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Thursday July 30, 2015

14:36 Tignish Initiatives to unveil plans for Stompin’ Tom tribute »Journal-Pioneer Local
14:30 Kelly nets hat trick in Royals’ win »Journal-Pioneer Sports
WINSLOE – Reese Kelly held the hot foot for the Winsloe/Charlottetown Team One Royals on Wednesday night.
14:30 Dickieson sympathizes with fish plants »Journal-Pioneer Local
Suggests solutions to labour concerns
14:29 Under-16 girls’ game ends in tie »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CORNWALL – The Hillsborough United and RC United exchanged goals in each half as they battled to a 2-2 tie recently.
14:28 Hebert sparks North Shore Sharks »Journal-Pioneer Sports
STRATFORD – Dallas Hebert scored both goals for the North Shore Sharks in a 2-1 road win over Stratford in Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Boys Soccer League (First Division) play here recently.
14:27 Stratford gets by Morell 2-1 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
STRATFORD – Stratford Team One never trailed en route to a 2-1 win over Morell in recent play here in the Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Girls Soccer League (First Division).
13:55 Ottawa announces funding for P.E.I. lighthouses, fuel tanks »The Guardian - Local News
Some of P.E.I. lighthouses will be getting repairs thanks to funding from the federal government announced today. The Fisheries and Oceans Department will spend about $500,000 on five lighthouses around the province and for the installation of fuel storage tanks at the Charlottetown ...
13:00 Summer Slam car show this weekend in Dunstaffnage »The Guardian - Local News
DUNSTAFFNAGE - Car owners wishing to show off their antiques, muscle cars, hot rods and more are invited to assemble at the Burger King parking lot on University Avenue in Charlottetown on Saturday evening. On Sunday, some of those same cars will be on display at the 19th annual Summer Slam ...
12:50 Concert series continues in Mont-Carmel »Journal-Pioneer Living
TheMont-Carmel Summer Concert Series is currently in full swing with the fifth show of the season set for this Sunday.
12:46 Ashley Condon comes to Northport »Journal-Pioneer Living
Award-winning singer/songwriter to perform Saturday
12:28 Summerside Chamber's ‘Way Forward’ conference set for September »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce has announced the initiallineup of guest speakers for its second Way Forward Conference.
12:10 Island Fringe Festival coming to Charlottetown »The Guardian - Living
Even though the Island Fringe is just turning four years old, it's very mature for its age, and this year the festival shows take a step towards heavier themes like sex, existentialism and, darkest of all, romantic films. That's just a taste from the fourth annual Island Fringe Festival, ...
12:05 A treasure turns 50 »The Guardian - Living
The birthplace oIsland literary legend Lucy Maud Montgomery marks a half century of telling her story
12:00 My own fairy tale ending. »Shizamo FEED
My daughter, Vaeda Zo was born June 6, 2011. She was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy in her first year of life. Hemiplegia is similar to a stroke and in Vaeda's case the left side of her body was affected. As I learned about Cerebral Palsy what ga...read more at shizamo.com
12:00 Montague council byelection has five candidates »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE - Five town residents will be vying for the vacant seat on the town council. Nominations closed Friday and two former councillors are seeking the job along with three newcomers. RELATED: Montague looking for byelection candidates for town council A council seat was made vacant with the ...
11:55 Wilde’s clever words still resonate today at the Watermark »The Guardian - Living
Oh, to live in Oscar Wilde’s world, where you always know exactly what to say, even when you’re in the wrong.His penchant for flowery, yet somehow equally succinct statements is on display at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico now. That’s up from where the co-op isn’t anymore.“An Ideal ...
11:50 Electoral reform once again rears its head »The Guardian - Opinion
Islanders to be asked how they want to choose their government  
11:46 Texting drivers are impaired drivers »The Guardian - Opinion
Punishment should reflect the seriousness of the crime
11:35 Cycling fatality suggests safety be re-examined »The Guardian - Opinion
For tens of thousands of Canadians cycling is an enjoyable activity. You can travel at a leisurely pace.You can get off the beaten track and see things other people miss.You can start and stop where you want for as long as you want.And you can get much needed exercise your body will thank you ...
11:33 Taxpayers fund government waste »The Guardian - Opinion
In Tuesday’s Guardian, the Fraser Institute had a column on tax paying in Canada (“Are you getting a good return on your hard-earned money?”).They explain to us Tax Freedom Day; the day we finish paying taxes for the year. They also tell us this year it was June 10th. They didn’t tell us it was ...
11:30 Deaton’s comments draw more criticism »The Guardian - Opinion
As articles which have appeared in this newspaper will attest, I am not a fan of the Bishop of Charlottetown nor the Roman Catholic hierarchy in general. So, it would take the near-hysteria of Richard Deaton’s seemingly endless stream of ad hominems to draw me out of the woodwork. I take it ...
11:30 P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture gets new executive director »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture has a new executive director. Robert Godfrey grew up on his family’s farm in Meadowbank and spent a number of years in Ottawa working at the director level of agriculture organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian ...
11:27 Former parish priest remembered fondly »The Guardian - Opinion
It was 34 years on the 20th ofthis month that Father Clarence Roche died in his parish community of Kelly’s Cross. I was living off island at the time but was still in touch with him by mail. To say Father Clarence Roche was just a parish priest or just a mentor ofisland youth seems to me now, ...
11:25 Gateway Village needs some TLC »The Guardian - Opinion
Regarding the unkempt conditions at Gateway Village: This issue has been expressed before in these columns and to no avail. The government of the day has done nothing about it. And now that membersare on summer leave from the harrowing work they’ve done with small remuneration, long hours and ...
11:11 Car goes off the highway in Bedeque »Journal-Pioneer Local
A vehicle left Highway 1A in Bedeque this morning, went through a guardrail, and was stopped by a utility pole.
11:08 Amanda Jackson Band at Close to Ground »Journal-Pioneer Living
Fiddlers’ Sons are proud to host another popular local group, the Amanda Jackson Band, at their Close to the Ground concert series this Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. at the Kaylee Hall in Pooles Corner.
11:03 More intimate setting for this week’s Emerald Ceilidh »Journal-Pioneer Living
Courtney Hogan will be up close and personal at this week’s Emerald Ceilidh, as she is joined for an intimate performance in the pub lounge with guitarist Mark Rooney.
11:00 Downtown piano ready in Summerside »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Summerside — get ready to tickle the ivories. Culture Summerside’s Downtown Piano was expected to make its debut this week, situated near Kelly’s Flower Shoppe on Water Street. The refurbished old piano, with its modern electronic keyboard in place of traditional ivory keys, was ...
10:57 Long River Players featured group at weekly Kensington Ceilidhs »Journal-Pioneer Living
The Kensington Ceilidhs are back for another season at the Murray Centre.
10:50 Police nab impaired driver »Journal-Pioneer Local
Victoria Cross man was also driving while suspended
10:31 Did Jon Ross Transgress The Gatekeeper Rule Protecting Yousef Hashmi »redlikeme.ca
All the brokers know one and other in Charlottetown, the famous ‘bamboo pipeline’ an open book of every Islanders private business, still faster than the internet. Did Jon Ross of #1 ranked GMP overlook the gatekeeper rule that his profession is bound to? We’re just asking questions. It has come out that Mr. Jon Ross … Continue reading Did Jon Ross Transgress The Gatekeeper Rule Protecting Yousef Hashmi
10:08 Ending Violence Against Women: There Is Help »Women's Equality PEI
Dear Editor: Council members and staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women are deeply shaken by the murder of Traci Lynch. All of us offer our sympathies to her family, especially her young son Owen, and to her friends, her neighbours, and the families of the children she cared for. Our […]
09:53 Designated drivers encouraged for Tyne Valley Oyster Festival »The Guardian - Local News
The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival is partnering with the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission on a contest to encourage the use of designated drivers at the festival and at Rock the Boat Musicfest. The Name Your Designated Driver contest will be run on the Rock the Boat Musicfest Facebook page ...
09:01 PEI Will Sink Or Swim, Four MP’s Heads on the Chopping Block »redlikeme.ca
“But hey, thats politics” remarked Charlottetown Liberal hack Sean Casey, as he complained about spending announcements in a lead up to an election. Yes we get it Mr. Casey, you would be no different then any other crooks or shysters. PEI cannot support Gail Shea or the three Liberal stooges. PEI will sink or swim? … Continue reading PEI Will Sink Or Swim, Four MP’s Heads on the Chopping Block
08:15 Ottawa lab studying wind efffects on Confederation Bridge lights »Journal-Pioneer Local
BORDEN-CARLETON -A laboratory in Ottawa is studying the effects of extreme wind on the Confederation Bridge’s light poles. It follows damage caused by a winter storm in February where winds reached 180 km/h on the bridge, which is hurricane strength. Those winds literally sheared 10 light posts ...
08:10 Maritime Electric looks for feedback on cable project »Journal-Pioneer Local
When it comes to plans for P.E.I.’s new power cables they could still change after feedback from the public, says a spokesman for Maritime Electric. John Gaudet, the company’s vice president of corporate planning and energy supply, said just because the funding is in place for the project that ...
07:46 Ottawa lab looking at how winds affect Confederation Bridge light poles »The Guardian - Local News
BORDEN-CARLETON - A laboratory in Ottawa is studying the effects of extreme wind on the Confederation Bridge’s light poles. It follows damage caused by a winter storm in February where winds reached 180 km/h on the bridge, which is hurricane strength. Those winds literally sheared 10 light ...
07:37 Daily Specials for Thursday, July 30, 2015 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Thursday, July 30, 2015 are:

  • Zucchini Bisque - $4.99
  • Chicken Alfredo...12.99 Sauteed chicken, green onions, mushrooms, garlic and seasonings tossed with whole wheat spaghetti in a light cream sauce with lots pf parmesan.

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440
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07:36 Maritime Electric looks for feedback on power cable plans »The Guardian - Local News
BORDERN-CARLETON - When it comes to plans for P.E.I.’s new power cables they could still change after feedback from the public, says a spokesman for Maritime Electric. John Gaudet, the company’s vice president of corporate planning and energy supply, said just because the funding is in place ...
07:34 Who Took The ‘Big Kiss’ at Morton Dew for 6 Million Dollars? »redlikeme.ca
Fast lane stock broker speak; the ‘big kiss’ is a huge and probably total wipeout on an investment. PEI Investors have taken the ‘big kiss’ at Morton Dew, the website is down, phones disconnected and 6 million dollars missing. This is a ‘big kiss’ for cosy Charlottetown, usually the local big shot ‘players’ take the … Continue reading Who Took The ‘Big Kiss’ at Morton Dew for 6 Million Dollars?
01:02 Beck pitches gem for senior baseball Islanders »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown Islanders pitcher Jacob Beck threw a gem in a New Brunswick Senior Baseball League victory over the Moncton Fisher Cats on Wednesday night. Beck tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout as the visiting Islanders edged the Fisher Cats 1-0 at Kiwanis Park. Sean Corcoran singled home ...
00:52 Mariners play defending champions tough at women's fastpitch nationals »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE - The Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners may have opened some eyes on Wednesday. The host team for the 2015 Tri-Tech Services national under-21 women's fastpitch championship at Queen Elizabeth Park's Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field completed Day 1 of the seven-team ...
00:43 Stratford, Morell pick up wins in KCBL action Wednesday »The Guardian - Sports
The Stratford P.E.I. Brewing Company Athletics defeated the Charlottetown Domino Jays 11-2 Wednesday night in Kings County Baseball League action. John Walsh picked up the win with relief from Corey Douguay while Steve Collins suffered the loss with relief from Nick Macphail. Curtis MacGregor ...
00:32 Time Warp sets new track record at Summerside Raceway »The Guardian - Sports
Time Warp set a new track record for two-year-old fillies Wednesday night at Summerside Raceway. The trot filly set the stage in the opening dash, in line to Danny MacDonald, when she powered her way to the front and delivered a 2:04.3 performance to tie the track record. The daughter of Neal ...
00:00 Rock the Boat Returns to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Get ready to stomp your feet! The Rock the Boat Music Festival is coming back to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival. The 2014 Oyster Festival attracted over 15,000 visitors to its longstanding and successful tourism event in western PEI, with Rock the Boat proving to be a major additional draw in its inaugural year. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities...
00:00 Souris Dialysis Unit now offers better care and more comfortable surroundings »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The newly renovated dialysis unit at Souris Hospital is improving access to high quality dialysis care for Kings County patients who require the life-sustaining treatment, says Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie. 'The $300,000 renovation has provided Kings County patients with a higher standard of care,' said Minister Currie. 'It has also resulted in a modern and spacious treatment area, which is very important to patients who must spend several...

Wednesday July 29, 2015

23:37 Time Warp equals track record »Journal-Pioneer Sports
In Callbeck Stakes at Summerside
23:28 Outrage in Cavendish »The Guardian - Local News
Residents, businesses gather to fume about Cavendish Beach Music Festival
23:26 [BRIEF NOTE] On the Anonymous threat to reveal the secrets of John Baird »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Earlier this year, Conservative MP and cabinet minister John Baird resigned from politics. This news came as a surprise to everyone, though in retrospect it may have marked the beginning of the trend of prominent Conservatives leaving before the election. As reported by the National Post's Adrian Humphreys, Anonymous is threatening to reveal the secret reasons for Baird's departure.

Hackers with Anonymous — who last week leaked a seemingly legitimate secret document on cyber-security at Canada’s spy agency — threatened Wednesday to release decrypted text messages from former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird allegedly showing the “real reason” why he abruptly left politics.

The warning was made in social media from an account the National Post confirms is one that has been operated by activists responsible for the CSIS leak.

No evidence was presented by the hacktivists to support the claim.

[. . .]

The month after leaving he was hired as an international advisor to Barrick Gold Corp and nominated to the board of directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. In May he joined law firm Bennett Jones LLP as a senior adviser. At the time, when opposition critics questioned his quick moves, he said he consulted the Ethics Commissioner before accepting his new roles and “got the green light.”

The Twitter account @OpAnonDown — named in honour of its claimed mission of seeking justice for an Anonymous protester shot and killed by the RCMP during a confrontation in Dawson Creek, B.C. — said text messages and a video are pending for release on this subject.


There was speculation at the time. See Enzo DiMatteo in NOW Toronto, for instance. The only secret about Baird that I myself am familiar with is the fact that he is gay. This has been public record at least since 2010, openly discussed in the LGBT press if only alluded to in the mainstream media.

(There has been some loose speculation that it is not so much his orientation as his choice of partners and what he does with them that might be a problem. See the comments of that DiMatteo article. I'm not aware of any rumours in this regard.)

Will we actually find out something? Is this just fuss? I wonder.
23:02 Mariners play defending champs tough »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Teams were tied going into seventh inning
22:53 Tempers flare at Oyster Bed Speedway »The Guardian - Sports
It was a nostalgic atmosphere during recent action at the Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge as the one of Canada's longest running stock car tracks celebrated its 30th birthday. As much as some things have changed over the years when it comes to racing such as technology, safety and ...
22:46 Forever Paradise, Barrieau the ones to beat in CDP feature »The Guardian - Sports
Forever Paradise formerly had a reputation as king of the Thursday night top class and the Kevin MacLean-trainee is looking for his throne back Thursday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First-race post-time is 7 p.m. for the 12-dash card. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRIES Gilles ...
22:40 P.E.I. Acadian Golf Tournament moves to Glasgow Hills Sept. 13 »The Guardian - Sports
The ever-popular P.E.I. Acadian Golf Tournament is moving to the Glasgow Hills Resort Golf Club in New Glasgow for its 10th edition Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1:30 p.m. "This year, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of our bilingual tournament, whose main goal is to raise funds to ensure that ...
22:00 Light On »justpictureit
20:03 Mysterious jaw muscle ache (111 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I've noticed a very strong ache in the jaw muscles just as I pop something tasty, usually a sweet treat. The pain is intense and does not require actually moving the jaw for the pain. A few few family and a couple of others mentioned the same phenomenon, and like me, it becomes more intense with age, and the ache is gone after the first bite.

So I'm interested in seeing how common it is. Maybe it's genetic. The only explanation I heard for it is the anticipation of a favourite treat gets the saliva glands working too soon and might be related to the ache....
20:00 Paynter sets another personal-best time »Journal-Pioneer Sports
19:32 [URBAN NOTE] "Falling apart: a glimpse of life in Cairo" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Open Democracy's Maged Mandour writes about the quiet immiseration of urban Egypt.

It has been almost seven years since I decided to leave my home, the once great city of Cairo. Since I moved to Europe I have been noticing changes in the city and its inhabitants, changes both subtle and sinister. This is, of course, to be expected, considering that the country went through the 'Arab Spring'. On my visit this time around, however, I found the change a lot more profound, and it struck me deeper than ever before.

Everything familiar is now gone; I feel like a stranger in my own city and neighbourhood. Four years after the start of the Egyptian revolt, and two years after the success of the counter-revolution, the city is lost to me.

This is a personal account of my experience on my last visit to my old home, and what it felt like to be in a country with the overbearing presence of a military dictatorship.

I had coffee with a friend and she asked me, “what is the most noticeable change you can see in the country?” I answered without hesitation, “poverty”. By this I do not mean poverty in the sense of a statistic, rather in sense of an increased level of social poverty among those considered economically comfortable.

Among the Egyptian middle class—the class I belong to—I noticed many indifferent and extremely demotivated faces. There is definitely a general deterioration in living standards. Traditional Egyptian middle class lifestyles, which were relatively comfortable, seem to have all but evaporated, especially for the younger generation, who are, due to economic hardship, being subsidised by their parents—often even if they are married with children.

The poor man in Egypt has become a two dimensional, almost fictional character.
19:30 [LINK] "Alarm Bell Rings in Tokyo at Rapid Rise in German Exports to China" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Yoshiaki Nohara reports on Germany's advantage over Japan in China.

As if Japan didn't have enough economic problems to overcome, officials in Tokyo have identified another worrying trend: lagging export growth to China.

Rapid gains in German shipments to China have caught their attention, with exports from the European powerhouse doubling in value since 2008 and reaching 74.5 billion euros ($82.5 billion) last year.

Japanese sales to China, the nation's biggest trading partner, crept up by just 3.3 percent over the same period. Japan still holds a solid lead though, with to 13.4 trillion yen ($109 billion) worth of shipments to China in 2014.

To be sure, part of the weakness in these Japanese export figures is because companies from Toyota Motor Corp to air-conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd. have been building factories in growing markets like China. While the profits from these plants are brought home, it means less industrial production in Japan.

[. . . T]otal exports account for about 15 percent of Japan's gross domestic product, compared with around 40 percent for Germany, according to a report by the statistics bureau in Tokyo.
19:28 [LINK] "Catalans Spur the Remaking of Spain With Battle for Independence" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Esteban Duarte's Bloomberg report keeps me up to date about the events in Spain. This could be big, bigger than Scotland.

Catalonia’s bid for independence has opened the floodgates: Now all Spain’s major parties are looking to remake the way the state’s power is carved up.

Catalan President Artur Mas plans to use voting for the region’s parliament on Sept. 27 -- weeks before national elections are due -- as a de-facto referendum on leaving Spain. Just as the Scottish independence movement has prompted a rethink of how the U.K. is governed, Spain’s national parties are responding with plans to prevent the disintegration of a country whose mainland borders are unchanged since the 17th century.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party is seeking to give the regions much more say in the Senate in Madrid. The main opposition Socialists are proposing a looser federal state, while the insurgent Podemos and Ciudadanos parties are floating their own ideas.

“Mas has contributed to reopening the debate about how Spain should be governed and taxes should be distributed,” said Antonio Barroso, a London-based analyst at Teneo Intelligence. “With Mas or without him, that’s going to be an issue that Spaniards will face over the course of the next legislative term.”

Spain’s 1978 constitution set up regional administrations with varying degrees of autonomy. But over the past three years, Mas has moved from seeking more control over taxes to demanding the right for Catalans to break away completely.

He’s already campaigning for September’s regional election. If separatist groups win a majority in the legislature in Barcelona and the central government refuses to negotiate, he says he’ll make a unilateral declaration of independence.
19:26 [LINK] "Ceres Resembles Saturn’s Icy Moons" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Universe Today's Jason Major reports on how dwarf planet Ceres is starting to look like an outer-system ice world. More, including a map, at the site.

With craters 3.7 miles (6 km) deep and mountains rising about the same distance from its surface, Ceres bears a resemblance to some of Saturn’s frozen moons.

“The craters we find on Ceres, in terms of their depth and diameter, are very similar to what we see on Dione and Tethys, two icy satellites of Saturn that are about the same size and density as Ceres,” said Paul Schenk, Dawn science team member and a geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX. “The features are pretty consistent with an ice-rich crust.”

In addition to elevation mapping Ceres has also had some of its more prominent craters named. No longer just “bright spot crater” and “Spot 1,” these ancient impact scars now have official IAU monikers… from the Roman Occator to the Hawaiian Haulani to the Hopi Kerwan, craters on Ceres are named after agriculture-related gods and goddesses of mythologies from around the world.

Dawn is currently moving closer toward Ceres into its third mapping orbit. By mid-August it will be 900 miles (1448 km) above Ceres’ surface and will proceed with acquiring data from this lower altitude, three times closer than it has been previously.

At 584 miles (940 km) in diameter Ceres is about 40 percent the size of Pluto.</blockquote>
19:24 [URBAN NOTE] "Anger grows at NY archdiocese for closing dozens of churches" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Debora Fougere writes for Al Jazeera America in describing the conflict in New York City in the Roman Catholic Church, as parishoners--often of immigrant background and belonging to tight-knit communities--are trying to keep their parishes intact.

On a warm and sultry summer night, a couple dozen worshippers gathered recently at the Church of the Nativity in New York City’s East Village for a mass celebrating the life of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement dedicated to helping the poor.

The church, housed in a simple, cinder block and brick building, has none of the usual gleaming gold and majesty one would often expect from a Catholic house of worship.

But the celebration was bittersweet. On Aug. 1, Nativity will be “merged” with another parish, Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, effectively shutting it down for good, leaving the immigrants, working families, young professionals, poor and homeless who pray there without their spiritual home.

Mildred Guy has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years, and worshipped at Nativity for 35. Her son was an altar server there, and graduated from the now closed Nativity Mission School. She lost her home in March when a deadly gas explosion levelled four East Village buildings, and now she’s losing her church. “It’s not the prettiest church. But it’s very comforting, it’s very homely”, she said. “When you come here you feel like you’re in a second home, at least for me. So to lose this church, it’s a big hurt.”

The church has built a reputation for embracing everyone. Claudia Marte, one of the parishioners fighting to keep the parish open, said the neighborhood needs Nativity. “We have a very diverse community,” she said. “We have a lot of homeless in the community, and we get together after mass sometimes and we invite them to join us. Some of them actually sleep in front of the church and we have become friends with some of them and we ask them to join us. They’re part of our community.”

Nor is Nativity alone. A reorganization plan dubbed “Making All Things New” is being rolled out that will merge 112 parishes in the Archdiocese of New York, the second largest in the country, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island in New York City, as well as seven upstate counties. Around 55 of those churches will effectively close.
19:22 [URBAN NOTE] "Olivia Chow launches federal run for NDP in Spadina-Fort York" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's David Rider and Jennifer Pagliaro report on Chow's return to federal politics.

“I have worked so hard for 30 years, for children, for a nation child-care program,” Chow told reporters Tuesday in a downtown condo filled for the occasion with parents and kids. “We’re at a historic moment. We’re at the edge of forming a (NDP) government that can finally delivery affordable child care to a million kids across Canada.”

Chow confirmed she will seek the NDP nomination in the new downtown riding of Spadina-Fort York that spans most of the south end of downtown, including a growing cluster of condos.

The former NDP transportation critic said, if voters elect her to the House of Commons, she will also fight for a national transit strategy, affordable housing and against the “reckless, dangerous and ineffective spy bill” C-51 passed by the Stephen Harper Conservative government with votes from Liberals –– including her federal opponent, MP Adam Vaughan.

But she returned again and again to Canada’s child-care “crisis” to explain why she is attempting a political comeback after she resigned her Trinity-Spadina seat last year to run for mayor of Toronto, a decision that triggered a $1-million federal byelection. Just five months ago, Chow accepted a three-year visiting professorship at Ryerson University, which has now granted her a leave to run in the Oct. 19 election.

“I have seen the desperation in the eyes of a lot of parents waiting for child care,” Chow said, with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at her side and children playing at her feet. “I refuse to stand on the sideline while we can deliver change.”
19:06 Gail Shea admits federal election is behind flurry of funding announcements in P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
You can be excused for wondering if Fisheries Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea ever plans to take any time off this summer. She has been hosting news conferences and photo ops all over the Island for the last few weeks, announcing and re-announcing federal money for projects big and small in ...
18:37 PEI Stooges Gain Unwarranted National Prominence on the ‘We’re A Province Too’ Ticket »redlikeme.ca
A couple of Stooges at Lehman Brothers Caused the 2008 Crisis With a population over 70 times the size of PEI, representing your Province is that many times more difficult in Ontario. This can work out to be a boost or lead to embarrassing outcomes where competitors gets out classed. This imbalance is even more … Continue reading PEI Stooges Gain Unwarranted National Prominence on the ‘We’re A Province Too’ Ticket
18:32 Forever Paradise looking to regain throne »Journal-Pioneer Sports
During Thursday’s 12-dash program in Charlottetown
18:28 Nostalgic atmosphere »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Speedway celebrates 30th anniversary with a rowdy night
18:01 Race postponed »Journal-Pioneer Local
A friendly horse race between the mayor of Summerside and mayors of Kensington and Charlottetown has been postponed.
17:45 Spirit of Chautauqua back in downtown Summerside  »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside waterfront will be alive with crafts, music and history for the next two days.
17:32 Mariners win opener at national under-12 fastpitch championship »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – It was a dramatic finish for the Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners on Wednesday afternoon.Right-fielder Danielle Collins made an outstanding game-saving catch as winning pitcher Hillary Pineau worked her way out of a seventh-inning jam to finish off a complete-game effort in ...
17:32 Mariners win opener at national under-21 fastpitch championship »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – It was a dramatic finish for the Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. Right-fielder Danielle Collins made an outstanding game-saving catch as winning pitcher Hillary Pineau worked her way out of a seventh-inning jam to finish off a complete-game effort in ...
17:14 City spends $300k to purchase former post office property »Journal-Pioneer Local
Building and land to become site of future Rotary Regional Community Learning Centre
17:13 Improving literacy   »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Rebecca Boulter wants Islanders, as young as infants, engrossed in books.
16:37 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes that ferry tickets for the Toronto Islands can now be bought online.

  • Discover's Crux considers SETI.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper considering habitable exoplanets around nearby red dwarf stars, defends the potential existence of exoplanets at Kapteyn's Star, and looks at the Epsilon Eridani system.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that a second Scottish referendum on independence is possible, according to Alex Salmond.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Mormons are unhappy with the Scouts' gay-friendly shift.

  • Language Hat considers the history of family name usage in Russia.

  • Languages of the World examines in two posts the argument that primitive peoples have simple languages.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the strategies of Spanish populist group Podemos.

  • Peter Watts considers the peculiar thing of people lacking large chunks of the brain who nonetheless seem normal.

  • Diane Duane, at Out of Ambit, is quite unhappy with an impending forced upgrade to Windows 10.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw notes how labour-saving technologies improved the lives of women.

  • The Planetary Society Blog considers proposals to explore small solar system bodies.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer considers what would happen if Bernie Sanders won the nomination of the Democratic Party.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to statistics on the population of Abu Dhabi.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the depopulation of South Ossetia and looks at the Russian Orthodox Church's hostility to Ukraine's Uniate Catholics.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes that although Labour apparently did a good job of convincing potential voters it was right, it did a worse job of getting them to vote.

16:15 The Senate Deserves More Respect and Doug Currie May Learn The Hard Way »redlikeme.ca
An article in the National Post points out the benefits of the Senate while another article in the Montreal Gazette explains how the collapse of the Senate image has been engineered by the devious Stephen Harper. The Charlottetown Guardian continues to ignore Minister Doug Currie handing Senator Duffy records out.  Although there is enormous and … Continue reading The Senate Deserves More Respect and Doug Currie May Learn The Hard Way
15:56 Lions give back »Journal-Pioneer Local
Funds the Alberton Lions Club takes in through lotteries, a voluntary toll booth and other activities get redistributed throughout the community.
15:53 Mariners win opener »Journal-Pioneer Sports
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