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Friday August 29, 2014

20:30 The Congress at Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:30 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: 18 Accompaniment (Sexual Content, Coarse Language, Substance Abuse)
Runs: 120 minutes
Director: Ari Folman
Country: Israel/Germany
Released: 2013
Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti
Awards: Winner, Best Animated Feature Film, European Film Awards

“A dazzling ­ at times stunning ­ film, The Congress is a huge, bold and massively ambitious production that also entertains, amuses and delights throughout. Starting out as a satire on Hollywood and a commentary on ageism towards women in the film industry, The Congress ups the ante by going on to include themes of identity, perception and the value of truth versus the dreams that corporate entertainers are able to sell. It’s no surprise that Ari Folman’s follow-up to his brilliant Waltz with Bashir combines film and animation, but The Congress is far removed from the documentary style of Waltz. Instead the film is an at times quite surreal science fiction piece ­ but don’t let that put you off. It’s also brilliant. Robin Wright, as herself, is an aging actress who is offered a deal by a Lucifer-like studio executive (a terrific Danny Huston) ­ she will be scanned and the virtual ‘Robin Wright’ will become the property of Miramount Pictures, whilst Robin herself will be forbidden from acting ever again. A lawyer manages to get the ‘ever again’ part knocked down to twenty years, and twenty years later to the day Robin is invited to ‘The Congress’ ­ a meeting at Miramount hotel ­ and at that point things start to get really strange. To get to the congress, Robin takes a drug which turns everyone into an animated character (in their chemically altered perception). The twist being that they can be whoever they want to be in this strange new world... The studio executive has a new deal for Robin ­ but before she signs, a battle erupts between Miramount and a resistance who are (presumably) trying to disrupt Miramount’s domination of reality with their chemicals.... Is The Congress without its flaws? No, truthfully it isn’t.... But there are so many beautiful, poignant and often hilarious moments, and so many themes and ideas flowing through the narrative, along with some terrific early performances and beautiful later sequences that the flaws are well worth overlooking. This is a big, beautiful, playful, fun, serious, and surreal film.... The Congress has jumped straight into my top 5 films to watch again as soon as possible. Simply brilliant, and damn near a masterpiece.” - Dave Ollerton, The London Film Review

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14:24 Back to school with United Way, Staples and Upper Room Food Bank »Journal-Pioneer Business
CHARLOTTETOWN – The United Way of P.E.I., Staples and the Upper Room Food Bank have teamed up once again in hopes of making the back-to-school season a little easier for some Island children.
14:20 Summerside born motivational speaker releases new CD of songs »Journal-Pioneer Living
Corey Poirier's 'Evil Anthems' inspired by lost love, late grandfather, Canadian scientist and popular movie character
13:30 Norma McColeman seeks return to Summerside council »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — Former town councillor Norma McColeman has announced she plans to seek election in the city’s Ward 6 seat. She said bringing a sense of community with clear communication and working together by the city, committee members, residents and stakeholder groups/organizations that have a ...
12:53 P.E.I. band wins chance to hit the stage in 'Canada Rocks!' tonight »Journal-Pioneer Living
CHARLOTTETOWN – Special guests in tonight’s "Canada Rocks!" performance are P.E.I.'s own Ripped Paper. This young Charlottetown band is made up 15 and 16-year-olds Logan Richard (guitar, vocals), Connor Nabuurs (drums), Stephan Leclair (bass), and Tanuj Fernando (keyboards).
12:30 Shania Twain fan's dream coming true »The Guardian - Local News
When Shania Twain takes the stage in Charlottetown Saturday night, the applause will be deafening. And no one will be applauding the country music superstar harder than 34-year-old Shallen Jackson of Halifax. Jackson, who has Down Syndrome, has been over the moon since Easter when she received ...
12:10 Indian River Festival fundraising concert features Ashley MacIsaac »Journal-Pioneer Living
INDIAN RIVER – Fiddle sensation Ashley MacIsaac will take the stage at the Indian River Festival's annual fundraising concert. Organizers promise an evening of high-energy, toe-tapping music in support of the festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
11:58 Silver tsunami gobbles most health dollars »The Guardian - Opinion
If we can improve way we care for seniors, we will create a high-performance system
11:52 How times have changed »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor,With regard to Premier Robert Ghiz accepting free VIP tickets from corporate sponsors for himself and other politicians:
11:50 Premiers must champion public health care »The Guardian - Opinion
11:45 Time to start mining children »The Guardian - Opinion
Well, this really is terrific news. Video Lottery Terminals are now available at all locations in P.E.I. for a full seven days a week. Why this is so fantastic is that it now gives those people who are having their lives destroyed only six days of the week will now be able to be manipulated out ...
11:34 Gathering not an academic conference »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I do not wish to engage in any dispute over any one’s opinion, even if it does not echo my own. I must say nonetheless that the recent gathering at UPEI does not represent an academic conference, nor can it.A conference is a gathering called to present ideas; it cannot be a forum for ...
11:30 Steve MacDonald not reoffering in Stratford election »The Guardian - Local News
STRATFORD — After 27 years of service to the Town of Stratford, Coun. Steve MacDonald has decided not to reoffer for the upcoming municipal election in Stratford. MacDonald began his service as a councillor for the Community of Bunbury and has represented Ward 1-Stewart Cove on the Stratford ...
11:24 Make it stop »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor,On Aug. 11, 2014, I sent an email to members of the provincial government including Robert Ghiz, Premier; Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment; and Sonny Gallant, my local MLA.
11:24 Town, artist spat very unfortunate »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: It was disappointing to hear the story of the town council and the artist commissioned to paint murals for the town of Kensington.I have had commissions many times, and it is not hard to calculate the hours to be spent on a commissioned work. If this is too hard for an artist, then she ...
11:23 West Prince under-12 boys spread out scoring »Journal-Pioneer Sports
WOODSTOCK – The West Prince Storm Team Two Storm spread out the scoring in a 4-0 win over Stratford Team Two in a Subway P.E.I. Boys Soccer League (First Division) playoff game Thursday night.
11:23 Zone security goes over top »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In my previous letter to the editor (“Confederation Zone Wonderful Venue”) to which Kathy Birt’s recent letter referred (“Bad experience inside the Zone”), I didn’t mention anything about security at the site. I do agree, though, with her complaint about security being unnecessarily ...
11:21 How did store ever get corner? »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: When it comes to my fellow readers and their comments on the Taboo adult store/smoke shop, I agree, because prior to moving to Water Street I lived in the neighbourhood of this store and the thing about this store that rattles me is how in God’s name did the store get this corner in the ...
11:16 RC United captures under-14 championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – RC United became the Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) champions on Thursday evening.
11:14 Lots, woodland rendered useless »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Regarding the government cancellation of a cottage building permit in western P.E.I. This is the result of the government passing new environmental legislation that makes many cottage lots and thousands of acres of wooded land worthless. For hundreds of years this wooded land was ...
11:14 A Week That Changed Our World: Sitting down, enjoying the parade »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown, P.E.I., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. 9:40 a.m.Herb MacLaine does the final check of his homemade lawn chair before setting the mobile rig in motion for the big parade.
11:13 Ontario golfer records ace at Andersons Creek »Journal-Pioneer Sports
STANLEY BRIDGE – Bill Little of Thornbury, Ont., is the latest golfer to record a hole-in-one here at Andersons Creek.
11:06 Varsity sport an important link to our community »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, UPEI is busy getting ready to welcome new and returning students to our beautiful campus over the next week. As we begin the new academic year, UPEI is eager to deliver both an outstanding education and exceptional learning experiences to our students.
11:02 Family ties »The Guardian - Living
Being actual brothers strengthens roles for Corin McFadden and Will McFadden in The Best Brothers, a new play running at Victoria Playhouse


11:00 Farm day Saturday in Brudenell »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — An old-fashioned farm day featuring wagon rides and music goes this Saturday at the old Brudenell campground. The Eastern P.E.I. Antique Tractor Club will host the event that features thrashing, shingle making, rope making, bailing, and old farm equipment. Old harvesters, tractors ...
10:59 Cameron going for gold at world rowing championships »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Emily Cameron will race for a gold medal at the world rowing championships in Amsterdam.
10:44 Are you loco for lobster? »New Glasgow Lobster Suppers
In partnership with PEI’s Central Coastal Tourism region, we are proud to be participating for our third year in a row in The 30 more days of awesome campaign!  For the month of September they will be highlighting awesome activities that will entertain and WOW you. Including Loco for Lobster week! We are taking it […]
10:44 Are you loco for lobster? »New Glasgow Lobster Suppers
In partnership with PEI’s Central Coastal Tourism region, we are proud to be participating for our third year in a row in The 30 more days of awesome campaign!  For the month of September they will be highlighting awesome activities that will entertain and WOW you. Including Loco for Lobster week! We are taking it […]
10:40 Medicare march planned for Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. and Canadian Health Coalitions are planning a march in support of medicare beginning at noon today in Charlottetown. It will start from Trinity United Church, corner of Prince and Richmond streets, to the new convention centre at the bottom of Queen Street. The march route is Prince ...
10:15 Panthers’ Northumberland Strait swim postponed »Journal-Pioneer Local
BORDEN-CARLETON – The UPEI Panthers’ Swim the Strait event has been postponed to an undetermined later date.
10:15 Parks Canada warns of dangerous surf conditions »The Guardian - Local News
Surf conditions in the P.E.I National Park Saturday are considered dangerous this morning and park officials are warning people to stay out of the water due to the hazardous rip currents that are caused by the surf. Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between ...
10:04 Removing a load bearing wall (137 Words) » | New Topics
So I was thinking about removing load bearing wall.

My house is about 45 years old, since story with basement.

I was planing on replacing with a beam made of two 2*12 with filler strip to make it the same size as a 2*4. and run it over a span of about 10 feet.

The beam would sit on point loads directing load to the footings of the house.

My question is besides the basic temp wall. making sure I transfer the loads to the footings. is there anything special I have to do(pin joists to beam. ect ) and do I need permits to do this. I live in the country so I am not under the watchful eye of Charlottetown for permits....
10:00 Joel Plaskett and all that jazz »The Guardian - Living
This year, the TD P.E.I. Jazz Blues Festival decided to take a bit of a different approach and feature a few acts in its 2014 lineup that would typically be classified outside of the jazz and blues genre. Acts that took the stage last weekend like Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, Ron ...
10:00 Terry Bernard reoffers in Charlottetown election »The Guardian - Local News
Terry Bernard has announced his intention to seek re-election in Charlottetown’s Ward 10 (Falconwood) in the Nov. 3 municipal election. Bernard was first elected to city council in November 2000 and currently serves as chairman of the public works, transit and street lighting and youth advisory ...
09:45 A Week That Changed Our World: Sometimes you can go back »Journal-Pioneer Local
The dust and debris of a house under major renovation doesn’t prevent Alan Stanley from vividly conjuring up the mouth-watering scents of his mother’s cookies.
09:30 Conference looks at Canada's future »The Guardian - Local News
Following a national call for delegates, 100 Canadians, ages 19 to 24, will meet Sunday, Aug. 31, to take part in a three-day conference examining Canada’s future and defining a public agenda for the next 50 years. The New Canada Conference is a flagship initiative of the celebrations ...
08:51 Shania Twain concert sparks international interest »Journal-Pioneer Local
Country music superstar Shania Twain’s concert in Charlottetown Saturday night will be one of the biggest concerts in the province’s history.
08:45 [PHOTO] Queen Anne's Lace by the sidewalk, Dupont near Dovercourt »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Queen Anne's Lace by the sidewalk, Dupont near Dovercourt #toronto #Torontophotos #dupontstreet #dovercourtroad #flowers #queenanneslace  #Dovercourtpark

Daucus carota is a pretty plant that can grow anywhere. This particular clump has shot up from a thin margin of land between the edge of the sidewalk and a wire fence.
08:40 Premiers call for more funds from Ottawa »Journal-Pioneer Local
Canada’s premiers say they need more money from the federal government for infrastructure and to deal with the rising costs of caring for an aging population, and they plan to put a dollar figure on their demands.
08:30 Tall ships visit Charlottetown for Founders Week »The Guardian - Local News
Sam Drinnan can look way up from his days paddling a canoe as a boy growing up in Ottawa. For the past five years, Drinnan, 25, has been at the helm of the tall ship Fair Jeanne. From April to October, he captains the majestic boat that was designed and built by Capt. Thomas Fuller, one of ...
08:04 summary of us reliable forwarding companies to Canada (513 Words) » | New Topics
I am new here and trying to start a conversation with you guys by telling you something that I think I know better, hope it may interest you and it is allowed.

I am a frequent buyer of US products, if you have ever encountered this case, you will know what I am trying to summarize for you! You have found some cool stuff and want to buy, but the seller does not offer shipping to Canada. This is of course disappointing!

You may give up and let it go! But I did not, I searched, struggled and tried to find a solution! Indeed, there is a solution if you keep looking for! Actually there are many solutions!

And that is the service called parcel forwarding! Some US shipping companies can receive our purchases in US on our behalf and then reship to our address in Canada. They can even buy from the seller with your money!

Knowing the existence of such service is big step forward towards your successful US online shopping, you have other questions to tackle!

Which shipping company you choose?

There are many parcel forwarding services all claiming to be reliable and offer reasonable prices! The fact is not like that! You might find yourself paying hiddeen fees if this is your first time using such service!

I have a beginning too long for my post! Well, below is the essence I want to share with you!

According to my experience of using different parcel forwarding services, I have found the following companies more reliable than others. And I should recommend

These 3 companies all offered me good experience, but they have different pricings and services?

MyUS and Shipito have lower shipping rate, but not all can avail of its lower shipping rate, you have to pay membership fee. Adding the money paid for membership fee, the "actual shipping rate" is not as low as it seems. These 2 companies have been in this forwarding business many years and they are reliable and know how to attract new customers with low shipping rate!

USGoBuy, they do not ask for membership fee. You only have to pay international shipping cost. It is very clear and simple when using their services! The repacking, consolidation and storage services are all offered free for you! So compared with myus and shipito, USGoBuy shipping rate is not the lowest.

They are all reliable, but you still have to make a choice according to your preferrences in services and pricings!

Hope I have made it clear for those who are concerned finding a reliable forwarding service. This company USGoBuy has a page on comparing itself with other forwarding comapnies in fees and services:

Taking a look at this, will also make it clear for you!

Thank you, hope you enjoyed my first post at PEIinfo...
07:52 More than 1,000 people sign online petition supporting sex shop »The Guardian - Local News
A day after an adult novelty store lost its bid to operate in a residential neighbourhood, more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition supporting the business. Amy Brewster, one of the store’s owners, said the petition was concrete proof of how much support they have. “I think it’s ...
07:36 Shania Twain concert sparks North American interest »The Guardian - Local News
Country music superstar Shania Twain’s concert in Charlottetown Saturday night will be one of the biggest concerts in the province’s history. Andre Hudon, president and CEO of Donald K. Donald, the Montreal-based concert producer who played a large part in bringing Twain to P.E.I., says he ...
05:03 Blogger Backs Down Scotia Bank »NJN Network
After filing a defamation and stalking claim against a PEI blogger, the Bank of Nova Scotia withdraws their legal action.
01:41 Kelly's Pub beats Fawcetts 8-1 »The Guardian - Sports
Brandon Horn hit Robbie Greene’s second pitch of the game over the fence. The Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts mustered only two more hits the rest of the way in an 8-1 loss to Kelly’s Pub on Thursday. Both teams concluded the round robin of the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch ...
01:41 Kelly's Pub beats Fawcetts 8-1 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Brandon Horn hit Robbie Greene’s second pitch of the game over the fence. The Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts mustered only two more hits the rest of the way in an 8-1 loss to Kelly’s Pub on Thursday. Both teams concluded the round robin of the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch ...
01:21 UPEI men's soccer team busy preparing for new season »The Guardian - Sports
With one week of hard training behind it, the UPEI Panthers men’s soccer team will continue preparing for the 2014 Atlantic University Sport season at home this weekend.The Panthers will play three pre-season matches as part of the annual Vince Mulligan Cup tournament at UPEI.The Panthers will ...
01:16 Down The Backstretch: Whitesand Artist creates CDP masterpiece »The Guardian - Sports
The date was Monday, Aug. 9, 1993, and a little black mare had just paced into the history books. Little Black Book won her $6,000 Gold Cup and Saucer trial in an unheard of 1:54 for driver Paul MacKenzie by five lengths over Rocket Le Ru (Mike MacDonald) and Christopher C Down (Jody ...
01:11 Western Capitals make first round of cuts »The Guardian - Sports
Summerside junior A hockey team to see game action this weekend
01:08 Hurricanes open football camp this weekend »The Guardian - Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes, last season’s Atlantic Football League champions, begin training camp this weekend at UPEI. Sessions start today, at 4 p.m., and are open to the public. Two-a-day practices go Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.“We’ve had an excellent ...
00:52 [MUSIC] The Kate Bush Story: Running up That Hill »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Joe. My. God. alerted me</i> to the existence of a new Kate Bush documentary by the BBC, The Kate Bush Story: Running up That Hill.

KATE BUSH - The Kate Bush Story (2014 BBC Documentary) from Videodrome Discothèque on Vimeo.

Lucy Mangan's review in The Guardian doesn't do it justice. This hour-long show does a brilliant job of explaining where Kate came from and why she's so important.
00:04 New deal from FibreOp, worth switching from Eastlink? (105 Words) » | New Topics
2 guys from Bell Aliant have been going door to door in our subdivision the past few days pushing a new deal to switch from Eastlink.

They are offering the "best" package for $139/month for 2 years.

I was looking at it and would really only need to add the Food network to get what I already have with Eastlink.

With tax, this should be $164.16/month, a saving of ~$70/month for 24 months.

This seems almost to good to be true to me.

Has anyone else seen this?

Does anyone see any issues with a switch (quality, service, etc)....
00:00 Prius for me-us »Shizamo FEED
I just read Prince Edward Island and Climate Change - A Strategy for Reducing the Impacts of Global Warming document from the PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry. I have to say I was impressed reading some of this. Especially the part about more at
00:00 Collaboration on health care achieves results for Canadians »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
55th Annual Premiers' ConferenceThrough work in their respective jurisdictions and their collaboration on the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), Premiers have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing Canadians' health care and achieving better value for money across health care systems.Over the past year, the HCIWG has focused on the priority areas of pharmaceuticals, appropriateness of care, and seniors care, including aging in place...
00:00 Improving international market access »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
55th Annual Premiers' ConferenceCanada's Premiers discussed the importance of international trade relationships in supporting Canada's prosperity. To build and deepen productive relationships between provinces and territories and businesses and government leaders in China, Premier Robert Ghiz will lead a mission of Canada's Premiers to the People's Republic of China on October 29-30, 2014. The mission will be an excellent opportunity to enhance the...

Thursday August 28, 2014

23:04 Premiers call for more funds from Ottawa for aging population, infrastructure »The Guardian - Local News
Canada’s premiers say they need more money from the federal government for infrastructure and to deal with the rising costs of caring for an aging population, and they plan to put a dollar figure on their demands. P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz, who is chairing the Council of the Federation ...
22:57 Leadership needed on national seniors’ care strategy: CMA president »The Guardian - Local News
Consider these numbers. In 2013, Prince Edward Island had 9.3 people of working age per one person 75 and older. By 2044, the projection is that only 3.6 people of working age will reside in P.E.I. for every single person aged at least 75. Toss seniors’ health care into the equation, these and ...
22:38 Medicare needs to go up next level, says former top civil servant »The Guardian - Local News
Alex Himelfarb, once the most senior civil servant in Canada, is asking Islanders to lobby for better terms and cooperative negotiation on federal health funding. Himelfarb, of Ontario, is on the Island as a guest of the Canadian Health Coalition to help lobby on health issues during the ...
22:00 Thirsty Swimmers »justpictureit
photo - Thirsty Swimmers

It is common for people to have a few drinks when they are on the poker run. The women above are from our boat. We will not admit to knowing the ones from the picture below.

21:04 May I suggest »Island Musings
20:44 Doucette drives in four runs in Fawcetts victory »The Guardian - Sports
Tyler Doucette had the game of his career Thursday in propelling the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts to an 8-6 victory over the East Hants Mastodons. The win improved the Fawcetts to 3-2 while the Nova Scotia squad dropped to 2-3 at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship. ...
20:44 Doucette drives in four runs in Fawcetts victory »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Tyler Doucette had the game of his career Thursday in propelling the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts to an 8-6 victory over the East Hants Mastodons. The win improved the Fawcetts to 3-2 while the Nova Scotia squad dropped to 2-3 at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship. ...
19:47 Premiers Payola In Shania Twain Tickets at PEI Courtesy Insurance Bureau »
The largest donors of open Payola for Canadian Premiers this year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada with a “Fathers of Confederation” donation of 150,000.00 dollars. The open greasing of palms was defended by Robert Ghiz the host of this years … Continue reading
18:30 Storybook season »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Crusaders begin play in Atlantic midget championship Friday
18:14 Rain alters schedule at senior men's fast pitch nationals »The Guardian - Sports
There is a rain delay in place at the 2014 Canadian senior and master men's fast pitch taking place at Central Field Complex in Charlottetown. The games that were interrupted by intense rainfall earlier today will resume play at 6:30 p.m. for Game No. 16 between the host Charlottetown Fawcetts ...
18:08 Official dedication of Legends Field monument to take place Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Landry, Curran, intermediate teams to be honoured
17:56 Local woman struck by encounter with stranded dolphin »Journal-Pioneer Local
Local woman struck by encounter with dolphin
17:54 Halibut-tagging project seeks participants »Journal-Pioneer Local
ALBERTON -- The chairman of the P.E.I. Fishermen Association’s groundfish advisory committee says he is hopeful a halibut-tagging research project will help prove that Prince Edward Island fishermen are deserving of more quota.
17:48 Turning cooler across PEI over the next couple days. »peistormchaser
Thursday Aug 28th 5:45pm..  A NE-SW oriented cold front crossed PEI last night with associated showers. A low pressure system developed along the front as expected and is now located over eastern PEI. Heavy showers and thundershowers developed this afternoon … Continue reading
17:47 Bethell’s three-RBI performance leads Royals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Ethan Bethell went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in four runs to help the Charlottetown Royals earn a 10-10 tie with the Cardigan Clippers in a P.E.I. Peewee A Baseball League game on Wednesday.
17:33 Competing at world competition a stressful and rewarding experience »Journal-Pioneer Living
17:31 Traffic delays expected in Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Delays of up to 20 minutes can be expected for motorists travelling through constructions zones in the city.
17:07 A lesson in the ugly side of life »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, Part of my duties as a mother is to teach my children right from wrong, how to get along with each other, how to be kind and considerate and that there will be times in life where someone might hurt them physically or emotionally and I must prepare them to know how to handle hurt ...
17:03 [LINK] "Mohawks seek to remove non-natives from Kahnawake" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I mentioned in 2010 the desire of the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve outside of Montréal to expel mixed Mohawk/non-Mohawk couples from the reserve's territory. Now, as CBC reports, Kahnawake is at it again.

So long as Kahnawake maintains these policies, its officialdom few to no rights to complain against racial discrimination elsewhere. It's worth noting that this policy runs against the tendency among Canadian First Nations to want to broaden membership to include more people of mixed ancestry.

Michael Delisle, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, said the ban on non-native people living on Mohawk territory goes back years — even decades — to the Indian Act, first passed in 1876.

He said it came to a head in the 1970s, culminating with the 1981 moratorium on mixed marriages on Kahnawake soil.

Support for the ban on mixed marriages continued every time the conversation cropped up, and was over time entrenched in Mohawk law.

“This was discussed further, but for all intents and purposes, it’s looking to be enforced even more strongly,” Delisle said.

He said Kahnawake’s limited real estate means the 6,500-person community’s ability to grow is stunted, and allowing non-natives onto the reservation takes space away from Mohawks.

Delisle also made the case that non-native people living in Kahnawake largely benefit from the same perks Mohawks are entitled to, notably tax exemption.

He said there are approximately 100 non-native people living in Kahnawake who are either married, in common-law relationships or are simply just living there.
16:54 [LINK] "The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In the September 2014 issue of Smithsonian, Douglas Preston writes about the most recent researches into Kennewick Man. This ancient skeleton found in the American Pacific Northwest was sequestered from research for two decades over jurisdiction issues. The limited studies to date hints at distant origins in Asia and the Pacific, among the Ainu and the Polynesians.

A vast amount of data was collected in the 16 days Owsley and colleagues spent with the bones. Twenty-two scientists scrutinized the almost 300 bones and fragments. Led by Kari Bruwelheide, a forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian, they first reassembled the fragile skeleton so they could see it as a whole. They built a shallow box, added a layer of fine sand, and covered that with black velvet; then Bruwelheide laid out the skeleton, bone by bone, shaping the sand underneath to cradle each piece. Now the researchers could address such questions as Kennewick Man’s age, height, weight, body build, general health and fitness, and injuries. They could also tell whether he was deliberately buried, and if so, the position of his body in the grave.

Next the skeleton was taken apart, and certain key bones studied intensively. The limb bones and ribs were CT-scanned at the University of Washington Medical Center. These scans used far more radiation than would be safe for living tissue, and as a result they produced detailed, three-dimensional images that allowed the bones to be digitally sliced up any which way. With additional CT scans, the team members built resin models of the skull and other important bones. They made a replica from a scan of the spearpoint in the hip.

As work progressed, a portrait of Kennewick Man emerged. He does not belong to any living human population. Who, then, are his closest living relatives? Judging from the shape of his skull and bones, his closest living relatives appear to be the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, a remote archipelago 420 miles southeast of New Zealand, as well as the mysterious Ainu people of Japan.

[. . .]

Not that Kennewick Man himself was Polynesian. This is not Kon-Tiki in reverse; humans had not reached the Pacific Islands in his time period. Rather, he was descended from the same group of people who would later spread out over the Pacific and give rise to modern-day Polynesians. These people were maritime hunter-gatherers of the north Pacific coast; among them were the ancient Jōmon, the original inhabitants of the Japanese Islands. The present-day Ainu people of Japan are thought to be descendants of the Jōmon. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Ainu show individuals with light skin, heavy beards and sometimes light-colored eyes.

Jōmon culture first arose in Japan at least 12,000 years ago and perhaps as early as 16,000 years ago, when the landmasses were still connected to the mainland. These seafarers built boats out of sewn planks of wood. Outstanding mariners and deep-water fishermen, they were among the first people to make fired pottery.

The discovery of Kennewick Man adds a major piece of evidence to an alternative view of the peopling of North America. It, along with other evidence, suggests that the Jōmon or related peoples were the original settlers of the New World. If correct, the conclusion upends the traditional view that the first Americans came through central Asia and walked across the Bering Land Bridge and down through an ice-free corridor into North America.
16:46 [LINK] "Brazil Coffee Output Set for Longest Decline Since 1965" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Marvin G. Perez and Morgane Lapeyre share the bad news.

A prolonged drought in Brazil has already claimed about half of Jose Francisco Pereira’s coffee crop. Next year could be even worse as the country heads for the first three-year output decline since 1965.

“Everybody is praying for rain,” said Pereira, general director of Monte Alegre Coffees, a grower with 2,500 hectares (6,280 acres) based in Alfenas, Minas Gerais, that forecast this season’s harvest at 45,000 bags, down from 82,000 last year.

Production in Brazil, the world’s top grower, may drop as much as 18 percent to 40.1 million bags when the harvest ends next month, the National Coffee Council estimates, after a 3.1 percent slide last year. With damage worsening before the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the council said farmers may collect less than 40 million bags in 2015, creating the longest slump in five decades.

Citigroup Inc. forecast Aug. 21 that a global production deficit may last into 2016 because of the shortfall in Brazil, which accounted for 36 percent of world supply last year. Futures that have gained more than any other commodity this year may rally 15 percent further by the end of December, to $2.25 a pound, a Bloomberg survey of 18 analysts showed. The surge is forcing buyers including J.M. Smucker Co., maker of Folgers, the best-selling U.S. brand, to raise retail prices.

“The market is vulnerable to the upside given all the problems in Brazil,” Donald Selkin, who helps oversee $3 billion as chief market strategist at National Securities Corp. in New York, said yesterday. “People are anticipating tighter supplies and are waiting for more dramatic weather developments.”
16:44 Heavy rain re-schedules senior baseball playoff tilt »The Guardian - Sports
Heavy rain and the threat of more storms has postponed Game 1 of the Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders-Hub City Brewers quarter-final playoff game scheduled for Thursday in Charlottetown. Game 1 of the best-of-five New Brunswick Senior Baseball League matchup now goes Friday, at 7:30 ...
16:43 [LINK] "On the Abuse of 'Bro'" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Stephen Marche's blog post at Esquire makes me think. (Among other things, it puts me in mind of the truism that men also need feminism to succeed, in order to free them of the norms of patriarchy.)

The use of the word bro is reaching epidemic levels. Now, after The Fast and the Furious and How I Met Your Mother and Breaking Bad, if a show contains more than one male character, they will, at some point, call each other by that name. Online, where cliché is rechristened meme, bro is a natural epithet: "Come at me, bro," or "Don't tase me, bro." Among writers who are trying to be funny, the word has morphed into a series of fused words—comic portmanteaus (portmanbros, if you insist) that have launched a full-on brocabulary: brogrammers, for young male computer programmers; brostep, a white-male version of dubstep; and curlbros, for bros who spend too much time on their biceps. Subject to intense semantic distortion and fluctuation, the word bro is slippery, but one feature of its use and abuse remains constant: the underlying contempt for male friendship it implies.

That contempt is everywhere. The friendships between women in popular culture are the source and choicest fruit of their maturity. At the end of Frances Ha, Frances glimpses her old friend across a crowded room. "Who are you making eyes at?" somebody asks. "That's Sophie. She's my best friend." Theirs was the film's true love story all along. Insofar as a television show is about women, it's about the meaningfulness of friendship—Sex and the City, Girls, Broad City, etc. For men, it's just the opposite. Male friendship on any given sitcom, or in any given Judd Apatow movie, is a retreat into thoughtlessness, crudity. The Big Lebowski hilariously painted male friendship as an extended and colossal fuckup. The Hangover movies turned it into a series of epic degradations. But the standard buddy movie of the moment, a movie like 22 Jump Street, is defined by a single word: dumb. That's why the greatest buddy movie of them all is Dumb and Dumber (although it may well be surpassed by its sequel this fall, Dumb and Dumber To). Men get together onscreen to be idiots with one another. To mature as a female person is to mature into female friendships. To mature as a male person is to mature out of male friendships.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the culture that has given rise to the word bro is a culture in which male friendship is in crisis. American men are more likely not only to be lonely but also to deny their loneliness.For twenty-five years, Niobe Way, professor of applied psychology at New York University and the author of 2011's Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, has peered into the chasm under boys and young men and found that emptiness to be at the heart of what we call the "boy crisis." "We have all these boys, with so much to give, so much love, so much for them to offer the world," she says. For Way, the transition from boyhood into manhood is a transition into isolation. Becoming a man means leaving behind your family and your friends and striking out on your own, and therefore growing up means shedding connections. Way's research shows that the male suicide rate correlates precisely with the loss of friendships. At age nine, the suicide rates are the same for girls and boys. Between ten and fourteen, boys are twice as likely to kill themselves. Between fifteen and nineteen, they are four times as likely. From twenty to twenty-four, five times.
16:42 Federal transfers not keeping up with costs: premiers »The Guardian - Local News
Canada’s premiers say federal transfers to the provinces must be re-examined in light of a new report from the Conference Board of Canada that projects the country’s aging population will increase provincial costs while federal surpluses soar. The report, entitled A Difficult Road Ahead: ...


16:38 Time to stop hiding behind words »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Canada’s premiers have joined the chorus of native rights and social activists calling for the federal government to do something about the substantial number of missing and murdered native women in this country.
16:12 Hogan, Ross and Clinton take the stage for Emerald’s final Ceilidh »Journal-Pioneer Living
EMERALD – Prince Edward Island’s “red headed fiddler,” Courtney Hogan, will be hosting her final ceilidh of the season in Emerald this Friday evening at the Community Centre. The full summer schedule enlisted some of the Island’s finest entertainers including Fiddlers’ Sons, Richard Wood, ...
15:58 Profit’s Pond will rise again »Journal-Pioneer Local
ROSEBANK -- Profit’s Pond in Rosebank will rise again, but before it does, it needs to go deeper. Excavation equipment got to work Wednesday digging silt, clay and vegetation from the acre-and-a-half pond bed. Except for a narrow stream winding through it, the pond is dry. Only during spring ...
15:48 Nurses. Friends we're not allowed to have on Facebook. »Riki's Misadventures At Life

I had a dream about one of my dialysis nurses the other night. I was upset because she told me she was leaving.  When I started thinking about it, I realized that I hadn’t seen her in a while.  

I think I need to explain something before I go on.  When you go to dialysis, you see the same nurses three days a week for years on end. You get to know them really well, more than you would if you were an impatient in a hospital. They become like family, and when one is missing, you notice.

This particular nurse is one of my favorites.  I’ve been coming to this unit for almost six years, and she was here before that.  We have funny stories that we can tell about each other, stories that we will both probably tell long after I no longer need this treatment.

A few years ago, this particular nurse had cancer, and she was off work for a while.  I worried about her, and I was glad when she returned.  When I told her that I’d missed her, she gave me a hug.

I noticed a while ago that she wasn’t here.  All I knew was that she was sick, and that’s all anyone would say.  She came in one day, saying hello to everyone.  I knew she was at the hospital for a medical appointment, though.  She had a blood requisition in her hand.

When I had the dream the other night, it got me thinking about how long she’s been gone. I’d say that it’s been a few months. I worried that maybe she’d left her job completely. I asked one of the nurses, who I thought would tell me what was going on. She told me that she didn’t really know, just that this nurse had been sick and had been having trouble transitioning back. She didn’t know if this nurse had gotten sick again or not.

So, now I’m worried. I don’t think she would leave her job without coming in to say goodbye. There are other patients who’ve been at this longer than I have, and we all get attached. I just hope she’s doing okay.



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