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Wednesday November 25, 2015

00:59 [DM] "Some notes on the Turkmen, Turkey, and this diaspora's future" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I've a followup at Demography Matters to this afternoon's post in the Syrian Turkmen, predicting the imminent mass migration of ethnic Turks from Syria and Iraq to (for starters) Turkey.
00:12 Canada Post caught without spray as mail box locks freeze on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Mail corporation apologizes formaintenance slip to prevent ice from locking down mail box locks

Tuesday November 24, 2015

23:47 P.E.I. women 3-0 at Travelers Curling ch’ships »Journal-Pioneer Sports
23:27 Panthers make top-10 list for the first time in Kendrick's tenure »The Guardian - Sports
The UPEI Panthers men's basketball team's perfect start to the regular season has caught the attention of coaches across the country. The Atlantic University Sport-leading Panthers (5-0) were ranked ninth Tuesday in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport top-10 list. It is the first time the team ...
23:22 Wooldridge to serve on Hockey Canada's board of directors »The Guardian - Sports
Milton Station native Goops Wooldridge was elected for a one-year term as a director of Hockey Canada's board of directors during the weekend in Toronto. Wooldridge has been a longtime member of the Hockey P.E.I. board of directors and served as the association's president from 2012 to ...
23:20 Charlottetown police spend all day investigating violent incident »The Guardian - Local News
Police forensic unit at downtown Charlottetown apartment house at 177 Euston Street as victim taken to Halifax
23:19 Tignish lottery to end Dec. 18 or sooner »Journal-Pioneer Local
23:16 Preparing P.E.I. students for college, university goal of school board »The Guardian - Local News
The English Language School Board wants more high school graduates to have college or university as an option. The board held a meeting in Stratford on Tuesday night in which it listed three goals as part of a strategic plan. The first goal was that by June 30, 2017 the board will have ...
22:43 [URBAN NOTE] "City unveils designs for $19.7 million Fort York pedestrian bridge" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
blogTO let me know that the proposal for a pedestrian bridge at Fort York cancelled by Rob Ford in 2011 is on again, courtesy CP24's Chris Fox.

The city has unveiled the design for two new pedestrian bridges that will traverse a pair of rail tracks in the west end, connecting Stanley Park with the Fort York historic grounds and the nearby waterfront.

The $19.7 million Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle bridge will actually consist of two separate stainless steel spans, one that will run above the Georgetown rail corridor near Strachan Avenue and another that will run above the Lakeshore rail corridor further south.

The project will also see the areas surrounding either bridge developed into parkland.

Construction will begin in the spring with a targeted completion date of spring 2017
22:00 Feeling Appreciated »justpictureit
photo - Feeling Appreciated

Milk cows love people. I had visited them, petting noses and feeding grass and was walking away. I turned around when one cow mooing kept calling me back.

21:55 P.E.I. women 3-0, men 1-1 at Travels curling championships »The Guardian - Sports
Team P.E.I. women share the top of the leaderboard with Ontario after two days of play at the Travelers Canadian Curling Club Championships in Ottawa. The Lisa Jackson rink from the Cornwall Curling Club soared to 3-0 with a 7-2 win over Quebec’s Sonia Simard rink in the fifth draw of the ...
21:38 [LINK] On the latest from KIC 8462852 »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
KIC 8462852 has been the subject of extensive speculation and research since the discovery of the mysterious debris disk in orbit. The latest NASA press release on the subject suggests

A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope addresses the mystery, finding more evidence for the scenario involving a swarm of comets. The study, led by Massimo Marengo of Iowa State University, Ames, is accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

One way to learn more about the star is to study it in infrared light. Kepler had observed it in visible light. If a planetary impact, or a collision amongst asteroids, were behind the mystery of KIC 8462852, then there should be an excess of infrared light around the star. Dusty, ground-up bits of rock would be at the right temperature to glow at infrared wavelengths.

At first, researchers tried to look for infrared light using NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, and found none. But those observations were taken in 2010, before the strange events seen by Kepler -- and before any collisions would have kicked up dust.

To search for infrared light that might have been generated after the oddball events, researchers turned to Spitzer, which, like WISE, also detects infrared light. Spitzer just happened to observe KIC 8462852 more recently in 2015.

"Spitzer has observed all of the hundreds of thousands of stars where Kepler hunted for planets, in the hope of finding infrared emission from circumstellar dust," said Michael Werner, the Spitzer project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and the lead investigator of that particular Spitzer/Kepler observing program.

But, like WISE, Spitzer did not find any significant excess of infrared light from warm dust. That makes theories of rocky smashups very unlikely, and favors the idea that cold comets are responsible. It's possible that a family of comets is traveling on a very long, eccentric orbit around the star. At the head of the pack would be a very large comet, which would have blocked the star's light in 2011, as noted by Kepler. Later, in 2013, the rest of the comet family, a band of varied fragments lagging behind, would have passed in front of the star and again blocked its light.

The paper, "KIC 8462852: The Infrared Flux", is available here.
19:53 Metros go 5-for-5 on the power play in junior C victory »The Guardian - Sports
The Sherwood Metros scored five of its six second-period goals on the power play en route to an 8-2 win over the Tignish Perry's Construction Aces in Razzy's P.E.I. Junior C hockey League action Monday at Cody Banks Arena. Zack MacDonald (1-1), Tanner Jamieson (1-1), Chad Wilson, Zac Mella and ...
19:29 Two-month extension given for bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada »Journal-Pioneer Local
‘…helping our neighbor in need’
18:54 Gray, Koughan propel Pownal to victory »The Guardian - Sports
Two goals by Connor Gray and a goal and an assist by Grant Koughan paced the Pownal Taco Boyz Red Devils to a 3-0 win over the Charlottetown Brighton Construction Abbies in P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League action Monday in Pownal. Devils goalie Colby Landrigan upped his record 5-1 and earned his ...
18:53 Cyber bullying expert offers help to Kensington family »Journal-Pioneer Local
The mother of a Kensington student whose social media post about bullying went viral says her son is going back to school after getting some high-profile help.
18:12 New Caring Cupboard depot in New Year »Journal-Pioneer Local
Coming to Tyne Valley Presbyterian Hall
17:33 [BRIEF NOTE] On the Turkmen of Syria, Turkey, Russia, and ongoing complexities »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Friend of the blog Jussi Jalonen recently noted on Facebook that the Turkish shootdown of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 on the Turkish-Syrian border, the pilots successfully escaping in parachutes only to be shot dead by Syrian Turkmen Brigades in Syria, underlines the complexities.

The Syrian Turkmen are a substantial ethnic minority, apparently concentrated near the Turkish border, amounting to the hundreds of thousands. How many hundreds of thousands? Might it even be millions? There's no firm data, it seems, much as there is no firm data on the numbers of Iraqi Turkmen. What is known is that these Turkmen minorities are numerous, that their zones of inhabitation overlap at least in part with that of ethnic Kurds, and that they are politically close to Turkey. As Vox's Zack Beauchamp noted, in the particular case of Syria the Turkmen are opposed to Russia.

he Turkmen arrived in what's now Syria centuries ago, as various different Turkic empires — first the Seljuks, then the Ottomans — encouraged Turkish migration into the territory to counterbalance the local Arab majority. Under Bashar al-Assad's rule, the mostly Sunni Muslim Turkmen in Syria were an oppressed minority, denied even the right to teach their own children in their own language (a Turkish dialect).

However, the Turkmen didn't immediately join the anti-Assad uprising in 2011. Instead, they were goaded into it by both sides. Assad persecuted them, treating them as a potential conduit for Turkish involvement in the Syrian civil war. Turkey, a longtime enemy of Assad, encouraged the Turkmen to oppose him with force. Pushed in the same direction by two major powers, the Turkmen officially joined the armed opposition in 2012.

Since then, they've gotten deeply involved in the civil war, receiving significant amounts of military aid from Ankara. Their location has brought them into conflict with the Assad regime, ISIS, and even the Western-backed Kurdish rebels (whom Turkey sees as a threat given its longstanding struggle with its own Kurdish population). Today, the Syrian Turkmen Brigades — the dominant Turkmen military faction — boast as many as 10,000 fighters, per the BBC, though the real number could be much lower.

The Turkmen role in the conflict has put them directly in Russia's crosshairs. The Russians, contrary to their stated goal of fighting ISIS, have directed most of their military efforts to helping Assad's forces fight rebels. The Turkmen have clashed repeatedly with Assad and his allies in the north — which led to Russian planes targeting Turkmen militants last week.

Turkey was not happy, and called in the Russian ambassador to register its disapproval. "It was stressed that the Russian side's actions were not a fight against terror, but they bombed civilian Turkmen villages and this could lead to serious consequences," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a description of the meeting provided to Reuters.

Could, as Beauchamp suggests, the Turkish attack have been a warning to Russia to avoid attacking Turkey's ethnic kin? It's imaginable, at least.

All I can add is that there's a tragic irony here. At least in part in an effort to diminish the negative consequences from Russia's support of armed ethnic kin against their parent state in Ukraine, Russia has now come into conflict with Turkey's armed ethnic kin as they fight against their parent state.
17:30 Dean, Adams receive Hurricanes athletes of the week awards »The Guardian - Sports
Basketball players Marvia Dean and Travis Adams are the Holland College Hurricanes athletes of the week after helping their teams sweepthe Crandall Chargers during the weekend. Dean, a second-year sport and leisure management student from Nassau, Bahamas, had 17 points and23 rebounds on ...
17:20 Remaining seasonably cold tonight/tomorrow across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Tuesday November 24th 5:15pm.. The low pressure system that gave all the rain to the region yesterday is now located east of Newfoundland, meanwhile an area of high pressure is approaching from the west. This feature should pass just south … Continue reading
17:10 P.E.I. Opposition seeks free vote on potato disinfection motion »The Guardian - Local News
The Opposition Progressive Conservatives are calling for Premier Wade MacLauchlan to allow his Liberal caucus to vote freely on a motion seeking a compromise on cuts to potato disinfection services.The Opposition motion calls for a temporary pause to government’s plan to cut funding to this ...
17:07 Fraser even at Travelers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Big final end steal sinks Island team
16:55 Anne with a tea »The Guardian - Living
Anne & Gilbert actors help warm up Ottawa commuters
16:43 Santa's chair from Holman’s Toy Land returns to the downtown building »Journal-Pioneer Local
A piece of Christmas nostalgia is returning, home, to the Holman Building.
16:38 Bolo retires after 39 years of coaching high school volleyball »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Soaks up experience in final game
16:35 Making threat lands young man back in court »The Guardian - Local News
A 16-year-old youth who was told he can't go home during a court appearance Monday was back in court Tuesday after he was heard making threats outside the courthouse. The youth became upset Monday when Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr declined to vary an undertaking that would have allowed him ...
16:18 'Internet Black Widow' to finish out sentence in prison »The Guardian - Local News
The woman known as the "Internet Black Widow" will be staying in prison after the National Parole Board ordered she be kept in custody. Melissa Ann Shephard, who is originally from Montague, is serving two years, nine months and 10 days in prison for administering a noxious substance to her ...
15:31 [LINK] "The tawdry fall of the Postmedia newspaper empire" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The National Observer's Bruce Livesay describes the continuing decline of Conrad Black's lost Postmedia empire.

Postmedia is a national media giant with nearly 200 papers, magazines and websites. Its dailies reach 6.3 million Canadian readers every week, with some of its best-known papers including the National Post, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Regina Leader-Post, Winnipeg Sun, The London Free Press, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette.

But Postmedia is also a ship taking on water, due to both self-inflicted and industry-wide wounds.

Of the self-inflicted variety, Postmedia was pilloried last month in the run-up to the federal election after its Toronto executives ordered 16 of its major daily newspapers to run editorials endorsing Stephen Harper. (Postmedia did the same thing last spring during Alberta’s provincial election, forcing its papers there to back Jim Prentice’s Tories).

In a surprising move, John Honderich, chair of Torstar Corp., which publishes Canada’s largest daily paper, The Toronto Star, devoted an entire op-ed page article two weeks ago heaping scorn on Postmedia’s decision, decrying “the negative impact this affair is having on the newspaper industry in general. At a time when the relevance and impact of newspapers are under attack, this doesn’t help.”

Then there was the stunning resignation of Andrew Coyne as the National Post’s editorials and comments editor. Coyne quit on the eve of the election – although he remains a columnist with the paper – when his superiors told him he was not allowed to publish a column dissenting with their endorsement of Harper. Coyne, who declines to discuss the matter, tweeted his disapproval of the censoring, saying “I don’t see public disagreement as confusing. I see it as honest.”
15:29 [LINK] Dennis Perkins at Vox on the decline of the video store »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In his thoughtful essay at Vox, "I worked in a video store for 25 years. Here’s what I learned as my industry died.", Dennis Perkins shares interesting insights.

The independent video store where I've worked for 15 years is finally dead. After 28 years in business, we succumbed to the "disruption" of Netflix and Hulu, bled to death by the long, slow defection of our customer base. Once we announced our closing, the few who remained mourned — then we locked the doors. Our permanent collection is gone: boxed up and shipped off to the local library.

Videoport, of Portland, Maine, lasted longer than most. It was better than most. It owed its longevity to a single, engaged owner, to strong ties to the local film scene and a collection that put others to shame. I was proud to work there, alongside a staff that paired film knowledge and exceptional customer service skills like few other places I've known. We were a fixture in town, until we weren't.

It hasn't been so long since independent rental joints had the opposite problem. Before Videoport, I spent 10 years working at Matt & Dave's Video Venture. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that our downfall came at the hands of a buyout by a major rental chain. Suspiciously well-dressed guys with clipboards started dropping in; soon enough, we were gone, one of the estimated 30,000 video stores in America gobbled up by Blockbuster or Movie Gallery or Hollywood Video, each eager to dominate the booming VHS rental racket. If only those chains knew that within a decade, they'd be goners too.

I spent 25 years of my life in an industry that no longer exists. Maybe I'm not the most ambitious guy. But that time has provided me with an up-close look at not just how the industry is changing but how people's tastes, and the culture those tastes create, have changed with it.
15:28 [LINK] "Google Strips Down Google Plus" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Wall Street Journal's Alistair Barr writes about the controversial changes to Google Plus. As only an occasional user, mainly via my phone or other Android devices, I do note the reduced complexity of this social networking service. Was it necessary to do this?

Google Plus began in 2011 as the company’s answer to Facebook FB -1.00%: a social network that could help hundreds of millions of people stay in touch — and help Google, a division of Alphabet Inc.GOOGL -0.88%, collect valuable identity and interest-based data about them. But the result was a complex, confusing service that tried to act as a central hub for many other Google products. Ultimately, few people spent much time on it.

The new Google Plus is about connecting around common interests rather than people. It focuses on just two features, Google said: Collections, which let users follow streams of content on topics like surfing or niche types of photography, and Communities, which let groups of people with the same interests join up and discuss topics like Game of Thrones or painting.

A key difference between the new Google Plus and its earlier incarnations is that it’s now possible to follow a member’s posts about a specific subject without receiving that person’s posts on other topics.

Gone from Google Plus, or on the way out, are the Hangouts messaging service,a tool for organizing events, and the ability to share your location. Photo uploading still works, but the ability to tag people by name is limited. These features mostly survive as standalone products, some of which are successful, such as the new Google Photos storage service.
15:25 [LINK] "Refugee hails Halifax: ‘Like a dream to me’" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Fraqnces Willick writes about a lesbian refugee from Gambia, happily resettled in Halifax.

One month ago, Jahu Camara’s life changed forever.

The young woman stepped off a plane at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and in an instant, everything was different.

She was free.

“I was feeling like I was in a different world. Everything was like a dream to me,” said Camara, 20.

“If I remember where I am from and where I am, it’s just like a dream.”

Camara is originally from Gambia, in northwest Africa, but she fled to neighbouring Senegal in October 2014. As a lesbian, Camara knew that remaining in Gambia meant not only hiding her sexuality but also living under the constant threat of imprisonment and torture.

“Being a homosexual in Gambia is a deadly act,” she said, sitting at a kitchen table in Dartmouth.
15:22 Man from P.E.I. spells out marriage proposal with potatoes »The Guardian - Local News
Proposal in July suddenly flooding social media after Olivia Harris of Springfield West said yes to Brodie MacDonald
15:22 [LINK] The Toronto Star on possible Ontario connections to Québec organized crime »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Multiple people have linked to Peter Edwards' Toronto Star article "Corruption in Quebec construction industry ‘far more widespread than we originally believed’". This has implications for Québec, but also for Ontario, too.

The commission heard an Ontario mafia expert from York Regional Police saying that his force may be investigating government contracts that have been awarded to organized crime groups.

York Regional Police Det. Mike Amato declined to talk about any instances he knew of in which mafia groups he had been speaking about were able to win a contract by being the lowest bidder.

“That question there is too close to something that we are working on right now,” Amato told the commission.

“The question that he asked brings something to mind in terms of a link that may exist. I’m not saying it does exist, but it’s a possible theory.”

His testimony came a week after a joint investigation by the Toronto Star and Radio-Canada highlighted the recent rise of the ’Ndrangheta, or the Calabrian mafia, which the RCMP has listed as one of its “Tier 1” threats in the GTA.

There's much more at the Star.
15:19 [URBAN NOTE] "Have Toronto police learned anything at all about de-escalation?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Spacing's John Lorinc is decidedly unimpressed by the Toronto police's promise to make sure more of its officers can deescalate conflicts.

In mid-September, when absolutely no one was paying attention, senior police officials presented two lengthy reports (here and here) to the Toronto Police Services Board, outlining how the force has responded to the detailed recommendations of an unprecedented coroner’s inquiry into three police killings (Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis, and Michael Eligon), as well as an exhaustive review of lethal force on emotionally distressed individuals, by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci.

These exhaustive external critiques focused on de-escalation and specialized training in how to deal with people suspected to be in distress (e.g., someone suffering from schizophrenia who is off their meds and acting in a menacing way). “[T]he importance of de-escalation in police encounters can not be over-emphasized,” Iacobucci wrote.

While both Iacobucci’s report and the coroner’s inquest received extensive media coverage, the police response, presented publicly after more than a year of deliberation, generated little news. Canadian Press ran a short item that began, “Toronto police have undergone a ‘cultural change’ in dealing with those in crisis in the wake of two reports that scrutinized the force’s policies, Chief Mark Saunders said Thursday.” Both CP and The Toronto Star noted the box score, saying the vast majority of the recommendations – 140 between the two – had been implemented.

15:17 NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Canada begins massive “climate rebrand' »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
It was a gracious gesture, but also politically shrewd.
15:16 [URBAN NOTE] "Metrolinx to move ahead with giant Davenport rail bridge" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Here's another Tess Kalinowski Toronto Star article, this one describing controversy over a new rail bridge at Davenport. In my humble opinion, NIMBYism is a bad idea, especially when it comes to transit improvements we need.

Residents along the train tracks may have lost the fight to stop Metrolinx from building a three-storey rail overpass near Davenport Rd. north of Bloor St.

But that doesn’t resolve the broader issue of reconciling the tight deadlines of the province’s massive GO expansion with Toronto’s city-building agenda, says the local councillor.

Metrolinx will move ahead with the approvals process for the 1.5-km rail bridge in January, rather than the spring as the city had expected. The provincial agency says its schedule for the electrified regional express rail program won’t permit further delay.

The bridge — which has been referred to as a Gardiner Expressway for GO trains — will allow all-day, two-way service on the Barrie line by eliminating the Davenport diamond where those tracks intersect with the CP freight corridor.

Even if CP and CN agree to move freight off the corridor in favour of a new freight line north of the city, Metrolinx says the Davenport rail-to-rail crossing needs to be eliminated to make way for more commuter trains.
15:12 [URBAN NOTE] "TTC wants to get out of ‘hellhole’ headquarters" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I pass under the TTC headquarters daily as I commute to work. I can easily believe that, as Tess Kalinowski describes in the Toronto Star, this elderly building might well be unpleasant.

The CEO of the TTC describes the transit system’s Davisville headquarters as a “Stygian hellhole” with some employees working in spaces akin to “veal crates.”

His boss, TTC chair Josh Colle, agrees that some of the working conditions are “deplorable.” He wants the transit board to take the politically perilous step of recommending the transit agency move out of the 1958 McBrien building into a modern space large enough to accommodate the system’s 3,000 office staff under one roof.

It doesn’t have to be glitzy. It doesn’t even need to be a new building. But having staff scattered among Davisville, which accommodates only about 400, and a half-dozen leased offices around the city doesn’t make sense and costs the TTC more than $8.4 million a year, he said.

“We need to find a new home for the TTC. There’s some existing buildings around we could move into. That’s the best possibility. But just to have different leases and spaces, some owned, some in terrible condition, is just so inefficient and costly,” said Colle.

It’s not clear what the TTC would have to spend for new digs, but Colle thinks it would ultimately save the agency money.
15:04 Core Island values »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
As the former director of the Institute of Island Studies and a former board member of the Quality of Island Life Co-op, I applaud the proposal of MLA Dr. Peter Bevan Baker that the province adopt a Well Being Measurement Act.
14:53 Festival of Charming Churches show in Palmer Road cancelled »The Guardian - Living
The Festival in Charming Churches show in P.E.I.’s oldest wooden Catholic church located in Palmer Road, West Prince County has been cancelled. Originally scheduled for this coming Friday in Immaculate Conception Church, the event was to feature Kings County artist Eddy Quinn with home-town ...
13:52 Farmers Helping Farmers hands out awards »Journal-Pioneer Local
A group of Prince County youth is among the recipients of the 2015 Farmers Helping Farmers Awards.
13:49 P.E.I. women 2-0 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Down NS 5-2 at Travels ch’ship
13:30 Caring Cupboard food bank opening in Tyne Valley »The Guardian - Local News
TYNE VALLEY - A West Prince food collection and distribution depot will open in the Tyne Valley area as soon as space can be confirmed. The Tyne Valley and Area Pastoral Committee is spearheading the drive for a Caring Cupboard depot. The Caring Cupboard is the name for the food bank in western ...
13:09 Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group; company says exec has retired »The Guardian - Business
A non-profit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a professor at the ...
13:00 Charlottetown man charged with damaging property »The Guardian - Local News
A 37-year-old Charlottetown man has been charged with damage to property and breaching probation after an incident Friday night. A spokesman for Charlottetown Police Services said the department received a complaint at 10:24 p.m. regarding property damage and threats at an address on Sydney ...
12:21 Caledonian Club in Charlottetown hosting feast in honour of St. Andrew »The Guardian - Living
This year the Caledonian Club will host a feast in honour of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, on Nov 27., at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre, 7 Pond St., Charlottetown. Islanders will gather to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture beginning with the parade of the haggis to its place of ...
12:20 Potatoes play part in proposal »Journal-Pioneer Local
12:00 Former seed farm manager says P.E.I. should maintain disinfection program »The Guardian - Local News
ALBERTON - A former manager of the P.E.I. Elite Seed Potato Farm says he’s been hearing there have been no outbreaks of bacterial ring rot in Island potatoes in five years. “That’s a good news story,” says Allan Parker, who managed the seed farm until 1997 and is still involved in the potato ...
11:56 P.E.I. teams 1-0 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Both teams post wins in opening draws of Travelers Nat’l Club Curling ch’ships
11:55 [BLOG] Some Tuesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO notes the refusal of Bombardier to explain to the TTC, even in the context of an impending lawsuit, why streetcar production is so delayed.

  • At the Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly recommends the movie Spotlight for its insights into the importance of journalism.

  • Crooked Timber considers protests at Princeton about racial representation.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting possibilities for direct imaging of the Alpha Centauri system.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes plans to close down the last coal-powered power plant in Britain.

  • Far Outliers looks at Russian and German encounters with Papuans in the late 19th century.

  • Language Hat starts a discussion on marginalized languages.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the defense of the mayor of Roanoke that his defense of the Japanese-American internment was not racist.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the importance of the Iran-Iraq War in the Middle East's downward spiral.

  • pollotenchegg notes language use in Ukraine.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes how the Kirchner governments in Argentina subsidized energy companies.

  • Torontoist notes a Bloordale artist's efforts to start a fact box in her neighbourhood.

  • Towleroad notes the belated recognition of a trans widow's marriage.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the complications of the cut-off of electricity supply from Ukraine to Crimea.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alexander Harrowell is critical of certain plans for devolution that risk creating party fiefdoms.

11:49 Wow, is right, on capital budget, Minister Roach »The Guardian - Opinion
Despite suggestions from Progressive Conservative House Leader James Aylward about possible procedural errors, it’s obvious that the only mistakes made with the four-minute passage of the $77.9-million capital budget Thursday night came from confusion on the opposition benches. The PCs and ...
11:46 Food packaging largely to blame for high sodium intake »The Guardian - Opinion
A few years ago we were cautioned about excessive sodium in our diets. And then there was the evil of ingesting too much sugar. More recently, excessive consumption of processed meat, and red meat in particular, was targeted as a no-no. Moderation is the advice we received. I feel that our high ...
11:45 Premier Wade MacLauchlan simply doing his job »The Guardian - Opinion
I had to shake my head in disbelief, when a couple of weeks ago, the Opposition thought it was out of character for the premier to use his voice to promote an Island business. Well, as far as I know, isn’t that the premier’s job — to promote the Island.Looks to me like the Opposition doesn’t ...
11:42 Trans Pacific Partnership dairy compensation not a done deal? »The Guardian - Opinion
I think we should be somewhat concerned that the new federal Trade Minister is taking a second look at the compensation for Canadian dairy farmers under the new Trans Pacific Partnership. When she says that the new government does not feel bound by the proposal to help out the dairy industry, ...
11:41 VLTs profit off human misery »The Guardian - Opinion
Re: Red Shores future (The Guardian, Nov. 21). Progressive Conservative MLA Matthew MacKay should do his homework first before opining about gambling and video lottery terminals (VLTs) on P.E.I.Firstly, he should be less concerned about the St. Eleanor’s Lion’s Club losing its five VLTs and ...
11:39 Refugees deserve warm welcome »The Guardian - Opinion
On my annual visit to St. Cuthbert’s Cemetery (St. Teresa) on Remembrance Day, I got to thinking not only of my deceased Irish and Scottish relatives but also of the varied backgrounds of others interred here. Many of the earlier occupants would have been born in other countries and were in ...
11:27 Who is a hero? »The Guardian - Opinion
Article suggests it’s wrong to consider some veterans, P.E.I. Regiment members as heroes
11:18 Let market decide success of genetically modified food »The Guardian - Opinion
It is the pith and substance of capitalism and the free market: make a better product, one that people want, and you’ll be rewarded. Make a product the consumer doesn’t want, and you will fail. If your product is in demand, you get the chance to increase price. If it isn’t, dropping the price ...
11:00 Summerside teen writes song in wake of Paris attacks »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - The words flowed freely, like they never had before. Guitar in hand, Dayz Perry let her emotions take over — the confusion, sadness and worry from the day filled with tragedy — as her song for Paris spilled out. Not a word had been written down. Not a note planned. “I wrote a ...
10:11 Youth Arrested For Making Threats In Provincial Court »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services have arrested a young offender for making threats in Provincial Court yesterday. Accused is currently in custody and will be appearing in Provincial Youth Court at a later date.
10:00 Charlottetown man who stole from liquor store three times jailed »The Guardian - Local News
A 30-year-old Charlottetown man who stole liquor three times from the same location was sentenced Monday to serve 60 days in the provincial correctional centre for theft. John Wayne Blaisdell was sentenced to a further 60 days in jail, to be served concurrently, for breach of probation. Failure ...
09:48 Charlottetown holding public meeting on sign bylaw, development »The Guardian - Local News
Sign regulations and a proposed development on Upton Road are among the issues on the agenda at a public meeting in Charlottetown, Dec. 2. City council is hosting it on the second floor of the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel at 7 p.m. On the signage issue, there has been considerable interest in ...
09:31 Summerside resident concerned about regular flooding near his home »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Heavy rain means heavy worry for Ira Strongman. And the more rain that falls, the more worried the Summerside senior becomes. “The basement is starting to flood now,” said Strongman, rain dripping from the hood of his bright yellow raincoat. He lives at 217 Arcona Street in ...
09:25 Request Public Assistance - Motor Vehicle Collision »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services are requesting public assistance regarding a motor vehicle collision. Collision occurred on Kensington Rd., yesterday (Monday) afternoon at 3:27pm, when victim's vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle while stopped waiting to turn onto Gordon Drive. Vehicle responsible for striking victim's vehicle from behind proceeded to leave collision scene. Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact police at 9026294172 or PEI Crime Stoppers at 1800222TIPS.
09:00 Keep fire safety in mind as temperatures drop »City of Charlottetown
2015-11-24 The Charlottetown Fire Department is urging the public to keep fire safety in
09:00 The secret to success is system leadership by the LEADERSHIP »Doug Hall's Innovation Engineering Leadership blog
The Innovation Engineering movement defines a system as Dr. Deming did, “two or more independent parts with a common aim.”  In the case of an organization this means two or more departments that are working together towards the common aim of the organization as a whole. Sadly, the average organization realizes “less than the sum […]
08:55 [PHOTO] Metropolitan United Church, bare »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
08:22 P.E.I. electoral reform plebiscite question to be tabled next week »Journal-Pioneer Local
A draft plebiscite question for voters on possible changes to the way P.E.I. elects its next government is expected in a report to be tabled in the legislature next week. Exactly what that question will be has not yet been determined, but members of the province’s special committee on ...
08:19 Confederation Bridge closing Charlottetown office »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Confederation Bridge is closing its Charlottetown office and laying off two employees, TC Media has learned. Sources confirm the bridge is also shutting down its marketing department and pulling its $10,000 in sponsorship earmarked for the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest in ...
08:19 Confederation Bridge closing Charlottetown office »Journal-Pioneer Business
The Confederation Bridge is closing its Charlottetown office and laying off two employees, TC Media has learned.
07:54 P.E.I. electoral reform plebiscite question to be tabled next week »The Guardian - Local News
A draft plebiscite question for voters on possible changes to the way P.E.I. elects its next government is expected in a report to be tabled in the legislature next week. Exactly what that question will be has not yet been determined, but members of the province’s special committee on ...
07:48 Confederation Bridge closing Charlottetown office »The Guardian - Local News
The Confederation Bridge is closing its Charlottetown office and laying off two employees, The Guardian has learned. Sources confirm the bridge is also shutting down its marketing department and pulling its $10,000 in sponsorship earmarked for the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest in ...


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