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Saturday November 22, 2014

05:40 Warm-up begins tomorrow for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Saturday November 22nd 5:40am... A deep low pressure system located along the Labrador coast continues to effect the Maritimes with a brisk-strong W/NW wind. Snow squall activity is occurring over the water and where these winds blow onshore which od … Continue reading
00:58 [LINK] Two Bloomberg links on the geopolitics of falling oil prices »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
First is "Oil Diplomacy Takes New Twist as Venezuela Seeks Non-OPEC Help", by Jake Rudnitsky and Jose Orozco.

Venezuela is seeking help from nations outside of OPEC to halt a collapse in global crude prices, adding a new twist to oil-market diplomacy with nine days to go until the group’s next meeting.

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, told state television yesterday that he was coordinating with Russia to hold a meeting “very soon” with countries that aren’t members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, as well as those within the group, to defend the price of oil.

Venezuela and other Latin American countries have been among the hardest hit by plunging prices in part because the slump has been caused by surging supplies in North America. Combined output from the U.S. and Canada rose last year to the highest since at least 1965 as producers tapped stores locked in shale-rock formations and oil sands, according to BP Plc data.

“I don’t see anyone in non-OPEC volunteering to come to the rescue,” Olivier Jakob, managing director at Petromatrix GmbH in Zug, Switzerland, said by e-mail. “Venezuela is in a hot spot, as they have to fear the expected increase of Canadian crude oil to the U.S. Gulf.”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez met with energy ministers from six producers this month as prices slumped, including the biggest non-OPEC oil exporter, Russia. Ramirez met Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow yesterday, according to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

The second is "Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S.", by Rich Miller.

A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others.

Some changes already are evident. Surging U.S. oil production enabled America and its allies to impose tough sanctions on Iran without having to worry much about the loss of imports from the Middle Eastern nation. Russia, meanwhile, faces what President Vladimir Putin called a possibly “catastrophic” slump in prices for its oil as its economy is battered by U.S. and European sanctions over its role in Ukraine.

“A new era of lower prices is being ushered in” by the U.S. shale oil and gas revolution, Ed Morse, global head of commodities research for Citigroup Inc. in New York, said in an e-mail. “Undoubtedly some of the geopolitical changes will be momentous.”

They certainly were a quarter of a century ago. Plunging oil prices in the latter half of the 1980s helped pave the way for the breakup of the Soviet Union by robbing it of revenue it needed to survive. The depressed market also may have influenced Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s decision to invade fellow producer Kuwait in 1990, triggering the first Gulf War.

[. . .]

Russia again looks likely to suffer from the fallout in oil markets, along with Iran and Venezuela, while the U.S. and China come out ahead.
00:22 Southbound in the USA » - Need peace? Go East!
Summarizing our 9 weeks of travel in Canada

Friday November 21, 2014

23:16 Axemen storm back to defeat Panthers »The Guardian - Sports
The Acadia Axemen scored four third period goals to defeat the UPEI Panthers 4-3 Friday at MacLauchlan Arena. The Panthers held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0, but could not close out the game against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s fourth-ranked Axemen. Matthew Pufahl scored the winner with ...
23:16 Axemen storm back to defeat Panthers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The Acadia Axemen scored four third period goals to defeat the UPEI Panthers 4-3 Friday at MacLauchlan Arena. The Panthers held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0, but could not close out the game against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s fourth-ranked Axemen. Matthew Pufahl scored the winner with ...
23:03 [LINK] "Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans? New research says no" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Dragon's Tales linked to a EurekAlert press release relating to a new paper, "The Nasal Complex of Neanderthals: An Entry Portal to their Place in Human Ancestry". The authors argue that one element of Neanderthal morphology--their nasal passages--reveals that Neanderthals are not a mere subpopulation of Homo sapiens, but that they were a separate species.

In an extensive, multi-institution study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens), and not a subspecies of modern humans.

The study looked at the entire nasal complex of Neanderthals and involved researchers with diverse academic backgrounds. Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the research also indicates that the Neanderthal nasal complex was not adaptively inferior to that of modern humans, and that the Neanderthals' extinction was likely due to competition from modern humans and not an inability of the Neanderthal nose to process a colder and drier climate.

Samuel Márquez, PhD, associate professor and co-discipline director of gross anatomy in SUNY Downstate's Department of Cell Biology, and his team of specialists published their findings on the Neanderthal nasal complex in the November issue of The Anatomical Record, which is part of a special issue on The Vertebrate Nose: Evolution, Structure, and Function (now online).

They argue that studies of the Neanderthal nose, which have spanned over a century and a half, have been approaching this anatomical enigma from the wrong perspective. Previous work has compared Neanderthal nasal dimensions to modern human populations such as the Inuit and modern Europeans, whose nasal complexes are adapted to cold and temperate climates.

However, the current study joins a growing body of evidence that the upper respiratory tracts of this extinct group functioned via a different set of rules as a result of a separate evolutionary history and overall cranial bauplan (bodyplan), resulting in a mosaic of features not found among any population of Homo sapiens. Thus Dr. Márquez and his team of paleoanthropologists, comparative anatomists, and an otolaryngologist have contributed to the understanding of two of the most controversial topics in paleoanthropology - were Neanderthals a different species from modern humans and which aspects of their cranial morphology evolved as adaptations to cold stress.
22:41 First NHL goal 'special' for Murray River native Brandon Gormley »The Guardian - Sports
Murray River native Brandon Gormley was living his childhood dream.The 22-year-old Arizona Coyotes defenceman scored his first NHL goal Sunday night in their 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.Gormley’s parents were in the stands cheering him on when he found the back of the net on a Coyotes ...
22:04 Weekly Homeschool Report + Friday Link ♥ »Life on a Canadian Island
22:00 One Mixed Up Week »justpictureit
photo - One Mixed Up Week

If the pull of the outside world is strong, there is also a pull towards the human. The cat may disappear on its own errands, but sooner or later, it returns once again for a little while, to greet us with its own type of love. Lloyd Alexander Purrl and Ruby loved that I finally found the mushrooms in the tree that they know so well. I am in their domain.

21:19 Scotiabank, Scotia McLeod PEI Securities Clown Show, The Lies Never Stop? »
What a wonderful surprise for Red Like Me to discover that Eddie Curran and Yousef Hashmi of Scotia McLeod Charlottetown are back at the centre of yet another PEI Securities mess, how could it be? It seems the Principal complaint … Continue reading
20:31 Federal Ethics Commissioner Would Find PEI Wes Sheridan Actions “Contemptible” »
While PEI Finance Minister Wes Sheridan waffles about gifts, graft, payola and peddling influence, it becomes ever more clear how morally and ethically bankrupt the current PEI Liberals are. The first question about the secretive gaming file in PEI in … Continue reading
20:15 This Wheel’s On Fire From Memphis to Woodstock »NJN Network
Levon Helm Rejoins The Band For The Basement Tapes
20:14 Casey completes play at National »The Guardian - Sports
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Adam Casey rink from P.E.I. has concluded play here at the Grand Slam of Curling’s National.Casey, third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty completed round-robin play with a 9-2 six-end victory over Mark Kean of Stoney Creek, Ont., ...
20:14 Casey completes play at National »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Adam Casey rink from P.E.I. has concluded play here at the Grand Slam of Curling’s National.Casey, third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty completed round-robin play with a 9-2 six-end victory over Mark Kean of Stoney Creek, Ont., ...
19:37 [LINK] "Japan Should Be More German" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
William Pesek's Bloomberg View article caught my attention. I would note that the globalization and regionalism that has helped anchor Germany in a productive continental marketplace just hasn't been possible for Japan, for good reasons. Who is there to integrate with?

Plenty of economists are warning that Europe could soon look like stagnant Japan. In fact, Japan could stand to look a little more European -- or, to be more precise, more German.

Why has the "Made in Germany" brand thrived over the last 15 or so years, even as "Made in Japan" grinds toward irrelevance? All the more extraordinary, Germany has flourished in a savagely competitive global environment despite high labor costs, an overvalued euro and any number of regional financial crises. Its secret: adapting and innovating in ways Japan Inc. cannot even seem to contemplate.

[. . .]

Innovation is everything. Adjusted for gross domestic product ($3.6 trillion annually) and population (80 million), Germany could still be considered the world's No. 1 exporter. It trails China and the U.S., of course, but more than holds its own in autos, machinery, electronics, pharmaceutical products, optical goods, plastics and other sectors. Its success draws upon a mixture of design prowess, an intense focus on increasing productivity and moving upmarket, aggressive investments in research and development, and old-fashioned risk-taking. In order to exploit its comparative advantages, Germany has skillfully balanced the tensions between upping competitiveness and maximizing employment.

[. . .]

Small is big. The yen's 30 percent plunge in two years has tempered the urgency for change at Sony, Toyota, shipping giants like Mitsui O.S.K. and construction equipment goliaths like Komatsu. Instead, Tokyo should support companies like robotics innovator Fanuc, smartphone app creator Colopl, automation equipment maker Keyence and biopharmaceutical company PeptiDream -- the kind of businesses that make up Japan's "Mittelstand."

[. . .]

Think regionally. Germany trades plenty with America and China, which Daimler said today may become the biggest market for the Mercedes brand next year. But the evidence, Jen and Freire argue, "suggests that Germany’s rise as a global superpower in exports was due more to regionalization, or having unhindered access to the European Union, than to globalization, which Japan has relied on." While completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with the U.S. and other nations would help to open up some of Japan's most ossified sectors, Abe should also be looking to mend fences in Asia and strike all the bilateral free-trade agreements he can, including with China.
19:34 [LINK] "Italian ‘Invasion’ Has Swiss Fuming as Foreigner Vote Looms" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Corinne Gretler reports on the labour migration of Italians to Switzerland--including to Italian-speaking areas like Ticino canton--and the political controversies it has awoken.

When Franco Agustoni stepped out on his balcony for a morning smoke in the Swiss border town of Bissone, he used to enjoy the view of Lake Lugano. All he sees now are rows of cars, motors humming as Italians cross into Switzerland for a day of work.

Just 10 months after voting to introduce immigration quotas, a Nov. 30 Ecopop ballot will decide whether to cap the annual net influx from abroad to 0.2 percent of Switzerland’s population. The daily inflow from Italy into the Helvetian nation’s Italian-speaking Ticino canton, which is not captured by the immigration debate, is only exacerbating the situation.

“There’s an invasion of the service sector here,” said Agustoni, 66, smoking Dunhill cigarettes with his espresso in front of Maru cafe on Corso San Gottardo in Switzerland’s Chiasso, just a few meters from the Italian border. “People, especially young people who have university degrees, rarely find jobs anymore because employers prefer to hire Italians who don’t cost as much.”

Ticino counts about 60,000 commuters, or “frontalieri,” who cross from Italy, making up roughly a third of its workforce. While 21 percent of Swiss citizens living in Ticino have foreign roots, the February vote to introduce unspecified quotas to “stop mass immigration” had the highest backing in the canton with 68.2 percent “yes” votes compared with just 50.3 percent for the country.

“The immigration problem is conceived very differently here in Ticino than in the rest of Switzerland,” said Ignazio Cassis, a member of parliament in Ticino. “The main worry here is the job market -- being substituted for cheaper frontalieri, not the loss of Swiss identity that Swiss-Germans are worried about, that doesn’t count for much here. For us, the situation is life-threatening.”

In Ticino, where one in four residents doesn’t have a Swiss passport, foreign workers and frontalieri primarily mean lower wages. The annual average gross wage in Switzerland was 71,600 euros ($89,650) last year, compared with just 29,700 euros in Italy, according to Eurostat data.
19:32 [LINK] "Maria Mourani, ex-Bloc MP, signs NDP membership card" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC reports on the defection of Maria Mourani, one-time Montréal Bloc Québécois MP, to the NDP. The apparent consolidation of the NDP in Québec is noteworthy, and one positive achievement for the NDP as its English Canadian presence continues its decline.

Former Bloc Québécois-turned-Independent MP Maria Mourani signed a NDP membership card this morning and now says she wants to run for the New Democrats in the next election.

However, she will not sit with the NDP caucus in the meantime.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reminded reporters that the NDP has a policy on floor-crossing that states that any MP who changes parties must first run in a byelection.

Mourani was first elected in 2006. Her riding, Ahuntsic, was held previously by the Liberals, who continued to fight hard for the seat in subsequent, close election races.

"Since one year, I'm independent, and I do my job, I vote, I do everything. So it doesn't change for me. The difference is I have a new family and this family, it's so important for me because I don't feel alone [anymore]," Mourani told reporters.

Mourani said she spoke with Dan Gagnier, a high-ranking Liberal Party official, about crossing the floor to sit with them, but that ultimately she decided against it.
19:30 [URBAN NOTE] "The Uncertain Future of the Finch LRT" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Torontoist's Sarah Sweet notes the continued controversy surrounding the Finch West light rail route. Toronto should build some mass transit, already!

The Finch West LRT will, if and when it is constructed, run between the Finch West subway station and Humber College—a distance of 11 km. An environmental assessment wrapped up in 2010, public consultations have been ongoing, millions of dollars have already been spent, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

But the provincially funded, $1-billion project will soon be facing renewed political opposition: Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) recently told the Toronto Sun that at council’s first meeting next month, he intends to ask it to nix the plan. He claims that shelving the Finch LRT would provide Tory with roughly $1 billion that could be devoted to SmartTrack.

[. . .]

Tory himself has conceded that LRTs aren’t his primary focus. “Transit decisions in this city will be made, of course, by the city council working with the province and the federal government, and I’ve indicated my top two work priorities, which are the Scarborough subway and SmartTrack,” he said yesterday.
19:28 [URBAN NOTE] "7 restaurants to eat Hong Kong style Western food in the GTA" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
blogTO's Darren "DKLo" Susilo describes an intriguing parallel to Canadian Chinese food: Hong Kong-style Western food. The idea sounds interesting, and I do note that there's one restaurant specializing in this cuisine downtown.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Hong Kong cuisine is the HK-style Western dishes. Found in small restaurants and coffee houses (otherwise known as cha chaan teng) this cuisine serves up interesting takes on various kinds of Western food items ranging from toast to macaroni. The term HK-style Western cuisine or Canto-Western (as Wikipedia puts it) is appropriate because the influences do not seem to come from just one country in the so-called Western hemisphere. After all, no other single country (as far as I know) combines toast, macaroni, and luncheon meat as breakfast items, but they all often harmoniously co-exist on the same table in these places. Hong Kong, you are truly a marvel.

So what wacky twists do the Hong Kong people put on these Western dishes anyway? Well have you seen steak that's been marinated with soy sauce and then served with a big spoonful of black pepper sauce? Or casseroles that are baked with fried rice? You haven't? Well then hurry down to these places and you'll be amazed. This is fusion cuisine before the terms "pan-Asian" or, well, "fusion" came into being.

Similar to my Cantonese Chinese list, there is no way this list can be comprehensive. The heavy immigration from Hong Kong that occurred in the 80's and 90's have contributed to a plethora of HK-style Western restaurants and cafes in the GTA. As such, I can only provide a smattering of places that I feel are good, solid locations to sample this unique delicacy. They are mostly simple places, and the good thing is that most are very modestly priced.
19:15 Storyteller Alan Buchanan to headline Winsloe Ceilidh Monday »Journal-Pioneer Living
WINSLOE – Host Dino Dunsford is excited about teaming up with Alan Buchanan for a Story and Song Ceilidh Monday, Nov. 24, in Winsloe. Buchanan will provide the story while well-known Island singer, Dunsford, will provide the song.
18:29 Sports and Recreation Council encourages Sports Day involvement »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s a weeklong celebration in western region
18:00 The F Word at Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 3 days left to see this film.

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

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

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

17:28 Province throws in $10,000 cash for potato tampering bounty »Journal-Pioneer Local
The province is coughing up an extra $10,000 to bolster the current reward being offered for the capture of the culprit involved in the potato needle tampering case.
17:20 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes the erection of a new LCBO in a former funeral home on Queen Street West.

  • The Dragon's Tales links to a study of Titan's magnetic field.

  • Joe. My. God. notes a group of American pastors who are responding to civil same-sex marriage by refusing to enact civil marriages themselves.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the complicity of Firestone in Liberia with Charles Taylor's rebel army in the early 1990s.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the numerous human-dolphin fishing cooperatives scattered across the world.

  • The Planetary Society Blog's Casey Dreier notes the probability of an American mission to Europa has risen.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a statistical study of the Ukrainian election suggesting it was fair.

  • Strange Maps notes Al Ahwaz, a former Arab-populated pseudo-state in Iran on the Persian Gulf coast.

  • Torontoist notes a Toronto protest arguing refugee claimants should be allowed access to social assistance.

  • Towleroad notes that the National Organization for Marriage is facing financial meltdown.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the Crimean Tatars' demand for recognition as an indigenous people.

17:19 Preferential balloting a first for P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
A special edition of Take 5 with Wayne Thibodeau profiles the four candidates running for the Liberal nomination in Egmont. Click on the links below to view the videos:Gilles ArsenaultRobert GallantRobert MorrisseyTina Mundy
17:17 Home Instead Senior Care opens new office in Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Everyone needs a bit of help now and again; for Ruby MacKinnon that help comes in the form of a friendly young woman three times a week.
17:07 Be A Santa To A Senior initiative underway »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Christmas is rapidly approaching and while this is normally a festive time of year for most, there are many Islanders who find themselves alone during the holidays.
17:01 Province puts $10,000 cash on the line to solve 'grievous and cowardly act' »The Guardian - Local News
The province is coughing up an extra $10,000 to bolster the current reward being offered for the capture of the culprit involved in the potato needle tampering case. Agriculture Minister George Webster announced the additional cash incentive at the annual meeting of the P.E.I. Potato Board in ...
16:55 Wintertide festivities kick-off in Charlottetown tonight »The Guardian - Local News
The City of Charlottetown’s Wintertide Holiday Festival begins tonight with the annual candlelight walk and Christmas tree lighting. Hosted by The Guardian's Wayne Thibodeau and Ocean 100's Kerri Wynne MacLeod, festivities start at 6:15 p.m. at Province House - Grafton Street ...
16:47 Roll the dice Wes »Island Musings
The Honourable Wes Sheridan has commented there was nothing secretive about his recent junket to London to investigate ways to further skin the dumb and poor out of what little they have. Sheridan later told CBC News the initiative was set up by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy, with a loan from Innovation PEI. Does he really think the Sheeple are […]
16:03 Liberal Leadership Candidates Fee (70 Words) » | New Topics
I was wondering how much a candidate would have to put up front in order to run for the leadership. I had heard it was $20,000.00 with no refund if you didn't win. That sure sounds like a hefty chunk of change and with a big risk. Anybody on the forum know if that is correct or not?

Also, does anybody have a favourite to win?...
15:57 P.E.I. investors sink $2 million into R&D company »The Guardian - Business
ViTRAK aiming for commercial success in treatment of walking disabilities
15:52 Downtown Summerside Inc. looks to the future »The Guardian - Business
SUMMERSIDE — Downtown Summerside Inc. is laying the groundwork to set a long-term vision for the development of the traditional retail core of the city. “We just hired a facilitator last week and we’re going to go ahead with the planning process in the New Year,” said executive director Pam ...
15:45 Big weekend at home for Caps »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Bridgewater visits Saturday; nationally-ranked Timberwolves here Sunday
15:41 Charlottetown Encouraged to Participate in National Jersey Day »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-21 The City of Charlottetown's Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents
15:35 First-place showdown at Gardens Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
15:34 This can't be correct »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor,Re: Woman killed in AlbertonHello prosecutors and other legal officers of western P.E.I. The definition of “manslaughter” according to my Oxford dictionary is “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.”
15:33 Misinformed on poppy and remembrance »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the editor,In response to a letter “A step too low” published in the Journal Pioneer on Nov. 14, the Royal Canadian Legion would like to rectify some of the statements made here and assure the public the writer does not speak on our behalf.
15:33 Stephen Lewis tells Charlottetown: Political dynamic has altered Canada »The Guardian - Local News
Click link below for text of Stephen Lewis' Symons lecture, given at Charlottetown, Nov. 21
15:20 Cardinals deserve more respect »Journal-Pioneer Sports
It’s hard to understand why the Arizona Cardinals are the best 9-1 team in NFL history that no one knows about.
15:13 Businesses should not have been victimized »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
O’Leary is not going ahead with its application to annex 33 neighbouring rural communities. Mayor Stanley MacDonald made that announcement at the start of Thursday night’s monthly council meeting.
15:12 Evangeline student-athlete of the month »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Tyson Arsenault is the Greco Pizza/Capt. Sub student-athlete of the month for September.
15:03 Westisle student-athlete of the month »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Grade 11 student Haley Shea is Westisle Composite High School’s Greco/Capt. Sub student-athlete of the month for September.
15:01 [URBAN NOTE] "John Tory, councillors attend transgender flag-raising ceremony" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
John Tory's attendance at an event of note to Toronto's GLBT communities, as reported by the Toronto Star's Jennifer Pagliaro, is a refreshing change from the Rob Ford era.

[F]acing biting winds on the podium roof of city hall, dozens including Mayor-elect John Tory gathered on Thursday afternoon to witness the raising of a flag in remembrance of transgender people lost to violence, suicide and who are still missing.

[. . .]

The significance of Tory’s attendance, despite not being the mayor quite yet, was not lost on organizers.

“I think it’s amazing that even before he’s had the privilege of being sworn in as the mayor of our city, that John Tory, the mayor-elect is here and we are so glad to see you,” said former MPP George Smitherman. “It’s a signal of better days ahead here in Toronto and at city hall.”

Pride and LGBTQ events have been contentious at city hall in recent years, with outgoing Mayor Rob Ford’s absence noted — including his refusal to march in the annual Pride parade — and his documented homophobic slurs criticized. Ford attended his first Pride Toronto event in June 2013, also a flag-raising. He had previously attended flag raisings against homophobia and transphobia.

“While I’m not yet the mayor of Toronto, I have been elected as the mayor of Toronto and I’m going to be the mayor of all the people,” Tory told reporters after the ceremony. “To me it is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to go to events like that.”
14:59 Cigarette likely cause of fatal Winsloe fire »The Guardian - Local News
Fire investigators say discarded smoking material likely caused the fire in Winsloe that took the life of Daniel Boone MacDonald. MacDonald, 65, died during the fire, which took place at about 5 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Tourist Motel and Cabins. MacDonald lived in an apartment connected to the ...
14:57 Wintertide Festivities Kick-Off in Charlottetown Tonight »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-21 The City of Charlottetown's Wintertide Holiday Festival begins tonight (November 21)
14:57 A great big sound on P.E.I. stage »The Guardian - Living
P.E.I. singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan excited to hear how her music sounds when she performs with the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 23 during Celebrate Canada concert
14:52 Badminton P.E.I. holds junior kickoff tournament »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Badminton P.E.I. recently introduced an Under-13 Division as the season-opening junior tournaments were held in Stratford recently.
14:43 Casey knocked out of playoff contention »The Guardian - Sports
The Adam Casey rink from P.E.I. will not qualify for the playoffs at Grand Slam of Curling’s National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Casey, third Josh Barry, second Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty dropped a 5-2 decision to Matthew Blandford of Calgary on Friday morning to fall to 1-3. The Casey ...
14:41 Acres of dunes on north shore now protected »The Guardian - Local News
Nature Conservancy of Canada, province team up to prevent any development from ever occurring at Blooming Point site
14:41 HMS Office Supplies captures national honours »The Guardian - Business
Summerside firm named winner at 2014 Lauriers de la PME awards gala
14:37 Bees make the best pets for gardeners »Journal-Pioneer Living
There has been a lot of buzzing about bees in the last while. Seems everyone has an opinion about the potential banning of a certain classification of pesticides called ‘neonics’ which, arguably, may be responsible for the drastic reduction in bee populations over recent years.
14:15 Home mail delivery halted in Charlottetown, Stratford »The Guardian - Local News
Canada Post says 9,735 homes in Charlottetown, Stratford will lose home mail delivery in the fall of 2015
14:15 UPDATE: Home mail delivery to end in Charlottetown, Stratford »The Guardian - Local News
Canada Post says 9,735 homes in Charlottetown, Stratford will lose home mail delivery in the fall of 2015
14:14 Casey knocked out of playoff contention »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Adam Casey rink from P.E.I. will not qualify for the playoffs here at Grand Slam of Curling’s National.
14:03 New addition to my bucket list (51 Words) » | New Topics
Article includes a link to a simulated ride! ... index.html

I hope to be one of the first in line (if it opens in the January to May time frame) "\:D/"...
14:02 Newfoundland man charged in connection with Summerside arson case »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside police have charged a 43-year-old man from Newfoundland and Labrador with arson in relation to an October fire in Summerside. Toby Dwayne Tallack, from Piccadilly, N.L., has been summoned to appear in Summerside provincial court on Dec. 11. The charges stem from an ...
14:00 House Acquisition, Part II »Life a la jen mac
When I last left you, we were feeling a bit down about walking away from a pretty good house. Apparently it was not the first time that house had been on the market. Our realtor said it had previously been on the market, most likely the summer prior when the residents were around. I'm not sure if it ever ended up selling. I biked by a couple of times and although the for sale sign eventually
13:50 Charlottetown Fire Officials Determine Fire on Malpeque Road was Accidental »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-21 Fire investigators with the Charlottetown Fire Department have officially classified
13:43 Newfoundland and Labrador man charged with arson in Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside Police have charged a 43-year-old man from Newfoundland and Labrador with arson in relation to an October fire in this city.
13:11 Conflict of interest questions raised in P.E.I. legislature over online gaming trip »The Guardian - Local News
Was an undisclosed trip that Finance Minister Wes Sheridan took to London for a gaming conference in 2012 a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act? This was the question raised today during question period in the P.E.I. legislature. Opposition Leader Steven Myers devoted his entire time in ...
12:53 Driving in British Columbia » - Need peace? Go East!
Some observations on RVing and driving in general in Beautiful British Columbia
12:39 City of Charlottetown to Host New Year’s Eve Celebration »City of Charlottetown
2014-11-21 The City of Charlottetown will host a New Year's Eve celebration on Great George
12:07 Storm releases Mayhane signs Chicago native Rush »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm has released all-star Johnny Mayhane and signed Billy Rush. Rush, a six-foot-seven forward from Chicago, played at Robert Morris University and averaged nearly 16 points per game, eight rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Following his college career, Rush signed a training camp ...
12:07 UPDATE: Storm releases Mayhane signs Chicago native Rush »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm released an all-star Friday, cutting ties with Johnny Mayhane and signing forward Billy Rush. Coach Joe Salerno told The Guardian Mayhane was a big off-season acquisition, but it wasn’t working. “Johnny just really wasn’t knocking down shots,” Salerno said. “He’s a great guy, ...
11:36 Division in treatment shows flaw in system for related problems »The Guardian - Opinion
Alcohol addictions, mental health issues often intertwined, but facilities far apart
11:35 Soulful artist bringing her songs to Summerside Friday »Journal-Pioneer Living
SUMMERSIDE – Halifax based artist Chelsea Amber brings soul to the stage with her passionate vocals, hopeful lyrics, guitar-driven tunes and drumbeats that groove.
11:33 Let’s bring out the ballot boxes »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Your front-page headline in today’s Guardian (“Snap vote could come in spring: Liberals”) says Deputy Premier George Webster’s recent motion in the P.E.I. legislature is basically a warning to the Conservative party to get their house in order and elect a new leader. Not before time. ...
11:28 Accident victim gets runaround »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Never assume the person who hits your vehicle is telling you the truth and going to do the right thing. Always call the police (no matter how minor you think the accident is) and have them come to the accident site. Always ensure there is an eyewitness and always ensure that the other ...
11:27 Candidate survives political boot camp »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I survived political boot camp. Even though I lost by nine votes, in reality I won by leaps and bounds. The hundreds of people I have met; the experience and thrill of running a full and hard-hitting campaign; observing the electoral process and suggesting Improvements.I am very ...
11:21 Writer confident petition will fail »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: A petition has been drafted by a local pro-choice group that calls on Minister Doug Currie to fully disclose his reasoning behind the decision to halt plans for local abortion access on P.E.I.The first part of the petition states “Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada that ...
11:18 TV ad offensive towards children »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In reply to Marion Murphy’s letter. Everyone should be appalled at this TV ad (that it was OK to lie to children). Where are we as a society if we were not offended?Dave Ellsworth,Montague
11:15 Naive statement about children? »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: We collectively lie to children all the time. In Monday’s Guardian, Marion Murphy stated that “Children should never, never be lied to.” Well I must say it’s a naive statement, especially this time of year. When was the last time anyone saw Santa’s sleigh and reindeers flying in the ...
11:07 Are healthy potatoes more important than live fish? »The Guardian - Opinion
11:03 Changing society’s thoughts on cyber bullying »The Guardian - Opinion
By Marlene Bryenton (guest opinion)
10:59 A flea and a fly in a flue »The Guardian - Opinion
In the Island’s now distant spring, hundreds of unheated old farmhouses and cottages will be suddenly attacked from within. Or so it seems when the curious legions of cluster flies, those bugs who have pulled off the neat trick of being simultaneously agitated and lazy, take to communal chaotic ...
10:45 Sharing their talents »The Guardian - Living
Rick and Maureen Brennan demonstrate their passion for music and for others by directing funds from sale of their new CD, Three In Flight, to community projects
10:31 Of flat plains and cold winds »The Guardian - Living
Editor’s note: Out and About is now Out and Around. Join Todd and his wife Savannah on the road for the next six weeks as they travel around the continent on a Canada/U.S. book tour surrounding the release of Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet. Throughout a weekly armchair ...
10:24 Impaired Driving - Man Charged »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were conducting routine patrols early this morning at 3:21am on Euston St., near Prince St., and observed a vehicle traveling without the benefit of headlights. Police checked operator of vehicle and determined the driver was impaired. Accused male, a 28 year old resident of Victoria BC, was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Accused male was jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre, and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
10:04 Province looks to triple distracted driving fine in Prince Edward Island »The Guardian - Local News
Changes would see penalty increased to $1,200 maximum for using handheld device while driving
09:52 Liberals want to make history in Egmont »Journal-Pioneer Local
A special edition of Take 5 with Wayne Thibodeau profiles the four candidates running for the Liberal nomination in Egmont. Click on the links below to view the videos:Gilles ArsenaultRobert GallantRobert MorrisseyTina Mundy
09:22 Cold and flurries expected today for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Friday November 21st 9:20am.. The low pressure system that tracked north of the Maritimes yesterday is now located near the Strait of Belle Isle. The associated cold front swept over the island during the evening hours and resulted in snow … Continue reading
09:22 Cold and flurries expected today for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Friday November 21st 9:20am.. The low pressure system that tracked north of the Maritimes yesterday is now located near the Strait of Belle Isle. The associated cold front swept over the island during the evening hours and resulted in snow … Continue reading
09:17 Acting on promises »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The idea of the city of Summerside creating its own Freedom of Information Bylaw surfaced recently when Coun. Brent Gallant raised the issue at the inaugural meeting of the new Summerside city council.
09:15 Summerside looking at freedom of access bylaw »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside residents may soon have an opportunity to access information from city hall that was not made available in the past.
08:48 Preliminary inquiry set to wrap up today for teen accused of murder »The Guardian - Local News
The presentation of evidence continued Thursday at the preliminary inquiry into a charge of first-degree murder against a 17-year-old Charlottetown youth. The teen is charged in connection with the death of Kent David Gallant, age 45, of Charlottetown. RELATED: Preliminary inquiry begins for ...
08:47 Potato tampering not act of ‘crazed greenie’, advocates say »Journal-Pioneer Local
The criminal case of sticking sewing needles into the flesh of P.E.I. potatoes is not the misguided protest of a crazed greenie, suggest two advocates of the Island environment.
08:45 P.E.I. Tories filibuster election motion »The Guardian - Local News
Opposition MLA Colin LaVie speaks for more than an hour on Election Act history and other topics until hour called
08:41 Daily Specials for Friday, November 21, 2014 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

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

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

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

07:49 Liberals ready to make history in Egmont »The Guardian - Local News
More than 2,100 Liberals eligible to vote this Saturday for the candidate who will take the party into the next federal election campaign
07:41 Paul Maines, CMT not part of P.E.I. gambling file, says Wes Sheridan »The Guardian - Local News
Maines says he is filing defamation suit in connection with Ghiz government's plans to enter online gaming regulation
07:35 Hurricanes off to winning start in women's volleyball season »The Guardian - Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes women’s volleyball team has won more games this month than the previous five seasons combined. The Hurricanes are 3-1 in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) coming off a 1-17 season. Before this season, Holland College had a combined 2-95 record ...
07:29 Potato tampering not act of ‘crazed greenie’, advocates say »The Guardian - Local News
The criminal case of sticking sewing needles into the flesh of P.E.I. potatoes is not the misguided protest of a crazed greenie, suggest two advocates of the Island environment. “I think it is either someone with mental health issues or someone with a personal grudge against the Linkletters,” ...


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