Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to good Sa­mar­i­tans Ian Dunn and his broth­ers of the War­ren Road near Elms­dale who res­cued two lit­ters of kit­tens from cer­tain death af­ter some heart­less res­i­dent put them in a pail and dumped them into a lo­cal brook. Six of the nine kit­tens were saved af­ter Dunn no­ticed a sus­pi­cious per­son in the area. Dunn put the story on Face­book and the kit­tens were all adopted within 24 hours.

Cheers to the busi­ness own­ers on the lower end of Queen Street who have stepped up and made a con­certed ef­fort to im­prove their prop­er­ties, trans­form­ing that sec­tion of the old city from one in de­cline just a few years ago to what is now a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for Is­lan­ders and visi­tors alike. Only one prop­erty in that sec­tion of Queen Street has failed to fol­low suit. It sits ba­si­cally empty, old paint blis­ter­ing in the sun. No ob­vi­ous ef­fort has been made to spruce it up. It stands like a de­cayed tooth in an oth­er­wise gleam­ing smile.

Jeers to the rick­shaw rider who was al­most clipped by a mo­torist in Char­lot­te­town at night re­cently. He was wear­ing black with only a bit of re­flec­tive tape on the han­dle. And the driver didn't no­tice him un­til the last minute. Whew. That was a close one. So please up­grade your wardrobe to in­clude bright, re­flec­tive colours and you'll live a long and happy life.

Cheers to the Char­lot­te­town own­ers of the house on 27 Eus­ton Street and their gar­dens. Their flow­ers be­gin in the spring and con­tinue to the fall; a con­tin­ual pro­fu­sion of colour. It makes a bright for spot on the block.

Cheers to who­ever came up with the pun on the words shell­fish and cel­e­bra­tion to come up with ‘Shellabra­tions’ to de­scribe the 20th an­niver­sary kitchen party for the Prince Ed­ward Is­land In­ter­na­tional Shell­fish Fes­ti­val, Septem­ber 17– 20. Fes­ti­val chair Liam Dolan says shell­fish lovers are in for the big­gest party yet. ECMA award win­ner Jimmy Rankin will have crowds rock­ing as the head­lin­ing act Fri­day, Septem­ber 18. Sig­nal Hill will hold its tra­di­tional spot as the Satur­day night fi­nal act. Re­cently open­ing for Rod Stewart, Ir­ish Mythen, will be join­ing the 20th cel­e­bra­tions. Cap­ping off the week­end will be the grand fi­nale on Sun­day af­ter­noon when CCMA award-win­ner Ge­orge Canyon head­lines.

Jeers to ag­gres­sive pedes­tri­ans who think driv­ers can read minds and de­ter­mine their in­ten­tions at the last minute. We all know about ag­gres­sive driv­ers but watch out for those pedes­tri­ans who abuse their right of way at cross­walks with­out re­gard to mo­torists. They don't stick their arms out to in­di­cate their in­ten­tions or just sud­denly turn and step into the in­ter­sec­tion.

Cheers to the 156 golfers who will com­pete for the US$5.8 mil­lion purse next week in Oakville, Ont. when Canada’s 106th Na­tional Open Cham­pi­onship re­turns to Glen Abbey for a record 27th time. De­fend­ing cham­pion Tim Clark will be chal­lenged by a stel­lar field of PGA Tour stars in­clud­ing World No. 3 Bubba Wat­son, World No. 6 and twotime RBC Cana­dian Open cham­pion Jim Furyk, World No. 9 Jason Day, World No. 13 J.B. Holmes and World No. 15 Matt Kuchar. The field of 14 Cana­di­ans will be led by World No. 80 Graham DeLaet of Wey­burn, Sask., who recorded a fourth-place fin­ish last month at the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship, as well as, David Hearn of Brant­ford, Ont., who will look to build on a play­off run­ner-up fin­ish at The Green­brier Clas­sic.

Jeers to the de­ci­sion to ex­clude Green Party leader El­iz­a­beth May from the Globe and Mail and Munk de­bates com­ing up in Au­gust as part of pre-elec­tion sched­ule be­fore the fed­eral elec­tion. The Green Party says it is un­be­liev­able, given that these two in­sti­tu­tions pro­claim to be fair, open, and un­bi­ased. Is it co­in­ci­dence that only par­ties that sup­port the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and pipeline ex­pan­sion are in­vited to these de­bates? Add to this that the Globe and Mail has in the past en­dorsed Stephen Harper – so it is not a neu­tral spon­sor. Cana­di­ans will not get to hear the views from all ma­jor party lead­ers in an un­scripted for­mat.

“The Sis­ters made us leave the class­room row by row so there was no chance boys and girls would bump into one another.” — From the col­lec­tion of Is­land au­thor David Weale

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