Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to Brooks Roche of Mon­tague, for earn­ing a San­dra Sch­mir­ler Foun­da­tion $5,000 schol­ar­ship awarded to ju­nior curlers pur­su­ing their com­pet­i­tive ca­reers while main­tain­ing their post-sec­ondary stud­ies. Roche is a UPEI stu­dent study­ing Sus­tain­able De­sign En­gi­neer­ing with plans to get his Master's de­gree in Ar­chi­tec­ture. He has rep­re­sented his province at both the 2015 Canada Win­ter Games and the 2015 Cana­dian Ju­niors.

Cheers to Alvis "Al" Woods for step­ping up to the plate to serve as guest speaker for the an­nual Morell Sports­men’s Din­ner this Satur­day af­ter Kelly Gru­ber was forced to back out for per­sonal rea­sons. Woods was drafted by the Mon­treal Ex­pos but spent most of his ca­reer with the Toronto Blue Jays, pri­mar­ily as a left fielder. Woods was on the Open­ing Day ros­ter for the Blue Jays' inau­gu­ral sea­son and in his - and the team's - first ever ma­jor league game, on April 7, 1977, slammed a pinch hit homer.

Jeers to all those dog own­ers who let their lit­tle Fi­dos run wild on busy Is­land beaches. We’ve heard the story be­fore: ‘Don’t worry, he won’t bite.’ That isn’t the ques­tion. Some of us are dog lovers, but oth­ers are not and we don’t want to be mauled, licked or oth­er­wise pawed by a stranger’s dog while en­joy­ing one of P.E.I.’s beau­ti­ful beaches. The Na­tional Park has been forced to ban dogs from its beaches, partly to pro­tect nat­u­ral wildlife and pre­vent dogs run­ning wild on the beach. Ban­ning dogs on other Is­land beaches is tak­ing it too far. Com­mon sense should pre­vail. Use a leash.

Cheers to com­mu­nity groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions and the public who plan to nom­i­nate se­niors in their com­mu­ni­ties for the 2015 Se­nior Is­lan­ders of the Year Award. The an­nual award rec­og­nizes the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions of Is­land se­niors in many ar­eas of com­mu­nity life in­clud­ing: vol­un­teerism, artis­tic achieve­ment, fund rais­ing, com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, ca­reer achieve­ments, fit­ness/recre­ation and other ac­tiv­i­ties. The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is July 15. The awards will pre­sented in Oc­to­ber.

Cheers to Dr. Kather­ine (Liv­ing­stone) Bick, a na­tive of Clyde River, who was a spe­cial guest speaker at an an­nual neu­ro­science con­fer­ence public lec­ture Sun­day evening in Char­lot­te­town. Bicks is con­sid­ered a pi­o­neer and in­ter­na­tional leader in the un­der­stand­ing and re­search of neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases. Her work helped trans­form think­ing that se­nil­ity was not a con­di­tion of age­ing but a dis­ease with pro­found im­pact on pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Jeers to the Char­lot­te­town Po­lice Ser­vices for not en­forc­ing the pro­vin­cial bi­cy­cle hel­met law and the law against rid­ing bi­cy­cles on pedes­trian side­walks. Stud­ies show hel­mets help pre­vent in­juries while bi­cy­cles on side­walks are a recipe for col­li­sions. But jeers should also go to the cy­clists who break these laws.

Cheers to seven more Is­land for­est fire­fight­ers head­ing to help with the in­creas­ingly se­ri­ous wild­fire sit­u­a­tion in western Canada. Two fire­fight­ers left last month to help with fires in north­ern Al­berta. Thir­teen Red Cross per­son­nel from At­lantic Canada have also de­ployed to Saskatchewan over the past two weeks. Vol­un­teers typ­i­cally de­ploy for up to 21 days and do­nate their time.

Cheers to Char­lot­te­town’s Is­land Hill Farm, one of four small busi­nesses across the coun­try, a co-win­ner of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness's #Smal­lBizLove con­test.

Is­land Hill Farm joins Popp Choco­lates in Win­nipeg, Zuc­chini Blos­som in Medicine Hat and Mer­chant of Ten­nis in Toronto, as Canada’s most loved busi­nesses, hav­ing re­ceived the most votes in their re­gions across the coun­try. Each will be fea­tured in CFIB’s lead-up cam­paign to Small Busi­ness Satur­day on Oc­to­ber 24, 2015.

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