Cheers & Jeers
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