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Saturday August 27, 2016

06:00 P.E.I. woman reconnects with a piece of her family's past »The Guardian - Living
Pen pal letters from the 1940s and a visit from Britain are connecting a Charlottetown resident to her roots in 2016

Friday August 26, 2016

23:54 Tonight, Hawaii vs. Cal open the NCAA season in — Sydney, Australia!? »John Cairns Blog
Yes, indeed, folks, it’s Hawaii taking on California to open the NCAA football season down in Sydney, Australia of all places, to start the college football season. Good grief, is it that time already? I guess it is, eh?  Apparently this game is getting 65,000 people showing up. That’s way better than what the CFL […]
23:51 Two-year-old fillies, colts invade Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Joe O’Brien Memorial and Lady Slipper Stakes featured Sunday
23:41 UPDATED: Chevys split games »The Guardian - Sports
P.E.I.’s Mustangs drop only game of day to Quebec
23:41 UPDATED: Chevys split games »Journal-Pioneer Sports
P.E.I.’s Mustangs drop only game of day to Quebec
23:23 Two youth charged after pursuit in Summerside »The Guardian - Local News
While parked on Ottawa Street on Aug. 20, 3:30 a.m., a Summerside police officer watched as another vehicle approached and suddenly made a U-turn and sped away from the police officer’s vehicle. Officers followed the vehicle east on Ottawa Street and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The ...
23:21 RCMP hold recruiting session in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
The RCMP is hiring. A recruiting officer will outline the process to apply, the benefits and rewards of a career in policing, and answer questions during a session on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. That session will be held at RCMP headquarters at 450 University Ave. in Charlottetown. The RCMP ...
23:17 Red tape reduced for restaurants on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Restaurants Canada is praising a move by the P.E.I. government to reduce red tape for its members. That includes reducing the restrictions on what P.E.I. Liquor Commission licensees can charge patrons as long as it’s at least five per cent of the price to buy the product at a liquor ...
23:08 Reds finish first »The Guardian - Sports
Host team begins playoff round Saturday morning
23:08 Reds finish first »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Host team begins playoff round Saturday morning
22:36 Provincial Cup soccer finals set for Saturday »The Guardian - Sports
The matchups are set for Saturday’s Subway Provincial Cup soccer finals at the Stratford Soccer Complex and Simmons Field in Charlottetown. Teams will be vying for first and second division titles with all games, except the senior men’s second division, taking place in Stratford. Under-19 girls ...
22:20 Hockey Islanders lose 4-3 in Moncton »The Guardian - Sports
Alex Lavoie scored the game-winning goal 3:29 into the third period Friday as the Moncton Wildcats defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 4-3 in pre-season Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play. Chris Chaddock, Johnny Foley and Keith Getson on a power play scored for the visiting Islanders with ...
22:09 Port Cities performs at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Living
Carleton Stone, left, Breagh MacKinnon and Dylan Guthro of the band Port Cities before their performance on Friday at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown as part of the P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival. The festival kicked off Thursday and will continue through to Saturday.
22:00 Garden Basket Thief »justpictureit
photo - Garden Basket Thief

I am sure you have all heard Ella sing this song, when whe was at the beginning of her career or any time until she died. She performed it a lot. The Mathattan Transfer does a fabulous version.

21:44 Caps open exhibition schedule Saturday »The Guardian - Sports
Host Crushers in first of home-and-home series
21:44 Caps open exhibition schedule Saturday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Host Crushers in first of home-and-home series
21:41 Dolphins holding assessment day Aug. 31 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Plans underway for new season
21:00 No cycling »Pedaling PEI
20:55 [PHOTO] Night game in Dovercourt Park »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Night game #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtpark #night #baseball #sports

I do not play sports of any kind. When I passed by this baseball field Wednesday night in Dovercourt Park, the grass lit a brilliant neon by the lights, I did--just for a moment--get some understanding of what would make people play.
20:37 E Gaming Bodies Either Bagged and Discarded or ‘Appointed’; Tracy Cutcliffe Now to ALC »
Red Like Me has learned about the most recent ‘Pleasure of the Premier’, Tracy Cutcliffe of M5 Communications was Appointed to a six figure position at Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Cutcliffe is deeply embroiled in the E Gaming scandal and MCPEI. Ms Cutcliffe met with Virgin Gaming as a Political Expert with Paul “Tony Soprano” Jenkins … Continue reading E Gaming Bodies Either Bagged and Discarded or ‘Appointed’; Tracy Cutcliffe Now to ALC
20:14 Garnet Rogers performing at Albert & Crown Pub Sunday evening »Journal-Pioneer Local
In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practicing their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive ...
20:08 Sunday’s last Mont-Carmel summer concert features Maritime talent »Journal-Pioneer Living
The last of nine Sunday night shows in Mont-Carmel will feature artists from all three Maritime provinces.
19:57 Annual Art in the Open Festival on this weekend in Charlottetown »Journal-Pioneer Living
Art in the Open returns for its sixth year with an array of free, all ages events and contemporary art works by locally and nationally renowned artists.
19:54 Postal workers attend ‘The (Post) Mistress’ at Victoria Playhouse »Journal-Pioneer Living
The Victoria Playhouse Theatre continues to celebrate its 35th season with Canadian Cree playwright Tomson Highway’s award-winning one-woman musical “The (Post) Mistress” which opened in early August.
19:52 Young Leaders Program matches youth with Summerside businesses »The Guardian - Local News
Teaches them about about entrepreneurship
19:46 Lighthouse, Molly Johnson headline P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival »Journal-Pioneer Living
The TD PEI Jazz Blues Festival has returned to downtown Charlottetown this weekend featuring Canadian rock legends, Juno-Award winners, East-Coast favourites, and what may be the next “big thing.”
19:41 Housing construction on P.E.I. increases over last year »The Guardian - Local News
Housing starts increased 16.7 per cent in the first six months of 2016
19:38 Motionball Marathon of Sport goes Sunday at UPEI »The Guardian - Local News
Event supports Special Olympics
19:27 Lennox Island Band could be developing land in East Bideford »The Guardian - Local News
Chief Matilda Ramjattan said developing a subdivision on the property is in the band’s capital plan
18:59 Newspapers need to tell their own story »The Guardian - Opinion
Newspapers are the foundation of the media food chain but governments must realize that throwing money at U.S. corporations like Facebook serve no purpose but their own bottom line
18:56 Terri Clark kicking off 40-date acoustic tour in Summerside on Sept. 14 »Journal-Pioneer Local
Terri Clark picked up a guitar at the age of nine, her mother, Linda, teaching her the first three chords.
18:47 Defending champs clinging to first at senior women's softball ch'ship »The Guardian - Sports
But the Reds could impact that
18:47 Defending champs clinging to first at senior women's softball ch'ship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
But the Reds could impact that
18:45 Junior sailing program returns to Summerside after hiatus  »Journal-Pioneer Local
Anyone who has spent any amount of time along the Summerside waterfront this summer has probably noticed them.
18:35 Saturday's editorial page cartoon »The Guardian - Opinion
18:30 Last Cab to Darwin at Friday, August 26, 2016 at 6:30 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language)
Runs: 123 minutes
Director: Jeremy Sims
Country: Australia
Starring: Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Nigali Lawford-Wolf

“Cancer, euthanasia and a cab driver. It sounds like the unholy trinity of filmmaking. A veritable recipe for disaster... Yet there is something magnificent about the way in which writers Reg Gribb and Jeremy Sims have not merely overcome any supposed restrictions born of their complex subject matter. Rather they have embraced the wealth of characters and colour that come with them, to deliver a unique, powerful but above all entertaining Australian road movie... Michael Caton is magnetic as Rex, a Broken Hill cabbie who doesn’t give advice and has never left town. Faced with incurable stomach cancer he volunteers to drive 3,000 km to become the first subject for Jacki Weaver’s assisted death machine, legalised under new Northern Territory euthanasia laws. While the film deals with that subject well it is the physical journey undertaken by Rex along with young Aboriginal footballer Tilly and English nurse Julie that makes up the substantive heart and time of the movie. They are a terrific trio full of life and energy... This is an elegantly-crafted film that almost errs on the side of subtlety. Yet this deft touch makes for a captivating experience, in the same way a whisper can make a listener lean in. Last Cab to Darwin is a classy treatise on tough subjects, a beautiful postcard for an underexposed part of Australia, but mostly a truly wonderful ride, start to finish.” - Giles Hardie, “If there's any justice in the world Last Cab to Darwin will soon be regarded as a modern Australian film classic. Touching, topical, emotionally raw and delicately directed, it's a heartfelt road film full of humour and pathos that never puts a foot wrong”. - Jim Schembri, 3AW

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18:18 [URBAN NOTE] Steve Munro on the moving of Campbell House »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Toronto transit blogger Steve Munro has been kind enough to share his vintage photos of the 1972 move of the 19th century Campbell House through the streets of Toronto, from a site near the Financial District to its current location on the northwest corner of Queen and University.
17:30 A Week of Play! offered at the Kings Playhouse »The Guardian - Living
As the summer nears to an end, the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown is offering children ages five to 14 the opportunity for one more week of silliness and fun. “In all of our camps, one of the most requested things to do is play more games,” says summer student and camp co-leader Sami-Dee ...
17:14 Islanders defeat Manitoba 9-4 at Canadian senior baseball championship »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders are 2-0 after two days of play at the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship in Fredericton, N.B. Morgan MacLean had a three-run home run and a run-scoring single to pace the Islanders to a 9-4 victory over Manitoba. Charlottetown scored four ...
17:14 UPDATE: Islanders showing they belong at Canadian championship »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown defeats Manitoba 9-4 on Friday to improve to 2-0
16:20 We can’t keep having those fish kills »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
We will step out onto a fairly thick limb here and suggest some sort of chemical poisoning was likely the cause of the fish kill reported Monday in the Little Miminegash River.
16:14 Int. Eagles hold off Angels »The Guardian - Sports
At national senior women’s fastpitch championship
16:14 Int. Eagles hold off Angels »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At national senior women’s fastpitch championship
16:07 THE GREEN FILE: Bring on the Critters »Journal-Pioneer Living
You may want to kill me for saying this, but I say, “Bring on the critters.”
16:02 [URBAN NOTE] "The Great Hall is branching out from indie rock" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
NOW Toronto's Kevin Ritchie describes the Great Hall's renovations.

Queen West venue the Great Hall will officially relaunch on September 21 after two years of renovation.

After Marioca Properties took ownership of the 126-year-old building at Queen and Dovercourt, Triangle Developments began a $3.5-$4 million overhaul to fix accessibility and capacity issues and restore its Victorian-era architectural details.

Port Perry-based company Adamson installed a new sound system and lighting rigs with moving fixtures in both the Main Hall and the downstairs venue formerly known as the Black Box. (A new name will be announced next month.) The builders have added more exits and washrooms, expanding the capacity from the 200s to roughly 500 people in the Main Hall and 420 in the Black Box.

An elevator has been installed to carry both patrons and equipment from street level to both rooms.

“There was a time when someone booking a show would go, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna play on this mediocre sound system with a few LED lights,’” says Lina Beaudin, head of business development and programming at the Great Hall. “They would have to bring in all this equipment to make a show amazing. Now it’s ‘Come on in and play.’”
16:02 Molly Johnson excited about 12th annual TD P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival »The Guardian - Living
Shows throughout the weekend at venues such as St. Paul's church, a mainstage tent at Confededration Landing
16:00 [URBAN NOTE] "The West Toronto Railpath Finally Gets Funding For Expansion" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Torontoist, Alina Bykova writes about this park extension, funded in part by federal money.

After years of local organizing, things are finally getting underway for the West Toronto Railpath extension.

The federal government announced this week that it will fund $11.7 million of the estimated total of $23 million for the extension. The news comes as part of a larger provincial and federal initiative to fund transportation infrastructure in Ontario.

The Railpath extension itself was approved by the City of Toronto back in January 2016, and the construction of Phase Two has already started on the Dufferin Street Bridge, which is being expanded by Metrolinx to make way for extra train tracks and the cycling trail.

“It’s all systems go,” says Jared Kolb, the director of Cycle Toronto. “It’s a really exciting development for the city. This will enable and create a really safe cycling connection. Taking it down to Strachan in terms of connectivity will be crucial.”

The current Railpath is 6.5 kilometres long and was completed in 2009. It runs along the Kitchener GO train line from just north of Dupont Street to Dundas Street West. Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, the manager of cycling infrastructure at the City of Toronto says that as of May 2013, about 1,000 cyclists and 100 pedestrians use the current trail on a daily basis, and estimates predict that 2,000 people will use the path daily once the extension is finished.

Phase Two will run from Dundas Street West just south of Bloor Street West along the train tracks to Abell Street, which is just east of Dufferin. The extension will also connect western Toronto neighbourhoods to Liberty Village, and hopes are that it will eventually connect to Fort York and the downtown core, although that phase is still being researched.
16:00 Island teams drop games Friday »The Guardian - Sports
Chevys’ next game vs. Nova Scotia this evening
16:00 Island teams drop games Friday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Chevys’ next game vs. Nova Scotia this evening
15:58 [URBAN NOTE] "How to get it right with the Rail Deck Park" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Robert Wright at Spacing Toronto writes about the need for Toronto's proposed Rail Deck Park to be done right, from planning to implementation.

In the last few weeks, City officials made a preliminary announcement about a new “Railway Deck Park” for downtown Toronto. This much-needed initiative relative to a large public space in the downtown has garnered a lot of press; if you put your ear to the ground, you can hear the design, planning, and engineering consultants all lining up to take a crack at this potentially transformative project.

Much has been made about Rail Deck Park having the potential to be Toronto’s “Central Park.” But let’s be clear: the space being proposed is 21 acres while Central Park stretches over 778 acres.

Despite the size constraints, this is an amazing initiative but also one that will present considerable design challenges. After all, it will be a deck, a bridge, and it by its very nature, a green roof.

If you look at the Spadina Ave. bridge now, crossing this area from north to south, you will see in profile that there is a large elevation change on both its edges, and that topographical reality have to be navigated to ensure the deck creates both a universally accessible space and a smooth transition north towards the city and south towards the waterfront.

As well, it is difficult to grow things on a concrete slab. The ecological challenges are great, but not technologically insurmountable. In the end, we want a strong, ecologically functioning and resilient park. The deck, in effect, poses the challenge of creating an ecology on a very thick slab that will bring with it all the difficulties of creating a functioning ecosystem that needs both an up and down functionality, as well as side-to-side integration. The soil medium will be one of the keys to a successful implementation as it will become the working surface to allow nutrients, gas exchange, water retention; all the essential elements for long term growth.
15:57 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto parks suffer from lack of pride" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Marcus Gee in The Globe and Mail argues Toronto's parks are neglected. I've been to Canoe Landing, by Fort York and Bathurst; his testimony is all too true.

When the City of Toronto assumed control of Canoe Landing, it was in pristine condition. The creative new park with its signature red canoe overlooking the Gardiner Expressway was built by the developer of a vast residential complex, CityPlace. Gabriel Leung, an executive with the company, Concord Adex, remembers the painstaking care needed to make sure the park was in tip-top shape when the city took it over, making it part of Toronto’s public park system.

He has photos to prove it. They show meticulous new landscaping and close-cropped lawns. The giant fishing floats that are another centrepiece of the park gleam in the sun and light up in the dark. So does the stylized beaver dam with its artificial white logs.

But within months, Mr. Leung says, company officials noticed, “to our horror,” that the grounds were already looking tatty and rundown. Ever since, he has been battling with the city over inferior upkeep of the park.

He is so frustrated that he has approached city officials about having the company, rather than the city, do the maintenance. He is certain that if the city handed over whatever amount it spends on the park, he could hire a professional firm to do the work and keep the grounds in a much better state.

Canoe Landing stands as a sad example of a much broader problem: Toronto’s failure to maintain its parks and public spaces. Weedy grass, chipped and rotting benches, fountains that fail to function, dead trees in concrete planters – these things give the city an air of neglect and dysfunction. It’s an embarrassment. A city as big and as rich as Toronto should be able to keep its urban spaces from looking so shabby.
15:54 [URBAN NOTE] "Norway’s sailor king: Why Harald V has been sleeping on a yacht moored on Toronto’s wa »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Joe O'Connor of the National Post reveals that the Norwegian king is spending his time in Toronto, on the Lake Ontario shorefront.

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway was sitting at the back of his sailboat, munching on a green apple, reflecting upon the day of sailing that had just been. A day that was not “good,” according to the king. It was not good because the king, a sailor since age two, a three-time Olympian and the skipper of the Sira, a classic eight-metre sloop that his father, King Olav V, had built in 1938, thrives on competition.

Even today, the 79-year-old King Harald wants to win. But on a breezy Wednesday afternoon on Lake Ontario the King and his crew of Norwegians, whom he has been racing with since 1987, did not win. They came ninth out of 12 boats. The dismal showing dropped them to second place overall in the race for the Sira Cup — a coveted international prize that the king’s father donated to the international sailing community in 1983 — that concludes here Saturday.

“I’ve raced all my life,” says the king, who last won the Cup in 2008. “You can’t stop playing, you know? The first time I was on this boat I was two years old. For me, with sailing, it’s about the competition. The wind — the weather — it doesn’t make any difference who you are, before the wind.”

Norway’s sailor king doesn’t look or act like one might imagine a monarch would. On his green-hulled boat with the wooden deck, with his crew sitting in a nearby boat enjoying a post-race beer at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on the Toronto Islands, the king cut the figure of a kindly grandfather (he has six grandchildren).

He was dressed casually: sneakers, white socks, shorts and a matching T-shirt. He crunched happily on his apple, consuming every morsel, including the core, before politely removing his sunglasses to reveal light blue eyes that crinkled at the corners when he smiled.
15:52 [ISL] "Ottawa backs request for return of Beothuk remains from Scotland" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Deen Beeby's CBC News article is bittersweet.

Ottawa is throwing its weight behind an effort to repatriate the remains of two Indigenous people taken from a Newfoundland gravesite in 1828 that are now at a museum in Scotland.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has taken the unusual step of notifying the director of National Museums Scotland that Canada will make a formal demand.

The remains are Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit, two of the last Beothuks, an Indigenous people declared extinct in 1829. Some historians have claimed the Beothuks were the victims of genocide.

[. . .]

The federal letter revives a campaign by the Newfoundland and Labrador government, and the chief of a Mi'kmaq band, to have two skulls and related burial objects returned to Canada.

"This is wonderful news," said Chief Mi'sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation of Conne River, N.L., that claims kinship with the Beothuks. "When they come back to Canada, I want to travel with them."
15:48 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes the 1970s, when Yonge around Queen was under reconstruction.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly talks about her writing life in New York City.

  • The Crux considers: Neandertal or Neanderthal?

  • Dangerous Minds notes the new Laibach app.

  • The Dragon's Gaze looks at evaporating hot Jupiter HD 209458b.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes Russia's planned reduction of its crew on the International Space Station.

  • Joe. My. God. notes the reactions of the Trump camp to Hillary's alt-right speech.

  • Language Hat links to a paper examining the transition from classical to modern Arabic.

  • Marginal Revolution considers the economics of durable art.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at post-Soviet patterns of migration and examines the ethnic composition of Georgia circa 1926.

  • Une heure de peine reports on a new French series on sociology in comic book format.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the legal question of a head transplant.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the violent rivalries of the two Donbas republics and looks at a refugee-prompted restricted movement zone on Russia's frontier with Norway.

15:48 COMMENTARY: MacLauchlan speaks truth on trade »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Lowering barriers to internal trade is a serious priority for commerce and opportunity.
15:27 Together again »Journal-Pioneer Local
The first class of the Atlantic Police Academy held a celebration for its 45-year reunion on Aug. 12 in Summerside.
15:21 Solid effort by Impact »The Guardian - Sports
Team P.E.I. plays defending champions tough
15:21 Solid effort by Impact »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Team P.E.I. plays defending champions tough
15:04 Unloading of gravel shipment on Aug. 28 »Journal-Pioneer Local
The City of Summerside advises the travelling public to expect heavier than usual traffic on Aug. 28.