Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to P.E.I.’s Thi­lak Ten­nekone, the only Is­lan­der to be in­cluded in RBC’s list of the Top 25 Cana­dian Im­mi­grants for 2015. The Stratford res­i­dent and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment em­ployee re­ceived enough votes to ad­vance from a short list of 75 nom­i­nees from across the coun­try. He works as di­ver­sity con­sul­tant for the Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and also vol­un­teers in Stratford as chair of the town’s di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion sub­com­mit­tee. Ten­nekone came to the Is­land with his fam­ily from Sri Lanka in 1992.

Cheers to se­nior Cana­dian Red Cross staffer John Byrne, who over­saw all four At­lantic Prov­inces for seven years, on his re­tire­ment June 30 af­ter a 40-year ca­reer. In 2003, Byrne was named di­rec­tor gen­eral for the At­lantic re­gion. On June 19, Byrne re­ceived his or­ga­ni­za­tion’s high­est hon­our - the Or­der of Red Cross for life­time con­tri­bu­tions. Byrne led the Red Cross's dis­as­ter re­sponses for Hur­ri­cane Juan in Nova Sco­tia and P.E.I. He helped the cam­paign for a new build­ing in Char­lot­te­town that opened last Novem­ber to house Red Cross oper­a­tions for P.E.I.

Jeers and cheers to the City of Char­lot­te­town for its Canada Day fire­works dis­play. The event was post­poned July 1 be­cause of high south­east winds blow­ing to­wards spec­ta­tors on land. The jeer is for the late post­pone­ment de­ci­sion – at 9:40 p.m. for a 10 p.m. start. The fire­works went off with­out a hitch the next night even though winds seemed as gusty from the south­west, again blow­ing to­wards a large crowd of spec­ta­tors along the wa­ter­front. It was worth the wait as the show was im­pres­sive, es­pe­cially the grand fi­nale which drew big cheers from the ap­pre­cia­tive throng.

Jeers to mo­torists who never heard of the sim­ple, cour­te­ous habit of stop and go traf­fic. Spec­ta­tors leav­ing streets and park­ing lots fol­low­ing Thurs­day night’s fire­works in down­town Char­lot­te­town were held up by mo­torists who ap­par­ently never heard of let­ting a ve­hi­cle exit a lot. Ev­ery­one keeps mov­ing on the stop-and-go sys­tem, elim­i­nates road rage and gets ev­ery­one home safely. Another jeer to city po­lice who were re­mark­ably ab­sent fol­low­ing the fire­works Thurs­day night. A lit­tle traf­fic di­rec­tion by po­lice would cer­tainly have helped ease down­town con­ges­tion.

Cheers to Jim Hulton, the new head coach of the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders, who ex­pects the team to start win­ning - now. GM Grant Sonier says Hulton brings an im­pres­sive re­sume and ex­pe­ri­ence at all lev­els, and is known as “a mo­ti­va­tor, a teacher, and a guy that we think can bring this team to the next level." Hulton, 46, should bring a new, win­ning at­ti­tude with the ex­pec­ta­tion of a long play­off run next spring. That is mu­sic to the ears of Is­lan­ders fans who are grow­ing weary of hear­ing that the team is build­ing for next year. Next year is here.

Cheers to Cardi­gan MP Lawrence MacAu­lay for push­ing for­ward a Pri­vate Mem­bers mo­tion in June call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to en­sure all fu­ture con­tracts for the Wood Is­lands – Cari­bou ferry ser­vice are at least five years in length. It was voted down in the House 143 to 124. All Con­ser­va­tive MPs present voted against the mo­tion, while the Lib­er­als and NDP voted for. MacAu­lay said he was pleased to bring this is­sue to the floor of the House of Com­mons to show MPs from across the coun­try just how im­por­tant this is­sue is.

Cheers to the 2015 re­cip­i­ents of the Or­der of Prince Ed­ward Is­land - Bill Camp­bell of Char­lot­te­town, Gerald Sheldon Dixon of Cra­paud and Dr. Charles St. Clair Trainor of Char­lot­te­town. The three were se­lected from 51 Is­lan­ders nom­i­nated to re­ceive the award this year.

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