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Friday July 29, 2016

19:00 The Daughter at Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Sexual Content)
Runs: 96 minutes
Director: Simon Stone
Country: Australia
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, Sam Neill

“Director Simon Stone makes an impressive feature debut with this loose reworking of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill play ageing patriarchs of two intertwined families in a small-town drama loaded with secrets, lies, guilt and betrayal. From these two downwards, the cast is superb - from Paul Schneider, as Rush’s prodigal son, to Homeland’s Miranda Otto, and Odessa Young as the titular offspring. Subtle and skilled, this simmers for long periods until its highly satisfying finale.” - James Mottram, Total Film. “I don’t usually like to make predictions about movies. But for once I’ll stick my neck out: Simon Stone is going to have an important career as a film director and Odessa Young will be an international star. The Daughter is a new Australian film of great distinction: Young plays the title character, and Stone proves with his feature film debut that he is completely at home with cinema. Not just at home, but able to expand the medium with inventiveness and considerable skill... The entwined relationships and histories are presented by Stone with dazzling economy and skill. The entire cast responds to the director’s subtle and intelligent vision, giving performances that resonate long after the film is over... I don’t know if there’ll be a better Australian film released this year, but for now all I can do is to recommend in the strongest terms this fine, powerful, emotional piece of cinema.” - David Stratton, The Australia

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

14:25 Saturday's your chance to meet Anne Murray »Journal-Pioneer Living
SPRINGHILL, N.S. -You can join the Anne Murray Centre for its 27th anniversary tomorrow.
14:18 Rendez-vous in Rustico this weekend to hear Lennie Gallant and DOC »Journal-Pioneer Living
The 22nd edition of the Rendez-vous Rustico festival will be held this weekend, July 30 and 31, on the historical grounds festival grounds in Rustico.
14:01 lots of questions PS:if you read all you're awesome ;) (264 Words) » | New Topics
Hello to all, I am newbie ":D" and very happy to have found this site!!! you have no idea how happy.

Long story short: we went to PEI on vacation for 1 week, 5 days in we were already looking for houses, get home, call an agent and our house was for sale 4 days after our return. that i how much PEI did it for us!

I am a newly stay at home mom of 4 wonderful children aged from 17, 14, 2 1/2 all boys and a lovely 10 month old baby girl.

My sweet darling has down syndrome. I have been trying to find what PEI has to offer for her (we live in gatineau Quebec and have free services like physio, ergo, speech etc...) we also go private to have faster service, does PEI have free services for children with T21?

what about the schools? i have done a bit of research, sadly PEI seems to have the lowest scores, but that doesn't matter, we can work at home. Which school is the best?

My husband travels for work, does the airport shut down often in winter? how are the rural roads? does it take days to get plowed?

This is all i can think for now, will probably have more questions later.

I am so excited to move, anyone wants to move to gatineau, we have lovely house for sale ":lol:"...
13:54 Impaired Operation »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
On Friday, July 29th 2016 Charlottetown Police Services conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Capital Drive near Malpeque Road after observing the vehicle proceed through a red light and drive in an erratic manner. The driver was found to be impaired by alcohol and was placed under arrest. The driver, a 50 year old female from Toronto, ON provided breath samples over the legal limit and was charged for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The woman will appear in Provincial Court at a later date to answer to the charges.
13:48 Refusal of Roadside Screening Device »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
On Friday, July 29th 2016 Charlottetown Police Services responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the area of North River Road. Members located the vehicle and demanded a roadside screening device breath sample. The driver refused to provide a sample and was subsequently arrested and charged for the refusal. The driver, a 32 year old Charlottetown man will appear in Provincial Court at a later date to answer to the charge.
13:39 Failure/Refusal to Perform Physical Coordination Tests (Drug) »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
On Thursday, July 28th 2016 Charlottetown Police Services received a report of a possible impaired driver in the downtown area. Patrol members located the suspect vehicle and the driver was read a demand to perform a standard field sobriety test. The driver started the test before refusing to complete it. Upon being arrested for refusing the test a brief struggle ensued. The driver has been charged and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
13:38 TODD MACLEAN: Young Company show in Charlottetown shouldn't be missed »The Guardian - Living
Since 1993, The Confederation Centre’s annual Young Company presentation has been a midday musical treat in the heart of Charlottetown. Presenting a different creative production each year, Young Company is a highly sought-after pro training program for young performers from across the ...
13:30 Nursing student Maddie Hughes receives Étoile Santé for Aug. »Journal-Pioneer Local
For the first time, a nursing student is being named the Étoile Santé.
13:17 [NEWS] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit might drive British migration to Australia, suggests Russia's recession might be coming to an end, looks at carbon emissions from dead trees, and reports on Guiliani's liking for Blackberry.

  • Bloomberg View notes Israel's tightening restrictions on conversions and looks at how Putin has become a US election issue.

  • CBC notes the construction in Turkey for a cemetery for participants in the recent coup.

  • Gizmodo reports on flickering AR Scorpii, an unusual binary.

  • The Inter Press Service reports on urban land tenure for migrants and describes Malawi's recent translocation of elephants.

  • MacLean's describes the Chinese labourers of the First World War.

  • The National Post notes the marginalization of conservative white men in the Democratic Party.

  • Open Democracy looks at politics for the United Kingdom's Remain minority, looks at Scotland's European options, and suggests Hillary needs to learn from the lessons of Britain's Remain campaign to win.

  • The Toronto Star notes the plans of Tim Horton's to expand to Southeast Asia, starting with the Philippines.

12:57 Athena Regional High School class of 1966 reuniting after 50 years  »Journal-Pioneer Local
Athena Regional High School may no longer exist, but it lives on in the minds and hearts of the graduating class of 1966.
12:55 Bahamian big man joining UPEI Panthers basketball team »The Guardian - Sports
The UPEI Panthers have landed a big power forward from the Bahamas. Nathan Anderson, a six-foot-six, 215-pound post player will join the Panthers men’s basketball team this season after graduating from C.C. Sweeting High School in Nassau, Bahamas. “I am really ecstatic and excited to be ...
12:49 The Feed: TF058 Tech expert Michael Josh on Pokemon Go dating sites, meetups, and more »AmberMac
In this episode of the Feed, we talk with Sulon Technologies CEO Dhan Balachand about bringing the first tether-less VR headset to market. Plus, Eyefluence teaches us how fast we move our eyes and how that can help control what we do on screen. Finally, GadgetMatch’s Michael Josh talks Pokemon Go dating sites, meetups, and […]
12:37 And on the 27th day of the Olympics….Florida! »I Used to be on TV (Jeff Hutcheson)
So, here’s a reminder. The Summer Olympics begin in Rio next Friday, just 7 days from today. But, where’s the hype? Where are the non-stop athlete profiles? Where’s the catchy theme song? Certainly with my reduced viewing habits this summer, I may have missed some of this hoopla, but then again, I can only compare … Continue reading "And on the 27th day of the Olympics….Florida!"
12:30 Province investigates possible sewage dump near P.E.I. beach »The Guardian - Local News
The provincial government suspects someone may have illegally dumped sewage near a beach in northeastern P.E.I. A spokeswoman with the Department of Communities, Land and Environment said the department received a public concern on June 29 regarding the possible presence of sewage material in ...
12:00 Tea in the Boathouse »Aiken House & Gardens
11:54 RCMP catch four males damaging school property  »Journal-Pioneer Local
RCMP took four males into custody for mischief recently.
11:40 Four males caught by RCMP in act of damaging P.E.I. school »The Guardian - Local News
Police respond quickly to 911 call to intercept youth who had thrown rocks through front window ofEast Wiltshire school
11:06 Expanded coverage of optometry services improves access to eye care »Journal-Pioneer Local
Expanded coverage of optometry services is reducing the need for referrals to ophthalmologists, visits to family doctors, emergency departments, and walk-in clinics.
11:01 Portion of Weymouth Street in Charlottetown closed today »The Guardian - Local News
Weymouth Street in Charlottetown, between Grafton Street and Richmond Street, will be closed for the day today for utility repairs. Sidewalks in the construction area will remain open. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. The Water and Sewer Utility Department apologizes for the ...
10:58 Film Friday: Queen Visits Charlottetown (1964) »PEI History Guy
G’day there! Aaaaand we’re back. Again. Despite obsessively checking every nook and cranny of my email throughout the past week, no one appears to have taken me up on my gold-star, name-in-lights bait. A shame, but hey – there’s always next time! I did, however, receive an unexpected deathbed message from childless widow Mrs. Borte […]
10:30 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO looks at some of the high points in the Yonge and Eglinton condo boom.

  • D-Brief notes a demonstration in orangutans of some of the traits needed for speech, and language.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the isolated young star CX330.

  • Dangerous Minds reports on a late 1970s yearbook for Siouxsie and the Banshees.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that perchlorate salts are all over Mars.

  • The NYRB Daily notes the particular tenor of Chinese nationalism makes it difficult to deal with the South China Sea.

  • Savage Minds starts a discussion about the ethnography of violence.

  • Torontoist carries the guest essay of a Caribana fan who will be giving the festival another try.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia has returned to the stagnation of the pre-Gorbachev 1980s.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell finds, on reanalysis, a positive connection between Brexit support and Austerity.

10:09 Jail time for P.E.I. man convicted of pointing gun at driver »The Guardian - Local News
James Calvin McFadden, 38, of Midgell has confrontation with man while at intersection of Highway #2, Bear River Road
09:50 Montague council needs to rethink Pride position »The Guardian - Opinion
Mayor Collins, It is with some dismay that I read about the position and decision of the majority of your town council on the matter of the Pride flag. I can understand that as a small town, you and some of your council colleagues may feel it is not necessary to fly the Pride flag on this ...
09:44 Unsettled conditions continue across PEI today.. »peistormchaser
Friday July 29th 9:40am...  That was quite a night.. Storm chasing yesterday took me to west Prince (West Point and Howards Cove) where I watched the first wave of thunderstorms roll in  from NB. Headed back towards Charlottetown mid evening … Continue reading
09:42 Government trims red tape for small business »The Guardian - Opinion
Most of us can probably relate to the frustration of “red tape.” Whether it was that time Service Canada took seemingly forever to answer your question or an endless line-up at an Access P.E.I. site when you tried to renew your driver’s license. For business owners that same type of experience ...
09:12 Joe Pompeo of ‘Politico’ Media Explains Why Newspapers Are Choking to Death on Their Own Koolaid »
By Joe Pompeo | 07/29/2016 07:01 AM EDT HRC THE NOMINEE — She got a six-column headline on A1 of The New York Times and an enormous photo that takes up most of the page above the fold: “CLINTON WARNS OF ‘A MOMENT OF RECKONING'”; WaPo front: “Offering an upbeat vision”; WSJ: “Clinton Lays Out Her … Continue reading Joe Pompeo of ‘Politico’ Media Explains Why Newspapers Are Choking to Death on Their Own Koolaid
08:59 [PHOTO] Seen at Island Chocolates, 4 Main Street, Victoria PE »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Island Chocolates store in downtown Victoria, on 4 Main Street, is filled with lovely artifacts.

Globes and lupins, Island Chocolates #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #globes #flowers #purple #lupins #latergram

Cash and change and cocoa #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #chocolate #latergram

Chocolate chess #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #chocolate #chess #latergram
08:53 P.E.I. hospital wants to be removed from Pokémon Go game »Journal-Pioneer Local
Health P.E.I. formally requesting Pokémon Gocompany remove Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a PokéGym site
08:44 Minister of veterans affairs says closed offices will be reopened »Journal-Pioneer Local
Kent Hehr was in Charlottetown on Thursday to make the announcement
08:36 Summer Slam Cruise-in ending after 20 years in Dunstaffnage »Journal-Pioneer Local
Clarence Foster says too much work for antique car show at site of former car museum he started with his father
08:18 Tinkering with turbine »The Guardian - Opinion
I like “tinkering” Ron Rayner (Guardian, July 18) and would like to know more of him and them, if any. I wish and pray that many Islanders think and do like Ron does. Though our Island is small most Islanders seem to be thinking only “big” and refuse to think “small” as Ron Rayner does. I wish ...
08:15 Rural P.E.I. faces discrimination »The Guardian - Opinion
A symposium on the future of Island communities may be worth consideration, however given Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee’s current discriminatory position towards rural community hospitals, he is not the appropriate leader and P.E.I. does not need another forum for the extremist views of Don ...
08:07 Charlottetown Guardian Owner Continues to Unload Maritime Operations and Fire Employees »
Transcontinental closes printing plant, cuts 55 jobs in Dartmouth Canada’s biggest printing company, Transcontinental, got a little smaller Thursday with the sale of most of its Dartmouth commercial printing assets for an undisclosed amount to Advocate Printing and Publishing Canada. The owner of the Charlottetown Guardian continues to dismiss employees and unload printing companies in … Continue reading Charlottetown Guardian Owner Continues to Unload Maritime Operations and Fire Employees
07:28 Summer Slam Cruise-in ending after 20 years in Dunstaffnage »The Guardian - Local News
Clarence Foster says too much work for antique car show at site of former car museum he started with his father
07:28 Daily Specials for Friday, July 29, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Friday, July 29, 2016 are:

  • Cauliflower and Smoked Cheddar Soup $4.99
  • Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Melt $12.99 Chicken, bacon, mushroom and spinach cooked in a housemade cheese sauce and oven baked on a croissant. Served with house salad.

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

07:02 Upgrades coming to Summerside Legion »The Guardian - Local News
Canada 150 Program supports interior and exterior renovations, improved accessibility
06:31 Stratford council hears about three-storey apartment building »The Guardian - Local News
Plans for former site of “The Brick House,” 29 Stratford Road, includes large building with underground parking
06:31 Calgary best friends going to play together again at UPEI »The Guardian - Sports
Whittingham, Zinkan joining Labelle with men's hockey Panthers
06:31 Calgary best friends going to play together again at UPEI »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Whittingham, Zinkan joining Labelle with men's hockey Panthers
06:31 Calgary Connection: Best friends going to play together again at UPEI »The Guardian - Sports
Whittingham, Zinkan joining Labelle with men's hockey Panthers
06:31 Calgary Connection: Best friends going to play together again at UPEI »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Whittingham, Zinkan joining Labelle with men's hockey Panthers
05:34 Editorial: Premiers ignore opportunity to improve outdated liquor laws »The Guardian - Opinion
Canada’s premiers say their new Canada Free Trade Agreement is “groundbreaking” and supports a “broader economic vision for Canada.”
05:34 Editorial: Premiers ignore opportunity to improve outdated liquor laws »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Canada’s premiers say their new Canada Free Trade Agreement is “groundbreaking” and supports a “broader economic vision for Canada.”
05:32 Russell Wangersky: Pros and cons of pooling resources »The Guardian - Opinion
It’s something that’s probably going to come to a whole range of public services in this region soon.
05:32 Russell Wangersky: Pros and cons of pooling resources »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
It’s something that’s probably going to come to a whole range of public services in this region soon.
04:25 I’m an idiot. I’m in pain, and it’s my own damn fault. I let myself fall in love... »Riki's Misadventures At Life

I’m an idiot. I’m in pain, and it’s my own damn fault. I let myself fall in love with the wrong person, and I don’t think this person has a clue.

I noticed the descent a few years ago. I tried to stop it then, to push it out of my mind, but it didn’t work. I tried to tell myself that I was feeling what I was feeling because we were such close friends. I even tried to tell myself that I was infatuated, and that the feeling would go away with time. The problem is, it hasn’t gone away. It just keeps getting stronger and stronger. I know where it’s leading me, and it’s not a good place.

I haven’t said anything to this person. I don’t see there being much of a point. I’m almost positive that this person does not feel the same way for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this person loves me, just not how I would like them to. I don’t think it’s even possible for this person to love me the way I’d like them to. It’s possible this person suspects, but they’ve never said anything to me about it, and I don’t expect them to do so.

I didn’t want to feel this way. I tried to stop it. Now I feel like it’s got me trapped. I feel like I need to tell this person how I feel soon, and if I don’t, I’ll explode. But, I’m also afraid that if I do tell them how I feel, it’ll be the first step to losing them forever. Even though I don’t really want to be in love with this person, I don’t want to lose them either. I fear that losing this person would break me, both mentally and emotionally.

I don’t know what to do, except to hide under my blankie and never come out again, but that’s not exactly practical. Ideas are welcome.

02:00 Celebration of generations in McInnis, Doucette and Clements families »Journal-Pioneer Living
Toddler Marcus McInnis of Rocky Point has lots of family to spend summer vacation time with as he is a fifth generation child in four separate lines of his family.
02:00 Palmer named P.E.I.'s Top Sea Cadet »Journal-Pioneer Local
Jonathan Palmer of Traveller's Restwas recently namedTop Sea Cadet of Prince Edward Island, in recognition of exemplary personal dress, deportment, knowledge and skill in cadet training and exceptional leadership qualities.
02:00 Students gaining work experience on P.E.I. through PERCÉ program »Journal-Pioneer Business
Thanks to the PERCÉ program, about 30 P.E.I. postsecondary students, most from out-of-province institutions, have returned to the Island for a summer internship in their field of study.RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc., which is co-ordinating the program, is also encouraging these young adults to ...
01:47 That’s it for the conventions! On to the election! »John Cairns Blog
We’re done with the US political conventions. Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination and it was either a historic speech (first woman accepting the nomination in the USA), or completely dull and boring, depending on your political point of view. And remember how I was talking about MTV in my previous post? Katy Perry was there […]
00:49 [MUSIC] Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Relax" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Over on Facebook, David got me caught up in a meme. His link to Massive Attack's excellent "Teardrop" came with a challenge to his readers, to select and share music as an antidote to the grimness that pervades. All we had to do to take part was to Like the post, David then giving us a letter for a musician, band or artist. I got F.

Some scans of a directory of music groups brought me to Frankie Goes to Hollywood. What better song of theirs is to pick but "Relax"?

What better song is there to pick in these dark times but one devoted to pleasure? It's worth noting that the music video I remember seeing on MuchMusic back in the day is much tamer than their original video.
00:00 Advisory to boaters Cascumpec Bridge construction project »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Users of the waters around and under the Cascumpec Bridge are asked to use extra caution when traveling in this area during construction of the new bridge. Boat and watercourse users are advised that the replacement of the Cascumpec Bridge on Route 12 over the Mill River creates a construction site whereby safety hazards exist below the bridge and within the watercourse area surrounding the bridge. Throughout the construction period the navigational...
00:00 Locally made cedar hot tubs heating up in Prince Edward Island »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Business activity in rural Prince Edward Island continues to heat up as more companies look to create value added, locally made products and bring them to market, says Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald. Richards Total Pool Services located in Montague, Prince Edward Island has expanded its complete residential and commercial pool service business to now include Island-made cedar hot tubs. Combining a passion for Island...
00:00 Prince Edward Island's overnight stays in June prove to be highest since 2005 »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Tourism indicators in June show a great start to a successful 2016 tourism season in Prince Edward Island, says Minister Heath MacDonald, Economic Development and Tourism. 'It's very encouraging to hear from tourism operators that their bookings continue to increase year over year,' said Minister MacDonald. 'Tourists continue to be excited about Prince Edward Island and all that we have to offer. From our festivals and events, to our beaches, golf...

Thursday July 28, 2016

22:58 Casimir Luciano wins third straight race Thursday at CDP   »The Guardian - Sports
Barrieau has two wins on birthday
22:58 Casimir Luciano wins third straight race Thursday at CDP »The Guardian - Sports
Barrieau has two wins on birthday
22:58 Casimir Luciano wins third straight race Thursday at CDP »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Barrieau has two wins on birthday
22:36 Panthers alumni headline men's hockey fundraiser »The Guardian - Sports
Ward, MacLean taking part in Hot Stove Night
22:36 We’re almost set to wrap up this Democratic love-fest in Philadelphia »John Cairns Blog
After Barack Obama’s emotional speech last night, Hillary Clinton formally accepts the Democratic nomination for President tonight at their convention in Philadelphia. Quite honestly, I’ve reached the point where I am sick of these conventions, and sick of hearing speeches from these party folks, all telling us why they are supporting so-and-so. I’m ready to get […]
22:23 Raonic beats Donaldson at Rogers Cup »The Guardian - Sports
Canadian Milos Raonic downed American qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday night in the third round of the Rogers Cup. Raonic will play France's Gael Monfils on centre court at York University's Aviva Centre in the quarter-finals on Friday. Monfils beat Belgium's David Goffin 7-6 (5), ...
22:05 Trudeau Team Drink A Lot on Public Dime »
See the details in the video below: Taxpayers picked up Trudeau’s bar tab for $1,381.85 in beer and wine expenses for the plane ride alone! The bulk of that — $1,182.90 — was for 39 bottles of wine ranging in price from $11.55 to $28.00 a bottle. Is that why we pay taxes — to keep Trudeau and his … Continue reading Trudeau Team Drink A Lot on Public Dime
21:23 LETTER: Theatre veteran enjoyed ‘The Glass Menagerie’ »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
One of the things I love about P.E.I. is that everybody has an opinion. And today, with 50 years of performing under my belt, I would like to give you mine about the production of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Watermark Theatre.
21:07 DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: D Gs Camme ties Truro record »The Guardian - Sports
EIPH given 100-day trial period at Island tracks
21:07 Province reviews minimum wage »The Guardian - Local News
Submissions are open as the P.E.I. Employment Standards Board reviews the province’s minimum wage. It’s part of an annual review set out in the Employment Standards Act. P.E.I.’s minimum increased in June from $10.50 per hour to $10.75 per hour. Another increase is planned for October when the ...
21:00 Fredericton »Pedaling PEI
21:00 Ready to Go »justpictureit
photo - Ready to Go

My new computer is still not set up and this shot of a friend's canoe is the only boat photo I have in the unassigned bin. Sorry for the crooked horizon as all photos again this week have been SOOC. Here is a raindance. I do pray we get some rain soon.

20:47 LETTER: Shocked by Montague's refusal to fly Pride flag »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
I’ve been travelling off of the Island for roughly seven months now, and I’ve been absolutely thrilled to see updates on the fantastic and progressive strides P.E.I. has been making. From offering free bus rides in Charlottetown by use of a popular iPhone app to consulting with its citizens on ...
20:36 Veteran overjoyed VAC district office coming back to Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Bill Henry credits case worker with helping him through difficult time
19:40 [URBAN NOTE] On the averted desire of Rob Ford to rip out the throat of Justin Trudeau »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The National Post reports on the identification of Ford's intended victim.

Well, Ford lost his window.

We finally know who Rob Ford was referring to when he said he needed just “10 f***ing minutes to make sure he’s dead.”

The late Toronto mayor was looking to get in the ring with none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.

During Ford’s four tumultuous years as Toronto mayor, shocking cellphone camera videos of the mayor became almost commonplace.

The video shows a slurring Ford ranting and raving that he wants to “murder” someone and “rip his f***ing throat out.”

But it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, one witness to that night in June 2012 told the Sun’s Joe Warmington. Instead, it was Ford, who was a big pro-wrestling fan, joking around WWF-style that he wanted to fight Trudeau.
19:38 [URBAN NOTE] "Why are Young Torontonians Moving into Tiny Micro Condos?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The title of Alina Bykova's Torontoist article is a rhetorical question. Downtown living is really worth it.

When Sean Solowski saw his 27-square-metre apartment for the first time, he was struck by the huge windows and the flood of natural light. It was 2009, and Solowski had just moved from Ottawa, where he had been studying, back to his native Toronto. The apartment was on the second floor of a building dating back to the early 1900s near Dundas and Gladstone, and even though it was considerably smaller than most studio apartments, it was perfect for the 33-year-old.

In Ottawa, where he received his graduate degree in architecture from Carleton University, Solowski lived in a 51-square-metre apartment, and sizing down meant getting rid of some of his belongings. “It really makes you think, ‘What are the essentials of life?’” he says. Because the apartment only has one closet, he put many of his possessions on display. Two shiny motorcycle helmets are perched on the wall above an orange swivel armchair. A streamlined and expensive-looking Cervèlo road bike hangs from another wall. “Plan for things to have more than one function,” says Solowski, who made the best of his tiny pad with a futon couch that folded into a bed at night and a work desk that doubled as a dining table.

Solowski isn’t the only Torontonian purging his belongings and sizing down into a tiny apartment. Today, condominium developers are turning to micro condos to satisfy a growing need for downtown real estate.

In the last year alone, the number of micro condos in Toronto’s new housing market has risen to 11 per cent, up from five per cent, according to a study from Urbanation. Micro condo units appeal particularly to the younger crowd—people in their late 20s and early 30s who want to live and work in Toronto’s vibrant downtown core. The condos are smaller, cheaper, and easier to clean and organize, ideal for a young person who has recently landed their first professional job and may want to find a beginner’s footing in the city’s expensive real estate market.
19:37 [URBAN NOTE] "CMHC adds new cities to its list of overheated housing markets" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This, as described by the Toronto Star's Tess Kalinowski, is not at all good. Hamilton, too?

Canada’s housing agency says there is evidence of increasingly “problematic conditions” in the national home market, prompting it to upgrade its assessment of the country’s troubling signs from weak to moderate.

One of those signposts has been planted just down the road from Toronto in the neighbouring city of Hamilton.

A third-quarter report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) on Wednesday said overvaluation in Hamilton was similar to that of Toronto’s property market.

That means home prices are higher than would normally be explained by factors such as population, employment and income.

There’s no specific data proving Torontonians are moving west on the QEW in search of cheaper housing, said Abdul Kargobo, CMHC analyst for the city of about 520,000 people.

“But if we look back to 2013, we do see that Hamilton is attracting some buyers that are priced out of Toronto because Hamilton is relatively affordable,” he said.

The economic development department in Hamilton recently reported its average home price of $451,000 was nearly half that of Toronto’s $940,000.
19:34 [URBAN NOTE] "Why does Toronto’s east end hate everything?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's May Warren introduces readers to the possibility of east-end Toronto being NIMBYish.

Over the years, residents in the east end neighbourhoods of Leslieville and the Beach have complained about everything from breweries to music festivals and even a mysterious hum only some can hear.

But the region’s latest grievance – that toddlers playing in a park are too loud – has some wondering whether the east end doth protest too much.

“NIMBYism at its worst. This is why the Beach has such a bad rep in the city,” wrote one member of The Beaches Facebook group. “Give me a break, get a life. Let kids be kids,” wrote another.

“It’s probably just our demographic here,” said Beach Village BIA director Jessica Wright. “We’re bringing in some younger people but at this point it’s still a little bit of an older crowd.

“They’re used to kind of a sleepy neighbourhood a little bit.”
18:59 Optimism present for fall lobster »Journal-Pioneer Local
Even with carapace increase
18:55 West Point dredging underway »Journal-Pioneer Local
Work deemed necessary for fishermen’s safety
18:44 Storytellers present first of two shows this summer at Harboufront Theatre  »Journal-Pioneer Local
After a completely sold out season last year,The Four Tellersare coming back to Harbourfront Theatre this Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug. 27, with their new show “Go West”.
18:44 Storytellers present first of two shows this summer at Harbourfront »Journal-Pioneer Living
After a completely sold out season last year,The Four Tellersare coming back to Harbourfront Theatre this Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug. 27, with their new show “Go West”.
18:44 Storytellers present first of two shows this summer at Harbourfront »Journal-Pioneer Local
After a completely sold out season last year,The Four Tellersare coming back to Harbourfront Theatre this Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug. 27, with their new show “Go West”.
18:39 English version of ‘The Barber of Seville’ at Indian River Fest this weekend »Journal-Pioneer Living
This weekend marks the halfway point of the Indian River Festival’s 21st season. A special weekend of beloved songs, opera and virtuosic violin will be presented from July 29 to 31.
18:14 Canada defeats Czech Republic in playoff game »The Guardian - Sports
CF Avery Arsenault has hit, run
18:14 Canada defeats Czech Republic in playoff game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CF Avery Arsenault has hit, run
18:04 Drunk driving charge leads to innovation: P.E.I.'s Rob Gallant patents invention to help ensure seatbelt use »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - It’s a potentially life-saving invention born out of humbling circumstances.
18:04 Summerside's Rob Gallant patents invention to help ensure seatbelt use »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s a potentially life-saving invention born out of humbling circumstances.
17:47 Gormley signs with New Jersey Devils »The Guardian - Sports
Murray River’s Brandon Gormley has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils. The deal announced Thursday afternoon is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. The 24-year-old free agent defenceman spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche organization. He scored one assist and ...
17:04 ‘Battle of the bridge’ »The Guardian - Sports
Lucas Oil 100 goes at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday
17:04 ‘Battle of the bridge’ »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Lucas Oil 100 goes at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday
17:03 Expect road closures in Charlottetown for P.E.I. Pride Parade Saturday »The Guardian - Local News
The annual P.E.I. Pride Parade is scheduled to take place in downtown Charlottetown on Saturday. The parade will take place between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and there will be a rolling road closure along the parade route, with police escorts at the lead and following the parade. The parade starts behind ...
16:54 Paving continues on Nassau, Queen streets in Charlottetown on Friday »The Guardian - Local News
Paving for the final phase of the Spring Park combined sewer separation project will continue on Friday. Paving is scheduled to continue on Nassau Street from University Avenue to Dunkirk Street, and on Queen Street from Emerald Drive to Newland Crescent. Traffic control personnel will be on ...
16:53 [ISL] "Montague has Pride; council has no shame »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In response to the decision of Montague's town council to not fly the Pride flag, Eastern Graphic editor Paul MacNeill writes



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Paul MacNeill- Against the tide

Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:00 am

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Paul MacNeill

Posted on Jul 27, 2016

by Paul MacNeill


It is an emotion comprised of many different fabrics. There is pride in place and community, pride in accomplishment and pride in family.

Importantly, there is also pride in diversity and acceptance. Pride is created when we jointly celebrate the people and events that lift us up and make us a better community.

Montague’s pride, once again, is damaged. Shredded by a town council policy that forbids the displaying of symbols or emblems and the raising of flags to celebrate education raising events such as PEI Pride Week.

Last year, Pride PEI requested Montague fly the Pride Week flag. The request was declined on the basis that there was not enough time to approve the action. Subsequently council implemented a new policy that decrees the town is no longer in the proclamation business, meaning everything from MS Week to Pride Week will no longer find a friendly supporter in the town of Montague.

It is unfortunate that once again Montague, which drew 4,000 people to the waterfront for the Diverse Cities Day, again finds itself in an unflattering public light simply because town council seems incapable of anticipating reaction to decisions before they are made.

While the policy is sweeping in nature, its aim appears to ordinary citizens as an attempt to block the flying of the Pride flag. The excuse put forth by a town official that council does not want to be in the position of appearing to support one side or the other is silly.

Is there really public opposition to MS Month? How about cancer month? What about Alzheimer’s?
16:49 [ISL] The National Post on the cheap real estate of Prince Edward Island »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
"For Sale: Historic P.E.I. century home on 3.5 acres, five minutes from fishing harbour, sandy beaches; $135,000" is the name of a photo-heavy article by Shari Kulha looking at an Island home going for ridiculously low prices, at least by Toronto standards.

This sweet, immaculate home can be a getaway from the big city craziness, a starter home for those looking to raise a kid or two in a less-harried environment, or a home for a retired person wishing to putter in a garden or walk down to the harbour for a chinwag over a coffee with the locals. The house’s history is still evident in the floorboards, doors and more. While the windows, plumbing and wiring have been upgraded, they were done in such a way as to best preserve the authenticity of the old place.

First, the history: As the current owner’s son describes it, “In the decade before 1800, a public building was erected near the city of Boston, Mass. It was well used, but after many years it was deemed no longer necessary and was deconstructed. The remnant pieces – large hand-hewn timbers and wide linen-fold boards – were loaded onto a schooner and sailed north to P.E.I.” The house was destined for the schooner captain and his family. “Those beams and boards formed the historic and unusual framework for [the] house that still stands in Murray Harbour North.”

The price? 135 thousand, Canadian.
16:44 [NEWS] Some Thursday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bloomberg notes the advance of Catalonian separatism, looks at the economic catastrophes hitting Mozambique, and looks at how Africa is getting more people online by devising apps for non-smartphones.

  • Bloomberg View examines at length the implications of Donald Trump's not quite criminal call to have Russia hack more E-mails.

  • The CBC notes young British Leave voters defending their choices and observes the implications of the shutdown of the Manitoba port of Churchill.

  • The Inter Press Service notes that the Rio Olympics will be a mess.

  • MacLean's notes the dominance of the Canadian economy by the housing bubble.

  • The National Post reports on a team of Turkish commandos sent to kill the president found hiding in a cave.

  • Open Democracy looks at the negative results of the European Union's incoherent policies in Azerbaijan.

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15:54 Testori in Slemon Park closing doors, laying off employees »The Guardian - Local News
Aerospace company that once employed more than 150 is down to just 12 people who are finished as of today
15:41 Fundraising ongoing for new van for Summerside's Dillon Cameron »Journal-Pioneer Local
As cartoon characters laugh in the background, Dillon Cameron, curled up under blanket on the well-worn plush couch, has a mid-afternoon snack.
15:18 Large Syrian family receives warm welcome to P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Newcomers safe, sound after arriving at Charlottetown Airport just before noon Thursday