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Wednesday December 2, 2015

00:19 Two Sentences or Less: A Series of Tinder Dates in Summary »Misfortune Cookie

“My middle name is legally Dracula” “You should do video game videos because of, you know, those!” *makes boobs gesture* “On the bright side, I think I’ve figured out what I’m allergic to!” “I play Ultimate Frisbee competitively and run a fantasy Ultimate league.” “I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO MEET MY PARENTS!” Me: “I’m […]

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Tuesday December 1, 2015

23:50 Dawkins, Whyley named Hurricanes athletes of the week »The Guardian - Sports
Women's volleyball player Kendra Dawkins and men's basketball player Roosevelt Whyley are this week's Holland College Hurricanes athletes of the week. Dawkins recorded seven kills, two service aces and seven digs to lead the Hurricanes to a straight-set victory over the St. Thomas Tommies ...
23:42 Liam Jinks fights off elimination early to win Aspin Cup »The Guardian - Sports
Liam Jinks was on the verge of elimination in the quarter-final before battling back to capture the men's B division of the Aspin Cup squash tournament Sunday at the SPA Total Fitness Center at the Charlottetown Mall in Charlottetown. The youngest member of the well-known Jinks squash family ...
23:30 Boston lands Price with  seven-year, $217-million deal: Source »The Guardian - Sports
The Boston Red Sox and ace pitcher David Price have agreed to a deal worth $217 million over seven years, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal has not yet been signed and is pending a ...
22:43 [VIDEO] Scott Calonico on the AIDS humour of the Reagan Administration »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Joe. My. God. linked to this Vanity Fair feature.

One of the most prominent stains on the reputation of the much-mythologized Reagan administration was its response, or lack of response, to the AIDS crisis as it began to ravage American cities in the early and mid-1980s. President Reagan famously (though, not famously enough) didn’t himself publicly mention AIDS until 1985, when more than 5,000 people, most of them gay men, had already been killed by the disease. Filmmaker Scott Calonico’s new documentary short, When AIDS Was Funny, exclusively debuting on, shows how the Reagan administration reacted to the mounting problem in chilling fashion. Not even Reagan’s appointed mouthpiece, notorious press secretary Larry Speakes, had much to say about the crisis beyond derisive laughter.

Using never-before-heard audio tapes from three separate press conferences, in 1982, 1983, and 1984, When AIDS Was Funny illustrates how the reporter Lester Kinsolving, a conservative (and not at all gay-friendly) fixture in the White House press corps, was consistently scoffed at when he posed urgent questions about the AIDS epidemic. With snickering, homophobic jokes and a disturbing air of uninterest, Speakes dismisses Kinsolving’s concerns about the escalating problem. “Lester was known as somewhat of a kook and a crank (many people still feel the same way),” says Calonico. “But, at the time, he was just a journalist asking questions only to be mocked by both the White House and his peers.”

What Calonico has compiled, juxtaposing the deeply troubling audio with images of AIDS patients at Seattle’s Bailey-Boushay House in the 1980s, is an infuriating summation of the Reagan administration’s fatal inaction in confronting a generation-defining tragedy. Watch the concise, damning short above, but be warned: it will make you angry.

I had first read of Larry Speakes' exchanges in Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On. Vox's German Lopez did readers the service of sharing a transcript.

Lester Kinsolving: Does the president have any reaction to the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta that AIDS is now an epidemic in over 600 cases?

Larry Speakes: AIDS? I haven't got anything on it.

Lester Kinsolving: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." [Press pool laughter.] No, it is. It's a pretty serious thing. One in every three people that get this have died. And I wonder if the president was aware of this.

Larry Speakes: I don't have it. [Press pool laughter.] Do you?

Lester Kinsolving: You don't have it? Well, I'm relieved to hear that, Larry! [Press pool laughter.]

Larry Speakes: Do you?

Lester Kinsolving: No, I don't.

Larry Speakes: You didn't answer my question. How do you know? [Press pool laughter.]

Lester Kinsolving: Does the president — in other words, the White House — look on this as a great joke?

Larry Speakes: No, I don't know anything about it, Lester.

There are no words.
22:37 Island speed skaters bring home medals from New Brunswick »The Guardian - Sports
P.E.I. speed skaters took home six medals from the Harold Joyce Invitational Speed Skating Championships recently in Fredericton, N.B. Stratford siblings Andrew Binns (division 3) and Kristen Binns (division 4) took home gold medals for the P.E.I. team, while Carter Bruce, Alex Rogers and Jenn ...
21:46 Deschenes, Power receive weekly Panthers awards »The Guardian - Sports
Hockey players Marie-Soleil Deschenes and Marcus Power are this week's UPEI Panthers athletes of the week. Deschenes, a fourth-year science student from Île-Perrot, Que., stopped 70 of 75 shots (.933 save percentage) in the Panthers 4-3 overtime loss to St. F.X. and 1-0 loss to Dalhousie. ...
21:00 Ducks of Early November »justpictureit
18:15 Thieves steal Christmas trees from P.E.I. farm »The Guardian - Local News
Tattrie’s Evergreens near Montague missing 150 baled trees ready to be shipped off to market
17:52 Accusations of illegal activity on E-gaming in P.E.I. legislature »The Guardian - Local News
Questions about the province’s $950,000 E-gaming loan led to a testy exchange today in the P.E.I. legislature
17:42 [BLOG] Some Tuesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Centauri Dreams wonders if human space travel will stop at Mars.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes that orange giant HD 155233 has a gas giant.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes skepticism in the European Union towards a new German-Russian pipeline, notes China's weapon of hypersonic weapons, and looks at Chinese aircraft coming near Japan.

  • Far Outliers notes the debate as to whether the South Caucasus is European or Asian.

  • Geocurrents continues its exploration of Kiribati's Line Islands.

  • Language Hat notes discussion of the Taiwanese aboriginal language of Seejiq.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money hosts a great discussion about Jessica Jones.

  • pollotenchegg notes the types of homes of different Ukrainians.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes the Paris attacks seem to have helped Donald Trump.

  • Torontoist reflects on the closure of Brunswick House.

  • Towleroad notes that an Israeli trans woman can be buried according to her own will, not that of her family.

  • Transit Toronto notes TTC workers' toy drive.

  • Window on Eurasia reflects on the forced return of Ukrainian refugees from Russia, wonders if Russia's anti-Turkish policies will have consequences for Turkic populations like that of Tatarstan, and reports on one Russia who wants to organize Eurasian security organizations after the model of the Warsaw Pact.

17:30 [LINK] "CBC suspends online comments on indigenous stories" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt writes about the unsurprising decision of the CBC to stop permitting comments on stories relating to First Nations, given the volume of racism that appears there.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is temporarily suspending comments on its online stories about indigenous people, after its editors determined that too many comments were being posted that it deemed “off the mark” or “racist.”

In an online note to readers, the CBC’s acting director of digital news said that comments on those stories will be barred until editors can review moderation procedures.

“While there are a number of subjects and groups of people who seem to bring out higher-than-average numbers of worrisome comments, we find ourselves with a unique situation when it comes to indigenous-related stories,” wrote Brodie Fenlon.

“We’ve noticed over many months that these stories draw a disproportionate number of comments that cross the line and violate our guidelines. Some of the violations are obvious, some not so obvious; some comments are clearly hateful and vitriolic, some are simply ignorant. And some appear to be hate disguised as ignorance (i.e., racist sentiments expressed in benign language).”

CBC uses third-party moderators to monitor comments. Still, Mr. Fenlon said in an interview, “We do see people who use language that, on the surface, if you’re a moderator and you’re not familiar with the story, it might not stand out to you as a racist comment, but in the context of the story it becomes obvious what it is, even though it’s almost disguised.”
17:28 [LINK] "Japan combats rise in hate speech" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Al Jazeera America's Daniel Krieger notes highly public xenophobia in Japan, targeted towards the country's small Korean minority.

Japan is the only developed country without anti-discrimination laws. Although the government has long maintained that racism and discrimination don’t exist in Japan, the reality has gotten harder to deny. The rise of Zaitokukai has led to the spread of anti-Korean rallies across Japan, which draw dozens to hundreds of supporters from a radical fringe. They have marched with imperialist Japanese flags, described Koreans as parasites and criminals and called for their death. At one of its gatherings two years ago in Osaka, a 14-year-old Japanese girl told a small group of demonstrators, “I hate the Koreans so much, I can’t stand it. I just want to kill them all now.” She then proposed a massacre like the Rape of Nanking, prompting cheers of approval.

In the last few years, however, Zaitokukai has encountered a backlash. Japanese people have confronted members at their rallies with larger counterdemonstrations, a few of which turned violent. And in an unprecedented decision, the Japanese Supreme Court upheld a groundbreaking ruling forcing Zaitokukai to pay about $100,000 to a Kyoto elementary school for harassing ethnic Korean students after members stood outside the school shouting through bullhorns that children were cockroaches and children of spies. This summer, a Zainichi woman in Osaka filed suit against her company and its chairman for distributing discriminatory materials about Japanese-Koreans at work. And there is Lee’s case: After the online attacks, she filed suit in the Osaka District Court against the Zaitokukai and its then-leader, Makoto Sakurai, for $45,000.

“When I realized that criminal charges were difficult,” she said in a recent interview, “I felt that I had no choice but to take civil action.” In response, Sakurai, whose real surname is Takata, told the Japanese press, “She should take a good look herself at what she said. We plan to countersue her for groundless articles she wrote online.”

Lee is also suing the website Hoshu Sokuho for about $183,000 for compiling what she said are hateful anonymous messages about her and highlighting them on the Web message board 2channel. The case still has a long way to go, and the stress of it wears on her. She is often fearful in public and makes sure no one follows her from the courthouse. Though the harassment hasn’t let up, she and other Zainichi have noticed that anti-Korean rhetoric has become tempered lately. It’s now more common to call Koreans guests than to be explicitly racist and, in lieu of death threats, to complain about the special privileges they supposedly receive.

In a statement that anticipated Donald Trump’s infamous diatribe about Mexican immigrants, Sakurai expressed his concerns about the Zainichi at a 2013 rally near Tokyo. “Many Japanese are losing their lives because of crimes committed by Korean residents. Murder. Robbery. Arson. We are just saying that people who don’t like Japan should go back to their own country. What part of that is hate speech?” he said. More recently, a Zaitokukai spokesman claimed to be unaware of the extreme tactics often employed by the group, saying, “That Zainichi are discriminated against is a delusion.”
17:22 Rose Cousins crowdsourcing funding for new album »Journal-Pioneer Local
“Have you seen that new Adele video?” “Oh my God, yes! I’m going to cry, I can’t even watch it.”
17:09 Snowstorm in forecast for P.E.I. on Thursday night »The Guardian - Local News
Islanders are being warned about the potential for significant snowfall for Thursday night into Friday morning. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all three counties in P.E.I. while The Weather Network says the heaviest snow will fall from Moncton through to western ...
16:37 Bench helps to teach kindness »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Who would have thought so much good could come from something as simple as a bench?
15:52 Summerside police reveals shocking details of gun raid in city »The Guardian - Local News
While force completes training in use of new carbines, deputy chief says raid last year netted arsenal at city residence
15:21 RCMP on P.E.I. find stolen generator »The Guardian - Local News
Generator taken from Morell Co-op Saturday found Sunday in Scotchfort, thief from N.B. found in Tracadie Cross
15:16 Reclaiming 2015 »Misfortune Cookie

As you may have deduced, this year hasn’t been great for me. I’ve been trying to drag myself out of my funk and I think slowly that I’m finally doing it. For the last little while, I’ve known that I wanted to be a writer. I never really knew I wanted to work on comics […]

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15:10 IWMC's plans to expand East Prince facility gets green light »Journal-Pioneer Local
Plans to expand the East Prince Waste Management Facility have received the go-ahead from the province.
15:05 Moving to Charlottetown area (179 Words) » | New Topics
Hi everyone. I'm a former Islander and I'm thinking of moving "back home." I used to live in Summerside, so I don't know much about the Charlottetown area. We are a young family (two kids under 6) and looking for neighbourhoods that are family friendly, have good daycares and schools nearby, etc.

I visited the Charlottetown area this fall when I was scouting for neighbourhoods and I was impressed with Cornwall and Stratford. Both seem like nice communities to raise a family, but the facilities and parks in Cornwall seemed to be a bit better overall. Cornwall also seemed to be more community-focused, whereas Stratford was more prone to urban sprawl and everything seemed to be far apart. Right now we think we would prefer:

1. Cornwall
2. Stratford
3. Somewhere in Charlottetown city limits (West Royalty or East Royalty, maybe)

I have read several posts on this forum debating Cornwall vs. Stratford, but they are a few years old now and the information might not be up to date. Can someone give me some advice?...
14:59 Caps remain No. 12 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Summerside’s junior A team ranked nationally for fourth week in a row
14:59 [LINK] The Economist on the struggles of Uniqlo »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Economist describes Uniqlo's American struggles. For the record, I'll be looking forward to the chain's new Toronto store.

When a globally successful fashion-store chain opens up for the first time in a big city’s most prominent shopping district, it might reasonably expect a rush of excited consumers. But when Uniqlo of Japan opened its first midwestern outlet last month, on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the reaction was restrained. In its first week of trading, “Some days were busy, others not so much,” says a saleswoman. Many who did turn up were from out of town, she reckons.

Uniqlo did its best to arrive in Chicago with a splash. It took over an “El” (elevated light-rail) train, decorated it with Japanese lanterns and brought over a DJ to pump out Japanese pop as the train travelled round the Loop, the central business district. Chicagoan chefs, cheerleaders, rappers and other “tastemakers” were hired to model Uniqlo’s clothes on its website.

The retailer is performing well at home in Japan, thriving in China, South Korea and Taiwan, and doing not so badly in Europe (though it did close some of its British branches). But America, where it has more than 40 shops, is a different story. Uniqlo has been in the country for ten years, but its presence is still much smaller than that of its main global rivals, Zara and H&M, respectively a Spanish and a Swedish retailer of fast fashion. It is also smaller than two local casual-clothing chains, Gap and Forever 21, and than “off-price” sellers of designer labels such as Ross and T.J. Maxx. Last month Fast Retailing, Uniqlo’s owner, reported losses for the fourth fiscal quarter, mainly because of the dismal performance of its outlets in America and of J Brand, its ailing American denim chain.

Succeeding in America’s fiercely competitive retail market is never easy, for local and foreign firms alike. American Apparel declared bankruptcy in October. Gap is closing a quarter of its 675 shops in the country. J. Crew, an American brand that Fast Retailing considered buying last year, is reporting slumping sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, until recently a rising star, has been struggling. Among the foreign retailers, Mango, of Spain, is shutting all its 450 concession outlets in J.C. Penney department stores in America. United Colours of Benetton, an Italian retailer, shut its last American shop in September. (In the same month Primark, a super-cheap Irish retailer, opened its first American shop in Boston: if it proves as successful as it has elsewhere, it could make life even more brutal for the established chains.)
14:57 [LINK] "Xi's African Tour Highlights China's Expanding Security Role" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
China's deepening relationship with African countries is the subject of this Bloomberg article by Michael Cohen and Ting Shi.

To see China’s evolving foreign policy, look to Africa, where a desire to protect economic investment is leading to a revision of the country’s hands-off approach to the internal affairs of other nations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a five-day African visit on Tuesday that he’ll use to showcase China’s expanding role as a protector of regional security, as well as a provider of infrastructure and consumer of resources. China has pledged $100 million of military aid for the African Union, sent an infantry battalion to support peacekeeping efforts in South Sudan and deployed frigates to fight piracy off the Somali coast, leading the country to consider building its first overseas naval resupply station in Djibouti.

“Such initiatives are a clear departure from Beijing’s aversion to military or security intervention in Africa,” Lyle Morris, a project associate at the RAND Corp., said, citing in particular the military assistance Xi pledged in September. “The announcement suggests a rethinking of Chinese priorities on the continent, and marks a recognition that China’s participation in conflict resolution will be an unavoidable byproduct of increased Chinese engagement.”

The moves are part of broader policy shift, as Xi works to build geopolitical influence for the world’s second-largest economy without abandoning a decades-old vow against interfering in other countries. The new approach to Africa -- a major hot spot for Chinese investment -- could illustrate how China tries to strike that balance globally as its business interests expand.
14:55 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto’s Tibetan community eagerly await a potentially historic election" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Aparita Bhandari's article in The Globe and Mail noting the ongoing elections for the Tibet government-in-exile being held in Toronto, home to one of the largest Tibetan communities outside of Asia, was enlightening.

A young, upstart candidate for prime minister was rousing the support of a new generation of voters. A day before Canadians made their final decisions that eventually saw Justin Trudeau become this country’s leader, another election, in which a new candidate was challenging the old guard, enthralled a thousand-plus voters in Toronto’s Tibetan community. They cast their ballots for representatives of a parliamentary body much closer to their hearts: that of a new Tibetan government in exile.

The distance from Toronto to Lhasa may be 11,800 kilometres, or a 33-hour flight, but Tibet is a constant state of mind for its diaspora. More than 80,000 Tibetans across the world participated in a preliminary round of voting to choose candidates for the positions of sikyong (prime minister) and chitue (members of parliament) that make up the 44-person parliament in exile. The final list of candidates will be announced on Dec. 2, with the ultimate election taking place next March to decide the new leadership based out of Dharamsala, India. It is only the second such election since the Dalai Lama stepped down as head of what’s known as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

Toronto is home to the largest Tibetan community in Canada, and second largest in North America after New York. At the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre in Etobicoke, the lineup grew quickly after the doors to the main hall opened, past the colourful prayer flags and giant dharma wheels. A group of older women in dark chuba robes and striped pangden aprons offered Tibetan sweet tea to people waiting patiently to fill out the two forms.

“White is for sikyong, green is for chitue,” volunteer clerk Kalsang Dholker explained to a voter after checking his green book, an official document issued by the CTA, and crossing his name off the list. It’s been nearly two years since Ms. Dholker, 39, arrived in Canada as a refugee, leaving her husband and children in India as it’s difficult for Tibetans living there to obtain family visas.

“We don’t have recognition as a nation. It’s important to feel Tibetan,” she said with a grim smile. “For us, this day to vote, it’s very important.”
14:54 Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides During Victorian Christmas Weekend »City of Charlottetown
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14:52 Sears location in Summerside closing on Jan. 2 »Journal-Pioneer Local
Telling her employees that, in the new year, they would be out of work is one of the hardest things Melissa Robinson has ever had to do.
14:52 [URBAN NOTE] The Toronto Star on Michelle DuBarry, oldest drag queen in the world »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Verity Stephenson has an engaging interview with Toronto drag queen
Michelle DuBarry, crowned by Guinness World Records as the oldest drag queen in the world. The perspective DuBarry has is noteworthy.

As she twirls around a stage belting out Doris Day lyrics, you’d never think Michelle DuBarry is 84.

But along with her birthday this week came the title of World’s Oldest Performing Drag Queen.

Russell Alldread — Michelle is his alter ego — dressed in drag before he knew what the word meant, before RuPaul and before Toronto’s gay community could surface.

“It was all underground,” said Alldread, who moved to Toronto in the 1950s to perform in theatre and ballet, mostly dressing as a woman and in defiance of police.

The news that Michelle is the Guinness World Record holder of that title was announced to DuBarry last Tuesday in an underground bar by Max MacDonald, a friend and the one who nominated her.

“Michelle represents an era that I grew up, the Dynasty era, because she’s all furs, gowns and diamonds,” he told the Star at DuBarry’s local hangout on Church St., Statlers. “That’s what set her apart.”
14:48 [URBAN NOTE] "Brutal baboon battle erupts for throne at Toronto Zoo after matriarch dies" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's hosts Liam Casey's Canadian Press article noting how the baboons in the Toronto Zoo have been fighting a civil war over the right to succession for the past year.

Baboons, both in the wild and at zoos, have societies that are run by females — and that dominance runs through family lines. So the oldest daughter of the matriarch is the rightful heir to become queen.

That’s what happened to Betty, the longtime queen of the 12-member troop who took the reins when her mother, Boss Lady, died.

But troubles began a year ago when keepers noticed differences in Betty’s behaviour, Franke and Dutton said.

[. . .] So Dutton and his staff anesthetized her to figure out what was going on. An exploratory surgery revealed a tumour in her uterus that had spread to the abdominal wall. It was terminal, Dutton said, so they euthanized her on the operating room table on Dec. 5, 2014. She was 16 years old.

That’s when the brawling began.

Molly is Betty’s oldest daughter and baboon society dictates the throne was hers. But she was young at six years old, and not fully mature.

So Putsie, who at 18 years old is the enclosure’s oldest female, saw an opportunity.
14:44 [URBAN NOTE] "Dupont at Zenith" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I linked over the weekend to Alfred Holden's Christmas 1998 article for Taddle Creek, "Dupont at Zenith", looking at how Dupont Street--my stretch of Dupont Street, at that--was a hearth of industry in Toronto back in the day.

Enterprises, as great as Eastern Airlines or as lowly as a corner store, will often die pathetically, with no ceremony or celebration of their achievements. Dupont Street in Toronto at the close of the twentieth century is an open graveyard of such industries, most of which collapsed without so much as a pauper’s funeral. Their skeletons lie exposed. They are the parking lots, warehouse loft condos, and retail joints of the post-industrial age: the soulless and struggling Galleria Mall at Dufferin Street, on the site where Dominion Radiator Company once made the pipes that warmed peoples homes; the more meritously recycled McMurtry Furniture factory at Bartlett Avenue, which churned out sturdy pressed-back chairs by the gross but where developers lately spotted a new beauty (and perhaps dollar signs) in rough brick walls and thick wood beams2; the empty hulk of Mono Lino Typesetting, a victim of publishing’s shift from industrial plant to desktop; the Blockbuster Video at 672 Dupont at Christie, where you may rent copies of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times in the very showroom where the Ford Motor Company of Canada sold Model T automobiles that it built upstairs and tested on a track on the roof.3

Indeed, the twentieth was supposed to be Canada’s century, and you’d be hard-pressed to find another street in the Dominion where people worked as industriously to make it so. At scales minute and massive, Dupont created: “Davenport Works, Toronto, builds power, distribution, welding, furnace, instrument, control and street-lighting transformers,” declared General Electric, describing, in a nineteen-thirties-era booklet, the sprawling factories between what is now Dupont Street and Davenport Road, along Lansdowne Avenue. In the illustrations, which include a bird’s-eye view reminiscent of nineteenth-century line drawings which greatly exaggerated the size of factories, smokestacks and even clouds of smoke, G.E. showed eight railroad tracks servicing its smoke-belching complex of buildings and yards next to the Canadian Pacific Railway’s North Toronto line, paralleling Royce Avenue, today’s Dupont Street.

Electrical transformers weighing up to two hundred and thirty tons, whose cores and coils could be hung like mere meat on hooks and jigs from the factory’s beams, were manufactured here. One publicity picture showed a “thirty-six-thousand kilovolt-ampere three-phase transformer” emerging from the Davenport Works on C.P.R. flatcar No. 309926 which, due to its cargo’s height and weight, “had to be routed over more than one thousand additional miles to reach its destination.”4 Such freight may have had something to do with the P.C.B.s whose toxic presence later held up the site’s redevelopment—one price ultimately paid for the utility derived.

Not noted by G.E. was the Davenport Works’s previous lifetime as Canada Foundry Company, whose metal products were poured, hammered and molded under earlier, more Dickensian circumstances, but had more delicate, aesthetic applications. Two fanciful dragons (or “grotesque animals” as the inch-thick, cloth-bound Canada Foundry catalogue called them) once guarded the grand stairway in Old City Hall’s lobby. Part horse, part fish, and dressed in flowing vegetation, they were designed by Toronto’s foremost architect of the Victorian age, E. J. Lennox, and “executed in hammered iron,” here. Lost, then found by a city bureaucrat in an antique store, they are now back near Dupont Street, at the Toronto Archives on Spadina Road, presiding over the entrance to the reading room.
14:41 Winter weather coming, but not like last year: meteorologists »Journal-Pioneer Local
P.E.I. should see temperatures average out closer to normal this winter season.
14:15 Jack Frost Children's Winterfest unveils details in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown will be transformed into a winter wonderland, Feb. 19-21. New this year to the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest is a live interactive children’s stage at Eastlink Centre. Aimed at preschoolers, entertainment will feature animated series The Octonauts and the Music Man (Mike ...
14:15 UPDATED: Jack Frost Children's Winterfest unveils details in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Hotels in the Charlottetown area are banking on the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest being another big hit. After running it the past two years, Confederation Bridge decided to pull out this year, in terms of management and sponsorship dollars. So, the Hotel Association of P.E.I. jumped in to ...
14:10 Nominations wanted for charities that support children's physicial activity »The Guardian - Living
GoodLife Kids Foundation wants to hear about outstanding organizations that are getting kids active in communities across Canada. Members of the general public are invited to nominate local charities that they feel deserve financial support for children’s physical activity programs. Ten worthy ...
13:58 Lights for Life event planned for Prince County Hospital in Summerside »The Guardian - Living
The 21st annual Lights for Life will take place in Summerside, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. Throughout November, supporters remembered and honoured loved ones with a gift dedication to the Prince County Hospital Foundation. These dedications have been compiled in the annual Lights for Life ...
13:51 P.E.I. doctor recognized for offering services in French »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Dr. Wassim Salamoun is the latest person to be recognized as part of the P.E.I. French Health Network's Étoile Santé campaign. Designed to promote, recruit and make people aware of health professionals who offer French-language health services in Prince Edward Island, Salamoun is ...
13:51 Dramatic increase to sentence for man convicted of molesting girl during break-in »Journal-Pioneer Local
The P.E.I. Court of Appeal has dramatically increased the sentence imposed on a 22-year-old Charlottetown man who broke into a city residence last January to commit a theft and subsequently molested a 12-year-old girl sleeping in her own bed.
13:48 Another man charged in assault that sent man to Halifax hospital »Journal-Pioneer Local
A second person has now been charged in connection with the brutal assault on Trevor Acorn last month.
13:34 Bantam AA Maroons busy »Journal-Pioneer Sports
O’Leary team records two wins, one tie
13:32 Sentence increased for P.E.I. man who broke into home, molested girl »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. Court of Appeal has dramatically increased the sentence imposed on a 22-year-old Charlottetown man who broke into a city residence last January to commit a theft and subsequently molested a 12-year-old girl sleeping in her own bed. Travis Eirfuane Mehmoodi was sentenced to two years ...
13:30 Computer, phone, camera stolen from car in in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Police in Charlottetown are investigating the theft of several items from a motor vehicle parked on Sydney Street near Prince Street Saturday night. The items taken from the car included a MacBook laptop computer, serial number C02P77Q6G3QC, a black Nikon Coolpix camera and an Apple iPhone 5C.
13:28 I hope the quality of thought improves. »PEI Curmudgeon's Blog
I’m just going to put this here because some people just can’t look at themselves at all. A letter to editor in the December 01, 2015 Charlottetown Guardian. It’s nice to read UPEI student letters to the Guardian however their opinions are … Continue reading
13:00 Charlottetown police investigating assault on Queen Street »The Guardian - Local News
Police in Charlottetown are investigating allegations of an assault on Queen Street near Dorchester Street Friday night. A spokesman for Charlottetown Police Services said the complaint came in about 9:30 p.m. The alleged victim said he was assaulted by another male and that his vehicle was damaged.
12:59 Victorian Christmas Weekend »Welcome PEI!
What Not to Miss this Victorian Christmas Weekend Picture stepping back in time and rediscovering the spirit of the season with sleigh rides, old fashioned Christmas markets, and community carolling. There’ are so many holiday activities this year. To make sure you don’t miss out we’ve narrowed down a few of … More
12:42 McDonald makes Team Canada for world junior championship »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown Islanders goalie Mason McDonald will fulfill a childhood dream this Christmas. The 19-year-old Halifax native was one of two goalies named Tuesday to Canada’s entry into the world junior hockey championshipsin Helsinki, Finland,from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. “It’s something I’ve wanted ...
12:42 UPDATE: McDonald makes Team Canada for world junior championship »The Guardian - Sports
Mason McDonaldknows the weight of expectations that comes with playing for Canada at an international hockey tournament. TheCharlottetown Islanders goalie will get another chance this Christmas in Helsinki, Finland, when he wears the Maple Leaf at the world junior hockey championship. “Everyone ...


12:41 Flames beat Metros 8-6 »The Guardian - Sports
Ethan MacFadyen scored three times Monday to lead the North River Flames past the Sherwood Metros 8-6 in Razzy’s P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League action. Brad Power, Craig Campbell, Dylan McKenna, Spencer Sherren and affiliate player Brandon Watts also scored in the win at Cody Banks Arena. Power ...
12:40 The Weather Network predicts tamer winter for Prince Edward Island »The Guardian - Local News
The Weather Network is forecasting a tamer winter for Prince Edward Island, at least compared to the last one. Meteorologist Dayna Vettese told The Guardian their forecast models call for a milder than usual December, which could very well mean a green Christmas. While there has been a lot of ...
12:30 Christmas Ceilidh in the City helps P.E.I. charities »The Guardian - Local News
One of the Island's favourite summertime concert series returns for a final encore performance on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a Christmas show featuring special guests, including Kelley Mooney and Dino Dunsford. This year marks the fifth season for Ceilidh in the City and for the past four years ...
12:21 Arsenault lifts Regals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Western pulls out one-goal road win
12:15 Trip across Newfoundland and Labrador subject of Nature P.E.I. talk »The Guardian - Living
Take a walk on the wild side tonight at the Nature P.E.I. meeting. It gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Beaconsfield's Carriage House, corner of West and Kent streets, Charlottetown. All are welcome to enjoy guest speakers Diane Griffin and Rosemary Curley who have taken a 4,000 km journey across ...
12:05 McCardle’s two goals spark Matrix »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Mid-Isle never trailed in contest
12:00 Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis urges donations to P.E.I. charities »The Guardian - Local News
Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis is calling on fellow Islanders to give as much as they can this season. Lewis is joined by accountants and Island charities to promote GivingTuesday — a day for giving back. “We live in one of the most generous provinces in Canada and I invite Islanders to support ...
11:51 Second man charged after assault that sent victim to hospital in Halifax »The Guardian - Local News
A second person has now been charged in connection with the brutal assault on Trevor Acorn last month. Jeremy Joseph Cummiskey, 22, was charged late Monday with assault, damage to property and breach of probation. The damage to property charge relates to an incident at the police ...
11:51 Democratic renewal: Are political parties the best way? »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Regarding "Democratic Renewal" in Prince Edward Island, Vision P.E.I. applauds the extended time frame, the broadening of options and the additional consultation for the next phase. However there was one option offered that seems to have been omitted.
11:43 Ignoring the legacy of colonialism is ‘ ignorant’ and ‘insensitive’ »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
There have been many critics of Western European colonialism and its associated bigotry, racism, and exploitation.
11:36 P.E.I. government loan write-offs need approval, and about time »The Guardian - Opinion
It was a necessary and long overdue measure when P.E.I. Finance Minister Allen Roach tabled legislation last week that will result in making public the details of loan write-offs and cancelled debts for Crown corporations. It is a laudable move to provide greater transparency as promised by the ...
11:34 Some opinions on Guardian opinion page out to lunch »The Guardian - Opinion
It’s nice to read UPEI student letters to the Guardian however their opinions are out to lunch. Josh Wruck believes the opinion section suffers from a lack of more intelligent letters from UPEI professors which is a load of crap. This is an elitist attitude which I don’t care for because I find ...
11:30 Common sense calls for coin toss to break tie in provincial election »The Guardian - Opinion
An anomaly occurred in the last provincial election — a tie vote. This highly unusual event was resolved in a simple, sensible and direct manner — a coin toss. But now it is felt that this procedure is wrong and somehow it thwarts the democratic process.Also, it is probably immoral; since it ...
11:29 Car inspections not necessary »The Guardian - Opinion
A member of the Liberal government (Bush Dumville) raised the question of requiring safety inspections for new cars, or indeed the first two years in the life of a new car. Minister Biggar claimed it was important because of all the recalls of new vehicles. Duh? When did P.E.I. MVI last pick up ...
11:27 Power outage »Journal-Pioneer Local
Power is out in parts of Summerside.
11:27 UPDATE: Power restored »Journal-Pioneer Local
Power has been restored in Summerside.
11:27 Extra user fees violate Canada Health Act? »The Guardian - Opinion
I am upset with the direction our Island health-care system is going. I was under the impression that user fees for medical attention received in a doctor’s office are a violation of the Canada Health Act. Recently I went to my family doctor with a condition called plantar wart.I received ...
11:26 McQuillan has big game for Sabres »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Five-goal second period the turning point
11:24 Buying justice getting expensive »The Guardian - Opinion
Building a legal system effectively bought by whoever has most money
11:17 Allowing for carbon »The Guardian - Opinion
Cap-and-trade systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
11:13 MacPhee earns shutout »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Dawson paces offence in Lynx victory
11:10 Concerns about TV reports on supplements »The Guardian - Living
Testing methodology used has been called into question
11:00 Charlottetown Metal Products co-workers split chase the ace jackpot »The Guardian - Local News
TIGNISH - Eighteen workers from Charlottetown Metal Products are splitting the Tignish Chase the Ace lottery evenly thanks to a lucky draw by a 22-year-old co-worker from western P.E.I. “Yes, I admit it would be nice to keep it all to yourself, but this way, you’re helping out 18 different ...
10:59 Farmers searching for escaped cattle in Searletown area »Journal-Pioneer Local
Motorists in the Searletown/Chelton and Seven Mile Bay area are being asked to keep an eye out for two cows on the lamb.
10:52 Rough weekend for Wild in N.S. »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Kensington returns to league play this weekend
10:26 Red Wings move into first-place tie »Journal-Pioneer Sports
10:26 UPDATED: Red Wings move into first-place tie »Journal-Pioneer Sports
10:14 12 Days of Deals at Microsoft Canada »NJN Network
Canadians get a shot at the big holidays savings from Microsoft
10:00 Cornwall RCMP crack down on cellphone use while driving »The Guardian - Local News
Queens RCMP in Cornwall focussed on cellphone enforcement Friday during the morning commute. “One driver had a long conversation as she sat at a green light with no vehicles in front of her,” says RCMP Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther. “We saw drivers texting, and talking away. “The new fines hit ...
09:46 Parks Canada consulting public on future of P.E.I. National Park »The Guardian - Local News
Parks Canada is looking for Islanders to share their view on the future of the Island’s national park. The national park service is looking to review its management plan, a document that guides the future of the park for over the next decade. The new plan will outline the key strategies for ...
09:28 P.E.I. MLA expenses soon to go online »The Guardian - Local News
Some expenses filed by backbench and Opposition MLAs Prince Edward Island will soon be available to the public for the first time ever. But the information soon to be released will be limited to amounts claimed for mileage, home Internet service and out-of-province travel. The decision to ...
09:22 [PHOTO] Stars, Union Station Holiday Market (#ushm), Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Stars #toronto #unionstation #stars #unionstationholidaymarket

Yesterday, among other things, I visited the Union Station Holiday Market with my parents. Located in a heated tent outside of Union Station on Front Street, the market had some interesting crafts, as noted by this CBC report. I liked this, whoever made it and whatever it was intended for.
09:08 Toronto man tries criminal charges for Ghiz over missed emission targets »The Guardian - Local News
A Toronto musician believes former P.E.I. premier Robert Ghiz should be held criminally responsible for deaths and bodily harm caused by climate change. Louis Vautour attempted to lay a charge in P.E.I. provincial court Monday in a rare private prosecution proceeding. This means the charge is ...
09:04 Medical receptionists (302 Words) » | New Topics
I've been seeing Doctors for over 12 years now on a regular bases and lately the biggest problem I have is the receptionist. I'm not sure why they are like they are but as a person with chronic problems I don't need their attitude when I go see my Doctor. It's like they either hate their job or hate people. I am always polite and respectful to them as I am with everyone and the lack of manners really bothers me. Every time you make an appointment you have to wait 2 weeks. I can't go to out patients or a walk in clinic with my problems like most people and she knows that,so for me,I'm at her mercy. There is 1000 complaints every month about these people and it has increased 10 fold over the last few years. Living on pei you have no one to turn to about these problems and it is a problem,if you complain to the Doctor chances are it falls on deaf ears and then your labeled a complainer,they will always take the side of their employees. Before this one I had nothing but good things to say about them,but it's like they say,if you really want to know who someone is,give them power. The problem with complaining is that when you do everyone jumps on you like you have no right to,but you do,and that's why nothing ever gets fixed. If I could find another Doctor I would, but we all know that's close to impossible,not because my Doctors no good,she's great and so is her Nurse,the two with the most Education and that may have a lot to do with it. I don't know what a Receptionists Eduction consists of,but I'm pretty sure empathy and compassion is not high on the list of teachings....
08:12 Charlottetown woman facing big bill for Lyme disease treatment »Journal-Pioneer Local
A Charlottetown mother has a dream - to be physically able to play with her two young children. Right now, Stefanie Clark, 35, lives with chronic pain. When she wakes up in the morning, Clark feels exhausted. She can’t accomplish simple tasks like folding laundry. Yet, with the help of her ...
08:08 Garages trying to keep up with demand for winter tire changes »Journal-Pioneer Local
Shops are trying to keep up with demand when it comes to putting winter tires on. Ernie Stanley, manager of Coast Tire in Charlottetown, said he had to turn 35 customers away on Monday alone. “We’ve turned enough customers away today to fill three-quarters of another day,’’ Stanley said. ...
07:40 Garages trying to keep up with demand for winter tire changes »The Guardian - Local News
Shops are trying to keep up with demand when it comes to putting winter tires on. Ernie Stanley, manager of Coast Tire in Charlottetown, said he had to turn 35 customers away on Monday alone. “We’ve turned enough customers away today to fill three-quarters of another day,’’ Stanley said. “We’re ...
07:27 Charlottetown woman facing big bill for Lyme disease treatment »The Guardian - Local News
A Charlottetown mother has a dream - to be physically able to play with her two young children. Right now, Stefanie Clark, 35, lives with chronic pain. When she wakes up in the morning, Clark feels exhausted. She can’t accomplish simple tasks like folding laundry. Yet, with the help of her ...
06:44 Sunshine expected today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Tuesday Dec 1st 6:45am.. An area of high pressure centered just south of NS this morning will give mainly sunny skies to  the island today before drifting off to the east, meanwhile an area of low pressure will move into … Continue reading


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