Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to Coun. Mitch Tweel and mem­bers of Char­lot­te­town City Coun­cil for pass­ing a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of Sum­mer­side na­tive Ger­ard Gal­lant, head coach of the NHL’s Florida Pan­thers. The res­o­lu­tion moved by Coun. Tweel states that: “That the City of Char­lot­te­town ex­tend con­grat­u­la­tions to Ger­ard Gal­lant for re­ceiv­ing a multi-year con­tract ex­ten­sion as the head coach of the Florida Pan­thers and be­ing named as coach of the At­lantic Divi­sion All Star Team. Coun. Tweel said Gal­lant once again has made all Is­lan­ders proud. (Gal­lant was back in Sum­mer­side last week for the fu­neral of his mother Rose­line.)

Jeers to Is­land mo­torists who don’t take an ex­tra 20 sec­onds or so to clean snow and ice off the roof of their ve­hi­cles. That snow and ice can of­ten fly off the roof of the ve­hi­cle when it’s on the road, cre­at­ing a rather dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion to other ve­hi­cles that now have to dodge th­ese fly­ing ob­jects. Also, jeers to mo­torists who also don’t take the time to brush snow off their head and tail­lights. There isn’t much sense in turn­ing headlights on if no one is go­ing to see them.

Cheers to P.E.I. au­di­tor gen­eral Jane Ma­cAdam who is con­sid­er­ing look­ing into spend­ing by govern­ment back­bench and Op­po­si­tion of­fices, which in­cludes a so-called slush fund avail­able for MLA ex­penses. Ma­cAdam says an au­dit of the Lib­eral and Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus of­fices is not cur­rently on her planned au­dit sched­ule, but she is aware of the pub­lic dis­cus­sions on the is­sue and this could change her plans. There is pres­sure mount­ing on Premier Wade MacLauch­lan to call in the AG af­ter spend­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were re­vealed in The Guardian last week but Ms. Ma­cAdam may pre-empt that call on her own. Bravo.

to the Is­land Reg­u­la­tory and Ap­peals Com­mis­sion for fi­nally re­act­ing to the re­al­ity of a $30 a bar­rel world price for oil. IRAC dropped the price per litre by five cents Thurs­day — a minis­cule drop con­sid­er­ing the re­al­i­ties of the cur­rent world price. It was long over­due and woe­fully in­ad­e­quate. A let­ter writer last week noted that in 2009, the price per bar­rel was about the same and gas was 67.0 cpl com­pared to the cur­rent price of 90 cpl. That’s a dif­fer­ence of about 40 per cent. How has the world econ­omy of refining of oil changed so much for the worse in such a short time?

Jeers to the pro­vin­cial govern­ment for forc­ing a mother to seek help for her daugh­ter be­fore a P.E.I. Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion hear­ing. The dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaint is for lack of sup­port through the prov­ince’s dis­abil­ity sup­port pro­gram which doesn’t cover peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness. The daugh­ter has schizophre­nia, ini­tially di­ag­nosed in 2011. Since then, the mother has been try­ing to get her sup­port. The prov­ince has made progress with men­tal health is­sues but the cur­rent pro­gram only cov­ers Is­lan­ders with phys­i­cal or in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. The prov­ince in­tended to add a se­cond phase that would help Is­lan­ders with men­tal ill­ness, but that hasn’t hap­pened.

Cheers to Hol­land Col­lege which tied for first place in rep­u­ta­tion scores for post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions across At­lantic Canada, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey, the At­lantic Higher Education Rep­u­ta­tion Mon­i­tor by Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ciates. Hol­land Col­lege sur­passed the re­gional sur­vey av­er­age of 78 per cent with re­spon­dents rat­ing the col­lege 83 per cent over­all. It achieved an in­cred­i­ble 99 per cent fa­mil­iar­ity rat­ing - which demon­strates that the col­lege is in­deed on the map.

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