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Friday November 21, 2014

18:00 The F Word at Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 3 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Sexual Content, Language May Offend)
Runs: 100 minutes
Director: Michael Dowse
Country: Canada
Released: 2014
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver
Awards: Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

“The F Word is the charming tale of an emotionally prickly young man who meets a delightful young woman only to discover she's in a long-term relationship. He consigns himself to the friend zone but yearns for more, while she begins to notice certain shortcomings in her life. Elan Mastai's script is adapted from the play Toothpaste And Cigars, but director Dowse turns it into an unapologetic reworking of When Harry Met Sally.... It's derivative but also funny, sharp and sweet, with Radcliffe and Kazan exchanging rapid-fire dialogue that they often share with a lively circle of supporting players. Dowse and DP Rogier Stoffers shoot Toronto like an ardent lover, using streets, stores and spaces to create a sense of constant promise, all thrumming to the beat of AC Newman's infectious score.” - Norm Wilner, Now Magazine

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

12:07 Storm releases Mayhane signs Chicago native Rush »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm has released all-star Johnny Mayhane and signed Billy Rush. Rush, a six-foot-seven forward from Chicago, played at Robert Morris University and averaged nearly 16 points per game, eight rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Following his college career, Rush signed a training camp ...
11:36 Division in treatment shows flaw in system for related problems »The Guardian - Opinion
Alcohol addictions, mental health issues often intertwined, but facilities far apart
11:35 Soulful artist bringing her songs to Summerside Friday »Journal-Pioneer Living
SUMMERSIDE – Halifax based artist Chelsea Amber brings soul to the stage with her passionate vocals, hopeful lyrics, guitar-driven tunes and drumbeats that groove.
11:33 Let’s bring out the ballot boxes »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Your front-page headline in today’s Guardian (“Snap vote could come in spring: Liberals”) says Deputy Premier George Webster’s recent motion in the P.E.I. legislature is basically a warning to the Conservative party to get their house in order and elect a new leader. Not before time. ...
11:28 Accident victim gets runaround »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Never assume the person who hits your vehicle is telling you the truth and going to do the right thing. Always call the police (no matter how minor you think the accident is) and have them come to the accident site. Always ensure there is an eyewitness and always ensure that the other ...
11:27 Candidate survives political boot camp »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I survived political boot camp. Even though I lost by nine votes, in reality I won by leaps and bounds. The hundreds of people I have met; the experience and thrill of running a full and hard-hitting campaign; observing the electoral process and suggesting Improvements.I am very ...
11:21 Writer confident petition will fail »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: A petition has been drafted by a local pro-choice group that calls on Minister Doug Currie to fully disclose his reasoning behind the decision to halt plans for local abortion access on P.E.I.The first part of the petition states “Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada that ...
11:18 TV ad offensive towards children »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In reply to Marion Murphy’s letter. Everyone should be appalled at this TV ad (that it was OK to lie to children). Where are we as a society if we were not offended?Dave Ellsworth,Montague
11:15 Naive statement about children? »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: We collectively lie to children all the time. In Monday’s Guardian, Marion Murphy stated that “Children should never, never be lied to.” Well I must say it’s a naive statement, especially this time of year. When was the last time anyone saw Santa’s sleigh and reindeers flying in the ...
11:07 Are healthy potatoes more important than live fish? »The Guardian - Opinion
11:03 Changing society’s thoughts on cyber bullying »The Guardian - Opinion
By Marlene Bryenton (guest opinion)
10:59 A flea and a fly in a flue »The Guardian - Opinion
In the Island’s now distant spring, hundreds of unheated old farmhouses and cottages will be suddenly attacked from within. Or so it seems when the curious legions of cluster flies, those bugs who have pulled off the neat trick of being simultaneously agitated and lazy, take to communal chaotic ...
10:45 Sharing their talents »The Guardian - Living
Rick and Maureen Brennan demonstrate their passion for music and for others by directing funds from sale of their new CD, Three In Flight, to community projects
10:31 Of flat plains and cold winds »The Guardian - Living
Editor’s note: Out and About is now Out and Around. Join Todd and his wife Savannah on the road for the next six weeks as they travel around the continent on a Canada/U.S. book tour surrounding the release of Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet. Throughout a weekly armchair ...
10:24 Impaired Driving - Man Charged »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were conducting routine patrols early this morning at 3:21am on Euston St., near Prince St., and observed a vehicle traveling without the benefit of headlights. Police checked operator of vehicle and determined the driver was impaired. Accused male, a 28 year old resident of Victoria BC, was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Accused male was jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre, and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
10:04 Province looks to triple distracted driving fine in Prince Edward Island »The Guardian - Local News
Changes would see penalty increased to $1,200 maximum for using handheld device while driving
09:52 Liberals want to make history in Egmont »Journal-Pioneer Local
A special edition of Take 5 with Wayne Thibodeau profiles the four candidates running for the Liberal nomination in Egmont. Click on the links below to view the videos:Gilles ArsenaultRobert GallantRobert MorrisseyTina Mundy
09:22 Cold and flurries expected today for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Friday November 21st 9:20am.. The low pressure system that tracked north of the Maritimes yesterday is now located near the Strait of Belle Isle. The associated cold front swept over the island during the evening hours and resulted in snow … Continue reading
09:17 Acting on promises »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The idea of the city of Summerside creating its own Freedom of Information Bylaw surfaced recently when Coun. Brent Gallant raised the issue at the inaugural meeting of the new Summerside city council.
09:15 Summerside looking at freedom of access bylaw »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside residents may soon have an opportunity to access information from city hall that was not made available in the past.
08:48 Preliminary inquiry set to wrap up today for teen accused of murder »The Guardian - Local News
The presentation of evidence continued Thursday at the preliminary inquiry into a charge of first-degree murder against a 17-year-old Charlottetown youth. The teen is charged in connection with the death of Kent David Gallant, age 45, of Charlottetown. RELATED: Preliminary inquiry begins for ...
08:47 Potato tampering not act of ‘crazed greenie’, advocates say »Journal-Pioneer Local
The criminal case of sticking sewing needles into the flesh of P.E.I. potatoes is not the misguided protest of a crazed greenie, suggest two advocates of the Island environment.
08:45 P.E.I. Tories filibuster election motion »The Guardian - Local News
Opposition MLA Colin LaVie speaks for more than an hour on Election Act history and other topics until hour called
08:41 Daily Specials for Friday, November 21, 2014 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Friday, November 21, 2014 are:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup $4.99
  • Pulled Pork Poutine...$11.99 Tender pulled pork, onions and garlic in a savory gravy...served over golden fries with shredded cheddar

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440

07:49 Liberals ready to make history in Egmont »The Guardian - Local News
More than 2,100 Liberals eligible to vote this Saturday for the candidate who will take the party into the next federal election campaign
07:41 Paul Maines, CMT not part of P.E.I. gambling file, says Wes Sheridan »The Guardian - Local News
Maines says he is filing defamation suit in connection with Ghiz government's plans to enter online gaming regulation
07:35 Hurricanes off to winning start in women's volleyball season »The Guardian - Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes women’s volleyball team has won more games this month than the previous five seasons combined. The Hurricanes are 3-1 in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) coming off a 1-17 season. Before this season, Holland College had a combined 2-95 record ...
07:29 Potato tampering not act of ‘crazed greenie’, advocates say »The Guardian - Local News
The criminal case of sticking sewing needles into the flesh of P.E.I. potatoes is not the misguided protest of a crazed greenie, suggest two advocates of the Island environment. “I think it is either someone with mental health issues or someone with a personal grudge against the Linkletters,” ...
06:31 PEI Conservatives Take Party Back From McInnes Cooper LLP? »
Michael Drake seems to be the reason that no Conservatives asked any questions in the Legislature regarding the “Gaming File”, until yesterday when it appears Peter McQuaid and some of the old guard leaned into the Legislature. Suddenly Stephen Myers, … Continue reading
03:57 [PHOTO] Me and an owl, April 2012 »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Me and an owl, April 2012

This is a workplace photo, if you can believe it.

Thursday November 20, 2014

22:46 O'Leary terminates annexation application »Journal-Pioneer Local
O'LEARY -- Accepting that his council did not properly inform residents of rural communities around O'Leary of the benefits of becoming part of a municipality, Mayor Stanley MacDonald annouced Thursday night O'Leary Town Council has decided to terminate its annexation process.
22:23 Down the Backstretch: CDP title chase going down to the wire »The Guardian - Sports
The driver’s race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is remaining a tight affair. Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes have remained in close contention for much of 2014 with Campbell now holding a three-race lead, 108 to 105. The competition promises to remain fierce for the rest of the ...
22:03 Myers Roofing (20 Words) » | New Topics
Anybody have any thoughts or experience with these guys?

Need a new roof, and I like their quote....
22:00 Towering Fungi »justpictureit
photo - Towering Fungi

Just a few days ago, I found these lovely mushrooms growing on an old, dying apple tree on my property. You can't imagine how many shots I took of them. Addendum: This shot was supposed to be shown yesterday, thus no boat today.

21:45 Casey 1-2 at Grand Slam of Curling event »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Adam Casey made P.E.I. curling history on Wednesday, and he’s proving his rink can play with the world’s best.
21:32 Blue Jays formally introduce Russell Martin »The Guardian - Sports
TORONTO – Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has traded franchise icons, pulled off blockbuster deals and signed players to lucrative extensions. Landing a top-flight free agent by offering more term and dollars than other teams was new territory. But Anthopoulos was determined to sign ...
21:28 Baker coming home to speak at leadership conference »The Guardian - Sports
The former captain of Canada’s field hockey team is coming to Charlottetown.Katie Baker is speaking at Sport P.E.I.’s Sport Leadership Conference Saturday at the Rodd Charlottetown. The 30-year-old Argyle Shore native retired from the national field hockey team in 2012 after playing 118 ...
20:31 Islanders remain in same categories in latest CSS rankings »The Guardian - Sports
Five Charlottetown Islanders received the same grade Thursday as they did two months ago in the latest ratings for NHL draft prospects. Central Scouting Services released its November players to watch list Thursday. Czech centre Filip Chlapik and right-winger Daniel Sprong, from Amsterdam, are ...
20:27 Sherwood Parkdale Rural Minor Hockey Association hosting annual tournament »The Guardian - Sports
Ten Queens County rinks are being used this week to host the largest hockey tournament on Prince Edward Island. The 37th annual Grant Thornton Hockey Tournament started Thursday and runs through Sunday. The Sherwood Parkdale Rural Minor Hockey Association (SPRMHA) hosts the tournament, which ...
20:14 Youth in jail for stealing nearly $11,000 from his grandfather »The Guardian - Local News
Dominic John David Walker, 18, of the greater Charlottetown area blows through money buying alcohol, drugs, food in party binge
19:48 Busy times for Dolphins »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Local swim club attends two off-Island meets
19:43 It’s Fall Splash weekend »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – It’s a weekend the Summerside Dolphin Swim Club has had circled on the calendar for a while.


19:29 Opposition questions government's physical medicine improvement efforts »The Guardian - Local News
When it comes to spending money on physical medicine for children, opposition MLA James Aylward wants the government to commit to addressing their needs. Aylward raised the issue during Thursday’s question period where he addressed Health Minister Doug Currie and said the government has lots of ...
19:29 Damage found at Eastern Kings wind turbine »The Guardian - Local News
An investigation into a damaged wind turbine blade at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm is still underway, says head of external communications for the company who makes the turbines. Adam Serchuk of Vestas said the damaged blade was discovered on Nov. 3. It’s a rare occurrence for a blade to be ...
19:27 [LINK] "Is the PQ ready for the Pierre Karl Peladeau show?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Looking to Québec and the fortunes of separatism, CBC's Michelle Gagnon notes the benefits and the pitfalls of Québec media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau's expected bid for the Parti Québécois leadership.

The minute new candidate Pierre Karl Péladeau stepped off Pauline Marois' election bus one cold Sunday last March, the speculation erupted about his ambition to become leader of the Parti Quebecois one day.

[. . .]

Peladeau's notoriety only increased after he settled down with Julie Snyder, one of Quebec's biggest TV stars and most prolific television producers.

Together, they turned Quebec into an almost unparalleled example of media convergence in North America, and he has been a regular in the pages of supermarket tabloids, many of which he owns. Occasionally, he even makes it into glossier gossip fare like Paris Match, as he did in July alongside his daughter's new godmother, Céline Dion.

[. . . H]e's widely seen as the man who sank the PQ's chances of winning the last election with his untimely cri de coeur about making Quebec a country.

He is also considered a deeply divisive figure for his reputation as a union-busting boss with at least 14 lockouts to his credit.

In fact, many on the PQ left have hovered between skepticism and outrage at Peladeau's inclusion in the leadership ranks, claiming he will move the party to the right at the expense of the PQ's traditional social democratic base.
19:24 [LINK] "Byelection results show Liberals, NDP going in different directions" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC's Éric Grenier analyzed two recent federal by-elections, one in Ontario and one in Alberta. He argues that these indicate a continuing revival of Liberal strength across Canada, along with a pattern of NDP decline from its 2011 peak.

The Conservatives won both ridings up for grabs Monday with healthy shares of the vote, taking 49 per cent in Ontario's Whitby-Oshawa and 63 per cent in Alberta's Yellowhead. The Liberals finished a strong second in the former with 41 per cent, while garnering 20 per cent of the vote in the latter, the party's best performance there since 1993.

The New Democrats had no silver linings to find in the results, however, taking 10 per cent in Yellowhead and just eight per cent in Whitby-Oshawa, their lowest results in both since 2000.

[. . .]

The Liberals gained significantly in their share of the vote, almost tripling it in Whitby-Oshawa and increasing it nearly seven-fold in Yellowhead. The party picked up an average of 21.9 points in the two ridings, better than the average 18.6-point gain the party made in other byelections since Justin Trudeau became leader in April 2013.

The Conservatives dropped an average of 11.8 points, virtually identical to their average loss in other recent byelections. But that drop came from a higher share of the vote to begin with — the party actually decreased by a lower proportion on Monday than it has elsewhere since the last federal election.

For the New Democrats, the loss of an average of 8.9 points was worse than the party's previous byelection performances since 2011 (an average drop of 6.3 points).
19:23 0% financing »Island Musings
Then you ask what happens if you pay cash and you are offered a BIG discount. Free financing! Are we really that stupid?
19:20 [LINK] "Did 'Liberal Studies' Enable Hong Kong's Youth Awakening?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Foreign Policy, Grace Tsoi suggests that the genesis of Hong Kong's youth-led protests might lie, in part, in an education program encouraging students to look critically at themselves and their society.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests would not have been possible without the deep involvement of thousands of students, who have shown a resolve that has belied the once-prevailing view of their city as apolitical -- and prompted the political elite there to search for explanations. The protests began on Sept. 22 with a student-led boycott, and students have composed the backbone of the sit-ins, which have crippled parts of the Asian financial center for more than seven weeks. But the government itself may have inadvertently planted the seeds of the protests years prior; in seeking answers, some members of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp have seized upon a secondary school curriculum known as "liberal studies."

In Sept. 2009, the government mandated liberal studies in secondary schools as part of education reform. The subject comprised six modules: personal development and interpersonal relationships, contemporary Hong Kong, modern China, globalization, energy technology and the environment, and public health. Contemporary Hong Kong has become the most controversial of all, as it broaches topics like political participation and the rule of law. As part of the curriculum, students are required to complete an individual project, which involves in-depth research and the submission of a 1,500 to 4,000-word report. At the time of the reform, rote learning had been the norm in Hong Kong's school system, and the subject was introduced to nurture critical thinking skills and raise students' awareness of issues influencing Hong Kong, China, and the world.

While no bright line connects the curricular reforms with the protests, many seen as sympathetic to Beijing view liberal studies unfavorably. "The possible connection" between the protests and the curricular subject "lies in the fact that there were many secondary school teachers supportive" of the protests, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a law professor and lawmaker, told Foreign Policy."A lot of political groups, including [protest leader] Benny Tai, gave speeches in secondary schools to promote Occupy Central," one of the terms used to refer to the protests. Although she added it was "okay for students to discuss politics," they are unable to "thoroughly understand difficult political theories and put them into action." Another legislator, Regina Ip, said she has discussed liberal studies with the curriculum's development committee and finds it wanting. Ip told FP, "The chairman [of the committee], an academic himself, said that too much revolves around current affairs."

[. . .]

When Hong Kong authorities accepted the liberal studies proposal back in 2000, it was before fears of gradual encroachment by Beijing had reached their current apex. The reviled anti-subversion law, later tabled before its implementation after thousands of city residents protested what they saw as an attack on their fundamental freedoms, wasn't proposed until 2003. In an October 2000 poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Program, 32.1 percent of respondents said they did not trust Beijing; in the latest poll in September 2014, 52 percent of respondents gave the same answer.
19:17 [LINK] "The Real Lolita" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
A John from Facebook linked to Sarah Weinman's blog post at Penguin Canada describing the genesis of Vladimir Nabokov's famous and controversial novel Lolita in a real-life abduction of a young girl, Sally Horner, by a pedophile. I will say that I've always read Lolita as a subtle but damning condemnation of the narrator, but Weinman's exploration of the girl whose story gave form to Nabokov's novel is entirely merited.

Vladimir Nabokov’s 1956 essay “On a Book Entitled Lolita” was an essay he never intended to write. He disdained literal mapping of nonfiction to fiction, as well as the search for moral meaning: “For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.”

[. . .]

Lolita is a nested series of tricks. Humbert Humbert, the confessing pervert, tries so hard to obfuscate his monstrosities that he seems unaware when he truly gives himself away, despite alleging the treatise is a full accounting of his crimes. Nabokov, however, gives the reader a number of clues to the literary disconnect, the most important being the parenthetical. It works brilliantly early on in Lolita, when Humbert describes the death of his mother—“My very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three”—or when he sights Dolores Haze in the company of her own mother, Charlotte, for the first time: “And, as if I were the fairy-tale nurse of some little princess (lost, kidnaped, discovered in gypsy rags through which her nakedness smiled at the king and his hounds), I recognized the tiny dark-brown mole on her side.” The unbracketed narrative is what Humbert wants us to see; the asides reveal what is really inside his mind.

Late in Lolita, one of these digressions gives away the critical inspiration. Humbert, once more in Lolita’s hometown after five years away, sees Mrs. Chatfield, the “stout, short woman in pearl-gray,” in his hotel lobby, eager to pounce upon him with a “fake smile, all aglow with evil curiosity.” But before she can, the parenthetical appears like a pop-up thought balloon for the bewildered Humbert: “Had I done to Dolly, perhaps, what Frank Lasalle [sic], a fifty-year-old mechanic, had done to eleven-year-old Sally Horner in 1948?”
19:14 Man who killed motorcyclist can now drive snowblower, lawnmower on his land »The Guardian - Local News
Raymond Alfred Cantelo, who drove his van into the path of a motorcycle, has conditions of his parole changed to allow home maintenance
19:12 [LINK] "CBC reverses ban on journalist over Ghomeshi-Mansbridge remark" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt notes the latest terrible misstep in reacting to the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. Trying to shut down Linden MacIntyre is a terrible idea, especially over discussions of workplace abuse.

The head of CBC’s news operation has overruled a directive that sought to bar the veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre from appearing on CBC News Network this week, after executives at the public broadcaster were offended by comments he made comparing chief anchor Peter Mansbridge to the disgraced radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

Jennifer McGuire, the general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Centres, told The Globe on Thursday that Jennifer Harwood, the managing editor of CBC News Network, erred in sending out a memo late Wednesday announcing interviews that had been previously scheduled with Mr. MacIntyre in advance of his final report for The Fifth Estate had been canceled.

“Jennifer Harwood wrote a memo in the heat of the moment,” said Ms. McGuire. “The idea that Linden MacIntyre would be barred from the News Network is not true and is not what is going to happen.”

[. . .]

In her memo, titled “Standing up for Peter Mansbridge,” Ms. Harwood said Mr. MacIntyre had made “a disgraceful comment that is unfair and untrue. It’s time to stand up for Peter. And stand up for what’s good and right at the CBC.” She added: “The NN Execs and “the fifth estate” are aware that we are cancelling all Linden MacIntyre interviews on NN.”

In the Globe interview, which was published Wednesday afternoon, Mr. MacIntyre cited Mr. Ghomeshi’s “tantrums,” and said “he is allowed to bully and abuse people. You know, that’s the way it works, that’s what you put up with, whether it’s Mansbridge, [Peter] Gzowski, whatever. They were not like shrinking violets, either. So along comes Ghomeshi: ‘Oh, yea, he’s in the tradition of that.’ But somewhere along the way, it crosses a line. It does cross a line.”
19:04 McKinney placed on injured reserve list »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Island Storm placed forward Doug McKinney of Charlottetown on the National Basketball League of Canada’s injured reserve list.
19:02 Branstrom scores winner in shootout »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Stewart Branstrom scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift the Montague Maniacs to a 3-2 win over the host Sherwood AS Scrap Metal Falcons here at the Cody Banks Arena on Wednesday night.
18:58 Casey upsets Jacobs in extra end »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Adam Casey and his P.E.I. rink pulled off an upset at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling National on Thursday afternoon.
18:47 Walking the corridors of time in a P.E.I. high school »The Guardian - Living
Students and staff at Charlottetown Rural High School reflect on the past and present as they prepare to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday
18:08 What an intriguing idea »Island Musings
Prove literacy before high school graduation. What ever will they think on next? Be nice if there was some sort of performance testing of teachers too. 
17:58 And Am I Born to Die » from peter rukavina

I just absolutely love this duet, shot cliff-side near Cannon Beach, Oregon and featuring couple-in-banjo-and-life Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. For more on the Washburn-Fleck union, watch this PBS NewsHour story.

16:44 [ISL] On the sabotage of potatoes of Linkletter Farms, Prince Edward Island »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The National Post's John O'Connor in his article "Potato sabotage traced to P.E.I. town, where everyone seems to have a theory about who did the crime" describes an unsettling situation.

Sylvia Doiron knew the police would be coming to question her eventually. Where else were they going to go in Summerside, P.E.I., to speak with an expert about darning needles, the instrument at the centre of a major RCMP investigation that has folks around this pleasant seaside community of 15,000 wondering whodunit and why?

“It is a real mystery,” says Ms. Doiron, the owner of Pins & Needles, a sewing shop on Water Street. “It has been the talk of Summerside, because Linkletter Farms are a very well-known business around here, and the family is very well-liked. These are good people. Who would do such a thing?”

Nobody knows. Not the locals, although everybody seems to have a theory about the crime, and not the police, although they continue to press ahead with the investigation. But the facts are these: on Oct. 2 an undisclosed number of sewing needles were discovered in potatoes by workers at the Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan. Production was immediately halted, and the sabotaged spuds were traced to Linkletter Farms, one of the island’s top producers and a family operation with roots in Summerside dating from 1783.

Several additional Linkletter tubers, stabbed clean through with darning needles, surfaced in bags purchased by consumers at stores throughout the Atlantic provinces, triggering a massive recall of 800,000 pounds of potatoes. An X-ray machine set up in a police-secured potato storage facility was used to screen the suspicious spuds. The technique proved inadequate. Metal detectors were then acquired and farmers, working after hours, hour after hour, ripped open and swept clean countless bags of potatoes; a process that continues.

Meanwhile, 10 needles, not including those discovered at the Cavendish plant, have been found since Oct. 2 and sent to a forensics lab for further analysis. The potato industry is offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual, or individuals, responsible for the crime.

The blame that is being cast on environmentalists, who--some hint--might have done this in retaliation for environmentally problematic deep-water wells, seems like the sort of thing that would be done in a situation like this. I'd be surprised if this was the case, for the reasons that environmentalist Sharon Labchuk states in the article. At this point, no one knows.

CBC Prince Edward Island carried a report on the reward that went into some detail about concerns that the brand of Prince Edward Island potatoes might be hit negatively.

The potato industry in Prince Edward Island is coming together to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent potato tampering incidents.

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board said in a release Monday, up to $50,000 will be available in a fund recently set up.

[. . .]

Greg Donald is general manager of the potato board. In the release he stated, "For the health of Linkletter Farms and the entire industry, we know we all wish to see this incident resolved as quickly as possible."

Donald said people in the industry wanted to do something to help and that he believes consumers are viewing the tampering of Linkletter Farms potatoes as an isolated incident.

Donald said to the best of the board's knowledge, the incident hasn't had a wider impact on potato sales. He says the board has hired a consultant to see if the industry can further improve safety.
16:40 THE GUARDIAN: No baloney finding on income-splitting »Sean Casey
Letters to the Editor (The Guardian) Published on November 20, 2014 Contrary to what Andrew Saxton claims in his recent letter “Majority of benefits go where […]
16:00 Network Mapping - Is this the best way to make the transformation to a Network? »Robert Paterson's Weblog
We see that many traditional organizations are betting that Social Technology is the key agency for making the shift to being a network. Their hope is that if all the employees are socially connected that somehow everything will be different....
15:12 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 20, 2014 New listings this week:  1) Reminder: Lunch and Learn: Allies To End Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 2) Fall/Winter Activities Update and Annual Report 4) Tonight! Don’t Miss Alejandra Ribera – An Innovative Songwriter, a Seductive Performer! 5) Coalition for Gun Control […]
13:30 Free tickets available for two upcoming Wintertide concerts »Journal-Pioneer Living
CHARLOTTETOWN – The City of Charlottetown is presenting two Christmas concerts as part of the Wintertide Holiday Festival and is offering free tickets for the public to attend.
13:15 [PHOTO] Condos rising over the Distillery District, December 2012 »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
12:41 Graco baby strollers and travel systems recalled »The Guardian - Business
Canada, U.S. and Mexico issue joint recall after children's fingers caught in hinges
12:33 One of Prince County’s oldest citizens passes away »Journal-Pioneer Local
Estelle Bolger, who recently celebrated 105th birthday, died peacefully Thursday morning
12:04 Soupy Saturdays (117 Words) » | New Topics
Stop into [color=#FF0000]Back Alley Music[/color] for a warm bowl of soup and some tasty live music between 12:30-4pm starting November 29th and running December 6th, 13th and 20th. All proceeds will be going to the Charlottetown Food Bank.

'November 29th' - Dennis Ellsworth , Iain McCarvill , Josh Carter, Mitch Schurman, Al Tuck, Nick Doneff.

'December 6th' - Catherine MacLellan, The Elusive Kings, Bonnie LeClair , Peter Richards with more TBA.

'December 13th' - Ashley Condon, Tian Wigmore, Andrew Murray, Amy & Rachel Beck Music, Kelley Mooney. Emilee Sorrey, Mark & Spencer Phillips.

'December 20th' - Amanda Jackson Band, The Meds, Liam Corcoran, Nudie, Mike Cheapfeet Dixon, Nathan Gill, Al Tuck....
12:04 Timmy's price increase (224 Words) » | New Topics
Your morning stop at Tim Hortons is about to get a bit more expensive.

The restaurant chain says it plans to raise prices for both coffee and breakfast sandwiches at its Canadian locations starting next Wednesday.

A spokeswoman says a cup of coffee will go up by 10 cents, on average, though the change will vary by region.

The cost for a breakfast sandwiches will also rise in all provinces except Ontario.

The cost of sandwiches, like bacon and egg on an English muffin and the turkey sausage sandwich, will go up 10 cents to $2.99 before tax.

The move comes as Tim Hortons says it faces "significantly higher operating costs," which include higher prices for coffee beans and meat on the commodities market.

Earlier this month, the company's chief financial officer, Cynthia Devine, hinted that a price increase could be on the horizon after futures contracts for Arabica coffee nearly doubled this year due to various factors, including lack of rain in Brazil.

Tim Hortons locks itself into long-term contracts with coffee suppliers, which gives it flexibility and protection from market fluctuations.

Most of the company's key coffee deals were negotiated more than a year ago, which has allowed executives to navigate through one of the most volatile periods for coffee prices in recent memory.


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