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Monday February 8, 2016

22:33 Charlottetown council halts Belvedere Dental Clinic expansion »The Guardian - Local News
Short time later, however, advances plans for new physiotherapy clinic on residential land nearby
21:53 [URBAN NOTE] "Cars are part of the mix in Kensington Market" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Spacing Toronto's Jake Tobin Garrett makes the case for the presence of the car in Kensington Market.

One of the first areas I take people when they visit Toronto is usually Kensington Market – that dense grid of narrow streets stuffed with fruit and veggie stores, cafes, colourful vintage shops, and taco joints.

It’s fun to navigate the market, threading between parked or slowly moving cars, crossing from one side to the other with just a casual glance over the shoulder. Kensington has a lively energy to which many other neighbourhoods aspire. It’s a neighbourhood that has found its pedestrian-friendly groove.

You won’t find special paving here, or curbless streets, or bollards, or any of the other tactics designers and planners now mobilize to make other areas pedestrian-friendly and people-centric. It Kensington it just kinda…happens.

Still, in an article published in the Toronto Star, urban affairs critic Christopher Hume argues that banning cars from Kensington is the “obvious move” and the area is a “battleground” between cars and people on foot? A battleground? If any neighbourhood in Toronto can least be described as a battleground between cars and people, it’s Kensington Market. More of a slow dance, really.

Pedestrian-only Sundays are great, but I would hazard a guess that they’re great because they’re pedestrian-only Sundays and not pedestrian-only all-the-times.
21:36 [LINK] "Earth from afar would look only 82% right for life" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Universe Today's Evan Gough writes about an amusing analysis of Earth's suitability for life.

You might think, because, well, here we are, that the Earth would look 100% habitable from a distant location. But that’s not the case. According to a paper from Rory Barnes and his colleagues at the University of Washington-based Virtual Planetary Laboratory, from a distant point in the galaxy, the probability of Earth being habitable might be only 82%.

Barnes and his team came up with the 82% number when they worked to create a “habitability index for transiting planets,” that seeks to rank the habitability of planets based on factors like the distance from its star, the size of the planet, the nature of the star, and the behaviour of other planets in the system.

The search for habitable exo-planets is dominated by the idea of the circumstellar habitable zone—or Goldilocks Zone—a region of space where an orbiting planet is not too close to its star to boil away all the water, and not so far away that the water is all frozen. This isn’t a fixed distance; it depends on the type and size of the star. With an enormous, hot star, the Goldilocks Zone would be much further away than Earth is from the Sun, and vice-versa for a smaller, cooler star. “That was a great first step, but it doesn’t make any distinctions within the habitable zone,” says Barnes.

To rank candidates for further study, Barnes focused on not just the distance between the planet and the host star, but on the overall energy equilibrium. That takes into account not just the energy received by the planet, but the planet’s albedo—how much energy it reflects back into space. In terms of being warm enough for life, a high-albedo planet can tolerate being closer to its star, whereas a low-albedo planet can tolerate a greater distance. This equilibrium is affected in turn by the eccentricity of the planet’s orbit.

The habitability index created by Barnes—and his colleagues Victoria Meadows and Nicole Evans—is a way to enter data, including a planet’s albedo and its distance from its host star, and get a number representing the planet’s probability of being habitable. “Basically, we’ve devised a way to take all the observational data that are available and develop a prioritization scheme,” said Barnes, “so that as we move into a time when there are hundreds of targets available, we might be able to say, ‘OK, that’s the one we want to start with.’”

So where does the Earth fit into all this? If alien astronomers are creating their own probability index, at 82%, Earth is a good candidate. Maybe they’re already studying us more closely.


The University of Washington press release is here, and the paper is at arXiv, "Comparative Habitability of Transiting Exoplanets".
21:30 [LINK] "Tracing Slaves to Their African Homelands" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic's Andrew Lawler reports on technological advances, including DNA, which are allowing researchers to discover the origins of slave populations throughout the Atlantic world.

“This will change our understanding of population and migration histories,” says Hannes Schroeder, a biological anthropologist at the University of Copenhagen. “What was just potential is now being fulfilled.”

One example comes from a 17th century cemetery on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin. When archaeologists excavated the site in 2010, they noticed filed teeth in the skulls of two men and a woman. The three individuals were between 25 and 40 years old when they died in the late 1600s.

Since teeth filing was a common practice in sub-Saharan Africa, it was a good bet that the individuals were enslaved Africans brought to the colony in the days of sugar plantations.

Just five years ago, that would have been the end of the story. An attempt to extract DNA from the skeletons to learn more about their identity would have been quixotic, since hot and humid weather degrades genetic material.

“These were badly preserved,” said Schroeder. “They had been laying under a Caribbean beach for four hundred years.” By contrast, biologists in 2012 readily sequenced the entire genome from Otzi, the frozen “ice man” who died in the Alps five thousand years ago.

After months of careful work, however, Schroeder’s team was able to extract DNA from the St. Martin individuals using a new procedure called whole-genome capture. Devised at Stanford University in California, this technique concentrates the degraded genes, providing enough material to sequence.

By comparing the results with a database from modern-day Africans, the researchers determined that all three people came from different parts of that continent. One of the men likely came from what is today northern Cameroon, while the other man and the woman may have originated in Ghana or Nigeria to the south.
21:26 [LINK] "Ireland and Iceland: when cosiness kills" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At A Fistful of Euros, Sigrún Davíðsdóttir describes the similarities of the Icelander and Irish banking crises, product of recklessness by a minority of well-connected people.

The fate of the Irish and the Icelandic banks are intertwined in time: as the Irish government decided on a blanket guarantee for the Irish banks, the Icelandic government was trying, in vain, to save the Icelandic banks. In spite of the guarantee six Irish banks failed in the coming months; the government bailed them out. The Icelandic banks failed over a few days. Within two months the Icelandic parliament had decided to set up an independent investigative committee – it took the Irish government almost seven years to set up a political committee, severely restricted in terms of what it could investigate and given a very limited time. The Irish report now published is better than nothing but far from the extensive overview given in Iceland: it lacks the overview of favoured clients and the favours they enjoyed.

A small country with a fast-growing banking sector run by managers dreaming of moving into the international league of big banks. To accelerate balance sheet growth the banks found businessmen with a risk appetite to match the bankers’ and bestowed them with favourable loans. Lethargic regulators watched, politicians cheered, nourishing the ego of a small nation wanting to make its mark on the world. – This was Iceland of the Viking raiders and Ireland at the time of the Celtic tiger, from the late 1990s, until the Vikings lost their helmets and the tiger its claws in autumn 2008.

In December 2008, eleven weeks after the Icelandic banking collapse, the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, set up an independent investigative committee, The Special Investigative Commission, SIC, to investigate and clarify the banking collapse. Its three members were its chairman Supreme Court justice Páll Hreinsson, Alþingi’s Ombudsman Tryggvi Gunnarsson and lecturer in economics at Yale Sigríður Benediktsdóttir. Overseeing the work of around thirty experts, the SIC published its report on 12 April 2010: on 2400 pages (with more material online; only a small part of the report is in English) the SIC outlined why and how the banks had failed.

In November 2014, over six years after the Irish bank guarantee, the Irish Parliament, Oireachtas, set up The Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, or the Banking Inquiry, with eleven members from both houses of the Oireachtas; its chairman was Labour Party member Ciarán Lynch. The purpose of the Committee was to inquire into the reasons for the banking crisis. Its report was published 27 January 2016.

[. . .]

In one aspect, the Irish Banking Inquiry differed fundamentally from the Icelandic one: the Irish was legally restrained from naming names. Consequently, the Irish report contains only general information on lending, exposure etc., not information on the individuals behind the abnormally high exposures.

This is unfortunate because in both countries, the high-risk banking was centred on a small group of individuals. In Ireland these were mostly property developers and some well-known businessmen; in Iceland the favoured clients were the banks’ largest shareholders, a somewhat unique and unflattering aspect that puts Iceland in league with countries like Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and Moldova.

The SIC had no such restraints but could access the banks’ information on the largest clients, i.e. the favoured clients. The report maps the loans and businesses of the banks’ largest shareholders and their close business partners, also some foreign clients. Consequently, the SIC report made it a public information that the largest borrower was Robert Tchenguiz, owed €2.2bn, second was Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, famous for his extensive UK retail investments, with €1.6bn. Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, Landsbanki’s largest shareholder (with his now bankrupt-father) owed €865m. These were loans issued by the banks in Iceland; with loans from the banks’ foreign operations these numbers would be substantially higher.
21:15 [LINK] On the possible detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes by LIGO »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Adrian Cho's ScienceMag article notes in detail about something potentially astounding, something scheduled for official release on Friday the 11th but literally causing waves right now.

It's just a rumor, but if specificity is any measure of credibility, it might just be right. For weeks, gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors. The author says he got the details from people who have seen the manuscript of the LIGO paper that will describe the discovery.

"This is just from talking to people who said they've seen the paper, but I've not seen the paper itself," says Clifford Burgess, a theoretical physicist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in nearby Waterloo. "I've been around a long time, so I've seen rumors come and go. This one seems more credible."

According to Burgess's email, which found its way onto Twitter as an image attached to a tweet from one of his colleagues, LIGO researchers have seen two black holes, of 29 and 36 solar masses, swirling together and merging. The statistical significance of the signal is supposedly very high, exceeding the "five-sigma" standard that physicists use to distinguish evidence strong enough to claim discovery. LIGO consists of two gargantuan optical instruments called interferometers, with which physicists look for the nearly infinitesimal stretching of space caused by a passing gravitational wave. According to Burgess's email, both detectors spotted the black hole merger with the right time delay between them.

LIGO's prime target has been the death spiral and merger not of two black holes, but of two neutron stars. However, Marc Kamionkowski, a theoretical physicist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, says the signal from the merger of more-massive black holes should be stronger and detectable from a greater distance. Other, less specific rumors suggest that LIGO has seen more than one source.


A commenter at another blog notes that the detection of gravitational waves is hugely important, perhaps the biggest development since the development of eyes hundreds of millions of years ago. I agree. If this is true, I think I know who'll be getting a Nobel Prize in Physics, if not this year than next.

More to the point, it is decidedly cool that we now can apparently detect gravitational waves. Most speculatively, I wonder what such a collision of black holes would look like. Apparently three solar masses were dispersed into gravity waves. Would there have been electromagnetic radiation expelled, too?
21:08 [LINK] On a possible replacement of Europe's ancient population of homo sapiens »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Dragon's Tales linked to the Cell paper "Pleistocene Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest a Single Major Dispersal of Non-Africans and a Late Glacial Population Turnover in Europe". The abstract is eye-catching.

How modern humans dispersed into Eurasia and Australasia, including the number of separate expansions and their timings, is highly debated. Two categories of models are proposed for the dispersal of non-Africans: (1) single dispersal, i.e., a single major diffusion of modern humans across Eurasia and Australasia; and (2) multiple dispersal, i.e., additional earlier population expansions that may have contributed to the genetic diversity of some present-day humans outside of Africa. Many variants of these models focus largely on Asia and Australasia, neglecting human dispersal into Europe, thus explaining only a subset of the entire colonization process outside of Africa. The genetic diversity of the first modern humans who spread into Europe during the Late Pleistocene and the impact of subsequent climatic events on their demography are largely unknown. Here we analyze 55 complete human mitochondrial genomes (mtDNAs) of hunter-gatherers spanning ∼35,000 years of European prehistory. We unexpectedly find mtDNA lineage M in individuals prior to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). This lineage is absent in contemporary Europeans, although it is found at high frequency in modern Asians, Australasians, and Native Americans. Dating the most recent common ancestor of each of the modern non-African mtDNA clades reveals their single, late, and rapid dispersal less than 55,000 years ago. Demographic modeling not only indicates an LGM genetic bottleneck, but also provides surprising evidence of a major population turnover in Europe around 14,500 years ago during the Late Glacial, a period of climatic instability at the end of the Pleistocene.
21:04 [LINK] "DNA from Neandertal relative may shake up human family tree" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I came across very recently Ann Gibbons' September 2015 Sciencemag article noting yet another remarkable turn in the history of the hominid family.

In a remarkable technical feat, researchers have sequenced DNA from fossils in Spain that are about 300,000 to 400,000 years old and have found an ancestor—or close relative—of Neandertals. The nuclear DNA, which is the oldest ever sequenced from a member of the human family, may push back the date for the origins of the distinct ancestors of Neandertals and modern humans, according to a presentation here yesterday at the fifth annual meeting of the European Society for the study of human evolution.

Ever since researchers first discovered thousands of bones and teeth from 28 individuals in the mid-1990s from Sima de los Huesos (“pit of bones”), a cave in the Atapuerca Mountains of Spain, they had noted that the fossils looked a lot like primitive Neandertals. The Sima people, who lived before Neandertals, were thought to have emerged in Europe. Yet their teeth, jaws, and large nasal cavities were among the traits that closely resembled those of Neandertals, according to a team led by paleontologist Juan-Luis Arsuaga of the Complutense University of Madrid. As a result, his team classified the fossils as members of Homo heidelbergensis, a species that lived about 600,000 to 250,000 years ago in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Many researchers have thought H. heidelbergensis gave rise to Neandertals and perhaps also to our species, H. sapiens, in the past 400,000 years or so.

But in 2013, the Sima fossils’ identity suddenly became complicated when a study of the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from one of the bones revealed that it did not resemble that of a Neandertal. Instead, it more closely matched the mtDNA of a Denisovan, an elusive type of extinct human discovered when its DNA was sequenced from a finger bone from Denisova Cave in Siberia. That finding was puzzling, prompting researchers to speculate that perhaps the Sima fossils had interbred with very early Denisovans or that the “Denisovan” mtDNA was the signature of an even more ancient hominin lineage, such as H. erectus. At the time, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who had obtained the mtDNA announced that they would try to sequence the nuclear DNA of the fossils to solve the mystery.

After 2 years of intense effort, paleogeneticist Matthias Meyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has finally sequenced enough nuclear DNA from fossils of a tooth and a leg bone from the pit to solve the mystery. The task was especially challenging because the ancient DNA was degraded to short fragments, made up of as few as 25 to 40 single nucleotides. (Nucleotides—also known as base pairs—are the building blocks of DNA.) Although he and his colleagues did not sequence the entire genomes of the fossils, Meyer reported at the meeting that they did get 1 million to 2 million base pairs of ancient nuclear DNA.

They scanned this DNA for unique markers found only in Neandertals or Denisovans or modern humans, and found that the two Sima fossils shared far more alleles—different nucleotides at the same address in the genome—with Neandertals than Denisovans or modern humans. “Indeed, the Sima de los Huesos specimens are early Neandertals or related to early Neandertals,” suggesting that the split of Denisovans and Neandertals should be moved back in time, Meyer reported at the meeting.

Researchers at the meeting were impressed by this new breakthrough in ancient DNA research. “This has been the next frontier with ancient DNA,” says evolutionary biologist Greger Larson of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
21:02 [URBAN NOTE] "Goodwill Toronto files for bankruptcy, loses Goodwill name" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Oliver Sachgay notes the sad news.

Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario has filed for bankruptcy, three weeks after abruptly closing its doors.

In a press release posted on the charity’s website, CEO Keiko Nakamura announced the company had filed for bankruptcy and is hoping to restructure.

“The corporation is contemplating later making a proposal to its creditors which, if approved, would annul the bankruptcy and allow the corporation to reopen some stores,” Nakamura said in the release.

[. . .]

Also on Monday came an announcement from Goodwill International, which controls the Goodwill brand and licenses local Goodwill charities like Toronto’s, disassociating itself from Goodwill Toronto.

In the announcement, Goodwill International calls the closing of the stores an “egregious act” which was not compliant with the membership standards of the company.

As part of that, Goodwill of Toronto is no longer allowed to use the “Goodwill name, trademarks and logos,” the announcement said.
20:56 [LINK] "In a global economy adrift, leaders don't know where to take us next" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In an opinion piece, the CBC's Don Pittis notes the lack of a consensus as to how to fix the world economy. The idea of a guaranteed minimum income, some handout of money from governments to citizens that would lead to increased spending, is raised by Pittis as being far from the most speculative solution to stagnation.

Many commenters — especially those who sounded as if they had money and assets — rejected a return to inflation, even though so many economists say it's the only way of heading off one of those "cleansing depressions." In fact, a surprising number backed the depression option; though were it to come to that, I suspect they may find they don't like it so much.

Most of all, as with so much other economic commentary, there was no single obvious solution.

There was definitely no consensus on a strategy that governments could use to fix the economy while keeping voters and other powerful interests happy.

And here is the problem. For leaders who make policy, it is almost impossible to try radical and unproven medicine that might work, for the simple reason that it might instead precipitate a crisis for which they would be blamed.

So long as the global economy seems to be muddling on, governments and central bankers prefer to kick the can down the road just a little further, and keep praying for a miraculous, spontaneous cure."
20:03 Delivery of the Journal Pioneer may be delayed on Tuesday »Journal-Pioneer Local
Due to weather and road conditions delivery of the Journal Pioneer may be delayed on Tuesday. Deliveries will take place when it is safe to do so. To get an exact replica of the Journal Pioneer's print-edition, sign up for the e-edition, delivered directly to your inbox no matter what the ...
19:50 Red Wings host key game Tuesday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Top team in N.B. visits Abram-Village
19:45 Delivery of The Guardian may be delayed on Tuesday »The Guardian - Local News
Due to weather and road conditions delivery of The Guardian may be delayed on Tuesday Deliveries will take place when it is safe to do so. To get an exact replica of The Guardian's print-edition, sign up for the e-edition, delivered directly to your inbox no matter what the weather conditions ...
19:24 Bloomfield Elementary hosting 6th annual Heart Art Day »Journal-Pioneer Local
Friday's event supports IWK Children's Hospital
19:24 School bus joyride on P.E.I. ends in ditch »The Guardian - Local News
Bus stolen from Pleasant Grove found in Charlottetown early Saturday
19:14 NHL PUCK DROPS: Breaking down who could be moved before trade deadline »The Guardian - Sports
The NHL’s Feb. 29 trade deadline is less than three weeks away. Here’s a look at the biggest names who could be on the move leading up to deadline day. Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets.The Jets are re-signed Dustin Byfuglien on Monday, while talks with Ladd have apparently stalled. The Jets are ...
18:27 P.E.I. Olympian climbs to goal »The Guardian - Living
Summerside’s Heather Moyse summits tallest mountain in Antarctica
18:14 More than 100 people benefited from the late Menzel Reilly’s skating equipment donation »Journal-Pioneer Local
Menzel Reilly had made it his mission to ensure boys and girls fulfilled their aspirations of skating.
18:05 Summerside Provincial Court briefs  »Journal-Pioneer Local
St. Louis man fined By Journal Pioneer staff Wilbert Shea, 56, of St. Louis, recently pleaded guilty to fishing for species he didn’t have a license for. He was charged on Oct. 13, 2015, near Skinner’s Pond and pleaded on Feb. 2. He was fined $1,000. Fisherman pleads guilty Cory Buote, 41, of ...
17:59 Summerside water and sewer rates going up »Journal-Pioneer Local
Details of city's 2016 budget revealed
17:35 Rona Ambrose denounces Atlantic HST during P.E.I. visist »The Guardian - Local News
Federal Opposition leader Rona Ambrose says a raised Atlantic HST is 'not a recipe for growth'
17:23 Summerside budget includes council raises, long-term debt reduction »The Guardian - Local News
City will also increase community grant allowance, increase water and sewer rate
17:10 MacDougall-coached Reds on 12-game winning streak »Journal-Pioneer Sports
UNB clinches first place in regular season
17:06 Stammberger has two big games for Dalhousie »Journal-Pioneer Sports
16:32 No spare change »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
There are good things in the budget delivered Monday by the City of Summerside. Too bad the baffling and irresponsible double-digit raises (as much as 22 per cent) council has decided to grant itself will overshadow any of them.
16:08 TOSH runner recognized »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Demchuk named student-athlete of the month
15:57 [BLOG] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes that a milk bar will be replacing a famously criticized Starbucks on Queen Street West
    and notes a new Mexican sandwich shop in Kensington Market.

  • I can empathize with the Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly as she describes the benefit of hip replacement surgery.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the inside of a comet.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes one paper arguing that circumstellar habitable zones should be drawn as broadly as possible, owing to their complicated nature.

  • Joe. My. God. notes charges that an American same-sex female couple has been thrown into jail on trumped-up charges in Kuwait because they are lesbian.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that a Scottish dream of independence as an oil-financed state looks rather sketchy now.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that Moore's law has ended.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy features speculation that
  • Window on Eurasia links to a study noting Russia's ten most Orthodox, Muslim and pagan cities.

15:25 EASTERN PASSAGES: Business unusual »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Call it an example of the pitfalls of sexual assault charges and famous (or infamous) defendants if you will. Call it an example of witness-badgering, if that’s what you truly believe. Plenty have said all of that already, and much, much more.
15:21 [PHOTO] Looking down from the viewing platform, Dupont Station, Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Looking down from the viewing platform #toronto #ttc #dupontstreet #dupont #subway #flowers #tiles


The tile art on the walls of Dupont Station can be well appreciated at a slight remove.
15:12 Water Governance and the Water Act »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Part I: The process of developing a Water Act for P.E.I. has created widespread and enthusiastic participation by the public.
15:07 Train, advise, assist now Canada's role in Iraq and Syria »The Guardian - Local News
OTTAWA - Canada's fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. ...
15:04 Flyers defeat Islanders 5-1 in major midget action »The Guardian - Sports
The Moncton Flyers defeated the Charlottetown Robin's Donuts Islanders 5-1 Sunday at MacLauchlan Arena in New Brunswick-P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League action. Remi Theriault and Felix LeBlanc gave Moncton a 2-0 lead after the first period. Brennan Laverty with two and Samuel Bastille one ...
14:11 Cheers & Jeers »The Guardian - Opinion
Cheers to Kendra (MacDonald) Pasciucco, a native of Peakes, who was just named to the U.S.A. national women's ball hockey team. Kendra is the daughter of Brenda Lee and Parker MacDonald of Peakes and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She'll be playing in the 2016 Worlds in Banff, Alta. ...
14:08 Plants must increase wages »The Guardian - Opinion
Seafood 2000 Ltd. in Georgetown is advertising for plant workers for $12.98/hour plus vacation pay. This isn’t competitive. They don’t provide transportation or any other incentives to attract workers so they are short every season. Before approving the company to recruit foreign workers I ...
14:07 Big weekend for Holland College women »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Team earns three of four points
14:07 Ralph Manning a real Islander »The Guardian - Opinion
Recently I saw in the media where applications were being accepted for the Order of Prince Edward Island. I submitted a very heartfelt application, for a worthy recipient; however, I was unaware that the award could not be designated posthumously. I felt and still feel that the late Ralph ...
13:59 Wattpad Makes Reading and Writing Mobile-First »Will Pate's blog
While most e-reading apps are fairly similar, one stands alone. Wattpad does three things that create a truly mobile-first experience. First, it gives anyone the ability to write inside the app. If you love to read and want to try your hand at writing you can just get started on your smartphone. Second, it serializes […]
13:15 iCanSoccer’s Player of the Day »Journal-Pioneer Sports
13:02 Canada doesn't need an economy that is beholden to swinging oil prices »The Guardian - Opinion
By Robert van Waarden (guest opinion)
13:00 Summerside budget includes raises for council, long-term debt reduction »Journal-Pioneer Local
The city will also increase its community grant allowance and increase the water and sewer rate
13:00 UPDATED: Summerside budget includes raises for council »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside’s mayor and council are getting a big pay hike.
12:03 Hurricanes sweep Mounties »Journal-Pioneer Sports
11:53 Women Hurricanes survive scare »Journal-Pioneer Sports
11:39 55+ Games delayed until Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Hockey might still go ahead Tuesday
10:54 Arsenault lifts Metros past Aces »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Goal early in third period the difference
10:25 Kings’ rally comes up just short »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Mid-Isle holds on for one-goal win
09:30 Man Arrested For Dangerous Driving »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were conducting routine patrols on the city peripheral last night at 9:51pm, when a vehicle was observed operating in a dangerous manner. Vehicle was eventually stopped on the Arterial Highway and the operator, a 23 year old male resident of Charlottetown, was arrested for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Accused male will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
09:06 More doctors needed »The Guardian - Local News
A grassroots advocacy group will release a report Thursday on changes it says are needed in the P.E.I. health care system. The Eastern Kings arm of Islandwide Hospital Access has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. at Souris Regional High School. Storm date is Feb. 25. The report deals with ...
08:29 Hogg family farm on P.E.I. wins award for dislike of brown snow »The Guardian - Local News
Klondike Farms on Blue Shank Road wins Gilbert Clements Award for efforts to contain topsoil
08:18 Blowing snow advisory issued »Journal-Pioneer Local
Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for all of Prince Edward Island. The advisory was issued Sunday and confirmed again Monday morning at 4:39 a m. The advisory warns of poor visibility in snow. Blowing snow is expected in some locations. A low pressure system currently east ...
08:12 No school board rule on convictions »Journal-Pioneer Local
When employees in P.E.I.'s English education system get a criminal record they aren't required to report it to their employer, says English Language School Board superintendent, Cynthia Fleet. Fleet said the board might not be aware of a conviction and the employer doesn't always know what ...
07:41 Daily Specials for Monday, February 8, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Monday, February 8, 2016 are:

  • Curry Chicken Mango Sandwich $13.99 House roasted chicken with bacon, lettuce, curry mango dressing and avocado spread on grilled focaccia. Comes with black bean salad or fries.
  • Chicken Vegetable with Rice Soup $4.99

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Charlottetown, PE
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06:49 Snow expected later today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Monday February 8th 6:50am.. Good morning.. An intensifying storm system located just east of Cape Hattaras this morning will track NE passing east of NS overnight tonight then off to Newfoundland tomorrow evening. Meanwhile a 2nd storm system will be … Continue reading
06:47 No school board rule on convictions »The Guardian - Local News
When employees in P.E.I.'s English education system get a criminal record they aren't required to report it to their employer, says English Language School Board superintendent, Cynthia Fleet. Fleet said the board might not be aware of a conviction and the employer doesn't always know what ...
01:33 SUPER BOWL OPINION: As ugly as it was, it was beautiful for Manning »The Guardian - Sports
The Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina coach Ron Rivera had seen enough. With 2:08 left in one of the ugliest Super Bowls you'll ever see, he threw in the towel. Actually, Rivera ordered a punt. No reason to give Denver ...
00:17 SUPER BOWL: Broncos defeat Panthers 24-10 »The Guardian - Sports
If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning. He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defence for his second NFL championship. Adding another ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and ...
00:17 SUPER BOWL: Broncos defeat Panthers 24-10 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning. He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defence for his second NFL championship. Adding another ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and ...
00:00 SUPER BOWL: Advertising winners and losers »The Guardian - Sports
The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 - and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too. Advertisers pulled out all the stops to woo the 114 million-plus viewers during the Big Game. With 30-second ads costing up $5 million, it's a huge gamble to ...
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