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Wednesday October 22, 2014

18:42 Fall festival celebrates Sacred Garden expansion »Journal-Pioneer Local
LENNOX ISLAND -- The Community of Lennox Island will hold its first Fall Festival on Monday, October 27.
18:24 Caps trade Caswell in deal with Crushers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE —Ryan Caswell is no longer a Summerside Western Capital.
18:21 Koughan, Murphy UPEI’s Athletes of the Week »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN —Katherine Koughan and Jared Murphy have been named the UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 13 to 19.
18:15 Knickle and men’s golf team chosen as Hurricanes Athletes of the Week »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN —Robin Knickle and the Hurricanes men’s golf team have been chosen as the Holland Hurricanes Athletes of the Week for the week ending Oct. 19.
18:12 Islanders, Panthers team up for Hockey Day in Charlottetown »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN —This Saturday, the UPEI Panthers and the Charlottetown Islanders are coming together to host “Hockey Day in Charlottetown.”
18:08 P.E.I. Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League season starts Friday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN —It’s a season and a new look for the P.E.I. Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League.
17:55 Pilot whales stranded off Sunbury Cove »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUNBURY COVE - Nine pilot whales area stranded at Sunbury Cove near Summerside. They were first spotted off Sunbury Cove Tuesday evening.
17:34 Graves, Laplante to play for QMJHL at Subway Super Series »The Guardian - Sports
Two former Charlottetown Islanders will play for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League against the Russians in the Subway Super Series Defenceman Ryan Graves, now with Quebec, and forward Yan-Pavel Laplante, now with Victoriaville were apart of the roster announced Wednesday. The games will be ...
17:07 Principal honours challenge »Journal-Pioneer Local
16:50 [LINK] "Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Inter Press Service's Suganthi Singarayar writes about Pacific islanders' growing hostility to Australian coal exports, predicated on the belief that the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of this coal will make their islands uninhabitable thanks to sealevel rise. This has the potential to be a serious irritant in Australia's relationship with these island states.

The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change.

This past Friday, 30 ‘climate warriors’ from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled traditional canoes into the sea, joined by scores of supporters in kayaks and on surfboards, to prevent the passage of eight of some 12 ships scheduled to move through the Newcastle port that day.

[. . .]
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Coastline erosion, sea level rise, floods, storms, relocation of coastal communities, contamination of freshwater sources and destruction of crops and agricultural lands are only the tip of the iceberg of the hardships facing some 10 million Pacific Islanders, over 50 percent of whom reside within 1.5 km of the coastline.

For these populations, the fossil fuel industry poses one of the gravest threats to their very existence.

Coal production alone is responsible for 44 percent of global CO2 emissions worldwide, according to the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions. However, none of the small island nations are responsible for this dirty industry. That responsibility lies with Australia, the fifth-largest coal producing country in the world after China, the United States, India and Indonesia.
16:47 [LINK] "People Are Looking at Your LinkedIn Profile and They’re Laughing at You" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The New Yorker's Colin Stokes has a funny essay pretending to berate a LinkedIn user for not maintaining enough of a productive presence on that social networking site. (How are you supposed to do that, again?)

Dear LinkedIn Member,

People are looking at your LinkedIn profile, and they’re laughing at what you, in a public forum, have decided to present as your professional identity. Last week, five people (who chose to remain anonymous) scrolled through your hobbies and skills and broke into fits of laughter at each one. When they looked at your employment history, noting the various part-time jobs and internships you thought it would be a good idea to include, they were almost in tears. I mean, come on—you like playing racquetball and you list “social media” as a skill? What does that even mean? You know what Twitter is and you own those weird-looking goggles? Somebody give this man a job! Seriously, we hope that you have actually found a job and are not, in fact, starving to death because you are incompetent.

Maybe that was a bit harsh. We’re just trying to get you to put some thought into your profile and maybe upgrade to … Oh, my God! Have you changed your profile picture in the past decade? It looks like you cropped yourself out of a photo you took with your high-school girlfriend at prom. Was prom the last time you wore a suit? I may have to sit down for a minute and catch my breath because, here at LinkedIn, we have never laughed quite so hard. Seriously, I just sent your profile to the C.E.O., and he forwarded it to the entire staff with the caption “Someone connect this guy to the twenty-first century!”

I probably shouldn’t have shared that anecdote with you, now that I think about it. But if that’s what it takes to get you to fix your profile, then I think the ends justify the means.
16:45 [LINK] "Mr. Fusion? Compact Fusion Reactor Will be Available in 5 Years Says Lockheed-Martin" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Universe Today's Tim Reyes reports on Lockheed-Martin's remarkable claim of imminent commercial fusion.


The Farnsworth Fusor; Pons and Fleishmann. It seems the trail to fusion energy has long gone cold — stone cold, that is, and not cold as in cold fusion. Despite the promise of fusion providing a sustainable and safe energy source, fusion reactors are not a dime a dozen and they won’t be replacing coal fired power plants any time soon. Or will they? Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works announced a prototype compact fusion reactor that could be ready within five years. This revelation has raised eyebrows and sparked moments of enthusiasm.

[. . .]

For every Skunk Works project that has made the runway such as the Stealth Fighter or SR-71 Blackbird, there are untold others that never see the light of day. This adds to the surprise and mystery of Lockheed-Martin’s willingness to release images and a detailed narrative describing a compact fusion reactor project. The impact that such a device would have on humanity can be imagined … and at the same time one imagines how much is unimaginable.

The program manager of the Skunk Works’ compact fusion reactor experiment is Tom Maguire. Maguire and his team places emphasis on the turn-around time for modifying and testing the compact fusion device. With the confidence they are expressing in their design and the ability to quickly build, test and modify, they are claiming only five years will be needed to reach a prototype.

What exactly the prototype represents was left unexplained, however. Maguire continues by saying that in 10 years, the device will be seen in military applications and in 20 years it will be delivered to the world as a replacement for the dirty energy sources that are in use today. Military apps at 10 years means that the device will be too expensive initially for civilian operations but such military use would improve performance and lower costs which could lead to the 20 year milestone moment if all goes as planned.

Their system uses magnetic confinement, the same basic principle behind the tokamak toroidal plasma confinement system that has received the greatest attention and government funding for over 50 years.
16:43 [LINK] "Russia is conducting a massive McDonald's purge" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Zack Beauchamp of Vox reports on the Russian crackdown on McDonald's restaurants. Being iconic elements of Western capitalism has hurt the chain.

The Russian government appears to be waging a stealth campaign against the world's most famous fast food franchise, closing branches en masse, in what appears to be retaliation against the United States over its support of Ukraine's government in the ongoing conflict there.

[. . .]

The most famous such shuttered McDonald's is in Pushkin Square in Moscow. It was the first McDonald's to open in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. According to the New York Times, it was the world's busiest McDonald's for many years. It was also one of the first to be shut down in the current spate of McDonald's closings.

Ostensibly, these McDonald's are being closed for health reasons. But analysts are skeptical.

"Russia has a tendency to ban foreign products, particularly food, for political reasons," National Journal's Marina Koren writes. The closures are designed, she says, "to send a message to the US and the Russians they may be trying to reach: The West is not welcome here." Starting with the Pushkin Square Mickey D's made that point, especially to Russians who remember the location's symbolic importance as a mark of the Cold War's end and of America's victory.

In purely economic terms, the war on McDonald's is, like so much of Russia's recent lashing out at the West, mostly self-defeating. There are give-or-take 437 McDonald's in Russia and they purchase about 85 percent of their supplies from Russian companies. So the anti-McDonald's campaign is, in a way, a microcosm of Putin's entire approach to the Ukraine crisis: damn the economic costs, full speed ahead on aggressive nationalist symbolic gestures.
16:34 [LINK] "Attack on Ottawa: One soldier killed, one suspect dead " »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Before I left for work, this article appeared on my Facebook feed describing the 2014 Canadian Parliament Hill Shooting.

Buildings in Ottawa’s downtown core are under lockdown after the crack of gunshots rang through the halls of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and a gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial.

Ottawa police confirmed that they were investigating “several” shootings in downtown Ottawa. There are conflicting reports of how many shooters appear to be involved in the attack on the heart of Canada’s federal government.

Gunfire erupted at the National War Memorial, then moved to Parliament Hill. The Parliament Hill shooting was captured on this video by a Globe reporter. One Parliament Hill guard was shot in the leg and is recovering in hospital.

The outbreak of violence on Wednesday shortly before 10 a.m. (ET) sent MPs into hiding and all federal government buildings into lockdown.

Gunfire erupted at the National War Memorial and then moved to Centre Block.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was with Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino in a caucus meeting when the gunfire began, Mr. Fantino told the Toronto Sun Wednesday. Fantino credits a sergeant-at-arms for taking down a gunman. "All the details are not in but the sergeant-at-arms, a former Mountie, is the one that engaged the gunman, or one of them at least, and stopped this," Fantino said.


The video the article mentions is here.

My photos of the Centre Bloc and the National War Memorial are below.

National War Memorial, Ottawa


Centre Block (1)


This is terrible.
15:23 Military bases on heightened security in Halifax after Ottawa shooting »Journal-Pioneer Local
15:22 Applications being accepted for Summerside Fire Department »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – The quality of Summerside firefighters has been recognized across the region and the country and now the city’s fire chief is calling for new volunteers to keep the complement of firefighters strong.
15:19 P.E.I. Legislature staying open »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. legislature will remain open but police and security personnel have been asked to provide increased surveillance in light of the shootings this morning in Ottawa.The clerk of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly Charles MacKay says officials at Province House in ...
15:11 P.E.I. politicians, staff safe as Ottawa on lockdown »Journal-Pioneer Local
Prince Edward Island senators and MPs in Ottawa are safe with most in lockdown after a shooting on Parliament Hill this morning.
15:01 Stop muddying the water »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Editor, Refusing to acknowledge synthetic pesticides are causing the majority, if not all, the fish kills in our rivers, brooks, and ponds, the Ghiz government and the Irvings again chose to muddy the water by avoiding to address these pesticides altogether.
14:48 Forewarned, forearmed »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
At the Read By The Sea festival in River John, N.S., last July, the biggest danger was that one of the six Canadian writers might fall off the slightly wobbly stairs leading up to the haywagon stage.
13:40 P.E.I. politicians, staff safe as Ottawa on lockdown »The Guardian - Local News
Prince Edward Island senators and MPs in Ottawa are safe with most in lockdown after a shooting on Parliament Hill this morning. MPs Sean Casey and Lawrence MacAulay are in lockdown together, while Wayne Easter and Gail Shea's twitter accounts both indicate they are also safe. Sen. Libbe Hubley ...
13:14 ‘I’m OK’ »Journal-Pioneer Local
UPDATED: Summerside’s Noah Richardson, a page in the House of Commons, safe; was getting ready to head to the Hill for afternoon shift
13:08 Tuna fishery concludes just shy of allocation »Journal-Pioneer Local
ALBERTON -- Just 28.9 kilograms. That’s how close the Prince Edward Island tuna fleet came to filling its 2014 allocation.
12:45 The Succubus Photo Shoot - Part Two (possibly NSFW) »The Monkey Rodeo
And now the rest of the photos from the Succubus shoot.

This looks like it should be a movie poster.

While it may look like partial nudity - there is in fact none. The idea was to create a character that it not only suited to be fairly undressed, but do it so it didn't feel like a juvenile attempt to see boobies - albeit red boobies with purple nipples made of foam latex.

Why make fake breasts? Why not? Not every model is comfortable showing off their breasts, so it shouldn't even be a question, nor should it be assumed so either. In this case I wanted to attempt something that while it looked surreal, also looked a little realistic to catch the viewer off guard a bit - since this is a fairly huge departure overall from what I normally do.


 And of course, as I mentioned in Part One, this was my last shoot with Julie - possibly forever, if not a long, long time - so I wanted to go as far as I could. My whole goal with all these photos is to show off Demons, there's that whole "don't judge a book by it's cover" idea - so even if a girl his bright red with horns and spikes all over her, doesn't mean she still isn't beautiful.

Okay, so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it does present an incredibly striking image that, I personally think, doesn't feel overly porn-y or sleazy.
 


The concept of creating a Succubus, a generally known bit of mythology, is that it sort of explains away the nudity, this would obviously be a creature more than comfortable with her sexuality and present herself in a totally relaxed way for a photo shoot - something neither myself or any model I've ever worked with would be truly comfortable doing. I shoot Demons, not porn - although I'm well aware some would label all this as such.



I was worried it wouldn't all work out. The whole thing wouldn't come together and might feel a little cheesy or cheap - but for me it worked brilliantly. I knew red would be a tricky colour, but it's a great character type colour. All blue, green, or purple would not have looked this striking for a shoot like this. The makeup all worked together fantastically, I was slightly worried the added horns on her arms and legs might not blend in, I think they work great and just add a little more depth to the whole thing.


Overall, I couldn't be happier with this shoot. It was a gamble, since there was so much time, money, and effort poured into this, that it might not work. The whole thing could have looked silly, or too ugly. I took several stabs at the design of that cowl piece, which ties the whole thing together and is really the centerpiece of it all, as far as I'm concerned, and I hope to use it in a couple future shoots if possible.

And yes, it looks like Darkness, Tim Curry's character from Legend. That was unintentional and as soon as I stood back and really looked at it with the camera, I realized it instantly - and really, that's not a terrible comparison at all. Darkness is still such a standout makeup/character that I'm glad I created something that could easily stand as a counterpoint to that if it had to.

So that's it. I think I've taken the overtly sexy Demon concept as far as I can. Some might pop up here and there, but way more PG, but I don't think I can ever top this - at least not any time soon.

12:40 Corrie star thrills Summerside fans »Journal-Pioneer Local
Chris Gascoyne, a.k.a. Peter Barlow, entertains packed house at Harbourfront Theatre
12:30 RCMP check hundreds of drivers in safe roads initiative »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — Kings District RCMP conducted a number of Safe Roads initiatives over the weekend. On Friday evening, Kings District RCMP set up checkpoints in Montague, Commercial Cross and Cardross, making contact with approximately 300 drivers. As a result, one male was issued a seven-day ...
12:27 Gunman storms Parliament Hill; at least two hurt, including a soldier »Journal-Pioneer Local
12:27 Shots fired on Parliament Hill, soldier injured at National War Memorial »Journal-Pioneer Local
THE CANADIAN PRESSOTTAWA — A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.
12:27 Soldier dead, two injured in Parliament Hill siege; one gunman dead »Journal-Pioneer Local
12:23 Huggan named UPEI athletic director »The Guardian - Sports
Chris Huggan is the new director of athletics and recreation at UPEI. The university made the announcement Wednesday morning. “I am excited about the opportunity and challenge of becoming the Director of Athletics and Recreation at UPEI,” said Huggan. “I look forward to working with the ...
12:04 Hallowe'en Lights (60 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
These people are putting on quite the Hallowe'en show at their house this year! ":shock:"

'Hell's Bells'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSxvOD6l3Jc

'Bohemian Rhapsody'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vWChPYkuwA#t=338

'Thriller'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AHH81Z6Dzg...
12:00 World War 1 - The war in France until Oct 20th - The preparation for war »Robert Paterson's Weblog
This picture is of the Cloth Hall in Ypres in October 1914. Ypres would be the home of the Canadians for much of the war. By the time the Division arrived in this sector in February 1915, the Cloth Hall...
12:00 Charlottetown woman dies after car accident in Nova Scotia »The Guardian - Local News
A Charlottetown woman who suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident in Nova Scotia earlier this month has died. Leanne Joy Cail died Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Cail, age 42, was the director of marketing and fund raising at the P.E.I. Humane Society. Born in Ottawa, ...
11:40 It is possible that the ‘Farm’ is really at risk? »The Guardian - Opinion
Ottawa rejects local agreement to transfer Experimental Farm to perpetual green space
11:38 Take the time to cast ballot »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: As election day for the City of Charlottetown approaches, I am taking a few minutes to reflect on my election campaign experience of the past weeks. I very much enjoyed meeting voters of Ward 9 in their homes and am grateful that they took the time to share their perspective and ...
11:36 Playing politics to secure votes »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Pro Choice P.E.I. would like to reiterate that it is the prerogative of the P.E.I. government to make decisions regarding health care on P.E.I., and that the most recent developments that have come to light, thanks to the investigative reporting at the CBC, have provided truly ...
11:27 A deaf ear to vets’ pleas »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Sad but true. Since the Conservatives have been in power for eight years they have turned a deaf ear to the needs of veterans who have been treated badly by the government they willingly fought for.Reading a letter to the editor written by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the ...
11:22 Covered bridge a hidden jewel »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: On a recent holiday to the Maritimes, we prairie folk from Manitoba were thrilled to see the most beautiful covered bridge nearly hidden in Hunter River. It was only by luck that we happened across it on our way to Cavendish. Earlier in the morning at breakfast at our hotel near by, a ...
11:19 Journey towards sustainability yet to begin; perils of complacency »The Guardian - Opinion
By Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan (guest opinion)
11:04 New books and new recipes to try »The Guardian - Living
Are you wondering, as I was, which books won the Taste Canada cookbook awards on Monday night?Here’s the list of winners in the English categories: Culinary Narratives - “The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement,” by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis, ...
11:00 Alberton wants right to ban chemicals »The Guardian - Local News
ALBERTON — The province of P.E.I. has, for a number of years, issued permits to Westech Agriculture for the use of Terr-O-Gas 67 on its fields, the Town of Alberton has learned. Terr-O-Gas is a fumigant containing 67 per cent methyl bromide and 32.7 per cent chloropicrin. It is that 32.7 per ...
10:30 Kensington area man faces drug-trafficking charges »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE —A 43-year-old Kensington area man faces charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking after an incident outside a downtown Summerside business Tuesday.
10:30 Charlottetown woman awaits sentence on forgery charges »The Guardian - Local News
Sentence has been adjourned to Dec. 3 in the case of a 46-year-old Charlottetown woman who pleaded guilty Monday in provincial court to two charges of forgery. Shelley Lynn Nicholson entered the guilty pleas before Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr. The court was told Nicholson was working in ...
10:00 Montague man shines in naval operation »The Guardian - Local News
Leading seaman A.J. Nicholson has raised the bar. The Montague native recently received a Commander’s Commendation for performing above the call of duty. The 28-year-old naval reservist was lauded for his work as operations room supervisor aboard HMCS Yellowknife while taking part in Operation ...
09:30 Six-year-old girl tackles cancer with courage »The Guardian - Local News
Autumn Newell was up at 6:15 in the morning on this school day. However, the six-year-old Montague girl was getting ready to head to the hospital, rather than to hit the classroom. The 45-minute trip to the QEH in Charlotettown is a familiar one for the young girl who was diagnosed with cancer ...
09:22 Ellsworth to captain Team Canada in qualifying event in Argentina »The Guardian - Sports
Jeff Ellsworth left Tuesday for Argentina for a qualifying event for next year’s Pan American and International Softball Federation (ISF) world tournaments. “It’s the last big trip internationally,” the Brooklyn resident said Tuesday. “They’re pretty fun. They’re pretty unique when you get to ...
09:15 What Can You Do to Stop Microsoft Spam Emails »NJN Network
A few tips for Windows Live and Hotmail email users to stop spam, scams and hacking
08:58 Daily Specials for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 are:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup $4.99
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Charlottetown, PE
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08:50 Passerby saves woman from burning »Journal-Pioneer Local
A woman cooking supper in her kitchen Monday owes her life to a passing stranger who refuses to acknowledge he is a hero.
08:16 [VIDEO POST] What happened when I read One Day Closer to my 6 year old »In Other Words...
07:56 Red Like Me Suggests CBC PEI Investigation Assignments »redlikeme.ca
CBC Charlottetown while really trying to get into the news business, is missing the mark entirely. Since CBC executives botched the NHL contracts and the revenue we are seeing new objective journalism imposed on the cozy back water “feel good” … Continue reading
07:41 Premier Robert Ghiz gains, loses senior staffers »The Guardian - Local News
A former advisor to P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz who left to work for the Liberal premier of Nova Scotia last year is returning to work in Prince Edward Island. Geoff Townsend will return in November to work as Ghiz’s principal secretary. This was the same position he held in Nova Scotia for the ...
07:30 Search finds missing Charlottetown kayaker »The Guardian - Local News
A large search and rescue effort found a missing kayaker in the Fairview area Monday. The RCMP became involved after receiving a call that a 62-year-old man from Charlottetown had not returned from an afternoon kayak trip. The kayak was soon found on the shore, secured with a rope, but no sign ...
07:10 Panthers looking for more offence heading into Wednesday's game »The Guardian - Sports
Forbes MacPherson likes the way his team is playing even if the results show a .500 squad. The UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team is 1-1-1 after two weeks of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season. “I think the challenge as a coach is to not judge a team on wins and losses. It’s to have an ...
06:50 [PHOTO] Doll stranded in tree, High Park, Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
06:48 An extended period of wet weather ahead for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday October 22nd 6:45am..  HAVING SOME PROBLEMS GETTING ACCESS TO THE LATEST COMPUTER MODEL DATA THIS MORNING SO I DON’T HAVE ALL MY USUAL SOURCES. A low pressure system has developed off the mid Atlantic states and will intensify as … Continue reading
06:48 An extended period of wet weather ahead for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday October 22nd 6:45am..  HAVING SOME PROBLEMS GETTING ACCESS TO THE LATEST COMPUTER MODEL DATA THIS MORNING SO I DON’T HAVE ALL MY USUAL SOURCES. A low pressure system has developed off the mid Atlantic states and will intensify as … Continue reading
06:27 Justin Trudeau Phones Into CBC PEI To Put His Foot In Premier Ghiz’ Mouth? »redlikeme.ca
Robert Ghiz and PEI Health have been very busy trying to explain why they have hidden a report which demonstrated cost savings by providing abortion services in PEI. Ghiz even went to the extreme expense of rehiring his favourite spin … Continue reading
02:37 Graveyard soccer - Barbados.  »nathan rochford:blog


Graveyard soccer - Barbados. 

00:59 [URBAN NOTE] "Buffalo airport courts Toronto travellers" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Vanessa Lu the continuing successful efforts of Buffalo Niagara International Airport to court Canadian travellers on the basis of lower costs.

With millions of Canadians already flocking to U.S. airports in search of cheaper flights, the Buffalo airport is launching a marketing campaign to woo even more passengers.

While Canadian airports and airlines have complained about the millions in lost revenues when travellers head south of the border to catch flights, the Americans see it differently.

“It’s not a negative thing. We have been serving the Canadian market since forever,” said Pascal Cohen, senior marketing manager for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, who was in Toronto on Tuesday to make his pitch to reporters.

Cohen notes that he, like many other residents of Western New York, will go in the opposite direction, using the Toronto airport to fly to international destinations. “You wouldn’t use the Buffalo airport to go to Abu Dhabi,” he said.

“We’re like conjoined twins,” he argued. “It’s a contiguous marketplace. There just happens to be a border.”
00:00 Department recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Islanders are reminded to leave the phone alone when behind the wheel as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey. 'Taking your eyes off the road, even for a couple of seconds, is dangerous and can cause a serious collision. Islanders should follow the rules of the road and never drive while texting,' said the minister. 'Everyone, regardless of age, has a role to play in creating...
00:00 Statement from Premier Robert Ghiz on today's events in Ottawa »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Today's events at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill have shocked and saddened all Canadians. On behalf of all Islanders, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier who was killed while on duty and to all those affected by these tragic events. We want to thank all law enforcement agencies and first responders who continue to risk their lives to ensure our safety.

Tuesday October 21, 2014

23:39 [BRIEF NOTE] On what the terrorist attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will mean »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I said yesterday that I did not like the news that two Canadian soldiers in the Québec city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu appeared to have been intentionally run down. (One has since died.)

I was right.

What happened yesterday seems to have been a terrorist incident. Martin Couture-Rouleau, who went on Facebook as "Ahmad LeConverti" (Ahmad the convert), appears to be a young convert to Islam who apparently tried to kill people connected to the upcoming intervention against the Islamic State. Reputedly "linked to a terrorist ideology", his passport was seized when in July he tried to leave the country. People around him apparently had no idea that he might do this sort of thing.

Couture-Rouleau, father of a young son, had converted to Islam sometime more than a year ago after his power-washing business faltered, friends said. Though they described him as a caring father, Couture-Rouleau had long ago separated from his child’s mother.

His extremist Facebook postings showed he was considering travelling abroad, and raised a red flag to the Mounties in June. His family had detected a change for the worse in his behaviour, too, and reached out to the RCMP for help.

In July, the RCMP arrested Couture-Rouleau as he was planning to travel to Turkey — a frequent jumping off point for ISIL sympathizers to head into Syria or Iraq to join the battle. Identified as a high-risk traveller, he was questioned about his motivations for making the trip.

But the Mounties did not charge him after consulting prosecutors because they lacked enough evidence of a criminal intent to travel abroad to join a terrorist group or participate in terrorist activity “and there was no real indication he was going to commit a crime in Canada,” Fontaine said.

Commissioner Bob Paulson said the RCMP “seized” his passport and speculated Rouleau may have been frustrated and more dangerous because his travel plan was thwarted. But Fontaine said there was no evidence of a direct link yet.


I quite dislike terrorism and I do not like seeing it occur anywhere in my country. I cannot be any more blunt than this, and need not be. (My support for the intervention in the Middle East makes no difference in my reaction, I think. If Canada was set to go off to a war I disapproved of, I'd still reject attacks like this.)

I am also worried that this lone-nut convert might trigger a situation where anti-Muslim sentiment will become more mainstream. I dislike broad and inaccurate generalizations, but such are likely to occur: This one man's actions may well be used to attack the million-odd Canadian Muslims.

I really do not like this. I am worried about what will come next.
22:17 South Eastern Saskatchewan »PEIBlog.ca - Need peace? Go East!
Found a few BIGS as we started our journey into Saskatchewan
22:11 [URBAN NOTE] On the case for Alex Mazer as councillor for Ward 18, Davenport, Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
My particular Toronto neighbourhood is located in Toronto's Ward 18, Davenport. Current councillor Ana Bailão, who has appeared here in October 2012 after an impaired-driving charge, and in a 2011 link to a blogTO interview with Bailão that featured heated exchanges in the comments about her views on the future of Toronto, is facing challenges from multiple candidates. The foremost of these challengers is Prince Edward Island-born lawyer Alex Mazer. (Full disclosure: I knew him in high school.)

Sahar Fatima's article in The Globe and Mail takes a look at the contest between the two.

If taxes were to rise in Toronto, you wouldn’t hear any complaints from Beaconsfield resident Rhea Lavery.

Ms. Lavery, who wants to see more separated bike lanes around the city, said, “I want to vote for somebody who’s actually honest enough to say, ‘If you want these things in the city, it’s going to cost money.’ These people who say we can have something for nothing, I’m just so tired of that.”

It’s for that reason Ms. Lavery said she’s supporting Harvard-educated lawyer and policy adviser Alex Mazer in the race against the incumbent councillor, Ana Bailao, in Ward 18, Davenport, which stretches from Dupont Street to Queen Street between Dovercourt Road and the Kitchener GO Train tracks to the west.

Mr. Mazer is among nearly a dozen challengers looking to unseat Ms. Bailao, who took over for former councillor and TTC chair Adam Giambrone after winning by more than 1,300 votes in 2010. He’s racked up endorsements from the Toronto Star, Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner, and his old boss, former Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan. Mr. Mazer and Ms. Bailao’s platforms are similar, with both pledging to improve bus and streetcar service by reducing bunching, increase affordable housing options and provide better access to affordable childcare services.

“City council has become dysfunctional and is in need of new ideas and new leadership,” Mr. Mazer said in an interview. “I feel [Ms. Bailao] has supported the Ford agenda on too many occasions.”

He pointed to her support for the Scarborough subway, elimination of the vehicle registration tax and removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes as examples of her siding with the Ford administration.

“There’s a difference between being a hard-working councillor who shows up and real leadership,” Mr. Mazer said. “She’s voted for tax cuts and then she’s also said we need better services.”


Sediya Ansari's Toronto Star article also compares the two.

Bailao has lived in the ward since she immigrated to Canada as a teen, entering the municipal arena as assistant to councillor Mario Silva in 1998. Her first run for office against Adam Giambrone was unsuccessful, but her 2010 effort landed her a seat with sway as a centrist on a deeply divided council. Her term was not without controversy — Bailao pleaded guilty to drunk driving after a night out at the Thompson Hotel in October 2012.

While she may be leaning on her track record and name recognition, her main competitor, 35-year-old Alex Mazer, says another four years with the rookie councillor could mean continued support for Ford policies.

“She’s supported the Ford agenda on a lot of instances where I would have voted differently,” said Mazer, citing her vote to scrap the vehicle registration tax as an example.

Mazer, a P.E.I.-raised, Harvard-educated lawyer, has positioned himself as the “progressive alternative” to the incumbent, although their campaign platforms are quite similar. Both promise to improve streetcar service, keep school board-owned land at Bloor and Dufferin in city hands and extend the West Toronto Railpath. Mazer says that might not be a coincidence.

“Her platform came out a month after mine, and frankly, a lot of the ideas sound very familiar because I think they are resonating,” Mazer said.


I don't think that Bailão was a bad city councillor. I do think that Mazer has the potential to be a better one. I'm not alone: Mazer was endorsed by the Toronto Star editorial vote. When I went to the Wallace Emerson Community Centre Sunday evening to cast my vote in the advance polling, I cast my vote for Alex Mazer. I think that you should, too, so long as you're actually qualified to vote in Ward 18.
21:57 Hurricanes ready for national baseball championship »The Guardian - Sports
The next time the Holland College Hurricanes step on the diamond it will be at the national baseball championships.The Hurricanes leave this morning for Montreal where they will compete in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) starting Thursday. In their inaugural season of ...
20:06 Woman rescued from house fire in Mount Stewart »Journal-Pioneer Local
MOUNT STEWART – A passerby rushed into a home on the Mount Stewart Road today to help a woman get out as flames engulfed her home.
20:03 Have you heard this? (17 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I have heard from a friend that there is an MLA being sued because of an accident....
20:03 Ocean Choice plant sale? (162 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-ed ... 76?cmp=rss

Roach said the province is working with a number of partners, including the Souris Port Authority, on a deal with new tenants.

Blaine Sullivan of Ocean Choice said they are negotiating with possible tenants and getting close to a deal.

Something does not add up here.

We have Mr.Roach telling us there is a deal in the works.
Then we have Mr.Sullivan telling us he is getting close on a deal.
Also Wyman's have been renting the freezers in this building.Who are they sending the rent checks too?

Now one has to realize that these two parties are counter-suing each other.
Not only this,from what i have read i have come to the understanding that both think they own the building.
This kind of remind me of a deal that happened not too long ago. ":lol:"...
19:56 [ISL:] " »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
My reaction to Edward Johnson's Bloomberg article, given Pitcairn's recent sordid history of pervasive and culturally excused sexual violence against women, is "good." Sometimes, self-rule is a privilege.



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The descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers face losing control of their South Pacific island home, as Australia considers stripping the bankrupt territory of self rule.

Norfolk Island, a tiny outcrop settled by ancestors of the mutineers in 1856, is increasingly reliant on handouts from the federal government, 1,700 kilometers (1,000 miles) away in Canberra, a parliamentary committee said in a report today.

“Norfolk Island is effectively bankrupt and self-governance does not best serve the residents of the island,” committee Chairman Luke Simpkins said in a statement. “The unfortunate economic reality is that Norfolk Island is now dependent on the Commonwealth for survival” and the model of self-government, established 35 years ago, has failed the population of about 1,800 people, the report said.

Norfolk, 8 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, won’t give up without a fight. Chief Minister Lisle Snell, who heads its nine-person elected assembly, says the island faces a loss of democracy and accuses the federal government of trying to strip away responsibility for education, health and other services without proper consultation.

The sub-tropical island, a former penal settlement famed for its towering pine trees, is steeped in the history of the British Royal Navy mutineers, whose story was immortalized in the 1935 movie starring Clark Gable as Christian.

The sailors set Captain William Bligh adrift in 1789 after his expedition to bring breadfruit back from Tahiti floundered. A handful of the mutineers and their Tahitian wives first found refuge on Pitcairn Island. All but one died, including Christian, within a decade, mostly through infighting or clashes with the Tahitian men who had accompanied them. Their women and children survived and the community grew.

Sea Crossing

When Pitcairn could no longer sustain them, 193 men, women and children in 1856 made the five-week sea crossing to Norfolk Island. Some islanders still speak a blend of 18th-century English and Tahitian. The telephone directory is so crammed with mutineer names such as Christian, Quintal and Adams that people are also listed by nickname, including Lettuce Leaf, Quack and Moose.

The island’s population is now split in roughly equal numbers between Pitcairn descendants and Australian and New Zealand immigrants.

The local government has an annual budget of about A$30 million ($26.3 million), which it raises through a goods and services tax and from enterprises such as telecommunications, the airport and the postal service.

According to today’s report, the island faces a deficit of between A$7.4 million and A$7.8 million a year for the next three years.
19:54 [URBAN NOTE] "Strategic voting: A troubling factor in Toronto’s race for mayor?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Betsy Powell reports about concerns of some that strategic voting in Toronto's mayoral elections--perhaps most importantly, people voting for John Tory instead of Olivia Chow in fear that a Chow vote might mean Doug Ford's election--is a bad phenomenon. When I went to the advance polls, after much prior thought I ended up voting for Chow. I like the candidate, Ford is behind Tory significantly, and quite frankly if Doug Ford gets elected it will be because a sizable plurality of Toronto's voters want him. Some sort of electoral reform would be nice, here.

Strategic voting in the 2014 Toronto mayoral race has become a hot and contentious topic — one that pundits and partisans suggest is a symptom of a flawed municipal electoral process that needs revamping.

“The last four years have been such a polarizing time for Torontonians, in terms of the Ford factor, that in a way it’s understandable that the issue of strategic voting may be prevalent for a significant number of voters,” Ryerson University politics professor Myer Siemiatycki said Saturday.

Those in the ABF (Anybody But Ford) camp are struggling with two impulses, Semiatycki said: Do I vote for the candidate I most prefer, or do I vote for the person who has the best chance of beating Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard)?

“That’s the no-man’s-land in which strategic voting dilemmas start to play out and, potentially, even become agonizing for voters.”

Brian Kelcey, campaign manager for former Toronto mayoralty candidate David Soknacki, said the message they heard knocking on doors was an “overwhelming strategic voting lesson loud and clear.”

“People said to David, ‘We love you, we love your ideas, you’ve got the best platform, but I’ve got to make my choice based on getting rid of Rob or Doug Ford — and maybe talk to me next time,’” Kelcey said Saturday.
19:51 [URBAN NOTE] "In Steeltown, a familiar refrain on light rail transit" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
NOW Toronto's Paul Weinberg reports on political controversies in Hamilton over mass transit, something that he notes is related to downtown/suburban tensions as well as to concern by some at the arrival of an increasingly large contingent of Torontonians. Change in Hamilton comes painfully, it seems.

I moved with my wife to the rust belt city in May 2013 after living in Toronto almost all my life, following other younger Torontonians moving here as well because of the cheaper housing. The local realtors’ association cannot say how many former Torontonians are buying up the reasonably priced building stock. The Transportation Tomorrow Survey offers a clue. It reports that more than a third of working Hamiltonians are commuting daily outside this city by car or GO Transit, with about 82 per cent of them headed directly for the GTA.

The migration to Steeltown has picked up to the point that locals complain of recent arrivals infecting the political culture of working-class Steeltown. The current municipal elections have provided flashpoint for that debate over an issue familiar to Torontonians – the car versus light rail transit (LRT).

Brian McHattie, a planner and local councilor since 2004 who is originally from Etobicoke, is running on a progressive platform and has the support of urban activists who want to see more streets like James North in Hamilton. His slogan: A New Mayor For A New Hamilton. To that end he’s released a four-part plan for improving neighbourhoods that he’s dubbed, wait for it, Transit City.

[. . .]

For local activists who have long been fighting uphill battles for two-way, pedestrian-friendly “complete streets” here, McHattie is a bit of a godsend. They see his LRT plan as an opportunity to transform whole swaths of an economically stagnant lower city into neighbourhoods that will attract smart development.

But there’s a major roadblock: the suburban residents on Hamilton Mountain above the Escarpment who find these lower city roads handy for zipping in, out or around Hamilton in their vehicles. That sentiment is often expressed by their political representatives on council who oppose the LRT even with the province potentially willing to pay for it.
19:47 [LINK] ""Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic's James Thompson reports on two data scientists in the United States who have recovered some of the oldest satellite images of the Earth ever taken. This, among other things, gives scientists a baseline on changes in everything from sea ice cover to the shape of storms.

Scientists have uncovered a cache of satellite images of Earth from the 1960s that had been forgotten in storage for nearly 50 years and that push back the first satellite images of our planet a full 17 years.

The trove includes the first publicly available satellite photos of Europe, the earliest aerial views of Antarctica's ice, and a record of Central Asia's Aral Sea before it dried up. There's also a rare photo of the most powerful storm to hit North America in modern times.

[. . .]

Earth scientists David Gallaher and Garrett Campbell liberated the data from a National Climatic Data Center archive in North Carolina, uncovering 25 boxes of magnetic tapes and photographic film from three Nimbus weather satellites launched in the 1960s and 1970s.

Gallaher had heard about the data at a conference and called the National Climatic Data Center to request access to some pictures of Greenland. "We have no way of figuring out what's Greenland," came the reply.

That's because the data had never been sorted or digitized. So Gallaher and Campbell took on the painstaking process of digitizing hundreds of thousands of photos and making them publicly available.
19:46 House fire in Mount Stewart traps woman »The Guardian - Local News
The Guardian is currently at the scene of a house fire on the Mount Stewart Rd.Preliminary reports say that a couple lived at the house and firefighters rescued a women from inside the structure.More Later.
19:46 Passing stranger saves life of woman in a burning home »The Guardian - Local News
A woman cooking supper in her kitchen Monday owes her life to a passing stranger who refuses to acknowledge he is a hero. Jamie Chowen was driving down Main Street in Mount Stewart when fire and smoke began pouring out of one of the oldest houses in the town. He slammed on his brakes, jumped ...
19:46 UPDATE: Woman escapes house fire in Mount Stewart »The Guardian - Local News
A passerby rushed into a home on the Mount Stewart Road today to help a women get out as flames engulfed her home. Jamie Chowen was driving home just after 6 p.m. when he saw smoke coming from the residence, one of the oldest homes in Mount Stewart. He ran to the door and found a woman in a ...
19:43 [LINK] "Moonshine Runs Through the Veins of Prince Edward Island" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This article by VICE's Ivy Knight circulated on Facebook. My exposure to moonshine culture was limited, and frankly I'm suspicious of the suggestions contained therein to the effect that it's common. Perhaps my parents did just that superb a job of shielding me from some of the negative elements of Island culture; perhaps the writer is describing the Island of a generation back. Fun read regardless.

I grew up in Prince Edward Island with a guy named Merle.* A few years prior to his wedding, Merle, a seventh-generation islander, got drunk on shine and ended up chasing his future wife around the house with a shotgun.

Shine can do that to a person, though.

The wedding didn’t happen for a few years after the incident, and when it finally did, the traditional moonshine punch was scratched off the menu. Moonshine punch almost always appears at weddings and funerals here—it’s simply a part of life. People make it for their own use and to share with friends and family.

The culture of moonshine is strong in poor, rural Canadian areas where people are used to making everything from scratch, cherish a healthy disrespect for politics and the law, and have plenty of acreage to work in total obscurity.

“Even though Prohibition was in place from 1881 until 1949, people could still access alcohol— either by smuggling it in or making it themselves,” island historian and UPEI professor Ed MacDonald tells me. “For much of that history, it wasn’t that hard to get a drink if they wanted one—it was just illegal. To make shine was a way of thumbing your nose at authority.”

[. . .]

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. Nicknamed “Spud Island” for its incredible potatoes, famous blue mussels, and fictional literary heroine, Anne of Green Gables, our beaches and golf courses are some of the best in the country. It also happens to be the last province to repeal Prohibition. Most of Canada turned the taps back on in the 20s, but our island stayed dry until 1948. Keeping alcohol illegal for Islanders almost 20 years longer than the rest of the country became a driving force of dedication to making homemade booze.
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