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Peter Gallant

Cheers to Kendra (MacDonald) Pasciucco, a native of Peakes, who was just named to the U.S.A. national women's ball hockey team. Kendra is the daughter of Brenda Lee and Parker MacDonald of Peakes and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She'll be playing in the 2016 Worlds in Banff, Alta. this summer. Ball hockey is major sport in the U.S. and other parts of Canada.  

Jeers to Shubenacadie Sam, who is off to a rough start with his weather prediction made last Tuesday - Groundhog Day. Sam scurried out of his shed at a N.S. provincial wildlife park and didn’t see his shadow, boldly predicting an early spring. A storm struck the region Wednesday night and another one on Friday. Granted, Friday’s storm produced mostly rain around Halifax but P.E.I. got upwards of 30-35 cm. of snow. One wonders if Sam stayed outside after Tuesday’s media appearance or did he wisely scamper back into his shelter and burrow deep into some fresh, warm straw for another three months?

Cheers to Rona Ambrose who made the best of a potentially bad situation Sunday, by hosting a football party in Charlottetown. Someone on her staff forgot it was Super Bowl Sunday when they scheduled a party reception that evening. So, if you can’t beat them, join them. Ms. Ambrose  invited Islanders to a fund-raising reception and watch the game at the same time. The Leader of the Official Opposition is making her first swing through Atlantic Canada and joined Jamie Fox, Leader of P.E.I.’s Opposition and members of the P.E.I. PC Caucus for a football party at Hunters Ale House. There was no official word on the wager between Ms. Ambrose (Carolina) and Mr. Fox (Denver).

Jeers once again (it’s becoming a regular thing) to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission which approved a furnace and stove oil prices increase of 2.0 cents per litre (cpl) last week. World oil prices are still at amazingly low prices of approximately $31 a barrel and we are enjoying a relatively mild winter. Yet, Islanders are hit with a price increase. Diesel prices also increased by 1.5 cpl while gas prices were unchanged and remain from 90.2 cpl to 91.3 cpl. IRAC defends the heating oil increase, saying that seasonal demand has increased as of late.

Cheers to well-known P.E.I. curler and coach Peter Gallant of Stratford who has accepted the pressure-filled and prestigious position of coaching the South Korean women’s team. The squad hopes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Peter and wife Leeanne have moved into an apartment across the street from the curling centre. Gallant played in nine Briers for P.E.I. and coached in two others – the latest in 2013 with Brad Gushue of NL. whose team included his son Brett Gallant.  He also coached at the Scottie’s on two occasions (with P.E.I.’s Suzanne Birt in 2013 and Team Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith in 2014 in Montreal.) This season he was again coaching the Birt team before international coaching opportunities came up.

Cheers to Georgetown town council for penalizing councillors who miss meetings. Truancy from council meetings will hit elected officials in the wallet under a new honorarium bylaw. Councillors will receive about 75 per cent of their pay as a base allowance and the extra 25 per cent paid on a performance-based assessment. Elected officials who attend all their meetings get all their pay and those that don’t will get docked. Councillors play a key role and must attend meetings to fulfill that role. Other municipalities could take a lesson from the Georgetown bylaw.

Cheers to the UPEI Student Union for playing a key role in the launch of the Diamond Awards, a new recognition program that introduces up to $10,000 a year in new scholarship and award funding for UPEI students. The awards recognize students based on their extracurricular achievement on campus and in the external community.

Organizations: Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, The Leader, P.E.I. PC Caucus Hunters Ale House Georgetown town council UPEI Student Union

Geographic location: P.E.I., Halifax, Charlottetown Atlantic Canada Denver Stratford Pyeongchang South Korea Montreal Georgetown

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