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Wednesday November 25, 2015

18:58 New discovery means famous P.E.I. fossil’s name could be changed »Journal-Pioneer Local
Even after 160 years of study Prince Edward Island’s most famous fossil is still giving scientists something to talk about.
17:49 Opposition presses for details of education changes »The Guardian - Local News
Education Minister Hal Perry says a transition team is now in place to facilitate the phasing out of the province’s English school board and allow the education department to take over.The issue was raised in question period in the legislature today when Opposition education critic Steven Myers ...
17:31 Island men win, women lose »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Freddy Fraser rink now 2-1; Lisa Jackson 3-1 at Travelers curling ch’ship
17:14 Matrix manhandles Kings in midget AAA win »The Guardian - Sports
The Mid-Isle Matrix scored four times in the first period and cruised to a 12-1 thumping of the Kings County Kings in P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League action Tuesday in Cornwall. Matrix goals went to Daniel Collister (3-3), Garrett Murray (2-2), C.J. McCardle (2-2), Nick Trainor (2), Brandon ...
16:55 Chamber survey asks members about city's progress »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce is asking its members to score the city on its progress in areas of importance to the business community.
16:31 Sunny and warmer conditions expected across PEI next couple days. »peistormchaser
Wednesday November 25th 4:30pm.. A strong area if high pressure centered just south of NS late this afternoon continues to move east this evening and overnight but should give another sunny and mild day to the island tomorrow with a … Continue reading
16:13 Second day at the Summerside Farmers’ Market could happen again next summer »Journal-Pioneer Local
The addition of a second day to the operations of the Summerside Farmers’ Market was, by most accounts, a huge success, said its manager.
15:52 Kensington student heading back to school after bullying incident »The Guardian - Local News
A woman whose social media posts about her son being bullied went viral says he is returning to school
15:45 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the massive flares of red dwarf TVLM 513.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting that M-class red dwarfs have less massive protoplanetary disks than other stars but more massive planets.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes new research suggesting that Earth's grat oxygenation event was preceded by another.

  • Geocurrents looks at Fiji's Kiribati-administered Banaba Island.

  • Language Hat is skeptical about the idea that computer programs could automatically reconstruct ancient languages.

  • Language Log notes research about hesitation markers in Germanic languages.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Richard Posner's criticism of anti-abortion obstacle courses.

  • Marginal Revolution comes out in favour of Syrian refugee admission.

  • Johnny Pez wonders what it is with white men.

  • Towleroad notes a Cook Islands ban on same-sex couples renewing their vows.

  • Transit Toronto notes the ongoing removal of many streetcar stops.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia will work with Iran to undermine Saudi Arabia by supporting Shi'a, and argues current mindsets suggest Russia will remain a threat to Ukraine and its other neighbours for some time.

15:41 Victorian Order of Nurses shutting down operations in P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is shutting down operations in Prince Edward Island. According to a news release, VON is ceasing operations in six provinces and decreasing the size of its head office in order to better serve clients and provincial government partners in Ontario and Nova ...
15:39 Wellington hosts Honour Party to celebrate lives of five residents »Journal-Pioneer Living
A special event will be held at the Wellington Legion on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. New to the Evangeline area this year, an Honour Party is planned to celebrate the lives of five individuals who passed away in recent years and to contribute to the Canadian Cancer Society.
15:19 City’s planning board tables passing of official plan to allow for revision of zoning bylaw »Journal-Pioneer Local
Move done to allow review of Summerside's current zoning bylaw
14:52 Acadian Chamber adds award for immigrant entrepreneurs to 2016 competition; 

nomination deadline Nov. 27 »Journal-Pioneer Business
The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. has just added a new category to its annual awards competition: the Francophone Immigrant Entrepreneur Award.
14:41 EASTERN PASSAGS: We’re waiting, but it’s no game »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Well, I asked for it. I tagged a request onto the end of a column on the prevalence of delays in our medical system, asking people to write me if they were experiencing delays of their own.
14:00 P.E.I. Emporium in Borden-Carleton for sale »The Guardian - Business
BORDEN-CARLETON - Somewhere in Boston there’s a man buried in a P.E.I. Dirt Shirt from the P.E.I. Emporium. Wayne Walsh will never forget getting that particular phone call. Their father, the caller explained, had been born on the Island, and though he’d moved away, his heart bled red soil. ...
13:30 Cavendish sewer utility seeks rate increase for maintenance »The Guardian - Local News
CAVENDISH - The Cavendish sewer utility is seeking to increase sewer rates. The utility has filed an application with the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC) for a 23 per cent increase across the board, for both metered and unmetered residents. The chairman of the resort ...
13:20 Charlottetown to host Eastern Canadian ringette tournaments »The Guardian - Sports
High-speed ringette is returning to Charlottetown this spring as Ringette P.E.I. prepares to host the Eastern Canadian championships. The event will see up to 28 teams from the region competing in the under-14, -16 and -19 divisions as well as the 18 and older division. The tournaments, which ...
13:15 Pilot project aims to reduce walk-in clinic wait times in P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
A new pilot project aims to reduce the time Islanders spend waiting to be seen at walk-in clinics. The program, called Skip the Waiting Room, allows patients to register online for an appointment at the clinic. Several time slots at the end of each walk-in clinic are allocated for the patients ...
13:00 P.E.I. man says tensions between farmers and government inspectors »The Guardian - Local News
GEORGETOWN - A farmer, fined $1,000 for having loose straps on his truck, took the P.E.I. government to task for what he described as an unhealthy atmosphere between the farm community and government inspectors. An environmental official, inspecting William Visser’s farm, found farm hands had ...
12:57 Changes coming to rules for P.E.I. College of Physicians and Surgeons »The Guardian - Local News
Changes to the rules governing the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons will help ensure more oversight and allow changes to rules on language tests for doctors with foreign credentials. Amendments to the Medical Act introduced Tuesday in the legislature will give the minister the ...
12:43 [LINK] "What If Trump Wins?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Thanks to Facebook's Alex for sharing Jeet Heer's article in The New Republic looking at the consequences of Donald Trump winning the Republican Party nomination. His conclusion, that the precedent of Goldwater's 1964 nomination suggests the Republican Party will be permanently altered, is frightening to me.

Barry Goldwater’s nomination tore the party in half because he was the avatar of a wider conservative insurgency that displaced the moderate Republicanism of President Eisenhower’s crowd. For the moderates, Goldwater was a frightening figure not only because he adopted extreme positions (opposition to the Civil Rights Act, an unwillingness to disavow the conspiracy-obsessed John Birch Society), but also for his habit of making reckless remarks, like suggesting the Pentagon “lob one into the men’s room at the Kremlin.”

Before Goldwater got the nomination, GOP notables and his rivals had attacked him in the fiercest possible terms. Richard Nixon, who was in between presidential runs that year, described Goldwater’s opposition to civil rights as a “tragedy.” New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who was a candidate, said, “Barry Goldwater’s positions can spell disaster for the party and the country.” Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton, another presidential hopeful, called Goldwaterism a “crazy quilt collection of absurd and dangerous propositions.”

The hostilities played out on national television during the convention in which Goldwater was selected in San Francisco. Rockefeller and Scranton tried to exert a moderating influence on the platform, only to be met with heckling and catcalls. Eisenhower said the ruckus of the convention was “unpardonable—and a complete negation of the spirit of democracy. I was bitterly ashamed.” The former president also said that during the convention his young niece had been “molested” by Goldwater-supporting hooligans. The disarray of that convention anticipated some of the rowdiness of Trump events, as in the recent roughing up of a black protester in Birmingham, Alabama, which Trump himself egged on and justified.

Goldwater’s campaign had a profound impact on the racial composition of the Republican coalition. As historian Geoffrey Kabaservice notes in his 2012 book Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, “Many progressives and moderate Republicans did not want to participate in the Goldwater campaign in any way, shape, or form. The party’s African-American supporters were a special case in point. … African-Americans comprised only one percent of delegates and alternatives at the convention, a record low. Even so, there were some ugly incidents when Southern whites baited the blacks with insults and racial epithets and, in one case, deliberately burned a black delegate’s suit jacket with cigarettes.” Baseball star Jackie Robinson, then the most famous black Republican, said, “I now believe I know how it felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”

[. . .]

Goldwater’s hard-right stance on civil rights alienated African American voters from the Republican Party in an enduring way. In 1956, 39 percent of the African American vote went to the Republicans, in 1960 it was 32 percent, and in 1964 it plummeted to 6 percent. Since Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate has never gotten more than 15 percent of the black vote, and usually far less. A Trump nomination could have a similar effect by alienating Latinos, and perhaps all non-whites, thereby making the Republican Party even more monochromatic going forward than it already is.
12:41 [URBAN NOTE] "LCBO should have pot monopoly, too: union boss" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
While I approve of the idea of marijuana legalization, and even think that government licensing is a good idea, I am not at all sure about the suggestion, as reported by Sarah-Joyce Battersby, that the LCBO should be given a monopoly over marijuana sales in Ontario. I am pretty sure the users I know would not approve of the disruption of their links with their existing suppliers.

Stocking weed alongside wine at the LCBO is the best way to protect public health, say addiction experts. But for marijuana advocates it’s more of the same prohibition.

In a statement released Monday, the union representing LCBO workers said the provincially owned stores are the ideal place to sell marijuana, should the federal government legalize it.

“If they do legalize it, then it’s a drug,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas told the Star. “So we think that, like alcohol, it should be controlled.”

Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, said secure warehouses and staff trained to check ages are some of the reasons the LCBO should be the sole source of legal pot in the province, as it is with most alcohol.

The scheme would also generate revenue for the government to combat the potential social costs. But marijuana advocates say those social costs and the spectre of public danger are overblown, and government-run sales would continue a prohibitionist regulatory approach.
12:36 P.E.I. government starting new agricultural environment officers unit »The Guardian - Local News
The days of environmental cops packing pistols and wearing vests are over as the provincial government has announced changes to the way it deals with land and farm infractions. A new unit will be developed employing agriculture environment officers. It will be established in the new year and ...
12:36 [URBAN NOTE] "Eglinton West station to become ‘Cedarvale’ because of Crosstown LRT" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I approve of the proposal, as reported by the Toronto Star's Tess Kalinowski, to give the TTC's Eglinton West station a more locally meaningful name.

The TTC has opted for Cedarvale as the new name of Eglinton West station where the Crosstown LRT will intersect with the subway.

But the Eglinton (at Yonge St.) and Kennedy stops, the other two interchange stations on the LRT, will retain their utilitarian handles.

The TTC has naming jurisdiction on only those three of the 25 Crosstown stations. The light rail line is being funded by the province and built by its agency Metrolinx.

Councillor and TTC board member Joe Mihevc put out the call in his ward for station name preferences at Eglinton West. Of 43 responses 22 supported Cedarvale and 21 wanted Allen Rd. The latter group, however, tended to be from a broader area, whereas the Cedarvale supporters were more local, he said.

Cedarvale, lends some local charm to the stop.
12:34 [ISL] "Sinking into Paradise: Climate Change Worsening Coastal Erosion in Trinidad" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Inter Press Service's Rajiv Jalim notes how rising sea levels and climate change are combining to accelerate erosion in Trinidad.

As unusually heavy rainfall battered Trinidad’s east coast a year ago, a lagoon here was overwhelmed, flooding a major access road to the island’s south-eastern communities. As the flood waters poured over Manzanilla beach, they washed sand away, caved in sections of road and collapsed a seawall at a tourist beach facility. Further damages were also incurred with the flooding of homes and agricultural plots.

The coastline of Trinidad is under threat as seas rise, storms grow heavier, and as sand is washed away. As iconic coconut trees are lapped by an encroaching sea, some of the dangers of climate change are becoming clear.

Seas in the region have been rising by more than 2 millimeters every year — though scientists are still trying to pinpoint the role of climate change in accelerating local beach erosion.

“On Manzanilla beach the sea is definitely getting closer to the land, but the primary reason may not be land deformation or sea level rise,” said Keith Miller, a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of West Indies.

“The Atlantic swell causes longshore drift and beach sediments move southward,” Miller said. “Research has been done to suggest that the sediment source has dried up to some extent, so material is being moved along the beach, but there is less material available to replace it.”

In addition to the problems on the east coast, Trinidad’s south-western peninsula is experiencing rapid erosion. Despite being sheltered from the open ocean, satellite images have shown large portions of it being lost to the Gulf of Paria.
12:31 [ISL] "Sable Island horses, walruses to be discussed at meeting" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Jennifer Henderson reports on the latest studies into the biological history of Nova Scotia's Sable Island. Apparently, before the famous horses appeared, the island hosted a large and genetically distinctive walrus population exterminated by hunters.

Brenna McLeod Frasier, a biologist and research associate with the Nova Scotia Museum, says accounts from early explorers suggest there were as many as 100,000 walrus in the Maritimes, including in the Bay of Fundy, Sable and Magdalen Islands.

The walruses disappeared by the end of the 1700s.

"People were hunting them for their tusks which were almost like an ivory similar to an elephant ivory," says McLeod Frasier, who is also an educator with the Canadian Whale Institute.

"They also wanted the hide and their blubber. The walrus had a lot of blubber which could be rendered down to an oil which could be used for various products," she said.

McLeod Frasier has taken DNA, tusks and jawbones from 278 specimens found on Sable Island in recent decades to conclude the mammal here was different from the walrus found today in the North.

"Our Maritime walrus, as we have 'tagged' them, were larger and more robust animals. They were also genetically distinctive," she said.</blcokquote>
12:28 [ISL] "Woodleigh Replicas sale pushed with $10K cash incentive on Facebook" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Yet another tourist attraction of the Prince Edward Island of my childhood, Woodleigh Replicas in Burlington, is on the market still, seven years after it closed.

P.E.I. real estate agent has turned to social media — and a hefty cash reward — in the hopes of finding a buyer for the former popular tourist attraction Woodleigh Replicas.

Allan Weeks posted an offer of $10,000 cash for anyone who helps him sell the property, which he co-owns with his brother, to Facebook last week. It's since been shared more than 2,000 times.

"This is a pretty high promotion of $10,000," Weeks said.

A cash-deal between brokers usually runs between $1,000 and 5,000, he said.

Woodleigh Replicas, located in Burlington near Kensington, featured small-scale stone replicas of famous British castles and landmarks. Many of the buildings are still located on the 19-acre property.

The site, the CBC notes, has been pre-approved for building lots.
12:25 [URBAN NOTE] "Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CityLab's James Somers reports on why New York City's subway system lacks the countdown clocks of Toronto's network. The answer? The technology behind it is almost astonishingly primitive.

The reason there are no realtime countdown clocks on the F line is that even the tower operators don’t know which train is where. All they can see is that a certain section is occupied by a certain anonymous hunk of steel. It’s anonymous because no one has a view of the whole system. A hunk comes into one section of track from somewhere else; the tower’s job is to get it through their section efficiently. The next tower they pass it to will likewise not know whether it’s an F, say, or a G. When there are incidents, trains are located by deduction.

This complex—of towers, signals, switches, and track sections—is responsible for a disproportionate share of the costs and foibles in the operation and maintenance of New York’s subway system.

The equipment is old and breaks all the time. In fact it’s so old that the MTA can no longer buy replacement parts from the manufacturer; it has to refurbish them itself. Some of the controls for the interlockings are originals from the 30s. Much of the wiring is still insulated with cloth, instead of rubber; ten years ago the entire Chambers Street interlocking caught fire. Salt water from Hurricane Sandy did damage to trackside switches and signals that is still being repaired.

Inside the Signal School there is equipment from every major era, since it’s all still active in various parts of the system. As a demo, Habersham at one point flips an old-style switch on the big replica track. It lets out a giant pneumatic wheeze, as though the tired station itself were sighing. Even the little toy train that he used to demonstrate signaling basics is falling apart; there was so much rust and dust on the tracks that at several points another MTA employee had to help it along with his hand.</blcokquote>
11:56 IRAC, Maritime Electric at loggerheads over energy plan »The Guardian - Opinion
Usually, it’s a simple matter of Maritime Electric submitting its energy conservation plan and the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission rubber-stamping it. For the first time in years, the utility failed to get that approval.Except for one minor portion, the plan — filed in early June — ...
11:54 QEH parking fees a thorn in side »The Guardian - Opinion
Parking fees at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are once again under fire, this time from a slightly unexpected source- a government MLA (“Another half hour would be nice”, today’s Guardian). Liberal MLA Bush Dumville is trying to convince Health Minister Doug Currie to remove parking fees at the ...
11:50 Research funding a key component to establish first-class university »The Guardian - Opinion
I have read in the Guardian that the University of Prince Edward Island has dropped on the list of Canada’s top 50 research universities due to the lack of funding recently. I was confused when I read this article because I could not figure out why there was an obvious fall in federal and ...
11:48 ‘Well-Being’ Act on what we value »The Guardian - Opinion
Re: The Well-Being Measurement Act (Bill 101). Picture a government that sees Island life through the eyes of Islanders and acts from those impressions. Such a democratic boost could result from the Well-Being Measurement Act (Bill 101), which Peter Bevan-Baker tabled in the Legislature on ...
11:47 Mailbox locks frozen solid »The Guardian - Opinion
I was, and remain, opposed to the new mail boxes forced upon us by the brain trust at Canada Post. This morning I was provided even more ammunition as to why these tin boxes, adorning our streets have to go. I am certain that I am not the only one who discovered that the lock to my assigned ...


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