Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to the mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tion of Peter Chais­son. The well-known fid­dler from Bear River, P.E.I., died sud­denly at the 39th an­nual Rollo Bay Fid­dle Fes­ti­val on Sun­day af­ter­noon, July 19. Hun­dreds of peo­ple came to pay their re­spects at his wake on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and evening at the ceilidh barn on the fes­ti­val field. Hun­dreds more at­tended his fu­neral Thurs­day morn­ing in Rollo Bay and heart­felt tributes poured in from fel­low mu­si­cians, fans, friends and fam­ily. A quiet man who didn’t seek the spotlight, his con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion and con­tin­u­a­tion of tra­di­tional mu­sic in this province is be­yond mea­sure. He will be missed by so many peo­ple for so many rea­sons.

Jeers: Ever stand at your favourite fast food res­tau­rant star­ing at the menu board only to have to wait un­til a com­mer­cial plays un­til you can ac­tu­ally see the menu? You’re not alone. A grow­ing num­ber of fast food restau­rants from Tim Hor­tons to McDon­ald’s are us­ing their menu boards as scrolling ads. We’re al­ready in­side your res­tau­rant. Stop the mar­ket­ing. Just let us read your menu so we can or­der.

Jeers: To the far too many cy­clists that see fit to ped­dle on side­walks through­out down­town Char­lot­te­town as op­posed to rid­ing on the streets of the city where they be­long. Some weave around pedes­tri­ans, some­times at break­neck speed, as if they are com­pet­ing in an ob­sta­cle course race. These cy­clists are both a men­ace and an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen. So to all you side­walk cy­clists, please curb your en­thu­si­asm for shar­ing pave­ment with pedes­tri­ans and steer your bikes on to the road.

Cheers to the many, many Is­lan­ders who do­nate their time dur­ing the busy sum­mer months to put on a seeming­less end­less va­ri­ety of fundrais­ers – ev­ery­thing from straw­berry so­cials, bake sales and golf tour­na­ments to ceilidhs, bar­be­cues and dances. These events, which are at­tended by Is­lan­ders and sum­mer visi­tors from one of the province to another, are a part of the fab­ric of sum­mer. Who doesn’t en­joy good food and good mu­sic? But, more im­por­tantly, these fundrais­ers bring valu­able dol­lars to wor­thy causes. With­out this money, char­i­ties couldn’t thrive and with­out our self­less vol­un­teers, these events could never hap­pen.

Jeers to peo­ple who use mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles on the Con­fed­er­a­tion Trail dur­ing the sum­mer. The cy­clists, walk­ers and run­ners who use the trail all too of­ten have to share it with ATVs, dirt bikes and other ve­hi­cles that have no busi­ness be­ing there. Those ve­hi­cles can dam­age the trail and de­tract from its peace­ful na­ture. Re­spect the trail and the peo­ple who use it.

Cheers to the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada and all the vol­un­teers who took their own kayaks and pad­dled out to the five is­lands in Mur­ray Har­bour on the week­end to take part in a cleanup. The goal was to re­move marine de­bris and garbage from the shores, which pose a threat to wildlife species from in­ges­tion and en­tan­gle­ment. It’s one thing to take part in a road­way or beach cleanup, but to com­mit to pad­dling for two or 10 km be­sides? That’s ded­i­ca­tion.

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