Syrian newcomers attend a recent reception at Murphy's Community Centre in Charlottetown.
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CHEERS: To Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee who is opening the doors at City Hall to host a welcome reception for all newcomers who have chosen to make Charlottetown their home
This is the second year in a row the city has extended a special welcome to newcomers who live and work in Charlottetown. The Mayor’s Newcomer Reception will provide an opportunity to visit City Hall and meet the Mayor and Council and takes place Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.
CHEERS: To UPEI which has adopted a 100 per cent tobacco-free policy that bans its use anywhere on university property. The policy includes cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars and chewing tobacco. The decision has gained enthusiastic support from the P.E.I. Tobacco Reduction Alliance and its partner, the P.E.I. Heart & Stroke Foundation. The university’s Board of Governors adopted a committee’s recommendation in January 2017, which became effective Sept. 1.
JEERS: To the morons who last week dumped paper coffee cups, tray and food wrappers out of their vehicles and onto the Canavoy road which skirts the southern end of picturesque Savage Harbour. The gravel road connects many summer cottages and full-time residents who take great pride in maintaining their properties. A psychiatrist can likely best answer why anyone would so thoughtlessly dump garage onto one of P.E.I.’s most scenic roadways.
CHEERS: To two young Islanders - Brooks Roche of Montague and Donald DeWolfe of Cornwall - for being named 2017 recipients of $1,000 scholarships by the Curling Canada Foundation’s ‘For The Love Of Curling’ program. Roche is attending Dalhousie University where he is studying Environmental Design Studies/Masters of Architecture, while DeWolfe is entered in the Sciences program at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. The scholarships are in place to help young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2017-18 school year.
CHEERS: To Libbe Hubley of Kensington who turned 75 on Friday, ending her 16 years working for Islanders in the Senate. She lists working on post-secondary education issues among the highlights of her tenure as senator. An avid fiddler herself, she was the driving force behind a bill to recognize National Fiddling Day on the third Saturday in May. She remains concerned about literacy and the recent cutbacks announced by the federal government. Hubley also lists her involvement with the movement to remove land mines as a career highlight.
CHEERS: To Upstreet Craft Brewing on becoming first Island business to gain B Corp certification, a global movement of businesses committed to setting higher ethical standards. More than 2,000 companies across more than 50 countries are committed to being a force for good. To become certified, Upstreet had to undergo and pass an assessment by B Lab, an international non-profit that evaluates their mission, employment practices, governance structure, social impact and environmental stewardship. The brewery was recognized for using locally and ethically sourced ingredients, providing staff with paid volunteer hours, giving back a portion of profits to local charities, supporting community initiatives, and sourcing power produced by renewable resources.
CHEERS: To Robert Larsen who earned a $2,000 P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture scholarship - in partnership with P.E.I. Agromart and Island Lime. The annual award goes to a deserving P.E.I. Federation member, spouse or child enrolled in a leadership program that helps expand their knowledge of the industry and promote leadership or in a post-secondary or graduate program. Larsen’s background includes helping out on his family’s third generation farm and participating in 4-H. Larsen is also a member of the P.E.I. Premier’s Youth Futures Council where he offers a rural agricultural perspective and 4-H perspective issues affecting youth on the Island. He is studying Agriculture Business at the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in Truro this fall.
CHEERS: To Elections P.E.I. for applying more relevant names to polling divisions within new electoral maps for the next provincial election. For example, under the old map, Coffin Road was the polling division for Morell and area. Unless you were one of several families living on the Coffin Road, no one inside the Morell-Mermaid district had any idea where it was. The new map for the revised Morell-Donagh district calls the poll – and wait for it – Morell. A breakthrough in common sense.