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Scott Parsons

Cheers to the newly-formed Black Culture Society of Prince Edward Island which invites anyone with an interest in the province’s Black history, culture and heritage to get involved. The group is planning a number of activities for Black History Month in February. BCS P.E.I. has picked up the torch from the former Black Islanders Co-operative to carry on its work and expand the mandate to include newcomers to P.E.I.. The last decade has seen a great influx of immigrants of African descent. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Tamula or Scott Parsons.

Jeers to Environment Canada for committing a stunning faux pas in its weather forecast a week ago Saturday. The previous five days and even that Saturday morning, the forecast called for a few flurries as a major winter storm was tracking to hammer Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick. Then at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a weather bulletin was issued that the winter storm was unexpectedly deepening and was going to slam P.E.I. with heavy snow and high winds in the afternoon. The bulletin sent Islanders scurrying for emergency food supplies. We waited until midnight with nary a flake to be seen and went to bed wondering what happened. Environment Canada didn’t call off the storm warning until late in the evening and never offered any explanation.

Cheers to Ev White who deftly cut the deck, defied the odds and turned over the ace of spades at the Charlottetown Islanders game Thursday night. The pot for the Chase The Ace fundraiser was more than $4,300 entering the game against Saint John with 40 cards still in the deck. The Murray River area native and longtime Charlottetown resident is well known for his involvement in hockey, especially oldtimers hockey for the past number of years.

Cheers to a new program that allows access to palliative care supports after hours so more Islanders can receive end-of-life care at home. Most patients prefer to receive palliative care in their own home with their family close by, and this new service will allow more patients to do that. The newly-launched program allows paramedics to provide patients with pain and symptom management at home, after hours. All paramedics in P.E.I. have now received specialized clinical training on pain and symptom management for palliative patients and decision-making and care in the last days and hours of life. More than 170 patients have registered with the program.

Jeers to motorists who deliberately disengage vehicle daytime running lights amid some bizarre rationale it will increase the life span of headlamp bulbs. Most drivers look for running lights and are surprised when a vehicle seems to unexpectedly approach out of nowhere. For the sake of replacing a bulb, running lights can well save lives and make vehicles clearly visible. The law says running lights must be in use. It’s dangerous not to have them on.

Cheers to a New Zealand flock of sheep which brought a recent high speed chase to a sudden end. A car with several people inside was racing for almost 50 minutes to escape pursuing police. A nail belt and other methods failed to halt the vehicle but the big flock of sheep was successful as it was crossing the road to reach new pasture. Police arrested the suspects after their vehicle screeched to a halt just short of the woollen roadblock. Coincidentally, the flock was owned by a local police officer. A few sheep were heard to later comment the entire incident was very “baaaad.”

Organizations: Environment Canada, Black Culture Society of Prince Edward Island, Black Islanders Co

Geographic location: P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Saint John Murray River Charlottetown New Zealand

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