Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Cheers to the newly-formed Black Cul­ture So­ci­ety of Prince Ed­ward Is­land which in­vites any­one with an in­ter­est in the prov­ince’s Black his­tory, cul­ture and her­itage to get in­volved. The group is plan­ning a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties for Black His­tory Month in Fe­bru­ary. BCS P.E.I. has picked up the torch from the for­mer Black Is­lan­ders Co-op­er­a­tive to carry on its work and ex­pand the man­date to in­clude new­com­ers to P.E.I.. The last decade has seen a great in­flux of im­mi­grants of African de­scent. If you have any ques­tions, con­tact Sarah Ta­mula or Scott Par­sons.

Jeers to En­vi­ron­ment Canada for com­mit­ting a stun­ning faux pas in its weather fore­cast a week ago Satur­day. The pre­vi­ous five days and even that Satur­day morn­ing, the fore­cast called for a few flur­ries as a ma­jor win­ter storm was track­ing to ham­mer Nova Sco­tia and south­ern New Brunswick. Then at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day, a weather bulletin was is­sued that the win­ter storm was un­ex­pect­edly deep­en­ing and was go­ing to slam P.E.I. with heavy snow and high winds in the af­ter­noon. The bulletin sent Is­lan­ders scur­ry­ing for emer­gency food sup­plies. We waited un­til mid­night with nary a flake to be seen and went to bed won­der­ing what hap­pened. En­vi­ron­ment Canada didn’t call off the storm warn­ing un­til late in the evening and never of­fered any ex­pla­na­tion.

Cheers to Ev White who deftly cut the deck, de­fied the odds and turned over the ace of spades at the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders game Thurs­day night. The pot for the Chase The Ace fundraiser was more than $4,300 en­ter­ing the game against Saint John with 40 cards still in the deck. The Mur­ray River area na­tive and long­time Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent is well known for his in­volve­ment in hockey, es­pe­cially old­timers hockey for the past num­ber of years.

Cheers to a new pro­gram that al­lows ac­cess to pal­lia­tive care sup­ports af­ter hours so more Is­lan­ders can re­ceive end-of-life care at home. Most pa­tients pre­fer to re­ceive pal­lia­tive care in their own home with their fam­ily close by, and this new ser­vice will al­low more pa­tients to do that. The new­ly­launched pro­gram al­lows paramedics to pro­vide pa­tients with pain and symp­tom man­age­ment at home, af­ter hours. All paramedics in P.E.I. have now re­ceived spe­cial­ized clin­i­cal train­ing on pain and symp­tom man­age­ment for pal­lia­tive pa­tients and de­ci­sion-mak­ing and care in the last days and hours of life. More than 170 pa­tients have reg­is­tered with the pro­gram.

Jeers to mo­torists who de­lib­er­ately dis­en­gage ve­hi­cle day­time run­ning lights amid some bizarre ra­tio­nale it will in­crease the life span of head­lamp bulbs. Most driv­ers look for run­ning lights and are sur­prised when a ve­hi­cle seems to un­ex­pect­edly ap­proach out of nowhere. For the sake of re­plac­ing a bulb, run­ning lights can well save lives and make ve­hi­cles clearly vis­i­ble. The law says run­ning lights must be in use. It’s dan­ger­ous not to have them on.

Cheers to a New Zealand flock of sheep which brought a re­cent high speed chase to a sud­den end. A car with sev­eral peo­ple in­side was rac­ing for al­most 50 min­utes to es­cape pur­su­ing po­lice. A nail belt and other meth­ods failed to halt the ve­hi­cle but the big flock of sheep was suc­cess­ful as it was cross­ing the road to reach new pas­ture. Po­lice ar­rested the sus­pects af­ter their ve­hi­cle screeched to a halt just short of the woollen road­block. Coin­ci­den­tally, the flock was owned by a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer. A few sheep were heard to later com­ment the en­tire in­ci­dent was very “baaaad.”

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