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Wednesday September 28, 2016

19:00 Equity at Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language)
Runs: 100 minutes
Director: Meera Menon
Country: US
Starring: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Craig Bierko, Alysia Reiner

“Equity is a smart thriller set in the corporate world that disguises its modest budget with an intelligent script and good set of hooks. Promoting itself as ‘the first female-driven Wall Street movie,’ the film’s plot revolves mostly around female characters, while it’s also been directed, written and produced by women. And yet, perhaps the most winning thing about Equity it that it’s not some kind of worthy empowerment drama about sisters doing if for themselves. Instead, although sexism in the workplace is definitely addressed, it plays more like an old-school noir with the sexes casually reversed, featuring a deeply flawed protagonist (Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn), a seductive but duplicitous homme fatale (James Purefoy) and others navigating their way through a miasma of an ethically shady urban world.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter. “A smart, entertaining drama... Anna Gunn plays the high-flying investment banker whose upcoming IPO for a tech company will either make or break her, and Thomas and Reiner are Gunn’s chief associate and a US Attorney on the trail of insider traders. It’s an altogether satisfying example of the high-finance scheming genre... it delivers the dramatic goods.” - Mitch Salem, Showbuzz Daily

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17:40 Police lay robbery charge »Journal-Pioneer Local
Homeowner facing firearms charges
17:37 Province asks French board to gauge interest in possible new high school »Journal-Pioneer Local
The province has asked the French school board to gauge interest in building a centralized high school in East Prince, a move the board and parents don’t support.
16:31 NB Liquor threatens to sue Information Commissioner over report While PEI Awaits AG Report »redlikeme.ca
Legal threat comes after Anne Bertrand issued a scathing report, accusing NB Liquor of acting ‘above the law’ . Sound like E Gaming? NB Liquor has threatened to sue the province’s access to information commissioner over a damning report that concludes the Crown corporation “considered itself above the law” in processing a routine right to … Continue reading NB Liquor threatens to sue Information Commissioner over report While PEI Awaits AG Report
16:11 Six people charged after incident in Saint Roch involving firearms »The Guardian - Local News
Six young people have been charged after a struggle involving a firearm broke out at a residence in Saint Roch, near Tignish, Monday. RCMP say they were called early Monday morning to a residence where there had been a struggle for a shotgun. No shots were fired and no serious injuries were ...
16:07 City close to finalizing new, more interactive website at $50,000 cost »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s often the first impression people get of the City of Summerside.
16:04 [URBAN NOTE] "London Mayor Khan Urges Labour to Win Cities in Push for Power" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Thomas Penny reports on an interesting-sounding strategy for the United Kingdom's Labour Party. Could it work?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will call on his Labour Party to use elections to run cities across Britain next year as a springboard to defeating Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government.

Speaking at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, northwest England, Khan will say that effective local government can prove to voters that Labour is ready for power nationally. Current national polling shows the main opposition party, which has been split by a leadership battle, as much as 15 percentage points behind the Conservatives, suggesting Labour would be heavily defeated in a general election.

Mayors “can demonstrate that we can make a real difference to people’s lives,” Khan will say Tuesday, according to extracts of the speech released by his office. “With Labour in power, we can prove we are ready for government.”

Khan, who was elected in May and has the biggest personal mandate of any British politician, will say the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday has “decided” the question of the party’s leadership and activists must concentrate on winning power instead of infighting. The mayor, who supported the leader’s challenger, Owen Smith, will say the party owes it to the most vulnerable in society.
16:01 [URBAN NOTE] "Vancouver, London Top List of Cities at Risk of Housing Bubble" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg reports on global housing bubbles.

Vancouver, London and Stockholm rank as the cities most at risk of a housing bubble after a surge in prices in the past five years, according to a UBS Group AG analysis of 18 financial centers.
Sydney, Munich and Hong Kong are also facing stretched valuations, UBS said in its 2016 Global Real Estate Bubble Index report, released Tuesday. San Francisco ranked as the most overvalued housing market in the U.S., while not yet at bubble risk.

House prices in the near-bubble cities have increased on average by almost 50 percent since 2011, compared with less than 15 percent in other financial centers, UBS said. Low interest rates, global capital inflows and optimism among investors about returns have helped to inflate values, the bank said.

“A change in macroeconomic momentum, a shift in investor sentiment or a major supply increase could trigger a rapid decline in house prices," UBS said. “Investors in overvalued markets should not expect real price appreciation in the medium to long run.”

Vancouver’s ranking soared to first from fourth place in 2015. Housing prices in the Canadian city have doubled in the past decade, prompting an outcry from local families struggling to afford homes that now chew up 90 percent of average before-tax income.
15:58 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes a bike licensing proposal has been killed.

  • The Dragon's Tales links to a study of the surfaces of magma exoplanets.

  • Language Hat notes untranslatable Maltese phrases.

  • Language Log is taken aback by Donald Trump's juvenile language.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money thinks that Trump's stance on trade might be an advantage.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer does not understand what Ian Bremmer means by saying that the presidential election does not matter to business.

  • Savage Minds shares an indigenous take on anthropology and its charting of indigenous secrets and lives and cultures.

  • Towleroad notes that survivors of the Orlando massacre and others are starting to get compensation from the OneOrlando fund.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians believed their propaganda today and argues Russian autocracy will always threaten Ukraine.

15:28 [PHOTO] Four Group of Seven works from the Art Gallery of Ontario »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Art Gallery of Ontario has many works of Group of Seven artists who are not Lawren Harris. I liked the landscapes of J.E.H. MacDonald, "Lake O'Hara" and especially "Fine Weather, Georgian Bay" speaking to me.

From Lake O"Hara, J.E.H. MacDonald #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ago #jehmacdonald


From Fine Weather, Georgian Bay #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ago #jehmacdonald


F.H. Varley's "Study of Joan (Fairley)" is a deserved classic.

From Study of Joan (Fairley), F.H. Varley #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ago #fhvarley #joanfairley


His "Immigrants", meanwhile, is a wonderful tableau.

From Immigrants, F.H. Varley #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ago #fhvarley
15:26 Dillon Cameron and his mom, Christine, now have their new wheels »The Guardian - Local News
Mother and son grateful for outpouring of support to buy wheelchair accessible vehicle
14:56 Kinch is bringing his comedy home »Journal-Pioneer Living
Shows next week in Tyne Valley and Ch’town
14:56 [PHOTO] Three photos from a walk east from Victoria Park, Charlottetown »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Boardwalk east #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #skyline #latergram #boardwalk


Looking east towards West Street #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #skyline #latergram #boardwalk #weststreet


Low tide #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #skyline #latergram #charlottetownharbour
14:17 COMMENTARY: Bilingual Supreme Court justice issue rears its head »Journal-Pioneer Local
Natalie Sans 'h' Column
14:05 Islanders divided on electoral reform: CRA poll »The Guardian - Local News
It appears Islanders may be divided on whether to change the way they vote. A new poll from Corporate Research Associates shows 46 per cent of P.E.I. residents surveyed said they feel the current voting system should continue while 39 per cent believe it should be changed. That's a difference ...
13:45 Planned power outage on Saturday in parts of Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Local
It will be lights out for parts of the city during a planned power outage early Saturday.
13:42 The Feed: TF066 Media Exec Kirstine Stewart, from Twitter to Diply »AmberMac
After rocking her role as Vice President of Media at Twitter, Kirstine Stewart talks to us about her new adventure as the Chief Strategy Officer at Diply. If you have a baby at home or on the way, Adam Rivera from Tulip joins us to explain how his company’s latest technology can keep infants safe […]
12:42 Man on P.E.I. with criminal record 21 pages long back in jail »The Guardian - Local News
John Daniel Peters, 31, on probation from last charges when he failed to report to his probation officer
12:01 Man charged with arson in O'Leary fire »The Guardian - Local News
Alexander Sheldon Collicut, 24, also facing three counts of damage to property
11:52 Charlottetown Fire Department Hosting an Open House this Sunday »City of Charlottetown
2016-09-28 The Charlottetown Fire Department is hosting an open house on Sunday,
11:30 Two females arrested on P.E.I. for trafficking methamphetamine »The Guardian - Local News
Early morning raid today in Charlottetown finds large amount of pills, cash, weapon
11:23 Évangéline-Central Credit Union members support cancer care »Journal-Pioneer Local
Évangéline-Central Credit Union members contributed $1,500 to cancer care equipment for the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
11:17 Every Date on Bob Dylan’s 1966 World Tour Coming on 36 CD’s »NJN Network
By Stephen Pate – In case you were wondering what Sony/Columbia would dig up the year from their vaults of old Dylan recordings, the news is out. A new box set has the complete 1966 World Tour on 36 CD’s coming November 11th, 2016 – Bob Dylan The Live Recordings 1966. One of the interesting […]
11:16 Band 45 Knots playing Lot 7 Ceilidh this Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Living
The band, 45 Knots, will provide the entertainment for the Lot 7 Ceilidh this Thursday evening at St. Mark’s Hall in Burton.
10:35 O’Leary man charged with arson and damage to property »Journal-Pioneer Local
The RCMP has charged Alexander Sheldon Collicutt, 24, of O’Leary with one count of arson and three counts of damage to property in relation to a number of incidents in the West Prince area.
10:01 Some sunshine expected today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday Sept 28th 10:00am…High pressure located to the NW of the region and low pressure south of NS will maintain a NE flow of cool dampish weather across the island today and tomorrow. The high will eventually crest over the … Continue reading
09:33 Two Females Arrested For Trafficking Methamphetamine »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant at an address on Prince St., early this morning, resulting in the seizure of in excess of one thousand methamphetamine pills, a quantity of percocet, a quantity of cash, and a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles). Police have arrested two Charlottetown area females, aged 33 and 29 years, with trafficking in narcotics, and possessing a prohibited weapon. Both accused have been jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre, and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
09:14 Ceilidh In the City welcomes Roy MacCaull, Kim Tuplin »The Guardian - Living
The Ceilidh In The City welcomes Roy MacCaull for tonight’s show at the Murchison Centre at 7:30 p.m. MacCaull was the host Community Showcase, which aired for many years on P.E.I. He has been performing for Island crowds for many years on the stage and TV set. Joining him on stage is another ...
08:23 Shane Neilson, Jim Johnstone at Confederation Centre Library, Sept. 29 »The Guardian - Living
Enjoy an evening of poetry with Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone who are visiting Confederation Centre Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. as part of their east coast reading tour. Shane Neilson is a physician, author and poet. He was born in New Brunswick and currently practices ...
08:18 Final ceilidh for the season at Stanley Bridge, Sept. 29 »The Guardian - Living
The Stanley Bridge ceilidh finishes on a high note this Thursday evening, at 7:30 p.m., with guest fiddler Billy MacInnis. McInnis, toured nine years with Stompin Tom Connors and brings a distinctive down-home feel to bothhis fiddle tunes and to his acoustic and electric guitar stylings. ...
08:14 Orange-clad teams out across P.E.I. now, raising funds for literacy »Journal-Pioneer Local
Participating in annual cross-Canada Postmedia Raise-A-Reader campaign, accepting donations, handing out newspapers
08:09 ‘Jumpin Jack’ Proud donates to college »The Guardian - Living
Holland College to host collection of memorabilia donated by well-known character
07:57 Posing for Posterity »PEI History Guy
G’day there! Want to know something fun about me? You do?! Terrific – I had a feeling you would. So here it is: I love, love, LOVE (yes, all caps) receiving parcels in the mail. Absolutely, unabashedly, unequivocally love it. I haven’t a clue why, just do. Anyway, I’d been going through a bit of a […]
07:55 Rural PEI Ready To Leapfrog Health PEI and Demand Healthcare in Ottawa »redlikeme.ca
The economy of rural PEI is prosperous and a pure tax generator. The rural economy  continues to feed the city and the Province with net tax revenue yet rural people have not been treated fairly by government with resources or consideration. A new ferry would cost little more than the 30 million 2015 festival on the … Continue reading Rural PEI Ready To Leapfrog Health PEI and Demand Healthcare in Ottawa
07:49 Reviews launched for six families of schools »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I. is about to undertake a huge round of public consultations regarding the future of six families of schools. The Public Schools Branch accepted recommendations Tuesday to conduct in-depth reviews on the school families based on initial research conducted by former interim superintendent ...
07:33 Orange-clad teams out across P.E.I. now, raising funds for literacy »The Guardian - Local News
Participating in annual cross-Canada Postmedia Raise-A-Reader campaign, accepting donations, handing out newspapers
06:51 New technology for Souris hospital »The Guardian - Local News
State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging service to benefit Eastern Kings residents
06:39 Please remember »Island Musings
To give thought to our Liberal overlords as the cost of just about everything is increasing 1% with the start of 1% more tax. 
00:57 [AH] Could Tecumseh's confederacy have succeeded? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Two weekends ago, I enjoyed an afternoon at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario. One of the first works I saw on this visit were these two terracotta busts by one Hamilton Plantagenet MacCarthy. The one in the back is of Sir Isaac Brock, an acting Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada who died in an early battle of the War of 1812. The one in the front is of Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader who tried to create an Indian confederacy to Upper Canada's west and fell in battle a year after Brock.

Tecumseh and Brock, by MacCarthy #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ago #terracotta #tecumseh #isaacbrock #hamiltonplantagenetmaccarthy


The project to which Brock devoted his life, that of an Upper Canada that was part of the British Empire, succeeded. Barring sustained British defeats on the front lines, I would argue that was a more likely outcome than not. Tecumseh's confederacy, in contrast, did not survive his death, and would arguably have been hard-pressed to survive, not least because of American pressure on territories that had been ceded to the US back in 1783.

A commenter on Facebook linked to his analysis of a scenario where the Confederacy survived. The description of British demands, found here, describes something stiff.

Within a week, Lord Castlereagh sent precise instructions which confirmed the worst fears of the Americans. The Indian boundary line was to follow the line of the Treaty of Greenville and beyond it neither nation was to acquire land. The United States was asked, in short, to set apart for the Indians in perpetuity an area which comprised the present States of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, four-fifths of Indiana, and a third of Ohio. But, remonstrated Gallatin, this area included States and Territories settled by more than a hundred thousand American citizens. What was to be done with them? 'They must look after themselves,' was the blunt answer.

In comparison with this astounding proposal, Lord Castlereagh's further suggestion of a 'rectification' of the frontier by the cession of Fort Niagara and Sackett's Harbor and by the exclusion of the Americans from the Lakes, seemed of little importance. The purpose of His Majesty's Government, the commissioners hastened to add, was not aggrandizement but the protection of the North American provinces. In view of the avowed aim of the United States to conquer Canada, the control of the Lakes must rest with Great Britain. Indeed, taking the weakness of Canada into account, His Majesty's Government might have reasonably demanded the cession of the lands adjacent to the Lakes; and should these moderate terms not be accepted, His Majesty's Government would feel itself at liberty to enlarge its demands, if the war continued to favor British arms. The American commissioners asked if these proposals relating to the control of the Lakes were also a sine qua non. 'We have given you one sine qua non already,' was the reply, 'and we should suppose one sine qua non at a time was enough.'


The Treaty of Greenville, originally signed in 1795, set generous boundaries for the confederacy.



I have serious doubts as to whether this would be viable. The weakness of the First Nations alone, particularly demographically, the situation of the American citizens already resident in this autonomous zone--a territory that, I believe, would still be part of the United States--would seem certain to keep everyone entangled most uncomfortably. The result could easily be a second war on the Great Lakes at some point. Tecumseh's confederacy, even if successful, might only postpone the marginalization of indigenous peoples in central North America for another generation. His initiative came too late.

Was there any way that Tecumseh's project could have survived? Perhaps we could have had Michigan become a Native American polity under Britain? Tecumseh could plausibly have survived; Britain could plausibly have done better? Or were the odds too great for any long-duration survival?
00:44 Hurricanes assistant fostering love of football with young kids »The Guardian - Sports
Armed with a passion for football, Stephen Letner started knocking on doors at the Royalty Centre in Charlottetown two years ago when he and his family moved to P.E.I. The native of Ohio not only wanted to be involved, his goal was to have a part in just about every level of football there was ...
00:32 Holland College names its players of the week »The Guardian - Sports
Women’s soccer player Kristyn Visser and men’s baseball player Brady Arsenault have been named the Holland Hurricanes athletes of the week. Visser, in her first season, led Holland College to back-to-back wins on the road this weekend in New Brunswick. The defender scored on Saturday in a 6-0 ...
00:27 P.E.I.'s Charlie Cameron named assistant coach of UNB men's hockey team »The Guardian - Sports
Charlie Cameron has traded the navy and light blue of the Fredericton Police Force for the red, white and black of the Varsity Reds. After three decades as a police officer, 28 of those in Fredericton, Cameron retired earlier this year. With some time on his hands, he’s reconnected with fellow ...
00:23 Senior hockey returning to West Prince »The Guardian - Sports
TYNE VALLEY - A made-in-West Prince Senior Hockey League could be skating into existence around Christmas time. Representative from four interested teams attended a planning meeting Monday night in Tyne Valley and a fifth team gave indications it wants to ice a team reports Adam MacLennan who ...
00:15 NHL legends of hockey tour coming to Souris in October »The Guardian - Sports
The Legends of Hockey Tour is coming to Souris on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Slap Shots Boot Stompin’ Event will be stopping in Souris as part of their 2016 Maritime and Alberta tour. Fans will be treated to the skills of former NHL greats Glenn Anderson, Mike Krushelynski, Cliff Ronning, Doug ...

Tuesday September 27, 2016

23:55 [URBAN NOTE] "This city's skyline is a doppelganger for Toronto" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
blogTO's Derek Flack reports on how Toronto's skyline resembles Tehran's.

The most recognizable feature of Toronto's skyline isn't a matter of debate. The CN Tower is both our most famous building and a navigational beacon that even longtime residents rely on to get their bearings on occasion. Take away this soaring landmark, and the city no longer looks like Toronto at all.

That's why it's so strange to look at images of certain Tehran's skyline. If you squint your eyes, it can seem startlingly like Toronto thanks to the cranes that seem to continually cover the sky and the presence of the Milad Tower, a slightly shorter communications beacon that shares a number of traits with our local version.

Kuala Lumpur also has a structure that resembles the CN Tower, but it shares the skyline with the brighter Petronas Twin Towers, which diminishes the centrality of the the KL Tower. Other major observation/communications towers in cities like Seattle don't really resemble the CN Tower in the first place.

Tehran's tower is just over 100 metres shorter than our central landmark, but the resemblance is heightened by the disc on its top section, which is located around the same area where the Skypod is on the CN Tower. As a distant silhouette, the two structures are eerily similar (even if that can't be said when they're examined up close).


There is more, including the inevitable photos, at blogTO.
23:52 P.E.I. flags six families of schools for in-depth studies »Journal-Pioneer Local
Closures are one possible outcome
23:49 Reviews launched for six families of schools »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I. is about to undertake a huge round of public consultations regarding the future of six families of schools. The Public Schools Branch accepted recommendations Tuesday to conduct in-depth reviews on the school families based on initial research conducted by former interim superintendent ...
23:40 [URBAN NOTE] "Monarchy over multiculturalism, says Leamington mayor" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC reports on one southwest Ontario mayor determined to oppose monarchy to multiculturalism. The irony of the photo that CBC used to illustrate the monarchs--William and Kate participating in a First Nations drum ceremony--is likely beyond him.

As the royal tour makes its way through Canada, one southwest Ontario mayor is calling on Canada to scrap its current multicultural policies and focus on ties to the monarchy.

[. . .]

Paterson stood by his Facebook comments Monday, telling CBC he welcomes new Canadians from around the world. But he expects them to conform to Canadian culture.

"If you're going to come to Canada and swear allegiance to Canada, which includes an allegiance to the monarchy, then be Canadian, that's all I'm saying," Paterson said. "Don't force us to change our ways. Come to Canada and be Canadian."

Paterson said he's not criticizing immigrants, but federal programs promoting multiculturalism. To Paterson, those come at the expense of traditions like the British monarchy.
23:32 [URBAN NOTE] "Province considering 600 requests to remove Greenbelt land" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Alex Ballingall reports on pressures to undermine the greenbelt of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The province is considering more than 600 applications to remove land from the official Greenbelt, prompting worries from environmentalists that parts of the protected area might be opened for development.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs said in an emailed statement that any changes to the Greenbelt would be “minor.” The government has received these “site-specific requests” over the past 10 years, and is now assessing them as part of an ongoing review of the Greenbelt Plan, which was created in 2005.

Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said he’s been told several times that the province has no intention of compromising the 1.8-million acre Greenbelt area, which was established to protect wild areas and farmland against the encroachment of suburban sprawl. Even so, he said, removing any land from the Greenbelt could legitimize calls for development in the protected corridor around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

“The whole point of creating the Greenbelt was not allowing incursions into it,” Gray said.

“Every inch you give, you then are asked to give a mile. That’s the risk.”
23:23 [URBAN NOTE] "Amazon Prime to offer same-day delivery in Toronto, Vancouver" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Pete Evans reports on how Amazon is trying to make headway in the Canadian market.

Amazon says it will soon offer same-day delivery to its Prime customers in Toronto and Vancouver who order something online worth more than $25.

The service has been available in the U.S., but the online retailer is rolling it out in Canada for the first time ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

"Prime was developed to make shopping on Amazon fast and convenient, and Prime members in Canada can now enjoy fast, unlimited, free Prime delivery seven days a week," spokesman Alexandre Gagnon said.

Any orders on eligible goods in those markets placed in the morning wil be delivered by 9 p.m. that day, the company says.
23:10 [URBAN NOTE] "Vancouver's housing-bubble risk unmatched on the planet, says Swiss bank" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC carries Dan Healing's Canadian Press article describing a recent study that came to a not-unexpected conclusion.

The rise in Vancouver's average housing prices compared with the growth in average wages, rents and other economic factors make it the most likely to experience a sudden downward correction compared with 17 other large cities around the globe, according to the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index released this week.

The report also warned that investors are less likely to see growth in property value in high "bubble risk" cities.

Jon Woloshin, strategist at UBS Wealth Management Americas, said the report doesn't mean Vancouver is likely to experience a home price correction like the U.S. housing crisis that contributed to the 2008-09 recession. Rather, it's meant as a cautionary signal for potential real estate investors.

"Based on the different criteria that were factored into all these major markets, as we sit here today, Vancouver on a risk-reward basis scored the lowest, which is why it's at the top," he explained.</blockquote
23:06 [URBAN NOTE] "Will Crosstown LRT builders keep their local jobs pledge?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr reports on a good idea that might not be realized.

An agreement to hire locally for constructing the Eglinton Crosstown was billed as a ground-breaking move that would leverage major transit projects to create jobs for disadvantaged communities. But more than a year after the consortium building the LRT agreed to put forward a plan, labour and community organizations say it has yet to deliver.

In 2014, the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) and Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, signed a widely lauded framework outlining principles for “community benefit agreements” for Toronto’s light rail projects.

The agreement said companies selected to deliver the transit lines would be asked to commit to offering employment and apprenticeship opportunities to “historically disadvantaged” and “equity-seeking groups,” to ensure that some of the billions being invested in the projects would stay in local communities.

A construction consortium called Crosslinx won the bid for the second phase of the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown in July 2015. But according to the TCBN, the company has yet to release any clear targets for so-called “diversity hires.”

Crosslinx declined to answer questions about its community benefit plan and instead referred the Star to Metrolinx, which is in charge of the light rail project. Agency spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said Crosslinx has submitted community benefits and apprenticeship proposals, and Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are in the “final stages” of reviewing them. She said the provincial agencies “expect to have an announcement very soon” and the agency is committed to the community benefits project.
21:18 Island schools facing capacity crunch »The Guardian - Local News
Numbers given to Public Schools Branch show many schools under capacity, others over
21:18 Island schools facing capacity crunch »Journal-Pioneer Local
Numbers given to Public Schools Branch show many schools under capacity, others over
21:00 No cycling »Pedaling PEI
21:00 Hockey Happy »justpictureit
photo - Hockey Happy

This fellow can't wait to play hockey. He skates already and he can practice shots in summer.

20:36 Islanders join millions around the globe in watching first U.S. presidential debate »The Guardian - Local News
Nielsen has stated 81.4 million watched the debate live on traditional channels, although the number would be higher when taking into account those watching at parties, online sites and in bars like Upstreet.
20:36 Charlottetown Islanders forward receives national honour »The Guardian - Sports
The Canadian Hockey League announced Tuesday that Kameron Kielly of the Charlottetown Islanders is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of regular season action after scoring three goals and six assists for nine points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8. Kielly helped the ...
20:33 Alberton landlord says RCMP on a ‘posse hunt’ »The Guardian - Local News
Gaudet says Mounties trying to put fear in people over presence of motorcycle club in his building
20:16 PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION INFORMATION FOR PEI VOTERS »redlikeme.ca
I am a volunteer working with the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation.  Here is a brand-new short [1 min. 22 sec.] video which we want to share with you. The PEI Citizens’ Alliance is part of the coalition. We hope you like the video enough to post it on your website, and encourage readers to … Continue reading PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION INFORMATION FOR PEI VOTERS
19:51 Close to the Ground concert series wraps up Sept. 29 »The Guardian - Living
Lester MacPherson and Jim Williams will be on stage for the final night
19:36 Alleged screencutter’s wife charged »The Guardian - Local News
Courtney Arsenault charged jointly with husband Richard Joseph Arsenault for possessing stolen property
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