Cheers & Jeers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

JEERS: To peo­ple who smoke in pub­lic places where crowds gather for spe­cial events. Ev­ery time there is a pa­rade, fire­works or other large pub­lic gath­er­ing there are peo­ple who choose to smoke in or around the crowds.

Is the crav­ing for a cig­a­rette so strong that they can’t wait to light up in­stead of sub­ject­ing by­standers to sec­ond-hand smoke? These events al­ways at­tract fam­i­lies, and the young chil­dren — along with ev­ery­one else who at­tend — shouldn’t have to breathe in cig­a­rette smoke as a con­se­quence of try­ing to en­joy a show.

CHEERS: To 20-year-old Jar­rod MacA­dam who will be head­ing to the NHL Ref­eree’s Com­bine from Au­gust 17-20 in Buf­falo, New York. The NHL is call­ing it an ‘Ex­po­sure Com­bine’ where up­wards of 60 high-level ref­eree and lines­men prospects will at­tend from around the world. In­vites are also go­ing to cer­tain uni­ver­si­ties and NCAA col­leges for those grad­u­at­ing hockey play­ers who want to pur­sue a ca­reer as an NHL on-ice of­fi­cial.

Jar­rod, a Morell na­tive now liv­ing in the Char­lot­te­town area, played much of his mi­nor hockey in Kings County.

He is the son of An­drew and Terri MacA­dam. An­drew is a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at East Wilt­shire School and be­fore that taught at Morell Con­sol­i­dated School.

JEERS: To overly bois­ter­ous mem­bers of a wed­ding party at Rodds Crow­bush Re­sort last week­end. After par­ty­ing un­til al­most dawn Fri­day night at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Lake­side Beach, a num­ber of wed­ding guests — many of them Bishop’s Univer­sity alumni — pro­ceeded to set off fire­works late Satur­day night.

Star­tled res­i­dents were roused from their sleep by the racket.

One long-time res­i­dent went on so­cial me­dia to sug­gest the par­ty­go­ers were “ir­re­spon­si­ble, thought­less id­iots who be­gan set­ting off loud fire­works on Lake­side Beach at 2:06 a.m. Sun­day morn­ing.” Har­rumph.

CHEERS: To Char­lot­te­town Coun. Mitchell Tweel for bring­ing con­cerns for­ward about re­cent trou­bling coy­ote sight­ings in the East Roy­alty neigh­bour­hood of the city.

Tweel said a coy­ote was spot­ted in the Horse­shoe Boule­vard sub­di­vi­sion area and res­i­dents in­di­cated that the wild beast is re­spon­si­ble for killing three cats. Tweel said this is ob­vi­ously a very dan­ger­ous and un­safe sit­u­a­tion, be­cause of the heavy con­cen­tra­tion of young chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.

Lucy Maud Mont­gomery El­e­men­tary School is lo­cated in the area, and there is also farm­ers’ live­stock in this com­mu­nity as well.

“The en­tire com­mu­nity needs to be no­ti­fied and be made fully aware of the dire con­se­quences of dan­ger­ous coy­otes and of the fa­tal­i­ties that they can cause.” One res­i­dent stated that this par­tic­u­lar coy­ote is larger than a Ger­man shep­herd.

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