Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to Bob Gray who is about to re­ceive a flood of jeers. The cur­rent UPEI coach and ses­sional in­struc­tor, and for­mer teacher, school board staffer, Guardian sports writer and food critic is go­ing on the hot seat dur­ing a fundraiser roast. The ‘Cel­e­brat­ing The Many Faces of Bob Gray’ roast takes place Sun­day, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at the APM Cen­tre in Corn­wall. The em­cee for the evening is CBC's Bruce Rain­nie, with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by Liam Cor­co­ran. The roast is a fundraiser for the In­ter­na­tional and In­dige­nous Spe­cial­iza­tion Education stu­dents who will com­plete six weeks of teach­ing prac­tice in 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries in 2016. Some of the roast­ers in­clude Tim Ken­drick, Joanne Ings, Cathy Car­ragher, Jen­nifer Tay­lor and Jim Blanchard. For tick­ets, con­tact Carolyn Fran­cis 902-894-2813.

Jeers to those re­spon­si­ble for the dras­tic for­mat changes to the Satur­day Night Hoe­down on CFCY. The lo­cal, in­ter­ac­tive coun­try ra­dio show de­vel­oped into a P.E.I. in­sti­tu­tion over a gen­er­a­tion or more that at­tracted a huge lis­ten­ing au­di­ence be­tween 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ev­ery Satur­day night. Dur­ing its 25-year hey­day un­der host J.P. Gaudet and side­kick Kevin Lewis, the show took live re­quests for birth­days, an­niver­saries and other mile­stones, gave plugs to var­i­ous events, pro­vided up to date weather and sports in­for­ma­tion, road re­ports and gen­eral chit chat. De­spite at­tempts by lo­cal man­agers to re­tain the for­mat, de­ci­sions made off-Is­land re­duced the show to a pre-taped, bor­ing, ster­ile pack­age that in­ter­ested no one. Satur­day night, the lo­cal sta­tion man­ager went on the air at 6 p.m., told Is­lan­ders the sta­tion lis­tened to com­plaints, ba­si­cally apol­o­gized and said the Hoe­down was back - live. As Grandpa Jones ripped into a rous­ing edi­tion of Moun­tain Dew, Is­lan­ders cheered.

Cheers to Earl Af­fleck, of Mount Ste­wart, the Di­rec­tor of Safety At­lantic for Bird Con­struc­tion, one of Canada’s lead­ing gen­eral con­struc­tion firms. Af­fleck, who worked on the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge be­fore tak­ing on projects in New Brunswick and now Nova Sco­tia, was re­cently awarded a Gold Seal Cer­tifi­cate in N.B., a pro­gram that demon­strates safety ex­per­tise and in­dus­try com­mit­ment to meet the de­mands of con­struc­tion projects. His re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded as­sist­ing safety co-or­di­na­tors, su­per­in­ten­dents and district man­age­ment to en­sure a safe work en­vi­ron­ment. Af­fleck has been in­volved in on-site safety from the late 1970s when he as­sisted the Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion on P.E.I. and the Labourer's In­ter­na­tional Lo­cal form a Train­ing Trust Fund to as­sist train­ing of con­struc­tion craft work­ers to com­plete their tasks ef­fi­ciently and safely.

Cheers to the P.E.I. Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture which will be cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric 75th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing later this month in Char­lot­te­town. The meet­ing will cel­e­brate 75 years of ac­com­plish­ments by the fed­er­a­tion, dis­cuss key is­sues of the day and pre­pare for the year ahead. A pre­sen­ta­tion on the pric­ing of elec­tric­ity by Mar­itime Elec­tric will be of great in­ter­est to many farm­ers. Mem­bers will gear a re­port on the re­cently com­pleted Wa­ter Act con­sul­ta­tions as well as mu­nic­i­pal amal­ga­ma­tion and how th­ese changes will af­fect Is­land farms. The di­a­mond an­niver­sary meet­ing of the fed­er­a­tion could well be its most im­por­tant to date.

Cheers to Char­lot­te­town Mayor Clifford Lee for ask­ing Fire Chief Randy MacDon­ald to put to­gether a re­port on how much it would cost to out­fit some of the city-owned build­ings with gen­er­a­tors so that peo­ple have an op­tion when the power is out for an ex­tended pe­riod of time. Cheers also to the CARI Com­plex for, with­out be­ing asked, open­ing its doors dur­ing the last storm so that peo­ple could take a hot shower or sim­ply charge their cell­phones.

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