Time to start hauling the ‘good stuff’ and begin the planting season »Journal-Pioneer Living
You have a dream of an amazing garden. Perhaps, in your mind’s eye, you can see plants loaded with colour galore, others hanging with fruit and vegetables in abundance.
16:35 [URBAN NOTE] Chris Selley of the National Post on Toronto drivers and shortcut apps »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In "Apps promise to cut through gridlock, now if only Torontonians would learn how to drive", Chris Selley looks at Toronto drivers and how technology can help them improve, among other things.

Heading out of city hall on Wednesday afternoon shortly after five, the Swiftly transit app revealed that I had just missed a Bay Street bus. But as it turned out, I hadn’t: walking north at a leisurely pace, I soon caught up to it. And then passed it.

Then I stood on the corner of Dundas, for perhaps eight minutes, mouth agape, watching as eastbound motorists blocked the intersection over and over and over again. At one point not a single northbound vehicle made it through for three consecutive green lights. If you had been quick about it, you could have had a jolly picnic in the middle of Bay Street, anywhere between there and Gerrard.

There are many reasons for gridlock in this city. Some could be ameliorated if politicians had the courage to risk motorists’ irrational anger for the greater good: more restrictions on turns and parking; ending the ludicrous mixing of streetcars and cars; towing away illegal parkers even more mercilessly, and raising fines even more, than has been done under Mayor John Tory’s crackdown; a James Bond-style helicopter magnet that picks up intersection-blocking automobiles and drops them into a junkyard from a great height.

As such courage is not in overabundance, it is all the more satisfying to see private enterprise doing end runs around the problem. Using open data about transit vehicle locations, transit apps now compete to navigate you better through the gridlock. Some offer Toronto Transit Commission, Uber X, Car2Go and bike-share options on the same screen. Swiftly claims it can predict the next vehicle’s arrival better than its rivals, using its own algorithm.

And for motorists, there’s Waze — a free, advertising-supported GPS navigation app that routes and reroutes you, as necessary, based on other users’ speed (passively monitored as they go), and any reports of accidents, constructions or gridlock they enter into the app (hopefully not while driving). The more users there are, the more data there are to optimize your commute.
16:33 [ISL] "First cruise ship of season arrives in P.E.I. Monday" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Shane Ross reports on the beginning of the tourist season on Prince Edward Island.

Cruise ship season on P.E.I. begins Monday with the arrival of Veendam in Charlottetown.

Port officials say 58 cruise ships are coming this season, down slightly from last year because a couple of ships were redeployed elsewhere.

Eight of the cruise ships are visiting the Island for the first time, including a Japanese vessel in June that's making Charlottetown its only stop in Canada.

"It's called the Peace Boat-The Ocean Dream, and it's a really different type of vessel," said Corryn Morrissey, the business development manager for Port Charlottetown.

"It is predominantly Japanese passengers on board. It is a world cruise and they do a lot of educational seminars."

There are a number of improvements to the seaport this year, including more vendor space and an expansion of the cafe. The visitor information centre has been moved from Founders Hall to the old Stonehouse on Water Street.
16:12 Vipers now playing waiting game »The Guardian - Sports
Kensington needs N.L. representative to beat Moncton for shot at Don Johnson Memorial Cup
16:12 Vipers now playing waiting game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Kensington needs N.L. representative to beat Moncton for shot at Don Johnson Memorial Cup
15:49 NATIONAL AFFAIRS: PM finds his voice in fight against terror »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Sometimes you've got to be p__ed off. Justin Trudeau got there this week as his response to terrorism continues its remarkable evolution.
15:48 CAPITAL BEAT: Time for Mike Duffy to start walking the road back »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Now that the trial of Senator Mike Duffy is history, the big question that remains is, what happens next?
15:34 Prepare your "Selfie" for Emergency Preparedness week »Journal-Pioneer Local
With the 21st annual Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1-7, approaching Islander are asked to prepare their own emergency plan and kits and share them on social media.
14:38 New Brunswick to P.E.I. power cable work starting »Journal-Pioneer Local
Work on Prince Edward Island’s new power cables, set to bring electricity from the mainland, will start this weekend.
14:30 Two-tiered electricity fee discriminatory: Oppositon Leader Jamie Fox »The Guardian - Local News
Why do Islanders living in urban areas pay more on their power bills than those who live in rural P.E.I.? That was the question Opposition Leader Jamie Fox posed to the P.E.I. government today in the P.E.I. legislature. He pointed to a residential service change levied by the province’s ...
14:24 Heirloom from Holland »PEI History Guy
G’day there! Well, it’s been an absolute nutter of a week here, but I’m happy to report that Deli Gasta is more or less officially opening as of tomorrow (Saturday)! It was a heckuva process to get it up and running, with far too many curveballs to count, but somehow it’s all come together. Now the trick is to keep it humming along. Other highlights …
13:22 What's making news in Atlantic Canada »The Guardian - Local News
CROWN DROPS SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST BRITISH SAILOR Charges have been dropped against one of four British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in Halifax. The Public Prosecution Service says it reviewed the evidence against Craig Stoner and found there was not a likelihood ...
13:20 Child's play on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Living
Emerging artist Melina DesRoches goes on journey of discovery, shows her work at the MacNaught History Centre and Archives in Summerside
13:07 [NEWS] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Atlas Obscura looks at the 18th century British tradition of installing hermits in gardens.

  • Bloomberg looks at Brexit proponents who say the United Kingdom can arrange a better deal with the European Union than Switzerland, notes continued anger after the housing collapse, and studies prospects for light rail in Los Angeles.

  • CBC notes the death of K-Tel founder Phil Kives and looks at fracking damage in Oklahoma.

  • MacLean's notes that a former PQ minister who blames Liberal strength on English and Allophone voters does not know demographics.

  • National Geographic looks at Pripyat as a modern equivalent to Pompeii.

  • Open Democracy looks at the particular dynamics behind right-wing populism in Estonia.

  • Quartz notes the rise of the megacity.

  • The Toronto Star notes lessons Toronto can take from New York City on building better streets.

  • Vice looks at how the ability to learn does not require a nervous system.

  • Wired looks at the reason for the odd roads of Kansas.

12:57 It’s high time to legalize marijuana »The Guardian - Opinion
The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn’t play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and ...
12:54 Lobster plant to open soon »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE - A refurbished processing plant that will open shortly to process lobster intends to become a year-round operation. That’s the hope for Montague Bay Foods, which is preparing for the upcoming lobster season and hiring about 100 people for the workforce. “But that’s just the start,’’ ...
12:44 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes how Ryerson University has launched an incubator for the local music scene.

  • Crooked Timber notes the high minimum wage in Australia.

  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of Keith Haring getting arrested from 1982.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on a study of hot Neptunes.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that a search of WISE data did not produce Planet Nine.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Beyoncé has produced merchandise calling for her own boycott, to the anger of her detractors.

  • Languages of the World wonders how anyone could argue that Yiddish comes from Turkey, never mind argue so badly.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen is pessimistic about Greece.

  • Neuroskeptic notes a new brain study tracing human thought.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer looks at how Republicans are coming to accept Trump.

  • Towleroad notes that Timothy Conigrave's Holding the Man is set to be adapted for the movies.

  • Window on Eurasia notes Chernobyl's impact on the Soviet Union, considers which Russian federal subjects might be next for merger, and notes Russia's acceptance of a Chinese railroad built with international gauge on its territory.

12:15 Justice for one and for all »The Guardian - Opinion
Court decisions may not always be popular but our justice system is there to protect all Canadians
11:52 GST is charged on books as tax »The Guardian - Opinion
I write in reference to the editorial in the Guardian, April 26th re taxes on books. Initially, the author of this piece talks about books being a luxury, for many they are. I am an author and award-winning poet, and to date, have self-published eight books. I love books and have a fairly good ...
11:49 Big fundraiser for Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival »The Guardian - Living
To say that last Friday was a momentous evening for Rollo Bay seems almost like an understatement. As a crowd of 350 traditional music fans and far-and-wide supporters of the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival gathered at the Rollo Bay Church for the festival's anticipated fundraising concert, there was ...
11:45 The heartbeat of Prince Edward Island's music scene »The Guardian - Living
Second annual May Run Music Festival set for May 18-22
11:45 High voltage powerlines in Millvale highly charged issue »The Guardian - Opinion
Want to see a heart break of a sight? Drive by the dairy farm at the corner of the Smith Road and Millvale Road. Ask yourself how you would feel if this was in your front yard. Drive the Smith and Millvale Roads and see the homes that are roadside. Would you worry if high voltage power lines ...
11:43 Bottle water environmentally efficient »The Guardian - Opinion
In response to the recent mention of banning the sale of bottled water as an environmental initiative, it’s important to note the facts around the Canadian beverage industry and bottled water’s environmental impact. Plastic water bottles are one of the most recycled products in Canada. Made of ...
11:40 Marijuana: Smoke ’em - and tax ’em - if you’ve got ’em »The Guardian - Opinion
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors’ dental programs to more than half the province’s public libraries. In Prince Edward Island, the HST’s up one per cent, while Nova Scotia has gone ...
11:37 LETTER: Chairs would be nice »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Our grandkids take judo at the Summerside Boys and Girls Club twice a week. We love going to watch them but we have to stand for two hours, as they don’t provide any chairs for us grandparents or the parents to sit.
11:27 Universal screening for autism a good idea »The Guardian - Opinion
We don't want to see Canadian children reach school age before being identified as having autism
11:22 P.E.I. finds itself with a real opportunity to effect economic change. »The Guardian - Opinion
By Alex Whalen (guest opinion)
11:09 Former vice-principal Gregory Campbell gets 90 days for criminal harassment »The Guardian - Local News
A former vice-principal at Stonepark Intermediate School was sentenced today to 90 days in jail. Gregory Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal harassment after he stalked his ex-girlfriend. RELATED: Gregory Campbell pleads guilty to criminal harassment RELATED: Former vice-principal ...
10:50 My dream »Island Musings
I hope they do a better and more accurate job then they did with the condemnation of butter. For years telling everyone that canola oil and margarine were better for you. Seems to me that myth has been shattered. I always relate to the old saying…”I trust a cow more then a chemist.” My dream;&ellipsis;Read the full post »
09:56 [PHOTO] On Sunnyside Beach by the Palais Royale »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
09:43 Chinese children's book store holds yard sale, silent auction »The Guardian - Local News
Tina Jiang and Jun Jia noticed there was something important missing when they moved to Prince Edward Island in 2014 with their two young children, Johnny and Paul. They noted there was no social place for their now nine- and 13-year-old boys to converse and read in their own language. The ...
09:08 Father and son win Tuna Cup Award »The Guardian - Local News
Greg and Chance Norton, the winners of the 2015 Premier’s Tuna Cup, were presented with the award recently by Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “I am pleased to present captain Greg Norton and his son Chance Norton with this trophy in recognition of their significant achievement,” said MacLauchlan. ...
08:44 Daily Specials for Friday, April 29, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Friday, April 29, 2016 are:

  • Casa Mia Smoked Apple Burger $14.99
  • Hearty Chicken Vegetable and Rice Soup $4.99

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

08:18 Accessing child subsidy program can prove difficult »Journal-Pioneer Local
Charlene Wight says she is pulling her children out of daycare due to the stress and frustration of trying to get financial help through P.E.I.’s child subsidy program. The single mother of two has been getting help with her daycare bills through the child subsidy program for the last four ...
08:08 New rules will require teachers to report criminal convictions »Journal-Pioneer Local
Changes are coming that will require teachers to report if they get a criminal conviction, says Education Minister Doug Currie. That’s a change from the current system, which requires criminal background checks for new teachers but has no provisions requiring working educators to report ...
08:04 Theft Suspects - *Video* »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services are requesting the public's help in identifying the females depicted in the attached video. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this individual may contact police at 9026294172.
07:59 Impaired Driver - Man Arrested - Westcombe Cres. »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were conducting routine patrols early this morning at 3:03am, and observed a vehicle failing to stop at a stop sign. Police stopped vehicle and determined the operator was impaired. Accused, a 34 year resident of Charlottetown, was arrested and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date. Charlottetown Police Services encourage the public to report any instances of impaired driving...Call 911.
07:29 Child subsidy program difficult to access »The Guardian - Local News
Charlene Wight says she is pulling her children out of daycare due to the stress and frustration of trying to get financial help through P.E.I.’s child subsidy program. The single mother of two has been getting help with her daycare bills through the child subsidy program for the last four ...
06:42 New rules will require teachers to report criminal convictions »The Guardian - Local News
Changes are coming that will require teachers to report if they get a criminal conviction, says Education Minister Doug Currie. That’s a change from the current system, which requires criminal background checks for new teachers but has no provisions requiring working educators to report ...
02:00 Exploring youth ministry at Anglican Church workshop in Crapaud »Journal-Pioneer Living
Anglicans involved in children's, youth or family ministry on Prince Edward Island are being asked to gather for a one-day workshop to explore resources, concerns and plans for these ministries in Island parishes.This day for visioning and growing will be held at St. John the Evangelist ...
02:00 P.E.I. National Park offers bargain on season passes until June 15 »Journal-Pioneer Local
P.E.I. National Park is again offering "early bird" rates of 50 per cent off for season passes until June 15.
02:00 UPEI faculty files unfair labour practice complaint »Journal-Pioneer Local
The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association has filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Prince Edward Island labour relations board.The faculty association is alleging the UPEI board of governors has engaged in bad faith bargaining.
01:10 Island Storm prepares for two big final games as playoffs loom »The Guardian - Sports
Heartache and trouble have nothing on the Island Storm’s 2015-16 campaign. Once one of the better National Basketball League of Canada teams, the Storm has floundered in the Atlantic Division much of the season. CLICK HERE TO SEE ISLAND STORM SCORING LEADERS And there’s nothing different today ...
01:04 Down the Backstretch: Barrieau doesn't have enough wins to compete »The Guardian - Sports
The field is set for the 2016 Atlantic Regional Driver’s Championship in June at the Charlottetown Driving Park but Canada’s leading percentage driver, and former event winner, is not part of it. CLICK HERE FOR NICK'S PICKS A group of eight drivers from the three Maritime provinces will face ...
00:57 [MUSIC] Some thoughts on the legacies of Prince »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Even a week later, it's still hard for me to understand that Prince is dead. The idea of such a talented person no longer being around is something I should be used to, this the year that David Bowie died, but I'm not used to it. I don't think I should. The man's skill, as a songwriter and a musician, is astounding.
Dangerous Minds' Christopher Bickel linked to this 1985 punk version of "When Doves Cry", "When Doves Scream", noting how Prince could do whatever he wanted and at least make it interesting.

I love "When Doves Cry", remembering the first time I saw the video on MuchMusic, and of course own the genius Purple Rain album on CD. My first significant encounter with Prince was probably in 1989, with the soundtrack album for that year's Batman. Joker's trashing of the Gotham Museum would never have been so effective without "Partyman" playing on his lackeys' boomboxes.

And there's his influence on others. "Why Should I Love You?", a collaboration with Kate Bush (if, apparently, a fraught one), is one of my favourite songs off of her 1993 album The Red Shoes.

The music of Prince is something I've always enjoyed. That the genius behind the music is gone just seems wrong. We were lucky to have had him, but I still think we were unlucky that he could not stay longer.
00:33 Another year of work on P.E.I. for Olive Crane »The Guardian - Local News
Minister Richard Brown says renewing government contract of former PC party leader is not a patronage appointment
00:00 Innovator of Onsite Wastewater Management Systems Ready to Commercialize Newest Product »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
There are more than 45 million existing septic systems in North America, and a million new homes built each year use them. Most homeowners don't understand how their septic system works, nor do they know how much flow it can receive without becoming overloaded. Fortunately, now they don't have to, thanks to a new internet connected device being developed by a PEI company. Dynamic Monitors, a business unit of Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. (...
00:00 Islanders encouraged to 'Prepare your selfie' for Emergency Preparedness Week »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
To increase awareness for the 21st annual Emergency Preparedness Week - May 1- 7, Islanders are being asked to prepare their own emergency plan and 72 hour Emergency Preparedness kit and share it through social media.'I would like to encourage everyone to make sure they are ready for emergencies by developing a plan and a putting together a preparedness kit with enough supplies to last for the first 72 hours of an emergency,' said the Minister responsible...
00:00 New cancer strategy focuses on preventing and reducing lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
A new cancer strategy, released today, will provide health care providers and community partners with direction for cancer prevention and care over the next three years.Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said the 2016-2019 strategy recommends actions across the cancer control continuum, with a focus on lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.'Cancer has a huge impact on Islanders and government is firmly committed to improving cancer...
00:00 Work on Northumberland Strait electrical cables project set to begin »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Preparatory work to allow for the installation of electrical cables between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will begin this weekend, says Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar. ''This is the most significant strategic investment in the province since the construction of the Confederation bridge,' said Minister Biggar. 'Our government has worked hard to bring this about, and I am pleased that it is now getting underway...

Thursday April 28, 2016

22:24 UPEI bent on summer lockout: faculty association »The Guardian - Local News
University requests the appointment of a conciliator, says it is ‘making every reasonable effort’ to conclude an agreement
21:12 Issue amalgamation raised in legislature »The Guardian - Local News
Several communities have addressed the issue in recent years, including seven in the Montague area
21:06 Home renovation program accepting applications »The Guardian - Local News
“This year, government will provide grants of $1.35 million, an increase of $250,000”
21:01 Old stack of wax could be valuable »The Guardian - Local News
Collection of 4,000 vinyl record albums bought at an auction
21:00 Canoe Friday »justpictureit
photo - Canoe Friday

A clear optical illusion as I am not lying on my belly to take this shot. I am walking uphill. Found a French jazz singer, Zaz of Montmartre, I really like:

20:55 UPEI faculty file unfair labour practice complaint »The Guardian - Local News
The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association has filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Prince Edward Island labour relations board. The faculty association is alleging the UPEI Board of Governors has engaged in bad faith bargaining. The faculty association and the ...
20:47 [URBAN NOTE] "Neighbourhood Watch": Asma Malik of The Walrus on neighbourhood sousveillance »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In The Walrus, Asmaa Malik writes about how a Facebook group that she joined on moving to her new neighbourhood managed to disabuse her of the idea that racism in Canada was confined to Québec.

Before I moved to the east end, I joined two east-end Facebook groups. One was public and the other was not. I joined the invite-only “Pocket” community group hoping to learn more about the area and the people who share my streets, my grocery store and my subway station. The neighbourhood borders my own and is defined by its closed-loop streets that end at the ttc streetcar yard. It is located within the economically and ethnically diverse Blake-Jones corridor, and in 2012, Toronto Life listed the Pocket as one of the city’s ten hottest real-estate neighbourhoods. The volunteer-run community group is known for its work to beautify the local park and to rename an alley after the late street musician and long-time mayoral candidate, Ben Kerr. It organizes several events for residents, including movie nights for charity and block parties.

When I first joined the Pocket group, I was pleased to get useful insider information about local daycares and eavestrough-repair services. The tone of the comments on the Facebook group seemed friendly and appeared to come from well-meaning neighbours who took pride in their community.

[. . .]

On a sun-dappled summer afternoon, a member of the Pocket Facebook group posted photos of black teenagers biking on a residential street as a warning, saying that she had seem them “snooping” into private laneways and pegging them as potential suspects for a recent bike theft. As I read the comments below the pictures, I was alarmed to find that a majority of Facebook group members appreciated her alert.

Again, the assumptions about the membership of the Facebook group were evident. The poster and her supporters were not concerned about the potential consequences of uploading photos of teenagers without parental consent. Implicitly, the move pre-supposed that the parents couldn’t possibly have been members of the group. These youth were black and allegedly up to no good. Never mind that the teenagers were not guilty of doing anything but being teenagers. What was worse, the Pocket Facebook group membership included a local community police officer, who now had access to images of these targeted teens.

My earlier misgivings about the nature of the neighbourhood group quickly returned. Under the neighbourly chatter, the local recommendations and friendly swaps, lay a layer of racial assumptions, coded messaging and micro-aggressions ready to be expressed but later vehemently denied at the first provocation.
19:47 Vipers fall to 1-2 »The Guardian - Sports
Kensington looking to make adjustments for round-robin finale at Don Johnson Memorial Cup
19:47 Vipers fall to 1-2 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Kensington looking to make adjustments for round-robin finale at Don Johnson Memorial Cup
18:37 P.E.I. drops opening game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
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