Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

CHEERS: To the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and sup­port­ers of the bells restora­tion at St. Dun­stan’s Basil­ica in Char­lot­te­town. The bells – silent for more than a gen­er­a­tion – pealed their joy­ful sound across the cap­i­tal city on Canada Day morn­ing. O Canada was played on the bells while a crowd of more than 1,000 sang the na­tional an­them. Pre­mier Wade MacLauch­lan, Mayor Clif­ford Lee, Bishop Richard Grecco, MP Sean Casey and bells chair­man Kevin Murphy were on hand for the gala cer­e­mony.

JEERS: To Coast Guard, DFO and Trans­port Canada who seemed to get their knickers in a knot over a cup of Tm Hor­tons cof­fee. Af­ter the pi­lot of a Coast Guard heli­copter touched down near a Tims out­let at O’Leary Cor­ner in March – pre­sum­ably to get a hot cof­fee on a chilly morn­ing - an in­quiry and in­ves­ti­ga­tion en­sued af­ter the event was recorded on so­cial me­dia. The pi­lot has been ‘schooled’ on the ap­pro­pri­ate use of the air­craft. The com­mis­sioner of the Canadian Coast Guard asked for an in­ter­nal probe. If the pi­lot was guilty of in­ef­fi­cient use of the air­craft, what are all the fed­eral bu­reau­crats guilty of? Wast­ing tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars on a silly in­ves­ti­ga­tion over a java fix was equally as in­ef­fi­cient.

CHEERS: To for­ward R.T. Rice of the UPEI Pan­thers and de­fence­man Guil­lu­ame Bris­bois of the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders who were named to the Van­cou­ver Canucks 2017 De­vel­op­ment Camp ros­ter. They are among 36 play­ers sched­uled to re­port for the sum­mer prospect de­vel­op­ment camp which opens this Tues­day. Rice, a Van­cou­ver res­i­dent, was a rookie last sea­son with the Pan­thers, and has close fam­ily con­nec­tions to P.E.I. Bris­bois served as cap­tain of the Is­lan­ders this past sea­son. Good luck to both.

CHEERS: To the im­pres­sive fire­works dis­play over the Char­lot­te­town wa­ter­front Satur­day night to her­ald Canada Day. The low over­cast en­hanced the fire­works as the cloud cover re­flected sound and colour around the city. The red, white and green glow in the clouds above added to the dis­play be­low. The crowd was cer­tainly ap­pre­cia­tive of the show. Fore­cast rains held off through­out the day Fri­day and Satur­day to spare huge crowds which thronged the down­town area for the Tall Ships, con­certs, woods­men competition and many other Canada Day at­trac­tions. Rain was lim­ited to early Sun­day morn­ing but the pre­cip­i­ta­tion ended by 9 a.m. and the sun broke out to cap off a suc­cess­ful hol­i­day week­end.

CHEERS: To the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Club for their ef­forts in or­ga­niz­ing the salute to Brett Gal­lant last Satur­day night. Gal­lant, who played with N.L. skip Brad Gushue in cap­tur­ing the Brier and word ti­tles this spring, was a long­time mem­ber of the CCC and won a na­tional ju­nior and world sil­ver medal in 2009 for P.E.I. Gal­lant told more than 200 sup­port­ers at the sold-out din­ner that curl­ing was al­ways his goal and win­ning a Brier and world ti­tle were long­time dreams.

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