Cheers Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

JEERS: To P.E.I. driv­ers who still don’t know (or don’t care) what to do when an emer­gency ve­hi­cle is ap­proach­ing them with lights flash­ing and sirens blar­ing on the prov­ince’s roads. The RCMP was prompted to is­sue a press re­lease last week to re­mind mo­torists to pull over as soon as pos­si­ble when an am­bu­lance, po­lice cruiser or fire truck ap­proaches. Driv­ers must also slow down to half speed if they see such a ve­hi­cle parked on the side of a high­way, no mat­ter what side of the road it’s on. We’ve all pre­sum­ably taken a driv­ing course be­fore ob­tain­ing our li­cences — let’s re­mem­ber those les­sons in­stead of putting ev­ery­one else at risk.

CHEERS: To all those who par­tic­i­pated in Sat­ur­day’s Pride pa­rade in Char­lot­te­town, both those who marched and spec­ta­tors who came out to sup­port it. The small town of Vic­to­ria by the Sea is hold­ing its firstever Pride pa­rade to­day, and it must have been en­cour­ag­ing to see the sup­port re­ceived by all those who at­tended the Char­lot­te­town event. Given some neg­a­tiv­ity in re­cent weeks, let’s hope the more places that or­ga­nize Pride events will lead to all of us be­com­ing more ac­cept­ing of one an­other.

CHEERS: To Is­landers and vis­i­tors alike who par­tic­i­pated in Burger Love 2017, re­sult­ing in do­na­tions of more than $60,000 to the United Way of P.E.I. The pop­u­lar burger pro­mo­tion of­fers a vol­un­tary pro­gram where par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants can con­trib­ute $1 per burger sold to the pro­vin­cial United Way. The money is ear­marked to help fund pro­grams that in­crease lo­cal food se­cu­rity. But also, JEERS: To any par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants that chose not to do­nate $1 of their sales to the cam­paign. With Burger Love bring­ing so many peo­ple through the doors, and the sales fig­ures to match, let’s hope every restau­rant that takes part in 2018 can sac­ri­fice this small por­tion of their prof­its.

CHEERS: To the City of Char­lot­te­town and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for col­lab­o­rat­ing on a new off-leash dog park in the Hills­bor­ough Park area. The 12,000 square feet of open green space for dogs to en­joy is on land owned by the prov­ince just off Aca­dian Drive. Dog own­ers have been ask­ing for an off-leash area within city lim­its for some time now, and this park should serve as a test­ing ground for sim­i­lar ar­eas in the fu­ture — per­haps a park that’s even more con­ve­nient for those liv­ing in the down­town core.

CHEERS: To all P.E.I. ath­letes com­pet­ing at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg this week. In par­tic­u­lar, the men’s bas­ket­ball team made a big splash by de­feat­ing New­found­land and Labrador on Sat­ur­day. The team has been fine-tun­ing its train­ing to peak at the right time, but win or lose, it’s al­ways a win for the prov­ince when our ath­letes can shine on the na­tional stage.

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