RAY BROW: Time to say goodbye
With all the talk of getting high speed Internet established across the province there is another communications barrier that should be attended to with equal urgency.
Tim Kendrick is out as UPEI men's basketball coach after six seasons after being told last week his contract will not be renewed when it expires June 30.
CHEERS: To Tim Kendrick who was unceremoniously dumped as coach of the UPEI men’s basketball team a week ago. Kendrick had five winning seasons at UPEI, his team lost the 2015-16 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship on the final shot to Dal in Halifax and won coach of the year honours in 2011-2012.
The team’s one losing season (6-14) under Kendrick just ended and apparently the knives were eagerly waiting for him. A 70-50 overall AUS record and fierce loyalty from his players weren’t enough to save his job. Kendrick left with style and grace and handled the difficult situation with professionalism. Let’s hope he remains on P.E.I. and continues his much-appreciated support for basketball.
JEERS: To UPEI for its dismissal of men’s basketball coach Tim Kendrick. Reports of his demise were already circulating in the public domain before he was called into a meeting last Monday. Just because he wasn’t everyone’s best friend is no reason to treat coaches so shabbily. Other coaches should consider themselves suitably warned – win or else. Kendrick was in the athletic department’s gun sights after being blamed for media reports last year about lack of support and funding for varsity sports at UPEI. Coaches confirmed there were zero recruiting dollars available for basketball and soccer teams and yet they are expected to produce competitive or contending teams. A recent report on UPEI athletics was supposed to clear up these embarrassing issues.
JEERS: Criticism for shifting clocks to Daylight Time is coming from a caller who says it’s time to stop the twice-annual changes. Clocks move ahead the second Sunday in March and fall back the first Sunday in November. The caller says it’s hard on children and adults and makes no sense in this age. The rationale that it benefits farmers and saves on energy has been exposed as bogus. Now, it just causes disruptions for everyone. Saskatchewan and parts of British Columbia remain on standard time year around and other provinces are considering the same, such as Alberta. Many countries around the world have also dropped DST. The caller says P.E.I. should lead the way in Atlantic Canada to drop Daylight Time and make everyone’s life, work and sleep habits much easier.
CHEERS: To Charlottetown city councilor Mitch Tweel for his continuing efforts to save St. Jean School from closure. He is repeating a request that the Public Schools Branch hold a special meeting on St. Jean, a suggestion he first made at the Colonel Gray family of schools meeting last month. Tweel says the local home and school association and other personnel are committed to keeping St. Jean open. This is a critical time before a decision is made, argues Tweel. He said additional reports and information previously unavailable to the Public Schools Branch is now ready and should be considered. A rational, long-term solution for saving St. Jean is possible, he added.
CHEERS: To the city of Charlottetown and the towns of Stratford and Cornwall for effective and humorous branding to solve a serious problem. Fix a Leak Week is taking place March 20 to 26 and is designed to educate the public about the large quantity of water lost each year due to leaks in homes, businesses and infrastructure. The three municipalities encourage the public to find and repair leaks in their homes or businesses to help conserve water. Leaks can account for, on average, 37,850 litres of water wasted in a home every year. Water shortages are a recurring problem during dry summers and every little bit of conservation helps.
CHEERS: To the four leaders in their respective fields who will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at UPEI’s convocation ceremonies on May 13. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Indigenous leader and elder Judith Clark of York, P.E.I.; business and community leader Stan MacPherson of Charlottetown; UPEI past-president and professor emeritus Elizabeth Epperly of Wolfville, N.S.; and SDU alumnus and business owner Allan Curran of Bay Shore, New York.