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Thursday August 21, 2014

06:45 Ghiz Financing Homburg Again, More More More »
PEI Premier Robert Ghiz has jumped into financing Richard Homburg yet again. Now for the same portfolio of distressed properties dumped on Homburg by Mike Arnold and Dyne Holdings. Mike Arnold is the contact who brought Homburg into Charlottetown. Homburg … Continue reading
02:45 Double shooting near Montague »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — RCMP is investigating the discovery of two victims shot by an assailant along a rural road near here. Details are very sketchy, but police blocked off roads south of Montague to contain the scene. The Guardian spoke to a nearby resident who confirmed that a father and son were found ...
01:25 P.E.I. Privateers look to grow minor football, but need a place to call home »The Guardian - Sports
Football club finalist in TSN's Kraft Celebration Tour
01:21 Three Islanders on N.B. team at senior baseball nationals »The Guardian - Sports
MacLean, McDonald and Stevenson picked up by Chatham Ironmen
01:17 Yetman, Beaton clear waivers after being released by Islanders »The Guardian - Sports
Forwards Nathan Yetman and Zach Beaton cleared waivers after being released by the Charlottetown Islanders on Monday. “We’ll wait and see where they want to play,” Islanders general manager Grant Sonier said Wednesday. The Summerside Western Capitals own the junior A rights for both ...
01:16 Magical night for Barrieau at Summerside Raceway »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE — It was the Gilles Barrieau Show at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Wednesday night.The veteran driver, known as the Maritime Magic Man, made four trips to the winner’s circle on a card dominated by the Lady Slipper Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the Joe O’Brien Memorial ...
01:15 Athletics, Brewers pick up wins in KCBL »The Guardian - Sports
Marshall Ellis hit two home runs with three RBIs to lead the P.E.I. Brewing Company Athletics to a 9-4 win over the Peakes Bombers in Kings County Baseball League action Wednesday night. Josh Kirpatrick went the distance on the mound and chipped in with two hits, including a two-run homer. Rob ...
00:59 [LINK] "As Ebola Crisis Spreads in West Africa, Liberia's Deterioration Stands Out" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic's Dick Thompson writes about the situation in Liberia, where the ongoing West African Ebola epidemic is apparently particularly intense.

The massive effort to get control of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the most devastating in history with more than 1,350 dead to date, has taken some bizarre turns in Liberia. The country's government on Tuesday quarantined a slum in Monrovia, the capital, provoking clashes there between angry residents and authorities.

The country's public health officials had already been reduced to rounding up patients that angry mobs "liberated" from an isolation facility last weekend, imposing a nationwide curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and fighting the pernicious rumor that the hemorrhagic fever still raging through West Africa is a hoax.

The situation in Liberia has been described by an experienced member of one response team as being in "free fall," while Doctors Without Borders said the situation in Monrovia is "catastrophic." Liberia now has more cases and more deaths than any other country, with 576 patients dead, compared to 396 in Guinea and 374 in Sierra Leone. Dozens of health care workers in the country have been infected with the virus.

The deadly Ebola virus has been leaving its mark on Africa since the first outbreak in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A total of 2,473 cases and 1,350 deaths have been recorded in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria since the World Health Organization began reporting Ebola cases in March 2014. Several countries have imposed bans on airline travel.

Doctors Without Borders says there are reports that most of the country's hospitals are closed because fearful or ill health workers stopped reporting to work, and bodies are lying in the streets and in houses waiting to be collected.
00:48 Double murder near Montague »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — RCMP is investigating the discovery of two victims shot by an assailant along a rural road near here. Details are very sketchy, but police blocked off roads south of Montague to contain the scene. The Guardian spoke to a nearby resident who confirmed that a father and son were found ...
00:28 Eagles take first game »The Guardian - Sports
Joel Rogerson proved the importance of having a short memory Wednesday on a Charlottetown ball field. The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles right-fielder’s error in the top of the sixth inning led to the go-ahead run scoring for the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts. “It was a little ...
00:28 Eagles take first game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Joel Rogerson proved the importance of having a short memory Wednesday on a Charlottetown ball field. The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles right-fielder’s error in the top of the sixth inning led to the go-ahead run scoring for the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts. “It was a little ...

Wednesday August 20, 2014

23:51 [NON BLOG] A fundraiser to get people out of Gorlivka, Ukraine »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Friend of the blog Will Baird, of The Dragon's Tales and The Dragon's Gaze, is trying to fundraise five thousand American dollars to get some people out of the embattled eastern Ukrainian city Gorlovka/Horlivka. Below is the latest update.

Once again, I am continuing the fundraiser to extract the individuals from Gorlovka. We have made some progress, but we need a significantly larger amount than we have received so far to extract them.

The reason for needing to pull them out is the local militants (I have other words to describe them) have taken notice of our contacts. Given the militants have started disappearing people, our contacts need to be pulled out asap. We have someone who will do so, but it will cost in order to go and extract them.

The reason for the original date on the fundraiser was to try to get the funds into a usable form by this friday. Since there isn't a sufficient amount to do even the minimum quite yet, I'll keep reposting at 6 or 7 PM each night for this week at least until Monday.

Please use my email address (anzhalyu at gmail There are no dots or other characters, just to warn you except for the obvious final extension) for both questions and where to send the funds to on paypal. I can take cryptocurrencies, but, please, email me first. That's a little more complicated.

Through people's generosity, we are getting there. We still have $3,270 of the $5,000 goal left to raise. I will keep a running tally.

Anyone who has contributed may ask for any post they wish. I'll whip one up almost immediately.

Thank you for your help.

If you can donate, please do so.
23:50 Barrieau puts on show »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Kensington-owned horse records fastest mile
22:05 Driveway sealing (40 Words) » | New Topics
I had arranged for a guy from New Brunswick(he was going door to door in the neighborhood) who was suppose to seal my driveway last month but he never showed. Has anyone had any experience with any local driveway sealers?...
22:02 [LINK] Two notes on changing party allegiances in Québec »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The other day, Facebook's Mike kindly linked to Chantal Hébert's Toronto Star article, "Bloc Québécois MPs unlikely to stick around for next election". Continuing to lose support in Québec's regions, among non-Francophone communities, and among unions, the Bloc may plausibly disappear come the next election.

Of the four MPs who survived the NDP wave three years ago, two have since turned their backs on the Bloc. A fifth who crossed over from the NDP after the election is not expected to run again.

Ahuntsic MP Maria Mourani was shown the door by then-leader Daniel Paillé in the heat of the debate over the Parti Québécois’ proposed secularism charter last fall. She has since renounced sovereignty.

Jean-François Fortin who represents the eastern Quebec riding of Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia slammed the door on his way out last week. In a statement that was more akin to a manifesto than to a resignation letter, Fortin had nothing but harsh words for new leader Mario Beaulieu whose approach to sovereignty the MP described as folkloric.

Claude Patry was elected in Jonquière—Alma on Jack Layton’s ticket three years ago only to decide he did not belong in a federalist caucus a year later. But now he is chaffing under Beaulieu’s leadership and the new leader scrambled on Monday to talk him out of following Fortin out the door. Under any scenario, few expect this MP to seek re-election next year.

Of the remaining MPs, one — Richmond—Arthabaska’s André Bellavance — has yet to say a supportive word about his new leader since he narrowly lost the leadership to Beaulieu in June.

That leaves Richelieu MP Louis Plamondon who will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first election (as a Tory) on Sept. 4. At 71, he is both the dean of the House of Commons and the most (only?) likely Bloc incumbent to stick around for another election. If he does he may get to turn off the lights on the party that he helped create almost twenty-five years ago.

CBC's Michelle Gagnon, meanwhile, wonders in "">"Never mind the West, can Justin Trudeau crack Fortress Quebec?" exactly that question. Will the Liberals progress or will the NDP consolidate its gains? Much comes down to how the Trudeau name is perceived.

Belonging, of course, is key to politics in Quebec. The nationalism that divides party support provincially often cuts across partisan lines in the federal arena.

Being a native son, as Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney were, or a reinstated one as le bon Jack Layton became, can often be a deciding factor in winning Quebec and forming a national government.

True, Stephen Harper's Conservatives have won successive governments without much backing from Quebec. But Conservative MP Denis Lebel's current 12-day charm offensive to court Quebec voters suggests that even they know the province is not to be discounted.

By all measures, Trudeau is undeniably from here, from Montreal in particular, where he spent his teen and university years after his father retired from politics.

His French is flawless, and his knowledge of the province's set-piece political battles almost intimate.

More, his stance on abortion, legalizing marijuana, and LGBTQ issues feel homegrown, in line with Quebecers' more progressive instincts.

But he is also the son of a man considered by many here to have betrayed his own. First, by invoking the War Measures Act during the 1970 October Crisis, and then by outmaneuvering Quebec and leaving it on the sidelines during the 1982 constitutional negotiations.
21:00 Cows, Please Look Up »justpictureit
photo - Cows, Please Look Up

Beef cattle have some pretty great views to look out on in PEI, if only they would look up.

20:12 Devine has new role with Buffalo Sabres »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown's Kevin Devine is the Buffalo Sabres new director of player personnel, the team announced on Wednesday.It was part of a number of new roles for people within the organization.Devine, who is beginning his 17th season with the NHL team, had served as director of amateur scouting and ...
20:00 First Nations carver brings old wood to life in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown is losing many of its stately old elm trees to disease, but the dead wood that is left after the trees are taken down is being used by a First Nations carver, who is making the wood live again in his artwork. Master wood carver, Levi Cannon, has been hired by the City of ...
17:55 Bantam Chevys become Team P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Sports
For Baseball Canada national championship in Ontario
17:43 Race analyst calling ‘The Taxi’ Red Shores’ feature favourite »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Hail The Taxi will seek to fend off seven foes in the feature pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thursday.
17:34 Provincial peewee AAA champions to be crowned »Journal-Pioneer Sports
17:20 Bayern FC wins Champions league final »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Bayern FC captured the P.E.I. Senior Men’s Champions League final in penalty kicks.
17:08 Two people sent to hospital after car hydroplaned in East Bideford »The Guardian - Local News
EAST BIDEFORD — Two people who were taken to hospital earlier this week after their vehicle hydroplaned during heavy rain were later released.The incident occurred along Route 12 near the East Bideford Road turn-off at around 4:45 p.m. Monday.Both the driver and his female passenger were taken ...
17:04 Heating Oil provider for residents (116 Words) » | New Topics
We are new to Charlottetown and trying to estimate heating cost and choose a provider.

As this is going to be our first winter here I'm trying to project oil consumption. What would be monthly oil consumption (from to ) per month for a two story house of 1200 sq feet? We have a relatively modern Irving Boiler in the cellar and 900 liters external oil tank.

As for the oil supplier, there is a bunch of them delivering oil but it's hard to understand the difference. I do realize that each has pros and cons but if someone can give me a couple of best options it would be greatly appreciated....
17:04 Wood in hunter river/new glasgow area (44 Words) » | New Topics
Looking for possible contact information for people who sell and/or deliver cut wood for homes in the new glasgow area. Any help is very, very appreciated. First winter in the area is coming and want to have wood stocked before the cold sets in...
16:56 Prince Edward Island Potato Board launches video series »The Guardian - Local News
Sharing the History of the P.E.I. Potato Industry with the Next Generation centrepiece of five-video series
16:53 [LINK] "Ebola outbreak: Africans understandably wary about promised cures" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC's Daniel Schwartz examines how, in the context of the expanding Ebola epidemic, African skepticism about foreign medical systems is often grounded in recent bad experience with said.

For example, in Nigeria in 1996, when a meningitis epidemic was underway, the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer arrived in the hot zone in Kano. Its representatives immediately set up their clinic next to the makeshift tents of a hospital then staffed mostly by Doctors Without Borders.

Meningitis, an inflammation in a membrane surrounding the brain or spinal cord, affects mostly children, and without treatment, about half of those infected will die.

Pfizer had a new treatment that it wanted to test, so its doctors gave Trovan (floxacin) to about half the 200 children they treated, while the other half received an approved drug for meningitis.

About five per cent of the patients taking the experimental Trovan died, while some others were left blind, deaf and/or paralyzed.

In the aftermath, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refused to approve Trovan, hundreds of Nigerian parents sued Pfizer and the company eventually settled in 2009. (Its position was that it was the disease that had caused the deaths and other conditions.)

Pfizer claimed to have permission from the local hospital to conduct its experiment, but the approval letter was said to be a forgery. Pfizer claimed it had informed consent from the patients’ families but could not provide written proof.

Harriet Washington, who wrote about the Trovan case in her 2011 book Deadly Monopolies, told CBC News that in the absence of that consent, people in Kano "had no way of distinguishing the doctors who are giving approved drugs meant to work, from doctors right next to them who are giving them something experimental."
16:44 [LINK] "Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biology" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Will Baird of The Dragon's Tales linked to fascinating news that genetic analysis allows scientists to make informed speculation about the last universal common ancestor of life forms now extant on Earth. This is not the same as the first life form on Earth, it should be noted, but this is still remarkable progress.

Bacteria and archaea share many common features such as genes, proteins and mechanisms of reading DNA, initially leading scientists to believe they were just different types of bacteria. Their classification changed in the 1970's after extreme differences were found in the way they replicate DNA and in the structure of their cell membrane. As they both stemmed from LUCA, scientists set out to find answers in the structure and function of LUCA's membrane.

Dr Nick Lane (UCL Biosciences) who led the study said, "I find this work just beautiful – it constrains a sequence of steps going from the strange cell that seems to have been the ancestor of all life today, right through to the deep division between modern cells. From a single basic idea, the model can explain the fundamental differences between bacteria and archaea. Is it right? I'd like to think so, but more importantly, it makes some clear predictions that we plan to test in the future."

Data from the study strongly suggest that LUCA lived in the area where ancient seawater, dense with positively charged particles called protons, mixed with warm alkaline vent fluid, which contained few protons. The difference in the concentration of protons across these two environments enabled protons to flow into the cell, driving the production of a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which powered the growth of cells, just as it does today. However, unlike modern cells the scientists believe this could only happen if the membrane was 'leaky', enabling protons to leave the cell spontaneously so more protons could enter to power growth.

Dr Lane said: "In these deep sea vents, there is a continuous flow of alkaline fluids, which mix with the ocean waters. When they mix, the fluids neutralise each other, and that stops any build-up of charge which would otherwise prevent protons flowing into the cell. If the first cells had leaky membranes, then protons could enter and then be neutralised, or leave again, almost as if there was no barrier at all. What we've shown is that the rate at which protons enter and leave is high enough to power the growth of cells via proteins embedded in the membrane. So LUCA could have been powered by natural proton gradients in vents, but only if it had a really leaky membrane, completely unlike today's cells."

To escape from these seabed vents, LUCA had to adapt its membrane to pump protons out of the cell, in order for them to flow back in again to help drive ATP production. The study suggests that the bacteria and archaea developed completely different cell membrane structures and proton pumps, whilst keeping the same machinery for powering growth. It also explains why they differ in fundamental traits that depend on the membrane such as DNA replication.
16:39 [LINK] "If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Dennis Dimick's National Geographic News article examining ways in which California's drought can get worse, through the irreversible depletion of aquifers, is worrisome reading. It's starting to appear as if California--its culture, its economy--is going to have to change permanently if it is to survive.

Groundwater comes from aquifers—spongelike gravel and sand-filled underground reservoirs—and we see this water only when it flows from springs and wells. In the United States we rely on this hidden—and shrinking—water supply to meet half our needs, and as drought shrinks surface water in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, we rely on groundwater from aquifers even more. Some shallow aquifers recharge from surface water, but deeper aquifers contain ancient water locked in the earth by changes in geology thousands or millions of years ago. These aquifers typically cannot recharge, and once this "fossil" water is gone, it is gone forever—potentially changing how and where we can live and grow food, among other things.

A severe drought in California—now approaching four years long—has depleted snowpacks, rivers, and lakes, and groundwater use has soared to make up the shortfall. A new report from Stanford University says that nearly 60 percent of the state's water needs are now met by groundwater, up from 40 percent in years when normal amounts of rain and snow fall.

Relying on groundwater to make up for shrinking surface water supplies comes at a rising price, and this hidden water found in California's Central Valley aquifers is the focus of what amounts to a new gold rush. Well-drillers are working overtime, and as Brian Clark Howard reported here last week, farmers and homeowners short of water now must wait in line more than a year for their new wells.

In most years, aquifers recharge as rainfall and streamflow seep into unpaved ground. But during drought the water table—the depth at which water is found below the surface—drops as water is pumped from the ground faster than it can recharge. As Howard reported, Central Valley wells that used to strike water at 500 feet deep must now be drilled down 1,000 feet or more, at a cost of more than $300,000 for a single well. And as aquifers are depleted, the land also begins to subside, or sink.

Unlike those in other western states, Californians know little about their groundwater supply because well-drilling records are kept secret from public view, and there is no statewide policy limiting groundwater use. State legislators are contemplating a measure that would regulate and limit groundwater use, but even if it passes, compliance plans wouldn't be required until 2020, and full restrictions wouldn't kick in until 2040. California property owners now can pump as much water as they want from under the ground they own.
16:09 Contemporary Canadian artist collaborates with Island First Nations youth »Journal-Pioneer Living
As part of their fourth annual outdoor art festival, Art in the Open will be facilitating several artist residencies in the lead-up to their main event on Aug. 23.
16:02 Lennie Gallant’s Searching for Abegweit extended due to popular demand »Journal-Pioneer Living
After many summers spent touring the continent, Lennie Gallant has enjoyed the golden season on the Island this year.
15:42 Tax incentives could be the answer »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Summerside is in a good place these days.
15:41 Big second half clinches Hillsborough win over S’side »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Hillsborough United scored four unanswered second-half goals to break open a close playoff game in the Subway P.E.I. Under-16 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) recently.
15:29 Stewart, Muttart have big efforts for Clippers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
HUNTER RIVER – Jennifer Stewart and Hope Muttart each scored two goals to lead the Central Queens Clippers to a 4-0 win over the Morell Strikers.
15:28 Chemicals in food making us sick »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, Giant corporations play havoc in the food production, as their drive is to produce more for less.Without unbiased research, one would never suspect the grave dangers of different products and/or the ingredients in them.
15:26 P.E.I. Potato Industry’s history video launched »Journal-Pioneer Local
O’LEARY -- The reminiscing continued Wednesday well after a video on the history of the Prince Edward Island potato industry ended.
15:23 Curran goal lifts Eagles to win »Journal-Pioneer Sports
WINSLOE – Ryan Curran’s goal in the 84th minute broke a 2-2 tie, and sent the Eastern Eagles to a 3-2 victory over the Charlottetown/Winsloe Royals in a recent Subway P.E.I. Under-16 Boys Soccer League (Premier Division) game.
15:00 Entitled politicians got a little too cosy »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The summer of 2014 has been a bad one for Canadian politicians who have slipped into the dark world of imagined entitlement.
14:54 P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festivals marks 10-year anniversary »The Guardian - Living
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival, Aug. 21-23.Over the course of the past decade over 250 jazz, blues, RB, soul, funk and gospel performances have taken place on the festival’s stages.Since this is also the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown ...
14:40 “Balanced” and “Unbalanced” Journalism »PEI Curmudgeon's Blog
Journalists and editors seem to insist on balanced reporting. This involves statements from different sides of an argument, but too often doesn’t involve any fact checking. Jay Rosen at PressThink has an example on an accusation of plagiarism against Rick … Continue reading
14:16 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Centauri Dreamns comments on the way SETI is akin to casino gambling.

  • Crasstalk's commentary on a ridiculous New York Post article arguing that catcalling is a good thing should be read.

  • D-Brief notes evidence suggesting that the short height of Africa's Pygmies evolved on multiple occasions.

  • Eastern Approaches interviews Ukrainian rebels on the Russian side of the porous Russian-Ukrainian border.

  • A Fistful of Euros' Edward Hugh considers the chances of the Euro crisis reigniting over Italian and southern European debt.

  • Language Hat links to an article tracing efforts to preserve the Californian language of Wukchumni via its last speaker.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a ridiculously terrible American journalist (morally and otherwise).

  • Marginal Revolution notes the continuing economic decline of print journalism.

  • Personal Reflection's Jim Belshaw complains about the Australian government in terms akin to ones I've heard of in Canada.

  • Torontoist quotes Toronto city councillor Josh Matlow's complaint that the fare for the proposed express train to Pearson is not very competitive with taxis.

  • Towleroad points to a recent pogrom against queer people in Uganda, killing seven.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell is appalled by ill-thought media-driven criticism of British public healthcare.

14:04 Red Rock Wrestling - STREETFIGHT (95 Words) » | New Topics
Red Rock Wrestling

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Septemeber 12th, 2014

Lincoln Steen vs. (c) "Kowboy" Mike Hughes

Also Appearing: Chris Cooke, Riddick Stone, Sexton Phenoix, Vorhees, Wesley Pipes, Dick Durning

Gate Tickets
Everyone: $15

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Available at Naturally Fit Charlottetown + Phinleys Diner Stratford


14:02 Belleisle Farms coleslaw recalled over possible listeria contamination »The Guardian - Local News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall notice for a brand of coleslaw sold in P.E.I. because of possible listeria contamination. The recall covers Belleisle Farms Garden Fresh Cole Slaw in 227 gram bags with a best before date of Aug. 19 and UPC code 0 33383 65260 3. Bags of ...
13:38 Kensington awarded Atlantic major midget hockey championship »The Guardian - Sports
KENSINGTON – A major hockey championship is coming to Kensington. Hockey P.E.I. announced on Wednesday morning a selection committee comprised of members of the provincial association’s minor council selected the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild to host the 2015 Atlantic major midget hockey ...
12:50 Bedeque rink back from the brink »Journal-Pioneer Local
CENTRAL BEDEQUE – Wednesday was a big day for the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre.
12:50 UPDATED: Bedeque rink back from the brink »Journal-Pioneer Local
CENTRAL BEDEQUE – Duane MacDonald grew up playing hockey in the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre and now, thanks to his efforts and those of a lot of other volunteers, future generations will do the same.
12:30 Tina Mundy not reoffering for Summerside city council »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — A city councillor has announced she will not be reoffering in the Nov. 3 civic election. Tina Mundy made the announcement during the August council meeting Monday night. She said the reason she was announcing this early is to give others an opportunity to consider running for ...
12:24 Opportunity knocks twice on garage move »The Guardian - Opinion
Brackley doubles much-needed tax base; city overcomes hurdle blocking new arena
12:20 Leadership in UPEI athletics begins at the very top »The Guardian - Opinion
By Mike Redmond (guest opinion)
12:10 P.E.I.’s liquor woes: Surcharge constrains initiative »The Guardian - Opinion
By Shaun Fantauzzo (guest opinion)
12:08 Guest sermon spells it out »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I believe I never wrote about a Guest Sermon, but Bill Arsenault’s “Jesus brings Life”, The Guardian Saturday, August 16, 2014, brings a ray of hope for Christians everywhere! It opened my eyes to the real issue between pro-life and pro-choice.Pro-Life or pro-death is the real issue. ...
12:05 Doubtful help on this topic »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In his letter to the Editor, 14 August, 2004, Stephen DeGrace claims he and his group of pro-abortionists were treated with a gift from God because of a “tasteless anti-abortion protest”.Personally, I know very little about God but I strongly doubt that He was working on behalf of ...
12:00 ‘They Shall Not Pass’ »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: August 18, 1936m is an important date in the arts and politics, especially in Spain, and for those with progressive political sympathies around the world.Within that context I think that it would be more than appropriate to acknowledge the death of the well-known progressive Spanish ...
12:00 Issue #147: Batman, Shazam, and Our Pull Lists »Misfortune Cookie

Issue #147: Batman, Shazam, and Our Pull Lists Download Directly From iTunes Feedburner Link Welcome back to another Talking Comics Podcast! Stephanie is out for one more week and in her place we have fellow Canadian Nikki Alfaro(@iamasianbatgirl)! This week on the show we pick the 5 books we can’t live without, swap 3 DC […]

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12:00 Summerside woman jailed for threats, other charges »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — A 21-year-old city woman will spend 60 days behind bars after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court Monday to breaching probation, uttering threats and failing to attend court. Brittany Samantha Gill was brought into the courtroom, legs shackled and hands cuffed, behind ...
11:53 Weak attempt to handle foxes »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Recently The Guardian published a story about the feeding of wildlife and included comments by Coun. MacDonald about his “plan” to address the issue. This has become a serious concern for residents of the city, and Coun. MacDonald has shown only weak attempts to deal with the issue. ...
11:49 Striking a blow for hungry foxes »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Last winter I opened my front door and a fox came running towards me. She had a badly broken leg which had healed crookedly. She was very thin and had been begging across the road at my neighbour’s without success on this particular day. I felt terrible, so sad. I didn’t know what to do ...
11:46 Irvings will walk off into sunset »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: There is a lot of demonizing going on lately. The farmers are being demonized for their farm practices. The environmentalists for pointing out there are many things wrong in the environment and something should be done. And the provincial government for not taking action on either side ...
11:39 Kensington awarded major hockey championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Wild to host Atlantic major midget tournament
11:30 Barbecue collects donations for Stuff for Students campaign »The Guardian - Local News
Starting the first day of school on equal footing can make a huge difference for young students. That’s why Janet and Wade Clements have held an annual barbecue for the past several years supporting The Guardian’s Stuff for Students program. The barbecue, which saw its fifth year on Saturday, ...
11:08 [PHOTO] Flowers in blue at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, New Glasgow »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
10:30 Helen Flynn running for Ward 9 seat »The Guardian - Local News
Helen Flynn has announced her candidacy for the Ward 9 (Stonepark) seat on Charlottetown City Council. in the November 3 municipal election. Flynn is a registered nurse who has held many leadership positions in corrections, health care and at Holland College. She has also been a community ...
10:30 Woman pleads guilty to illegal export of ephedrine »The Guardian - Local News
A P.E.I. woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in provincial court in Charlottetown to illegally exporting the drug ephedrine from Canada. Kelly Lea MacKinnon entered the guilty plea before provincial court Judge Nancy Orr. MacKinnon also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing toreport that she was ...
10:15 Cooking with summer turnips »The Guardian - Living
Last week, I worked with Organic P.E.I., demonstrating different ways of preparing Island organic produce at the provincial exhibition, Old Home Week.Each time I do that type of work, I get a greater appreciation for the variety of food crops that Island farmers grow. In one week, we worked ...
10:04 Place Shakers @ Old Triangle - Sept. 6 (25 Words) » | New Topics
The Place Shakers are back at The Old Triangle on Saturday, Sept. 6th @ 9:30pm ... get your dancing shoes warmed up!

10:04 Save The Date! Christmas Miracles Blues Bash - Nov. 15 (849 Words) » | New Topics
Save the date for the 5th annual Christmas Miracles Blues Bash on November 15th at The Old Triangle.

Each year this this event has gotten better and better, and early indications are that this trend will continue.

The following article from the Guardian about last year's Christmas Miracles Blues Bash gives you an indication of what to expect. Based on what I have heard about this years's bash, I can hardly wait.

I'll be providing details as they are released.

In 2010, Charlottetown blues band Bad Habits began a tradition, one that would be the opposite of a bad habit and that would eventually raise well over $10,000 for the Christmas Miracle campaign.

The concept was simple enough from the get-go: Get a variety of blues acts together, do a big concert and donate the proceeds at the end of the night to a cause that will help make Christmas brighter for local children.

And sometimes it’s the most straight-forward ideas that can be the most effective, isn’t it?

The annual Blues Bash has become a much-looked-forward-to mid-November party ever since — one that seems just as productive in the fundraising department as it is in the fun department. And after I took in the fourth annual Bash this past Saturday night at the jam-packed Old Triangle, the correlation was clearly evident: The more people that come out, the more fun it is and the more Christmas fun that is generated for Island children.

And what a crowd of people there was last Saturday.

The event began at 8 p.m., but the bar began filling up well before then, with many excited blues fans ready to enjoy some of the best blues music this region has to offer.

With two stages in action — the acoustic stage upstairs in The Pourhouse and the electric stage in the Old Triangle — it was a seamless night of entertainment.

What started things off on the Old Triangle stage was a group of teenagers who have been busy the past couple of years creating a blues miracle of their own: Charlottetown’s very own Ripped Paper.

You may know them best as the band of rocking youngins’ who have regularly played the outdoor Victoria Row stage over the past couple of summers.

Perhaps you’ve walked by and thought, “Oh, hmm, I wonder what seasoned blues musician is kicking out this jam for the dining tourist crowd ...” and then looked up on the stage to see a young teenage boy ripping it up on the electric guitar, surrounded by other teenage dudes rocking it out alongside him.

That 14-year old lead singer/guitarist’s name is Logan Richard, and on Saturday night, he along with band mates Stephan LeClair (bass), Connor Nabuurs (drums) and Tanuj Fernando (keyboards) kicked the Old Triangle into high gear right away with a set that nearly tore the roof off the place.

I can only imagine how tame going back to typical Stonepark Intermediate School life would have felt for those four this past week after rocking that raging party. I, along with so many, look forward to seeing how these guys will continue to develop as a band as the years roll on.

Local blues solo guitarist/singer Chris Field began the show up in The Pourhouse with a great handful of originals that was well-received before he dashed off to another gig across town (only to return later to rip it up on electric guitar for the late night blues jam as well).

Other acoustic stage acts included the always-bang-on Scott Parsons (along with John Cain and Davey Garbus) and Theresa Malenfant with Katey Day (who blew the shoulder-to-shoulder audience away in their raw, impeccably-harmonized blues-driven power).

Rounding out the acts on the Old Triangle’s electric stage were the Plain Dirty Blues Band (catch them at their CD launch at Globe tomorrow night), a brand new band that got the crowd boogying called The Place Shakers (which features several members of Bad Habits) and the blues jam, led by Adam MacGregor & The Foes.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Christine Campbell, the 2013 Music Nova Scotia new artist of the year, was a major highlight of the jam.

And what truly made the night extra special was a finale performance by the reunited Bad Habits, who rocked out a handful of tunes for a crowd who just could not get enough of it at the end of the show.

When all was played and partied, a grand total of $3,500 in cash was raised for the Christmas Miracle, along with approximately $500 worth of toys, all translating to what will be a whole lot of very happy kids this Christmas.

Yep. Pretty unbelievable what a bar full of people partying it up to blues music can do.

And, as the dedicated co-ordination team led by Carla McKie with Dale McKie and Liam Kearney are already planning for the 2014 Blues Bash, who knows what blues miracles next year will bring.
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10:02 Summerside Raceway resumes with expanded race card »The Guardian - Sports
After 17 nights of darkness, the Summerside Raceway officials are ready to turn the lights on today. A 14-dash card filled with the Joe O’Brien for two-year-old pacing colts and the Lady Slipper for two-year-old pacing fillies begins at 6:30 p.m. A storyline from Old Home Week will be carried ...
09:18 Kensington Club Lounge closing »The Guardian - Local News
KENSINGTON —It’s been the social hub of the community for five decades, a place where many have celebrated all sorts of occasions, shared a drink or two and rocked out to bands of all genres from all corners of the Island. Now, the Kensington Club Lounge, “where friends meet,” is closing its ...
08:47 Film recreating Charlottetown Conference wraps shooting »Journal-Pioneer Local
Major Canadian history was repeating itself here over the past week.
07:39 A return to drier weather across PEI… »peistormchaser
Wednesday Aug 20th 7:40am..An area of low pressure continues to spin over southwestern Newfoundland this morning. This system will continue to weaken but a could also give cloudy periods and a slight chance of a shower to the region today. … Continue reading
07:38 Montague expands tax reduction zone to include hotel »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — The tax reduction zone in eastern P.E.I.’s largest town has been expanded to assist the owner of a new hotel. Businessman Robert Jay sought to have his new Riverhouse Inn hotel included in the tax reduction zone that was designed by the town to encourage business to the downtown ...


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