These are not the best of times for Senator Mike Duffy, despite his April acquittal of 31 criminal charges. Yes, he stayed out of jail, kept his lucrative salary and returned to thumb his nose at his fellow senators who voted two years earlier to suspend him.
But problems continue to plague P.E.I.’s embattled senator.
The year-long trial and intense public scrutiny into his private affairs caused endless embarrassment for both the senator and his native province. If he thought his acquittal put all that behind him, he is seriously mistaken.
Today, the senator has to deal with a new reality: Very few people on Prince Edward Island want him to represent them in Ottawa.
If there were any lingering doubts, they were put to rest this week. A Corporate Research Associates poll suggests that 71 per cent of Islanders oppose Mr. Duffy representing P.E.I. in the Senate.
Yes, there were numerous letters to the editor and opinion articles from Islanders – the vast majority critical of the senator. Most demanded his resignation. A CRA poll in 2013, when the charges were first laid, indicated a majority thought he should resign then. But that was all shrugged off until Mr. Duffy had his day in court and a trial proved his innocence or guilt.
That day has come and gone. And still almost three-quarters of Islanders want him to step down.
Since his trial ended, Mr. Duffy has remained mute and aloof. He will not talk to the media and…
RCMP is investigating after several campsites at the Mill River campground in Woodstock were hit by thieves early Thursday and again Friday.
Several sets of golf clubs and a BBQ were stolen, police said in a news release Saturday.
Police are asking for the public's assistance with this incident and remind everyone to please take precautionary measures to secure personal items and report suspicious activity or vehicles.
Anyone who has information about this issue can contact your local police or provide anonymously via P.E.I. Crime Stoppers by:
Phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
www.peicrimestoppers.com and follow the instructions, or
Text “TIP162” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Kent MacKinnon watches as his daughter Norah tries out the slide Saturday in Victoria Park in Charlottetown.
The fences are down and the work is completed on the new play structure near the splash pad in Victoria Park in Charlottetown and that means only one thing – let the fun begin and Saturday was the perfect early summer day to have fun.
The new playground equipment includes slides, climbing structures and many interactive activity panels, such as a set of bongo drums. The landscaping around the new playground will be completed soon. The splash pad will opened on Saturday and the pool will open on Wednesday.
British expats living in P.E.I. are both surprised and concerned that the U.K. has voted to leave the European Union.
“My reaction is I think it is most unfortunate what has occurred,’’ says Roger Gordon of Stratford.
“I think people voted with their hearts rather than their heads. I think most people did not understand the economic implications.’’
Critics say the economic effects could be large. The U.K. government has estimated that exiting the EU could cause the British economy to be between 3.8 and 7.5 per cent smaller by 2030.
Gordon, a former dean of science at UPEI, agrees the price will prove quite large for the vote Thursday in favour of Brexit: British exit from the European Union.
“I think it is going to be very costly for Britain and I mean that in the monetary sense,’’ says Gordon, who moved to Canada from England in 1969.
Jenny Likely of Charlottetown grew up in England and came to Canada in 1973.
She notes, quite naturally, that she would have followed the debate leading up to the dramatic vote Thursday much more closely if she had still been living in the U.K.
Regardless, she still found the result of the referendum quite a jolt.
“I’m really surprised,’’ she says.
“We (Britain) have been linked to Europe for so many years.’’
She speculates immigration was one strong influencing factor in the “leave side” emerging victorious.
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A Charlottetown native now living in England is reeling over the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.
“The result has left me angry, nervous and a bit depressed,’’ says Andrew MacPhee.
“I think this is going to have been a terrible result for the U.K. and for the EU, although I hope I'm wrong.’’
MacPhee, who moved to London 13 years ago, works in local government as an apprenticeship manager.
His team supports young people to get into jobs that combine work with study, both in the council and in other businesses.
MacPhee says he is “fairly strongly ‘remain’, like most Londoners, especially those in the inner city, and I’ve been pretty shocked at the result of the referendum.’’
He is mystified that so many people – 52 per cent of those who went to the polls — have voted to leave the EU.
While the European Union has problems, he notes, the risks of leaving are “potentially massive and, worryingly, badly understood.’’
He calls the campaign leading up to Thursday’s referendum “pretty awful’’ with both the “leave” side and “remain” side telling loads of flat-out lies.
He and his wife were in the process of selling their flat and buying a house, but they are debating now whether to postpone doing anything until they see what the impact on house prices and interest rates will be.
“Part of my work relies on European funding, and that's not looking very stable any longer,’’ he adds.
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A P.E.I. snack company specializing in handcrafted potato chips and gourmet popcorn is busy trying to keep up with demand.
Lucky Fox Snack Company just celebrated its first birthday at its factory store at 401 Capital Drive in Charlottetown, also known as the North River Factory Shops on the causeway.
Its products are now sold in 60 locations across the province.
“We are very proud of our first year’s success,’’ said co-owner Stephen Ramsay. “We learned a lot and want to thank Islanders for their support of our local product. I’m also very excited to see people’s response to our new flavours that we are now sampling at the factory.’’
All potatoes are grown at the Keenan family farm in Rollo Bay. They also use non-GMO canola oil grown by a local farm and expeller, pressed at Nature Crops in Kensington.
And with the help of some of the province’s culinary talent, they have created unique flavours.
“The basic idea is that there are so many potatoes on P.E.I., but nobody was really making artisan-style potato chips here,’’ said John Ellis, operations manager at the Charlottetown factory store. “A lot of this is hands-on. There is automation here but a lot of it is our chefs and cooks and helpers.’’
Jessica Yorston, operation and sales co-ordinator for Lucky Fox, said they don’t use preservatives and use Island potatoes in the Island popcorn mix.
“Our seasonings come from Quebec, which is the only thing we have specially made,’’ Yorston said.
Last year’s Governors Plate champion D Gs Camme will be looking for redemption tonight against seven rivals in the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Post time is 6 p.m.
Dubbed the morning-line favourite from Post 7, the six-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to turn his runner-up finish in last year’s Ladner final into redemption for owners Tom Clark, Ron Matheson, Quentin and Hal Bevan, all of Charlottetown.
D Gs Camme showed last week he is back to old form, leaving the preferred pacers in the dust and winning by three lengths in 1:55. Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson as they search for their first Ladner victory.
The task will not be easy when he faces Mach Wheel, stablemate Clic K, Forever Paradise, Narragansett, Ok Galahad, Warrawee Phoenix and newcomer Doing Some Damage.
The Atlantic Regional Driver Championship is also on the card.
Eight drivers will meet in eight races with the top two finishers heading to the National Driver Championship to see who will represent Canada at the 2017 World Driving Championship.
Islander Jason Hughes looks to be the favourite heading into the event with the best morning-line odds of his seven rivals.
The Waveskills Sailing School pace will feature six of the top open mares in the region with Ramblinglily, fresh off equaling the track record at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway, selected as the morning-line favourite.
The action shifts to Summerside…